FunkSoulNation Presents MO KOLOURS
FunkSoulNation & Butter Side Up Live present a live performance by MO KOLOURS
Once more the Friday basement party that is Funksoulnation delivers another major player in future funk to the people of Leeds! After the recent sell out shows of Seven Davis Jnr & Peanut Butter Wolf aswell as the upcoming gig of the critically acclaimed Andrew Ashong on Friday 18th April, The HiFi Club (in conjunction with the purveyors of quality dance music ‘Butter Side Up’) welcome the mercurial talents of Mo Kolours!
Very few artists manage to make waves as quickly as Mo Kolours has. The half-English, half-Mauritian producer, singer and percussionist, real name Joseph Deenmamode, released his first EP in 2011, but by then he'd already been discovered by Gilles Peterson, who booked him for a live session on the BBC. His self-titled debut album, which was released in March, has been hailed by The Guardian as one of the year's best and has completely sold out via pre-order on vinyl and CD. It’s release follows a trilogy of EPs for One-Handed Music that mixed soul, dub, hip-hop, various electronic styles and the Sega music native to Mauritius.
There’s an exotic appeal to Mo Kolours and his music but there’s also something very British about it too. He follows in the footsteps of UK artists who have synthesised a variety of imported styles and added the indelible stamp of our rainy island, from The Specials and Cymande (who receive a tribute on the album in the form of Mike Black) to Massive Attack and Mala. There’s plenty of musical seriousness in his music though, from his reimagining of dance music on Afro Quarters to his remarkable rhythmic production prowess: witness the irresistible funk of Say Word or the nagging steel drum hook on lead single and live favourite Little Brown Dog.
The album introduces a generous and endlessly creative talent to the world at large. And, as with his mesmerising live show which we are excited to bring you, Mo Kolours doesn’t just give us a glimpse of the path less travelled but also offers us the fruits of his labours along the way.