Review: Still reeling from his FWD NRG contribution to Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound label, Fort Romeau keeps it fifth gear with a return to Permanent Vacation. Showing no signs of slowing, Fort Romeau powers ahead with the throttling synths of "Control" that explode in a crescendo before falling into a dangerously hot minimal groove. "10,000 Leaves" then opts for something a little more syncopated and percussive, with splashes of noise, crackles and snappy claps. Fort Romeau for the win!
Review: Munich-based Permanent Vacation perform their usual yearly ritual by serving up a bunch of essentials, with their seventh edition here including a whopping 25 tracks. Kicking things off in style is Madrilian producer Pional's uplifting anthem "Tempest", label chief Benjamin Froehlich appears with "Drawn From Memory" which receives an evocative rework by French legend I:Cube, while German nu-disco heroine Perel is on point as always with the neon-lit "Angelika". Elsewhere, Irish duo New Jackson present the glassy-eyed and bittersweet "Romancecar", label co-head Tom Bioly gives us the deep Italo vibe of "Night Heat", label staple Fort Romeau shows off his usual knack for emotive dancefloor drama on "Heaven & Earth", plus the worthy addition of Terr's dark disco delight "Have You Ever" (Dub Version).
Review: More ominous and dreamy deep house by Fort Romeau. The Berlin-based Brit debuted for Permanent Vacation last year with the terrificHeaven & Earth EP and is fast becoming a staple of Munich-based imprint, going onto remixes for artists such as Lauer and Kauf. His new offering "The Mirror" is an evocative and sensual piece of mood music that's quite reflective of the strange time we are currently living in. "A Far Reaching Light'' takes on another style of dancefloor drama on this slinky and hypnotic journey, and lastly he takes you further down the spiral on the chugging, textured sonic tapestry of "The Wind As It Took Her". Like his Dada EP on Correspondant last year, this is 'paranoid music for paranoid times' yet again by Michael Greene.
Review: To the Robert Johnson club, Andrew Weatherall was one of the Frankfurt institution's most beloved residents. 'Lifesaver 4' is a compilation dedicated to the memory of the veteran DJ, featuring young talents and seasoned companions that have paid their musical tribute in order to commemorate the club's 21 year anniversary. Highlights not limited to: Perel's psychedelic off-kilter opener "Feuer & Wasser", the low slung sunset sounds of Panorama Bar resident Massimiliano Pagliara on "Before I Let You Go", club mainstay Gerd Janson delivering a typically neon-lit rendition of Portable's "Unity", the surprising addition of nearby Offenbach-based talent Cedric Dekowski on the afterhours minimal funk of "Livius" and Fort Romeau delivering his idiosyncratic style of hypnotic house on "Another Dymention". "Fail we may, sail we must".
Review: During the ongoing global pandemic, many of us have been daydreaming about dancing the night away at clubs and festivals. When we are allowed to do this again, Fort Romeau's "Fantazia" could well be one of the tracks we here the most. Retro-futurist in tone, blessed with out of this world acid lines and the kind of hypnotic, looped riffs tailor-made to tease you towards euphoria, the track has all the makings of a care-free dancefloor anthem. In contrast, fiendishly fast techno workout "Neuromancer" is much more of a dark room-friendly, heads-down affair, while closing cut "Annadin" - a collaboration with progressive house era outfit Sunscreem - is a similarly stomping slab of late night delight rich in echoing piano stabs, razor-sharp riffs, twisted acid lines and booming bass.
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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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: 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.
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.
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.