10AM. Mono’ by the trio M A R is an atypical album. While the voice of the French-Canadian artist Ira Lee anchors it in the hip-hop genre, the dense and rich orchestrations of Grégoire Orio (As Human Pattern, La Nòvia) & Julien Magot (Appalache) give it a peculiar identity. 10 tracks conceived as almost as many climaxes, where one crosses as many borders. A richness of tones multiplied by the presence of distinguished guests such as Jean-Michel Pirès (Bruit Noir, Numbers Not Names) who's playing on most of the material, but also Stéphane Pigneul (Oiseaux-Tempête, Le Reveil des Tropiques), and Jacques Puech from La Nòvia on ‘Razzle Dazzle’. An intense instrumental road-trip that mirrors the message : words loaded with a sharp cynicism and heavy lucidity. Even if some of the tracks take on a more quirky tone (Smoke In A Benz, Ouch), the Montrealer uses the space he's given as a platform for strong social themes such as education or the animal cause (4.30AM, OK! Cannibals), or questions our relationship with diversity on closing ‘Black Girl Summer’. An uncompromising record and anything but monolithic.

◊ ~ Ira Lee
Vocals & Lyrics
◊ ~ Julien Magot
Guitar, Tambûr, Bass & Congas
◊ ~ Grégoire Orio
Beats, Synths, Dulcimer & Samples

◊ Jean-Michel Pirès
Acoustic drums
◊ Stéphane Pigneul
Bass on «Sailor» , «Ouch» & «4.30AM»,

Guitar, Bass & Modular on «Black Girl Summer»
◊ Jacques Puech
Cabrette on «Razzle Dazzle»

All tracks edited and produced by Grégoire Orio between 2021 - 2023.
Mixed & Mastered by Jean-Charles Bastion at Studio MER NOIR

1. Sailor
2. Razzle Dazzle
3. Smoke In A Benz
4. St. Augustine
5. OK! Cannibals
6. Sly (Sharp Bungalow)
7. Ouch
8. People
9. 4.30AM
10. Black Girl Summer

Limited K7 Edition out on BLWBCK March 1st, 2024