It’s been almost two years since the Chicago-based duo Jamila Woods and Owen Hill made their musical debut. M&O, formerly known as Milo & Otis, have been recognized nationwide for their first album The Joy. The Joy features classics—*ahem* fan-favorites—like “Tiny Soldiers,” “Black Sheep,” and of course the title song and final track, “The Joy.” Featured on the album are artists Nico Segal (former trumpet player of Kids These Days), Chance The Rapper, and songwriter Enrico X. Chicago artists were widely represented on this first album, leaving many Chicagoans anxious for M&O’s second album release to come in spring (what should have been spring) of 2014. On April 3rd of this year, M&O dropped their sophomore release: Almost Us.
Almost Us features artists Maceo Haymes (lead singer of the Chicago band The O’My’s), Donnie Trumpet (Nico Segal), and Milo’s two younger sisters. Best of all, Otis sings on this album (Track 7, for all you fangirls)! On the album, the duo grabs inspiration from more than just each other: “Hollow” was written about Milo’s hometown of Chicago, “When Pigs Fly” is a revamped and reinvented version of the original written years prior, and opening track “House” was written by Ayanna Woods (Milo’s sister) for the album.
Almost Us bridges the gap between R&B, neo-soul, and pop music, expanding even further their self-proclaimed genre of “adventure soul.”
Praise for Almost Us:
While many musical duos struggle to find ways of expanding their sounds, M&O sound bigger [than] most bands twice their size,” Reginald Duvivier, thecouchsessions.com.
“M&O’s music invokes emotion through their sparse lyrics and moving rhythms, [telling] a story each time you listen or see them live!” Dylan Moore ‘16
“At one of their shows, Milo and Otis walked right passed me; I nearly fainted. I guess you can call me a fan. Milo & Otis is an incredible duo with an unparalleled chemistry and stage presence. Just mention their name and I swoon!” Nina Mesfin, ‘14
“…M&O describe their sound as ‘adventure soul.’ I describe it as refreshingly awesome,” Ernest Wilkins, Redeye.
Wilkins gave Almost Us four out of four stars in his Redeye review of the album. If you haven’t heard it yet, you know what you have to do:
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