Review: Veteran Ninja Tune artist Bonobo has been putting out seriously decent tunes pretty much since the birth of the highly regarded Late Night Tales compilation. It's amazing that they haven't crossed paths before, but with the release of this 33rd entry into the series, the time has finally come for Green to take us on his own nocturnal mission. This 21-track odyssey is seamlessly mixed but the unmixed tracks are also presented so we can enjoy highlights like the velvety soul of 'Didn't I", the hippy funk of "Flowers" and the distorted, fuzzy trap of "Gutter Glitter".
Review: Gilles serves up the latest installment of his label's regular and eagerly awaited compilation series. The label does have a very wide remit when it comes to A&R, but this release collects a host of fresh tracks all with soulful, organic and jazzy elements. Mellow and breezy is certainly the order of the day, with highlights include the deep and emotional house of Hackman's "Forgotten Notes", the medieval chants of Trio Tekke's (InDa alt version), the sore thumb camp disco of The White Lamp's "Make It Good" and the folktronica goodness of "Hidden Depths" by Gentlemen Of The Road.
Review: After the release of his debut Romare LP through Ninja Tune earlier this year, Archie Fairhurst returns to the UK institution with two alternate versions of one of the highlights on this club-ready single. Fairhurst produced "Rainbow" in homage to the American 70's disco scene and the new club mix of grooves along nicely with its smooth double bass and female jazz vocals; with just the right amount of shuffle. By contrast, the bedroom remix finds Romare channelling his inner Ry Cooder. Finally "Love Song" gets upbeat again with some uplifting deepness complete with more lovely vocals, exotic percussion and overall dusty aesthetic.
Review: Archie 'Romare' Fairhurst is a productive chap. This sophomore album appears barely 12 months after his acclaimed debut full-length, Projections. It sees him revisiting a theme first explored on 2013's Love Songs: Part One EP on Black Acre. According to the press release, it's a musical journey through affairs of the heart, moving from the gentle sensuality of melodious beat jam "Who Do You Love", to the sexually-charged dancefloor thrills of restless house cut "New Love", via the gooey-eyed spooning electronica of "L.U.V", and the sweaty, post-punk disco blues of stand-out "All Night". As usual, it's tricky to pin down musically - Fairhurst has always had a thing for darting between sounds and styles at will - but is immaculately produced and hugely entertaining.
Review: Ninja Tune's relentless release schedule continues apace here with the much anticipated debut album from Romare. Under the name, London producer Archie Fairhurst first made waves with a couple of excellent 12" releases for the Black Acre label which revealed a quite distinct approach to production. Inspired by the collages of noted US artist Romare Bearden, Fairhurst's fascination with African-American culture is explored through his productions which deftly weaved in untold amounts of samples in an illuminating fashion. How Romare applies this approach to the album format is one of the most compelling thoughts you will have when listening to Projections. The resultant 11 tracks suggest Fairhurst has achieved it with aplomb.
Come Close To Me (live Session 1) - (8:11) 100 BPM
Je Taaime (live Session 1) - (7:09) 122 BPM
Come Close To Me (live Session 2) - (4:52) 115 BPM
Review: As the title suggests, this four-track escapade from Romare features a quartet of straight-to-tape versions of tracks from his live show. According to Ninja Tune, the tracks were recorded using instruments from his live set up, a handful of samples (primarily from previous "studio" versions of the included tracks) and "occasional bass guitar from his brother". As you'd expect, it's a largely fluid and stripped-back affair, with opener "All Night (Live Session 1)" - a kind of warm, boogie-driven deep house shuffler - and the skewed, late night deep house shuffle of "Come Close To Me (Live Session 2)" standing out. He employs some jazzy guitars and extremely fluid keys solos on "Come Close To Me (Live Session 1)" and "Je T'aime", giving both an attractive, hybrid organic/electronic vibe.
Review: After two long years it's great to welcome back Archie "Romare" Fairhurst, a producer whose 2015 and 2016 albums on Ninja Tune were amongst the label's most potent releases of the last five years. We suspect there's a new album on the way; regardless, this two-tracker is a must-listen. We're particularly enjoying opener "Gone", a sweetly off-kilter affair that sees glassy-eyed chords, loved-up electronics and manipulated blues/jazz samples (piano and vocal) rise above a sparse but brilliantly programmed drum machine rhythm. Virtual B-side "Danger" is equally as potent, with more bluesy vocal samples and fuzzy, electric piano style motifs bubbling away atop a hypnotic, mid-tempo rhythm track and weighty analogue bass.