Romare (UK) / Odotte
Archie Fairhurst, also known as Romare, wears his love for all to see – 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.
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 while Romare’s songs were included on compilations by heavyweights such as Bonobo, Tiga or Gilles Peterson.
His debut album, “Projections” was voted Album of the Year by DJ magazine, while also being acclaimed by Mixmag or The Guardian. Romare also received warm support at radio by everyone from Annie Mac and Gilles Peterson to Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens, while renowned DJs as varied as Four Tet and Pete Tong supported on the dancefloor. “Love Songs: Part Two” shows Romare expanding, deepening and developing his techniques.
ODOTTE [odotɛ], which means “dancing” in Japanese, is a group of 3 Djs who are brought together by their afffinity for house, garage, disco edits, techno & more. ODOTTE started the project in 2016 and since then they have been delivering eclectic, lush & pumping selections.
Each member has a distinct style, yet the transitions flow smoothly as they create a single story together, empowering liberating moves on the dance floor.