London-based producer Romare has always been fascinated with the blues and polyrhythms, drawing both into his Meditations On Afrocentrism and Love Songs: Part One EPs with great aplomb. There are very producers who can draw in well-worn sample sources like the blues and flip it into something original, but the Paris-born artist manages it without faltering, creating a mélange of contemporary garage, house, techno and footwork with a decidedly rustic edge. Romare’s latest tune comes in the form of “Jimmy”, a direct track based on absurdly twangy guitar and a flexed out techno structure. “Jimmy” can be downloaded for free here and is a promotion for Romare’s upcoming Ninja Tune debut.
London-resident Romare has never had a problem with taking a left-field stance on rhythm, whether it be the overt West African influence on his Meditations On Afrocentrism EP or the more Chicago-inferred style that permeates his most recent Love Songs: Part One extended player. His latest effort, a rework of The Children Of Lov’s “Fly”, falls in line with his juke fascination and features some eardrum splattering sub-bass. The fact that the remix falls into a hip hop crawl two minutes in shouldn’t surprise any longtime fans and the jarring tempo changes are more than welcome in our book considering the paint-by-the-numbers character of much of today’s dance music. With a huge set of Summer tour/festival dates coming up and new material on the way, expect Romare to come out of 2013 a major player.