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Projections
ZENDNL 218
23 Feb 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Nina's Charm - (3:20) 98 BPM
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Work Song - (4:55) 51 BPM
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Motherless Child - (5:11) 78 BPM
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Ray's Foot - (3:00) 66 BPM
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Roots - (7:53) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jimmy's Lament - (3:04) 116 BPM
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Lover Man - (2:44) 100 BPM
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Rainbow - (5:11) 60 BPM
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Prison Blues - (3:57) 54 BPM
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The Drifter - (4:34) 120 BPM
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La Petite Mort - (7:12) 148 BPM
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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.
Love Songs/Part Two
ZENDNL 234
11 Nov 16
Deep House
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Who To Love? - (3:16) 118 BPM
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All Night - (4:54) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Je T'aime - (6:56) 115 BPM
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Honey - (5:39) 120 BPM
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Come Close To Me - (6:41) 110 BPM
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Don't Stop - (4:08) 97 BPM
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Who Loves You? - (8:25) 115 BPM
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L.U.V - (6:24) 93 BPM
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New Love - (6:29) 120 BPM
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My Last Affair - (5:36) 114 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino, Danny Russell
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.
Come Close To Me (Live Session 1)
ZENDNLS 462
27 Jun 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Come Close To Me (live Session 1) - (8:11) 100 BPM
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Rainbow
ZENDNLS 418
11 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rainbow (club) - (8:46) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rainbow (Bedroom) - (4:55) 120 BPM
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Love Song - (8:47) 96 BPM
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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.
Love Songs Pt 1
ACRE 040D
25 Mar 13
Bass
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Your Love (You Give Me Fever) - (5:53) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jimi & Faye (Pt 1) - (5:12) 88 BPM
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Taste Of Honey (From The City) - (6:16) 63 BPM
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Hey Now (When I Give You All My Lovin') - (2:26) 63 BPM
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Meditations On Afrocentrism
ACRE 032D
03 May 12
Bass
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Freedom (Aspirations Of A Prisoner) - (3:23) 155 BPM
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The Blues (It Began In Africa) - (3:55) 62 BPM
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Down The Line (It Takes A Number) - (4:14) 88 BPM
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I Wanna Go (Turn Back) - (5:26) 155 BPM
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Footnotes - (13:22) 147 BPM
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All Night
ZENDNLS 479A
26 Oct 17
Funky/Club House
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All Night (live Session 1) - (9:45) 118 BPM
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Live Sessions 1
ZENDNLS 479
10 Nov 17
Deep House
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All Night (live Session 1) - (9:45) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Come Close To Me (live Session 1) - (8:11) 100 BPM
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Je Taaime (live Session 1) - (7:09) 122 BPM
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Come Close To Me (live Session 2) - (4:52) 115 BPM
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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.
Roots
ZENDNLS 410
01 Dec 14
Deep House
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Roots - (7:53) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pusherman - (6:09) 89 BPM
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Played by: Quincy Jointz
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