This Mo Kolours article was written by Hazel Webster, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Jake Willis
Mo Kolours is the alias of Joseph Deenamode, a half Mauritian-half British, producer, singer and percussionist from London. ‘Texture Like Sun’ is the follow up album to the self-titled ‘Mo Kolours’ which was released in 2014.
This album is a mismatched mix of Reggae and Funk with repetitive snippets of voices and lyrics thrown in. There is no doubt that they are meant to be meaningful messages of some sort, however, it all just feels nonsensical and disjointed. Most tracks are less than three minutes long whilst others don’t even reach 30 seconds. This makes you wonder why they were even featured on the album at all because they don’t particularly add anything ground-breaking to it.
It feels like Mo Kolours decided to throw together sounds from various different musical genres before adding percussion and lyrics which are more spoken than sung. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to any of it, and whilst the percussion does offer some rhythm, it’s not exactly challenging for someone who is supposedly proficient in this type of instrument.
Lyrics from the classic ‘Golden Brown’ by The Stranglers are borrowed for ‘Texture like Sun (Golden Brown)’ and ‘Harvest for the World’ (originally by The Isley Brothers and later covered by The Christians) also has lyrics featured in track 6, ‘Harvest’. Sadly though, neither of these additions makes the album more worthwhile to listen to. ‘A Souls Journey’ sounds very much like ‘Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City’ by Bobby “Blue” Band, but this time it’s the music not the lyrics that appears to have been sampled, again with little success. The one saving grace, ‘Tears and Sand’ is ambient, chilled and quite pleasant to listen to: a complete contrast to everything else on the album.
‘Texture Like Sun’ is released on the 30th October 2015 via One Handed Music.