Perhaps introducing South London's Fort Romeau, aka Mike Norris, as 'La Roux's keyboardist / programmer' invokes the wrong ideas of poppy electro and angular hair, but his solo productions couldn't be further from all that. Inspired by the likes of Air and Autechre, Norris fuses warm analogue sounds and haunting vocal samples for his debut release, 'Kingdoms', on the seductively offbeat 100% Silk label.
I've got a shiny beige shirt that makes me look like Tony Soprano. I have no idea what I was thinking on that one
Honing some housier vibes, his Mariah Carey-sampling 'Say Something' and 'I Need U' are highlights of the LP, made from his one synthesizer - a Yamaha DX7 and a seven year old laptop. Alongside a quickfire Q&A Norris makes Dazed Digital an amazing new mix featuring the likes of Joy O, Kyle Hall, Ramadanman, and Aphex Twin...
..your secret talent?
I'm exceptionally gifted in the ways of Mikado.
...your worst vice?
Good food and drink. Nice restaurants and champagne don't really mix with having no money though.
…the story behind your name?
My fiance came up with it, I think it's actually a subtle variation of a French town we went on holiday to a while ago.
... your favourite sound?
A popping cork / lapping waves. Ideally both at the same time.
... did you grow up listening to?
Mainly 70s rock, my dad has a pretty large vinyl collection and would constantly play Deep Purple, AC/DC etc, there were a few gems by Moroder and Jean Michel Jarre in there too.
...are you listening to now?
Right this second, "Masks" by Martyn.
...your favourite website?
...your favourite label?
There's loads of great labels, the Workshop 12"s have been pretty flawless for a while.
...your worst fashion secret?
I've got a shiny beige shirt that makes me look like Tony Soprano. I have no idea what I was thinking on that one.
...at the top of your hit/shit list?
If by hit list you mean winners and not people I want to kill then I'm all for Anonymous and their recent DDoS attacks on corporate America. It's like living in a cyberpunk novel.
How would you describe your work?
Electronic body music.
Working on more music, DJing, reading more.
1. - Track title unknown / Artist unknown (Fort Romeau Edit)
1.a - Rok Da House (sample) / The Beatmasters feat. the Cookie Crew
2. - Untitled 2 (Original Mix) / Kassem Mosse
3. - Silent Servant (Regis Edit) / Sandwell District
4. - Tempest / Ramadanman
4.a - On (Mu Ziq Remix) (sample) / Aphex Twin
5. - Sunshine / Moodymann
6. - Morning Factory (Dubplate) [Original Mix] / Ron Trent & Chez Damier
7 - Don't You (SCB Edit) / George Fitzgerald
8 - Rise Up / Hype Williams (Fort Romeau Finger Kick Edit)
9 - Kingdoms / Fort Romeau
10 - Jack Rollin' / Fort Romeau
11 - Jels / Joy O
11.a - Sicko Cell (sample) / ?????
12 - Dances With A Sun Goddess / Kyle Hall
13 - Untitled 1 (Original Mix) / Kassem Mosse
14 - I Luv Dr. Girlfriend / Kyle Hall
Fort Romeau - Exclusive Dazed Mix
Fort Romeau - Jack Rollin'