Sometimes music lifts you off your feet into another world, ethereal and gentle. Other times music lovingly punches you in the stomach out of nowhere, and you are left on your knees, gasping for breath and completely grateful for it.
The latter would be an adequate description of what it was like when I finally let myself submit to the world of Mo Kolours. I am ashamed to admit this, but it took me far longer than it should have to recognize the talents of this vocalist/percussionist/producer. Initially put onto his music by my man Marcus of Hip Hop Chocolates fame, followed by a personal endorsement from Kutmah (one of my favorite DJs in the world) while in Ireland, it took a friendly email for me to finally make that magic click open the doors to the subtle, haunting world of Mo Kolours… and this is all talking about one song!
“Promise,” a slow, bubbling tune from Mo Kolours’ third EP for One Handed Music, did me in immediately. It is reminiscent of the intensity of Gonjasufi but without his ferocity. He is an obvious student of music as he combines a voice tinged with an Eastern influence over a dub-inspired bass line.
I still can’t quite wrap my head around this, and I love it for that. I wonder what I’ll think when I listen to more.