A mainstay of the Bungalo Records and UMGD roster in 2018, but now a proudly independent artist, Mojo Mayne has fought his way through the world of hip-hop. After gaining success and airplay across the United States, Mojo broke away from labels and decided to carve his own path through the ever-changing soundscape.
Flexing his musical muscles and further diversifying his sound, Mojo’s latest project delves into a wide range of influences, charting a heavy rock sound that is spiked with elements of country, hip-hop, pop and traditional rock. Backed by his new band, best known as WinkLoveLoss, Mojo has recently released his aptly titled new album, ‘The Renaissance’, an eight-track alt. rock release built around a nuanced pop soul.
Opening with a borrowed White Stripes’ composition, the album skirts plagiarism with the steady rise of ‘All This Love’, a reimagination of a classic complete with re-worked lyrics and re-engineered spirit. Second cut ‘Wrapped In Black’ slows the tempo and aims for wistful melancholy, offering emotive vocals and dwindling instrumentals that shine with a distinct 90’s sheen, while following number ‘Weirdo’ arrives cloaked in static and classic rock bravado.
There’s plenty on show within the album as it flickers through styles, offering up rock hits in various shades, ranging from overplayed clichés to wonderfully original releases. Songs like ‘Sexy You’ and ‘Wild Fire’ act as a divisive pairing, treading a fine line between polished pop and old school glam rock, while ‘Joker’ rightly steals the show, leading the album to its peak and leaving the following tracks to close the album in the best form they can manage.
A bold, but familiar release, ‘The Renaissance’ covers a lot of ground in its eight-track run, offering a comprehensive but somewhat directionless showcase of Mojo’s talents. Breaking into the rock genre and running amok, Mojo has used the new release to prove that he doesn’t need a label to make something great, and while it’s retro in style and hardly ground-breaking in structure, there’s enough substance, anthemics and talent to make it work a listen.