Preview – Romare @ Oslo, Hackney

We know it’s cold in London. We know the holidays are over and the debauchery of 2014’s tail end is weighing heavily on minds the world over. The mantra of “only things that are good for my body will enter my body” is holding fast and looks set to stay for at least the next fortnight. Well, here at So It Goes we’ve found a loophole. Enter Romare. The UK producer releases his debut artist album on Monday 23rd February through pioneering indie label Ninja Tune and will be commemorating this landmark with a monthly DJ residency at one of the capital’s best new warehouse venues, Oslo in Hackney. Having built up a stellar reputation from just a limited output of three EPs in as many years, Projections looks set to cement this and if his two-track Pusherman/Roots release from December last year is a precursor of what’s to come on the LP then it’ll be a groove-infused, intricate delight.



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With a spotlight on sounds of African and African-American origin, Romare intertwines his influences with considered and calculated production. His stage name is a homage to the late collage artist Romare Bearden and the young Londoner seemingly takes a similar approach with his own art. Genre-blends including disco, hip hop, jazz, afrobeat and house (as well as their musical roots) not only course through his studio creations but also his acclaimed DJ sets which are as thought-provoking as soulful.


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So, let this maestro fill the temple that is you with the musical goodness of both his unheard album material as well as choice, intelligent selections from his vast record collection. Get on the dancefloor. Slink and step to the sounds. You may feel naughty, but there are no added calories and you’ll be left with a sublime taste that will see you through to spring. If anything, it’s good for you.

Romare is playing at Oslo, Hackney on 17th Jan, 21st Feb and 21st March.  Tickets available on Resident Advisor.