Fort Romeau will be making a debut appearance in Leeds thanks to an invitation from PBR Streetgang, who host Lost Property at Wire on Saturday 22nd October. The London-based producer joins the hosts and one of Leeds’ favourite disco selectors, Reeshy Kate, in front of the distinctive Wire arches.
An ever-intriguing producer, Michael Greene bust onto the scene in 2012 with his first release as Fort Romeau, an album titled Kingdoms. Soon joining the likes of Shigeto, Matthew Dear, Gold Panda and countless more electronic visionaries on Ghostly International, the house artist would use releases on the American label to gain widespread attention, springboarding him to further outings on Running Back, Live At Robert Johnson and Spectra Sound. Now also head of his own label, the split EP series Cin Cin, he has overseen some exceptional tracks by Todd Osborn, Laurence Guy and Ripperton, as well as Ostgut Ton’s Nick Höppner, with whom he put out the first instalment.
Stylistically, Greene’s productions show a fondness for melody, with crisp rhythms acting as the driving force for sonic landscapes that develop with subtle progressions and the introduction of increasingly intricate layers. Sets behind the decks which follow a similar ideology, sweeping softly through house, techno and the fringes of disco, set Fort Romeau apart as a DJ as well, illustrating the thoughtful and meticulous approach that he takes to music, crafting atmospheric and emotional journeys.
PBR Streetgang, on the other hand, have shown themselves more at home with a more immediate approach, writing tracks that state their presence as soon as they kick in. Percussion with extra snap, acid with extra snarl and vocals with extra sauce make their tracks a dictionary definition of hard-hitting house, and so you can imagine what their DJ sets sound like too. Nu-disco with added funk adds to the sense that everything they touch includes a little extra something to get it bumping on the dance floor. The same can be said of Reeshy, who PBR profess as one of their favourite DJs, and so the smart money says she’ll make a potent accomplice on what looks to be a delectable night in the Wire basement.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Fort Romeau