Thursday, 26 February 2015

Recommended music: 'Projections' by Romare


With his début album released this week on Ninja Tune, it's time to shine a light on the musician known as Romare. He took his name from collage and cut'n'paste artist Romare Bearden, and if you listen to this record you might understand why. Hints and snippets of samples are layered upon music that both spans a wide range of dance and electronic styles. Just listen to 'Motherless Child' below and you'll get a hint of what's in store.

Despite being mostly instrumental it still covers a wide range of themes, from the 70s gay disco tribute of 'Rainbow' to 'Work Song' covering that old chain gang mentality and building it into an ultimately uplifting vibe. There's funk, there's soul, there's electronica, and overall it's a brilliant electic collection of sounds. It's one of those records that almost feels like it's someone's life's work, you can feel the heart and soul that Romare has poured into this music.

'Nina's Charm' is the perfect way to start, with the clips of Nina Simone undercut with handclaps and samples, gently easing you into the record. And by the time you get to colder 'La Petit Mort', which chills the vibe back down again, you feel like you've come to the end of a thrilling journey through history.

Highly recommended.

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