Ghostly’s Fort Romeau comes up trumps with a summer-y mix that provides the aural equivalent of a giddy teenage stroll beneath the iridescent lights of an amusement park in June. If you’ve no idea what the hell that means, we can assure you it means warm, imaginative and thoroughly inviting disco and house that has a bliss-inducing, anticipatory vibe about it.
Hats off to our friends at Ghostly who managed to snap up Mike Greene AKA Fort Romeau from the ever brilliant 100% Silk label. Truth be told, all A&Rs should (and probably do), watch that label like a hawk. The amount of quality, forward-thinking dance music released in such a short time really is quite the achievement.
Last year the London-based Fort Romeau released his debut album ‘Kingdoms’ on the LA-based label and by all accounts he’s only just getting started. If his present course doesn’t falter, the upcoming Ghostly-released "Jetée / Desire" should be an album to remember.
Back to the matter at hand: the 48th edition of the GhostlyCast starts out in the warm and inviting end of the spectrum with track and edits by the selector himself, Prins Thomas, DJ Harvey and Jacob Korn.
Further into the proceedings, Mike Greene effortlessly balances yearning melancholy with downright lustful conga-fied house and disco and as things progress you do get the sense that the mix was: 'Recorded on a rainy London June evening the mix longs for the halcyon days of summer to come.’ As Ghostly so eloquently put it.
In less sophisticated and more blunt terms: if you only listen to one summer mix this June, make it Fort Romeau’s Ghostly podcast. And in the words of Dave Chappelle impersonating Rick James: ’Enjoy yourself!’