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Romare
£16.50

Main Artist

Romare

Description

Following stints as a drummer and guitarist throughout school and university (where he undertook studies in African American Visual Culture), Romare—real name Archie Fairhurst—began mixing his own music with samples from second hand records after picking up a pair of turntables and making a move to Paris. This early exploration of a cut’n’paste style proved to be a hugely fruitful approach, and remains central to his work today. After signing to the underground UK label Black Acre in 2012, Fairhurst put out his first release in March of that year. He began to play shows, making enough money to finance a move to London. Ensconced in the vast musical melting pot of the capital, he began work on his second EP ‘Love Songs: Part One’, and saw his songs included on compilations by heavyweights such as Bonobo, Tiga and Gilles Peterson. His debut album, “Projections”, was released by Ninja Tune in 2015 to widespread acclaim. Voted ‘Album of the Year’ by DJ magazine, it received rapturous reviews across the board and established Fairhurst as a producer to watch, with Mixmag lauding “a meticulous touch that seems to run through everything he does”. Returning with “Love Songs: Part Two” in 2016, his second album showed Romare expanding, deepening and developing his techniques. Although sampling from vinyl still played a key role in his practice, Fairhurst played much more of the music on this new record, from monophonic synthesisers to his grandmother’s recorder and his dad’s mandolin, with electric bass, plus a variety of guitars and keyboards taking central roles, too. His sample sources had changed a little, too, moving from the jazz and blues which distinguished “Projections” to disco and psychedelic.