The sophomore release from UK house diva Mike Greene promises more pillow-stuffed loveliness floating over four-to-the-floor beats that'll probably send you completely Plato in the middle of the dance floor. He's a (presumably) self-confessed practitioner of "slow listening", so if you want to know what the hell that means then get this.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 26 March 2015
On Ghostly International we have some rather heart-wrenching electronic sounds from UK boy Mike Greene masquerading as Fort Romeau. Droolworthy production finesse meets some nice, steadily pumping slo house beats to either take you to space or bed, with definite parallels to smooth mover John Talabot’s gradual thump.
It’s pretty effective at toeing the line between dancefloor filler and chillout introspection, with almost Balearic bass grooves underpinning lush and playful synth touches. These moments of brightness are sparsely placed throughout each track in a careful way that feels a lot more naturally minimal than a lot of similar takes on the chill house sound. As this is house, expect vocal samples chopp’d ‘n’ loop’d, and yep, they’re here and as airy as ever. Some piano throwback even appears on 3rd track ‘All I Want’ backed by a suitably euphoric set of chords, all thrown through Greene’s glassy reverb. Title track ‘Insides’ contains some rippling field sample as a subtle feature of the beat, and it’s moments like this that place Fort Romeau as a significant figure on the house scene. Mid to late album yields some treats in the form of the more upbeat ‘Not A Word’ to get you going and ‘IKB’ taking you to synthy ambient realms.
There isn’t a huge amount of groundbreaking going on here, but it’s the edge that each sound has that keeps you attentive - satisfyingly thick bass, spacey chords and a solid set of percussion. That’s all you need in house, really.
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