Romare “Work Song”

It’s no secret where indie-electronic musician Romare‘s influences lie. His name was taken from American collage artist Romare Bearden, and his music echoes the cut-and-paste aspect of Bearden’s work. I’ve been enjoying his debut, Projections, which just dropped on Ninja Tune. But if you want a taste, “Work Song” is a good place to start. All of Romare’s tracks rely on repetition, with a heavy reliance on soul-fueled tracks that are heavy with strange-yet-familiar samples. “Work Song” starts off sounding like late ’90s Moby before branching off into a more modern breakdown. Sure his various homages to black American culture might seem ham-fisted (“Motherless Child”???), but overall his influences come together in a way that feels infectiously authentic.

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