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I'm not sure I've heard anything on the excellent 100% Silk imprint from a British artist before, but here's London's Mike Norris, aka Fort Romeau, with a mini-album of drifty techno driven by crisp beats and washes of reverbinated vocals. Geography aside, though, this release is very much in tune with the label's fresh and modern house/disco/italo aesthetic. It's got lots of pumping minimal '90s house beats with all sorts of drifty, wibbly ethereal melodies over the top. In places it's reminding me a little of a bouncier, more dancefloor-orientated Balam Acab or something. One thing that impresses is that this was all made with no more than a seven-year-old laptop and a Yamaha DX7 synth, so the tones and textures created here are the product of a strict set of limitations on Norris's part giving it a stripped back autumnal techno feel in places. That simplicity and tonal minimalism works in his favour, though, for tracks with immediate appeal but also a sense of continuity through the course of the disc. It's kind of a modern take on house, I suppose, sidestepping all the dubstepesque wibbles adopted by many of his contemporaries for a fresh, crisp, gently pumping bit of chillout four to the floor drift. Another refreshing Silk cut.
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