Romare

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The young electronic musician known as Romare wears his inspiration on his sleeve – in fact, he takes his very name from it. Having studied African American Visual Culture at University, he had his ‘Sex Pistols moment’ when he came across the work of Romare Bearden. The African American’s collaged, cut’n’paste artworks inspired the young musician to apply a similar technique to music – an approach that was hugely fruitful, and remains central to his work today. After stints as a drummer and guitarist throughout school and university, he moved to Paris where he picked up the turntables and began mixing his own music with samples from second hand records. Romare the musician was born and the template for his debut record.

Underground hothouse Black Acre signed him in 2012, adding him to a formidable roster that included Loops Haunt, Fantastic Mr Fox, Blue Daisy and Dark Sky. The imprint put out his first release Meditations on Afrocentrism in March of that year. He began to play shows, making enough money to finance a move to London. Ensconced in the vast musical melting pot of the capital, he began work on his second EP Love Songs: Part One. Romare’s songs were included on compilations by heavyweights such as Bonobo and Tiga, as well as the Brownswood Recordings imprint.

His debut album, Projections, is named after a pivotal exhibition of his namesake and likewise explores various elements of American life. The album is in many ways a homage to the cycle of cultural appropriation in America. “Work Song” is a tribute to the classic American and namesake work song, whilst “Rainbow” is a celebration of disco. Projections expertly catalogues the movements of influence within music. The album doesn’t just sample music and vocal snatches, but also other sources such as documentaries and marries live instrumentation with the sampling palette.

With fierce support from by the likes of Benji B, Gilles Peterson and Huw Stephens, Romare’s music has, rightfully, already caused a stir. The stage is now set for his stunning debut album, Projections.

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Romare - New Tour Dates 2015 & Rough Trade In-Store

Catch Romare celebrating his debut album Projections, across the UK and Europe over the next few months including his Rough Trade East in-store this Thursday 5 March.

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Romare - Debut Album 'Projections' Out Now & T-shirts In Stock

The debut album from Romare, Projections, is out now on 2LP, CD and digital download from the Ninjashop, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and streaming via your service of choice. T-shirts are also newly in stock on the Ninjashop.

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Romare Rough Trade East In-Store

Following a hugely successful Projections launch at Phonica - photos here - we're happy to announce Romare will be back in London at Rough Trade East for an in-store on 5 March. Pre-order your album and wristband bundle here.

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Romare - Shares 'Work Song' from Debut Album 'Projections'

Dancefloor collagist Romare shares the latest cut from his debut album in the form of Work Song, dropping on 2LP, CD and digitally next Monday 23 February. Orer your copy from the Ninjashop / iTunes / Amazon / Bandcamp

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