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/

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