SPIRITUAL RHYTHM EP – K.MO

K•Mos Wayout Records returns in August 2022 with a new single, entitled Spiritual Rhythm.

Wayout, helmed by James Kumo, launched as a platform for the Manchester based producer and DJs new guise, K•Mo. Over the past few releases the label has unveiled a debut album under the alias as well as EPs featuring remixes from the likes of Byron The Aquarius, Manakinz, Westcoast Goddess, Leonid Nevermind, Yard One, Mahal and Larry Quest. Here for the labels tenth release K•Mo delivers his latest single.

‘Spiritual Rhythm’ leads the release, a rolling, deep house spacey house groove, organic drums & sprinkles of dubbed out trumpets and key stabs. Main room material.

Following this, three more deep house cuts, first up is ’Chi-Town Jam’, a dub disco influenced jam, featuring Tim Jules on keys. One for the disco and house heads alike.

‘Summer Of 93’, a nineties inspired house track for the summer months on the terraces of Ibiza and beyond.

And finally, we have ‘Harmony’, a percussive heavy dreamy deep house cut, ladened with smooth key patterns, courtesy of Tim Jules.

Release date: 5-Aug-22 – Buy: wayoutrecords.bandcamp.com/

It’s great to talk to you K.Mo. For our readers that are new to your name, please can you take a moment to introduce yourself..

Of course, my name is James Kumo, I’ve been producing since 2007, but more recently recording under the alias K.Mo since 2020, I run my label Wayout out of Manchester UK. DJ’d since the early 90s, so a while 🙂

Tell us where you are based and where you are from?

I’m UK based, currently in Manchester…though I’m originally from Kent/London.

Who are the artists from the past that inspire the music you make today?

There are lots, I take influences from the past and present…mainly from disco, Chicago/NY house, to more electronic music. Producers like Larry Heard, Moodymann, Larry Levan, Carl Craig, Inner City, Tee Scott, Francois K, Ron Trent, so quite US focussed I guess. But of course, I look to people from the UK & Europe, like the late great Phil Asher, then producers like Ashley Beedle, Jimpster, Atjazz & Don Carlos who I look up to. I could go for on for a while 🙂  

What words would you use to define the sound of K.Mo?

Deep, soulful, electronic house music.

What can you tell us about Wayout Records?

I decided to spend a fair chunk of time, during 2020 to kick start Wayout as a platform for releasing my K.Mo material, also to start to invite the odd remixer or musician to contribute to the releases. People like Byron The Aquarius have featured, who played keys over my Space Funk track, as well as Tim Jules out of Amsterdam, a great keyboardist who I’m continuing to work with – actually on this latest release too. Otherwise, I’ve worked with Westcoast Goddess, Leonid Nevermind, Manakinz, Larry Quest, Yard One, Toby Tobias and Mahal.

Talk us through the Spiritual Rhythm EP

‘Spiritual Rhythm leads the release, a rolling, deep house spacey house groove, organic drums & sprinkles of dubbed out trumpets and key stabs. Main room material. Following this, three more deep house cuts, first up is ’Chi-Town Jam’, a dub disco influenced jam, featuring Tim Jules on keys. One for the disco and house heads alike. ‘Summer Of 93’, a nineties inspired house track for the summer months on the terraces of Ibiza and beyond. And finally, we have ‘Harmony’, a percussive heavy dreamy deep house cut, ladened with smooth key patterns, courtesy of Tim Jules.

This EP goes down deep. What are the elements of a great deep house track in your opinion?

It’s gotta have a groove to it, even if it’s a fairly stripped back track. So the baseline is crucial. Chords!…need some deep catchy keys in there, lush pads will go down a treat too.

What was the first deep house record you ever bought?

Oooh, this goes back to around 1990 for me – think it was something like The Underground Solution – ‘Luv Dancin’ on Strictly Rhythm. My mind is a bit hazy!

Tell us your current deep house artist tip?

Clive From Accounts – love his work.

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

Crackazat – Evergreen

When you’re not making music, what do you do to relax?

Dog walks, family, travel, sports.

What you got coming up in 2022?

More music!! Working on a few new projects for other labels. Watch out!

Release date: 5-Aug-22 – Buy: wayoutrecords.bandcamp.com/

Dance To Keep From Crying EP – Cor.ece

Cor.ece is a whole vibe. The LA-based vocalist and songwriter recently exploded onto the scene through an incendiary collaboration with Honey Dijon on her Defected singles “Unleash” and “Work,” and now Cor.ece delivers his own unique musical statement with his solo debut on RNT, the Dance To Keep From Crying EP.

Leading the project is Possibly Impossible, with RNT’s JKriv on production and Dave Giles III on the mic. The A-side fuses airy and expansive vocal soundscapes with a certifiably infectious hook, and shows Cor.ece’s dynamism as a performer and songwriter.

Nothing But Me rides a low-slung groove, leaving room for Corece’s vocal percussion & lyricism, before Sky85 arrives as a moody late-nite R&B burner. With sultry vocal textures layered over a driving machine drum beat and electro bassline, the LA singer delves into darker vocal territory in this song that’s as hauntingly emotive as it is catchy.

The title track Dance To Keep From Crying, produced by JKriv and featuring the keyboard wizardry of Jason Lindner, elevates energy with crisp house kicks and a punchy analog-tinged bassline igniting the two-step, while closing duty comes with What’s The Word’s acidic synth-driven deviance featuring Danny Kane.

With interlude skits from Darrell J. Hunt sprinkled throughout the EP, Cor.ece brings it full circle on his first feature length project.

Releases August 5, 2022 – Listen / Buy here…

Please can you introduce yourself to our readers.

My pleasure, I believe I am a citizen of the world, but I was born in the mid-west of the United states; a haven for blues and soul music. I’ve been an artist since before I even knew what the word meant. I’m so happy that it has manifested itself in a few different forms of creativity, including making music. I currently have a project called “Dance To Keep From Crying” coming out on a super-hot label, Razor-N-Tape, a space that has allowed me to sing, write, perform, and create visual media to support the music.

Tell us where you are based today and where you are from originally?

I live just outside of Downtown Los Angeles, which L.A. is becoming the unexpected creative centre of the United States – a very unlikely cosmos. It’s nice to not only be in the mix, but to also impact it with my own art. Originally, I was born in St.Louis, Missouri and came of age in Chicago. 

There is clearly a sound that is Cor.ece. What words would ‘you’ chose to define that sound?

From the beginning I’ve called my music hopeful-electro-soul. It still remains true. You can listen to any of my records and locate one or more of those themes.

Who are the artists that have inspired you in your life time?

Too many to even narrow down. It also depends on the day. Sometimes I’m thinking about Stevie Wonder or Nina Simone, Peven Everett, Frank Ocean or Rahsaan Patterson – my music would be a lot smaller without the work of these people before me.

If you had a pick a genre to ‘listen’ over everything else, what would it be?

This is a setup. How can I pick one? I think if I was stuck on a one-genre island I’d go with house music because it has soul, jazz, African roots, electronic – so many things. I’d be satisfied with the vastness of that genre.

What is your all-time favourite to ‘dance to’ record?

I just finished a mix for Razor-N-Tape’s podcast and I put some of those on there. Anything by Peggy Gou, like ‘Starry Night’, I love James Brown, Aly-Us ‘Follow Me’ and Mike Dunn ‘If I Can’t Get Down.’ I’ve also been listening to a lot of my friends’ records like Honey DiJon, Dave + Sam and Life On Planets. They are all in my dance mix.

How did you hook up with Razor-N-Tape to host your new release?

I worked with JKriv separately on a Honey DiJon record a few years back. We vibed and casually stated we wanted to create stuff specifically for RNT. Fast forward two years later and “Dance To Keep From Crying,” the EP, was born.

Talk us through the EP a little..

Certainly, it’s full of disco-funk, soul and dance tracks along with an especially emotional song called ‘What’s The Word.’ I worked with so many people I admire on this like producers Danny Kane, Tim K and of course JKriv. It has 5 songs, 2 very special – and funny – interludes. ‘Possibly Impossible’ and ‘Sky85’ were the first two singles, respectively, with the last single ‘Dance To Keep From Crying’ out now. The entire project is about finding a way to do what you need to do to be happy in a world that may not be all that concerned with our personal needs–so guess what? We have to be concerned. It’s thoughtful, yet still about moving and grooving. 

This release is for lovers of …

Good music they can surprise a crowd with.

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to, to know you more?

Kaytranada “Bubba”

Where should we listen to this EP and what should we be drinking?

I hope you are drinking a Mezcal Margarita or some good Whiskey, neat. And you should definitely be listening to this at a discotheque, or at the very least in your living room with all of the furniture moved to the side–so you can dance.

What you got coming up in 2022?

My EP dropping August 5th is my biggest focus, but people can keep up with me across platforms by checking out @Cor.ece – I live on instagram.

Releases August 5, 2022 – Listen / Buy here…