Review: For their second release on their label arm, Amsterdam festival DGTL has tapped another one of its regulars for a release: Michael Greene aka Fort Romeau. The UK producer came into the spotlight with releases on Running Back, Live At Robert Johnson and Ghostly International amongst others. In 2015 he also set up his own label, Cin Cin, releasing split EPs from established names and newcomers alike, with a diverse musical policy that reflects his open minded and inquisitive approach. After playing at three editions of the festival, they 'wanted to propagate his sound with an EP on their imprint.' Starting off in fine fashion with the evocative mood lighting of "Untitled II" with its Larry Hard bassline and layers of neon-lit pads over a steady groove. Next up Greene offers up a taste of the acid life on "A Familiar Place" this is proper dancefloor drama - 303 style, that would make even Tin Man stand up and notice.
Review: This is UK producer Fort Romeau's first full solo release since 2016's "Secrets & Lies" on Live At Robert Johnson, having previously released records on Ghostly International, Running Back and his own Cin Cin imprint. On the Reasons EP, the title track sees him experimenting with the human voice, developing a harmonic hook with those angelic elements that's altogether a magically ethereal experience. Next up "C.E.M" is a mesmerising and hypnotic groover aimed squarely at the dancefloor with its rich layers of spangling arpeggios. Speaking of which; the final track 'Satellite 2' utilizes said sequences once again to stunning effect, assisted by rich vintage synth pads which closes out this fine EP in absolutely evocative fashion. More quality music from one of house music's most talented producers of the moment.
Review: It can be hard to predict what Fort Romeau will do next. While he's always excelled at making evocative, melancholic blends of vintage deep house, instrumental synth-pop and glistening electronica, he's prone to frequent stylistic shifts, as his eccentric 2015 outings on Cin Cin and Running Back neatly demonstrated. For this EP on Live At Robert Johnson, he's back to his deep and emotion-rich best, laying down a trio of tracks that emphasise mood, melody and simple beauty over the demands of the dancefloor. "Facing The Sea" is the most obvious club-friendly of the three - think chugging, hissing rhythms, winding melodies and Behaviour-era Pet Shop Boys chords - though it's the intensely beautiful "Seventyfour" that really stands out.
Review: Michael Greene has had a very successful career to date, from starting out on 100% Silk before progressing to Spectral Sound, Live At Robert Johnson and Running Back over the past couple of years. Most notably, the British artist has already dropped his second album Insides on Ghostly International, and now the tougher sister label Spectral offers up key tracks to a heavy-hitting cast of remixers to refigure. Roman Flugel brings a lopsided, shuffling kink to bear on "Insides" while Orson Wells drops a tough and testy brand of boxy deep house over "Lately". Massimiliano Pagliara has a smoother, Balearic drift guiding his version of "All I Want" and Tuff City Kids wrap things up with two widely varying mixes of "Cloche".
Review: For his last appearance on Running Back, Fort Romeau unashamedly paid tribute to the legendary Fairlight CMI sampling computer. On this follow-up, he turns his attention to another legendary piece of kit from the early 1980s: the more affordable E-Mu series of sampling keyboards/digital workstations. Naturally, the assembled "Emulators" are rich in vibrant and colourful synthesizer motifs, crunchy drum machine hits, elastic basslines and nods towards the kind of club-ready instrumental synth-pop jams that many would consider "Balearic". Highlights-wise, we're particularly enjoying the full-throttle hustle of "Emu" (think Chicken Lips meets early Italian dream house), the glistening ambient rush of "Emu III" and the undulating, acid-flecked cheeriness of digital-only bonus cut "Emu IV". That said, the thrillingly percussive "Bonus Birdy Beats" version of "Emu III" is pretty smart, too.
Review: Michael Greene - better known as Fort Romeau - returns to Munich's Permanent Vacation with four bold and emotive sonic journeys, following up his well-received essential mix and releases on Spectral Sound and his own eponymous imprint. This new offering Heaven & Earth opens with the epic "Just" - an immersive and blissed-out cut, carried along by its hypnotic 303 acid awash in shimmering layers of arpeggio. Green's knack for glassy-eyed and heart-felt affairs for the dancefloor has been well proven in the past, and it's best heard on "Eye Of Re" and the title track in particular, which touches on the same sophisticated style as 2017's Reasons EP.
Review: British A.M. expert Fort Romeau back on his eponymous imprint. This sophomore release follows up last year's tremendous Reasons EP and it has certainly been worth the wait. More deep and slinky tech house that Michael Greene has earned his reputation with, on such labels as Live At Robert Johnson, Running Back and DGTL previously. Here we are treated to the sublime dancefloor drama of "Pablo". Employing his trademark use of melodic layers, emotive strings and subtle rhythms to powerful effect overall. He ventures deeper into the late night on second offering "Terracotta", a hypnotic affair intertwined with lush FM synthesis tones that's geared for some proper heads-down moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Spectral was one of the first labels that Michael Greene aka Fort Romeau released on at the start, and five years after his debut, he revisits the US label for his latest release. "Untitled III" is a seductive, tripped out affair, with melancholic melodies unravelling over a stripped back, electronic groove. On "Organelle", Greene slows the tempo down and fuses it with a beautiful organ riff - hence the title - while closing track "Empire" sees the UK offer his unique take on minimalism. Led by a glass-fragile rhythm and intricate percussion, it's one of the most individualistic takes on techno that you'll hear this year.
Review: British deep house hero Fort Romeau presents his debut on Corespondant with more 'paranoid music for paranoid times' on the Dada EP. Existing in two distinct forms, the first version is a tunneling and hypnotic epic, which chugs along with a locomotive syncopation. Its sinister whistling melody reaching near acid-like moments, while a restrained rhythm section supports it from beneath. The second version goes deep into the jungle on this atmospheric raindance, entrancing you with its powerful tribal polyrhythms. Two remixes follow: Brazilian producer Terr's neon-lit rendition bridges the gap between, techno, trance and nu-disco, while ascendant Israeli producer Niv Ast delivers a lo-slung indie-dance rework - one that channels the distinct Tel Aviv vibe.
Review: You can always count on British producer Mike Green aka Fort Romeau to provide epic and majestic and dancefloor drama, material that's been been heard on Permanent Vacation, Running back and Correspondant in recent times. He returns to Live At Robert Johnson to follow up 2016's Secrets & Lies with two brand new tracks here. Featuring the mesmerising dancefloor drama of "Dweller On The Threshold" awash in a dazzling array of rich melodic synth tapestries, while the moody and heads-down hypnotism of "Kontra Punkte" will entrance you deep into submission with its intoxicating bell textures - reaching near moments of sonar transmission.
Review: Gerd Jansen's first collection of autobahn-inspired "ambient-not-ambient" cuts, released back in 2012, was something of an overlooked triumph. If anything, this second volume in the series - once again packed with exclusive, never-before-heard material - is even better. There are glistening, far-sighted excursions from Leon Vynehall, Shan and Orson Wells, a brilliant chunk of shuffling dancefloor hypnotism from Joy Orbison, and some vintage, low-slung ambient fare from Dutch veteran Orlando Voorn. Meanwhile, Disco Nihilist's "Melancholy" is formidable emotive - unsurprising, given the Detroit and deep synth-pop influences - while Lauer's "Autofahrn" is a thrillingly authentic Kraftwerk tribute.
Review: People often forget that the widely-praised Robert Johnson club is actually from Offenbach and not Frankurt, a small town situated about 10 miles out of the city centre. Over the last few years, there's been a resurgence of talent emanating from the town, such as DJ Slynsgshot and his Yappin collective and associated artists like the Vincent Feit who opens the clubs thurd instalment of the Lifesaver series with a naughty little house melter called "X04". Across the comp, other RJ casuals appear, such as Massimigliano Pagliara with "Forever What", an aptly tropical house excursion, or Philip Lauer, Fort Romeau and the lesser known Felix Strahd. All in all, this is about the best house/techno compilation we've received all year and, like everything else the club does, it is an excellent addition to their catalogue. 10/10.
Review: Like a long and blurry session at the storied Robert Johnson club, Time Travel brings the listener on a real musical journey. It moves from the low-slung disco of Massimiliano Pagliara's "Sometimes at Night" into the deep, ponderous house of Portable and Maximillion Dunbar, moving into more dance floor focused grooves thanks to Benedikt Frey and Orson Wells before Frankfurt DJ Roman Flugel drops the brilliant wide screen electro of "Girls With Status". While Time Travel does largely document music emanating from the German city, it also goes back to the 80s to include the eternal Italo classic, "Flucht" by Zwischenfall.
Clark - "Strength Through Fragility" - (2:18) 125 BPM
Nosaj Thing - "2K" - (2:32) 135 BPM
Review: Danish power trio of electro-pop persuasion consisting of of drummer/DJ/producer Tomas Barfod, and the two-headed vocal monster singer/bassist Tomas Hoffding, AKA Bon Homme and singer/guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg present us with a dreamy, deep and ethereal journey much in the vein of their own productions as a continuous mix. Highlight include The Acid's "Ra" (David August Remix), George Fitzgerald's melodic journey track "Your Two Faces" and DJ Tennis with "Diversions" and the Roman Flugel remix of it which is just amazing. All in all a consistent mix that'll help you drift away wonderfully. Available as individual tracks plus a bonus continuous mix.