When introducing the world to his sophomore album, Insides, Fort Romeau explained how preparing and performing in certain European clubs informed his creative process. The attention to detail and patient composition mirrored his sets at places like Robert Johnson in Frankfurt, where he could develop a rich musical narrative over the course of multiple hours. And now, Frankfurt Versions springboards from Insides' slow-burning dancefloor into the next room over, where hearty club grooves dominate the soundsystem.
Spectral Sound has assembled four distinctive but complementary producers to flesh out Fort Romeau's remix 12". Dial Records vet Roman Flügel builds on vaporous atmosphere and snappy movements for his densely layered version of "Insides". Tackling "Lately" and "All I Want", Robert Johnson regulars Orson Wells and Massimiliano Pagliara display their love for bassline-driven dance music. And the Tuff City Kids outfit (a.k.a. Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer) delivers two interpretations of Insides closer "Cloche": a chunky "Club Mix", and the digital exclusive "Disco Mix", which lives up to its title with high-stepping beats and generous cosmic sparkle. Frankfurt Versions doesn't just wrangle together Fort Romeau's cohorts and contemporaries, it illustrates their vitality in spades.
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