Monday, 3 June 2019

Romare ‎– Projections (2015)

Style: House, Hip Hop
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Ninja Tune

01.   Nina’s Charm
02.   Work Song
03.   Motherless Child
04.   Ray’s Foot
05.   Roots
06.   Jimmy’s Lament
07.   Lover Man
08.   Rainbow
09.   Prison Blues
10.   The Drifter
11.   La Petite Mort

Romare Bearden was an artist and musician who chronicled African-American life and culture during the jazz age. Romare is an artist and musician who has adopted Bearden’s collagist approach and uses it to fuse decades of African-American musical styles into a format familiar to modern dancefloors. It’s an album full of warmth: Rainbow pairs a snatch of smoky, soulful vocal with the groove of old garage house; Roots mixes an ecstatic piano hook with African drum loops and a sample of Malcolm X. Romare’s skill and his affection for his sources mean Projections’ component parts all hang together beautifully, but this is more than just an act of curation: it works for the dancefloor, often hitting on grooves that are as timeless as they are difficult to resist. Reminiscent of the early-00s output of Saint Germain, Caribou’s side project Daphni, or even early Basement Jaxx, Perceptions might not feel entirely original, but it is thoroughly winning. 
Paul MacInnes / The Guardian

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