One of my favorite things about going out on tour is actually coming back to the office and checking the mail deliveries to find that there is a stack of nice new promos that have been delivered in my absence. Being away in Ethiopia for the last 2 1/2 weeks felt like a long time but once arriving back home and seeing what promos record labels have sent out, I realized that there is a very different appreciation for things when you have to wait or when it’s unexpected. Always delivering something fresh, Portland’s Liquid Beat Records always seems to release something that hit’s a home run. This time around, Roane Namuh is the subject of the musical persuasion and has recently dropped his “Petricho” EP.
Petrichor – pet·ri·chor
/ˈpeˌtrīkôr/ noun – a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.
With his new EP “Petrichor”, Producer Roane Namuh continues his tradition of creating the best in beat-based music across a diverse range of styles and tempos. Utilizing his wide-ranging ear and DJ sensibilities, “Petrichor” contains all of the groove, and rich, layered musicality that he is known for. Joining Roane on his rhythmic journey are A+ collaborations with rappers and singers Count Bass D, Nanna.B, Vursatyl, Libretto, Blossom, and Stanley Ipkuss. As with “Cloudshine”, his previous collaborative project with singer Reva DeVito, each featured vocal artist truly melds with Roane’s unique production sensibilities. Roane has that special ability to collaborate with an eclectic group of talented vocalists and still create a sound that is remarkably recognizable as his own.
From the up-tempo styling of “Indecisive” ft. Nanna.B, to the instrumental tracks “Shynawn” & “Hydroburn”, plus the modern neo-soul gem “Smoke” ft. the magnificent pairing of Blossom & Stanley Ipkuss, Roane’s talent for creating a mood through song structure and attention to detail is on full display. The same is true for the Hip-Hop tracks “Crimson” ft. Count Bass D & “History” ft. Vursatyl & Libretto as they show a depth of composition and nuance that fits firmly within the context of the EP’s whole.