Just in time for Summer’s warm up arrives Romare’s ‘Come Close To Me (Live Session 1)’ a hazy, pulled-apart live edit of the single taken from his 2016 LP Love Songs: Part Two. Along with the track, which rides out like a slow-burning exercise in self-sampling, is a witty, 80’s inspired music video drenched in analog VHS sheen and complete with a blurry Mazda speeding off into a fading dusk. “From our first phone call discussing the concept for ‘Come Closer’ [Come Close To Me’ – Ed]”, says director Greg Barnes “Archie (Romare) and I were on the same page. We both wanted to push the limits of what a performance-based, session style video could be, and it was clear that meant smoke, lasers, and his Mazda.”
The single and video are released today (premiered via Crack) on Ninja Tune, just as Romare prepares for his forthcoming headline show at KOKO on 11th November – his biggest and dare we say most impressive performance to date– which will see him showcase his disco-heavy cuts with a live band in addition to DJ sets by Romare himself and a string of other companions late into the night.
A taster to celebrate the forthcoming amorous excursions which make up his second album Love Songs: Part Two, Romare presents the single Who Loves You?. Combining a punk-funk b-line, a disco rhythm, a dubbed-out vocal sample and a hundred-and-one subtle elements you’ll barely notice, ‘Who Loves You?’ is that rare thing – a dancefloor filler with real intelligence and a genuine, low-slung sexiness.
Developing and expanding upon the brilliance of his debut Projections (voted LP of year in DJ Mag and supported by likes of Bonobo, Annie Mac and Four Tet), Love Songs: Part Two cements Romare’s reputation as one of the most exciting, confident and distinctive producers in electronic music. His sample sources have changed a little too, moving from the jazz and blues which distinguished Projections to disco and psychedelic. His parents love of Irish traditional folk music, which Romare grew up with have also influenced the sounds on this album.
“I’ve tried to cover different areas,” Fairhurst explains, “from sexual urges to tender first encounters, from affairs to the questioning of one’s love.” Whatever Romare does, though, it’s held together by his own unique aesthetic, a sonic signature which stamps everything he does as his and his alone. An original reaching the height of his game, it’s time to listen… and fall in love.
1 Who To Love?
2 All Night
3 Je T’aime
5 Come Close To Me
6 Don’t Stop
7 Who Loves You?
9 New Love
10 My Last Affair
12” TRACKLIST (OUT 28TH OCT)
A Who Loves You?
B Together (vinyl exclusive)
“Projections comes off like Voodoo Ray reworked by DJ Shadow; its drumming littered with infectious swing, its samples illuminating and attention gripping, its atmosphere pronounced and consistent, and its riffs and hooks heavy – and unabashedly joyous.”
Cut ‘n paste auteur Romare shares a new track, Love Song, first played by Annie Mac on Radio 1. The track is taken from his Rainbow 12″ dropping on 21st August. Listen to the previously shared club edit of the title-track here.
Romare is set to debut this new live audio-visual setup on the 8 of October at London’s Oval Space, including brand new arrangements of cuts from his debut album Projections, with support coming from Werkha and former Black Acre label mate Clap! Clap!.
Cut-n-paste extraordinaire, dancefloor mover and shaker, auteur of ambience: Romare is back with a new single Rainbow, picked up immediately by Annie Mac who recently #firstplayed the club version of this album favourite.
Romare’s debut, Projections, was released via Ninja Tune in April to critical acclaim from The Guardian, DJ Mag, Clash, Mixmag & many more. ‘Rainbow’ was produced in homage to the American 70’s disco scene has been re-worked as two alternative versions, the Club version and the Bedroom version. The two versions are complemented by an entirely new track, ‘Love Song.’ Appropriately, it finds itself right in the middle of Romare’s mood mash-ups—a sweet spot indeed.
1. Rainbow (Club)
2. Rainbow (Bedroom)
3. Love Song
Below you can watchthe new self directed video from south London-based producer Romare for track “Motherless Child”, taken from album “Projections” which is out on February 23rd 2015 on Ninja Tune. Pre-order here.
“There are two tributes running through the song. One is to John Lennon and the other is to the spiritual ‘Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child’. The two are related as John Lennon’s mother was killed when he was young, so I thought I would juxtapose moving images to explore this relationship” – Romare
Earlier this month the south London-based producer joined Gilles Peterson in the BBC 6Music studios sharing some of the inspiration behind the record and pressing play on another exclusive track, Motherless Child; catch up on the iPlayer for the next three weeks here. He continues his monthly residency at Oslo Hackney on Saturday 21 February; pick up tickets from Resident Advisor.
Great dance music albums – albums that sound as good on headphones and home speakers as they do on club soundsystems – aren’t easily made. In a form whose primary aims have been to move dancefloors and to move on, full lengths that thrill the head, heart and the feet with equal power are few and far between. Ninja Tune believes Romare has made one.
With the gripping shock of the new that announces the best records of the genre – from Entroducing through Blue Lines to Ambient Classics – Romare has both a singular style, and great deal to say with it. Projections comes off like Voodoo Ray reworked by DJ Shadow; its drumming littered with infectious swing, its samples illuminating and attention gripping, its atmosphere pronounced and consistent, and its riffs and hooks heavy – and unabashedly joyous.
The album is a heady mix of homage and fresh approach, a statement from a young artist unafraid to revel in his influences, and confident in his own originality. The songs on Projections are homages to elements of American/African culture in the USA – which Romare studied academically. Taking his name from Romare Bearden, the well-known cut’n’paste artist / collagist, and applying similar techniques to music.
“Rainbow” is a homage to gay rights via disco in the 70’s, and “Work Song” to the great American work song tradition. Opener “Nina’s Charm” sets out the stall for the album. A tiny, near spoken snippet of Nina Simone’s voice is set against a hypnotic synth riff and a dislocated gospel-choir chant. The result is something utterly fresh; a tone setter that worms through the ear and floods the brain in soothing catharsis. “Motherless Child” opens with a shuffling jazz swing, allowing its sample of the African-American spiritual from which it takes its title to shine in full. When a simple, riff-like melody arrives, the song transforms into a sultry, glorious slow-dance workout. “Lover Man’s” striking, cut-up synth riff is set up against chiming stabs and slurred chords, a snatched, swing vocal enticing us in to the wonkiest of grooves.
Romare reimagines the profound cultural impact of the collage technique for a new generation of music listeners. With his signing to Ninja Tune, coming hot on the heels of his excellent 12”s on underground institution Black Acre, and compilation inclusions by Tiga, Bonobo and Brownswood, the stage is set for his debut album.Projections, like the best albums from the dance music world, is informed by scenes and genres but not entirely of them. It’s a self-contained universe that rewards much exploration. Most of all, it’s excited about the possibilities within music, and vastly exciting itself.
1. Nina’s Charm
2. Work Song
3. Motherless Child
4. Ray’s Foot
6. Jimmy’s Lament
7. Lover Man
9. Prison Blues
10. The Drifter
11. La Petite Mort