Fort Romeau: From Nine Inch Nails to “maybe more cowbells?”


South London producer Mike Norris, who goes by the more unusual moniker Fort Romeau, released his acclaimed debut LP, Kingdoms, on dreamy Stateside label 100% Silk earlier this year. The album is a slow-grooving collection combining classic Chicago house, sweet soul-feeding melodies and, somewhere, an understated, UK kind of grit; all of it worked up into wrought emotion (‘Say Something’) or spacey depth (‘Theo’) with smooth subtlety and eloquence. His most fun fact is his connection to La Roux’s live gig, but he has since established himself as an emerging producer making waves with a certain breed of fizzy, melt-in-your-mouth house which, like all decent creative endeavours, is hard to pin down. This NYE, he plays at the Hydra’s huge Border Community party alongside Ivan Smagghe, Nathan Fake, James Holden and a ton of others, including Koreless and Dauwd. You can catch more on that here: