Romare – Roots.
This release from Romare ends with traditional hallmarks of house music. Underpinned diva vocal cuts, deep bass coated with syncopated hi-hats and an uplifting piano line reminiscent of stumbling out of the woods at 6am to see the sunrise clad only in a kimono. Yet the beginning sounds like a foghorn spinning around with a welcome foreboding. The journey between these two points is the joy here; the London producer’s transitions are subtle and add layer upon layer of influence. Juke here, jazz there, Detroit house for giggles, space-funk for the plaudits. “Because you can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree’ goes the vocal sample, a challenge to dislike any of the foundations of which the track builds off and Romare’s Afrocentric influences. The result is a trip that goes from darkness to light but always dances. Control of this mish-mash of mood and genre sounds fresh to the average listener with everything at their fingertips.
Perfect for going out, working out or moody house parties.
Romare’s EP ‘Roots’ is out on December 1st. The debut ‘Projections’ LP is slated for February 15th. Both available via Ninja Tune.