coming off the acclaim of pablo — designated by pitchfork as “best new music” and a candidate for the song of summer 2018 — greene drops a three tracker for ghostly’s spectral sound imprint that finds him in fine form.
fort romeau returns with his first 12inch of 2018 following a string of releases on live at robert johnson, running back and ghostly international as well as appearances on compilations from rush hour, cocoon, and mule musiq. on the a side, pablo unfurls with swirling arpeggios which build to a euphoric crescendo while the more heady terracotta explores polyphonic syncopated fm sequences and ambiguous chord progressions.
for their second release on the label, dgtl records asked another one of its festival shows regulars: fort romeau. after playing at three different dgtl editions, and an upcoming fourth during ade, the organization also wanted to propagate his sound with an ep on their imprint. the release consists of two multi-layered compositions, untitled ii and a familiar place, and will be available on the 13th of october.
fort romeaus second outing for running back is another exercise in dance floor synthesis. starting where its predecessor saku left us with the green shimmer of a fairlight, emulators you might have guessed it greets us with the grey realism of an e-mu ii. purchased first by none other than stevie wonder, immortalised in ferris buellers ode to absenteeism and the original loon sampler, there is nothing this machine cannot do for you the same goes for fort romeau. his disco-informed, trance-induced tracks that usually end on a high note, are elevated by ambient soundscapes that end with a bang and sugarcoat your warm-up slots, while bird-heavy bonus beats that stand up on their own or help you out in the mix. nice like a stick of liquo-rice.
reasons marks fort romeaus first full solo release since 2016s secrets & lies on live at robert johnson, having previously released records with ghostly international, running back and his own cin cin imprint. the title track sees the development of the producers interest in playing with the human voice, developing a harmonic and rhythmic hook which builds to a crescendo of wailing synths. c.e.m is a focused dance floor workout built around syncopated sequences which ebb and flow creating a constantly evolving pattern of tension and release. on the final track satellite 2 a pair of beautiful duelling sequences unfurl giving a sense of weightlessness and provide the perfect epilogue to a record that marks the continuing evolution of the producers unique sound.
ramona is proud to present fort romeaus second installment for her live at robert johnson audio enterprise. his take on neo-dance, post-disco and proto-house is as unmistakable as it is dreamlike. ramona is still in love. stay gold, ramona
cin cin, a series of split 12’s from fort romeau (ghostly int. / running back / robert johnson) and warm’s ali tillett. each instalment bringing together friends old and new in a spirit of collaboration and togetherness. kicking things off is label boss fort romeau and ex ostgut ton honcho and panorama bar man nick höppner. “untitled” sees fort romeau whip out the 909 for some acidtechnohousemusic while nick indulges in some ukg influences with steppers “stay” and “splicing hues”
spectral sound has assembled four distinctive but complementary producers to flesh out fort romeaus remix, frankfurt versions. remixes coming from roman fluegel,orson wells, massimiliano pagliara and tuff city kids.
concept record alert! fairlights by fort romeau is a tribute to the - technically minded readers might raise an eyebrow - australian computer musical instrument that people like peter gabriel, herbie hancock or kate bush fell in love with during the late 1970s/early 1980s. anyways, if fort romeaus current album is like painting with oil, fairlights is like drawing with permanent marker- to quote the man himself. all based on the word saku, you will experience an epic journey evolving around heart-breaking dance-floor romanticism, jaw-breaking beat exercises, life-affirming ambient digressions, and a general feeling of spring fever.
fort romeaus debut for ramona and her live at robert johnson audio enterprise couldnt be any better. a london resident and leading member of the current ghostly international family, fort romeaus take on neo dance, post-disco and proto-house is as unmistakable as it is dreamlike. ramona is in love.
fort romeau continues to roll out thoughtfully detailed productions for ghostly in 2013. in march, the london-based producer released the chicago house influenced *sw9* single on ghostlys sub-label spectral sound, and showed his versatile house rhythms in july with its follow-up, the jetee / desire single. 2014 will see his debut album for ghostly — it is his second full-length record, with his debut album kingdoms being released last year on la outsider dance institution 100% silk. in the meantime, he continues to forge masterful house on this four-track ep, entitled stay / true.
pushing movies is a collaborative project from jeffrey sire and dimitri soemotional that celebrates the vintage tones of italo disco, synth pop and all things slick and 80s. -thinking about you- does indeed sound like it could have been made 30 years ago - from the slap bass to the reverse drum fills, plastic fm synth lines and overall aspirational tone, it s the consummate extended 12- mix track. lauer takes the original and smacks it up sharp with some tougher drums and a greater sense of urgency, and then fort romeau takes a subtle approach that keeps much of the original spirit of the track intact while honing the edges for maximum club play and using some cosmic synth flourishes to devastating effect.
correspondant’s comprehensive fifth compilation is due to drop imminently. once again jennifer cardini’s label have recruited a seriously on-point rollcall of friends and family to contribute to its distinctive cosmic, deep, groove-laden veneer as everyone from man power to marvin & guy deliver their rule-free finest. following the first ep sampler with tracks from khidja, jonathan kusuma, marvin & guy and kempes here are four more startling future-shocks from the forthcoming collection. featuring stellar star-gliding synthetic soul from some of the label’s oldest friends such as red axes and javi redondo, kindred spirits such as fort romeau and new friends like colli alban, it’s the perfect set-up for the total knock-down that is the album. guaranteed to be soundtrack our summers, dancefloors and souls for a long time to come…
the lifesaver 3 compilation, the yet most comprehensive package of the lifesaver history, sounds like electro, sharp-edged like the vault in a hague bunker (lauer), provides data pop with piano crescendo (fort romeau), brings the style characteristics of german schlager music to the breakdance mat (rolande garros), lets the bulky lily-of-the-valley bells clang and sends the reverb tails away with the wind (benedikt frey). there are several new names to discover: felix strahd, benjamin milz, vincent feit, and of course there a many old acquaintances: massimiliano pagliara, orson wells, tcb, chinaski. roman flügel brings us “good news”, however: “from another planet.” and fort romeau feels “lost, again”, but in such somnambulistically beautiful manner that you want to get lost with him instantly and jointly find the great joy.
brothers danny and kieran clancy continue their run of highly infectious, club-centric singles, releasing once again on their own krankbrother imprint which has built up a consistent catalogue of music since the labels inception in 2015.
kauf is a l.a.-based singer and composer of exquisite synth-heavy vocal backed scores. fort romeau is a house music producer from uk. one is remixing the other. the result couldnt be better: music for ballroom dancing and putting your greasy leather jacket over your tuxedo and wearing biker boots to a cocktail dress. comes with extended vocal and instrumental mix.
RESONANCE (MATRIXXMAN FORT ROME, MASSIMILIANO PAGLIARA RMX)
coloured 12" Vinyl D14.03.16
after a series of releases on hakt recordings, nicolas jaar’s other people and a collab with kasper bjorke, abstraxion returns to his own biologic records which he co-manages with dc salas? not only is this his first solo ep on the label since a few years, its also the second release to celebrate biologics 10th anniversary year. resonance comprises of the original cut and three remixes. pressing on grey marbled vinyl.
eigentlich ist phillip lauer selbst die gut geölte remixmaschine, die stets feinste ware an andere künstler liefert, entweder als lauer oder zusammen mit gerd janson als tuff city kids. dieses mal läuft die sache andersrum: vier stücke von lauers zweitem, im mai 2015 veröffentlichten album -borndom- wurden von prins thomas, fort romeau, lexx und the working elite auseinander genommen und frisch verpack
after releasing his new album, film of life, late 2014, tony allen makes a bridge with modern club music through 2 remixes. house guru ricardo villalobos and partner max loderbauer present a rework of * african man* , in which they slowly drags it in a minimalist groovy mutation. on b-side, rising londoner fort romeau reveals a new facet of tonys piece * go back*, bringing deep graceful and elegant modern discoid rhythm mixed with damon albarns silky vocals.