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Some baggy moves from London based producer Romare. Roots is the single before the LP which will be out early 2015. It begins with an intriguing guttural vibration, like an acid trip guided by a didgeridoo. With this Romare lays the foundation and he slowly tumps this jazzy house groove. He intersperses hats, hand claps and soulful vocal samples in a Moodymanesque fashion. Out on 12" vinyl from Ninja Tune.

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Roots by Romare
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6/10 Laurie Staff review, 08 January 2015

I’ve already been accused of making that frog noise at the beginning of ‘Roots’ before even starting the review. In reality, London producer Romare probably just recorded a burp then put it into a sampler. Released on Ninja Tune as a preview for his upcoming LP this year, the 12” serves as a little window into his world of steady grooves.

The A side is decidedly lacklustre considering the promise shown on the previous 12 inchers - a mid-paced groove barely excites during the first half, pivoting solely on that froggy sample. The sample becomes its own phrase during the second half and the beat marginally more intense, but it just doesn’t amaze. A few extra layers here and there would be pretty welcome, and the track can’t rely on that much-used buildup where everything drops out and a vocal sample says, well, anything, then boom, the full beat kicks in til the end. Heard that many times, and requires more of an interesting groove to pull off.

‘Pusherman’ on the B side certainly outshines the A but seems like one of Ninja Tunes’ weaker tracks from 10 years ago or so. A slower, funkier beat drives this one with a pendulum-like quality, but again, a lack of production detail is ultimately its downfall. Lets hope these are the ‘big ones’ from the album only and Romare will show us that invigorating side again.


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