RØMANS releases new single ‘Love Is The Beast’ featuring Avelino through Roc Nation / Virgin EMI
‘Love Is The Beast’ is equal parts electronic, soul and hip hop. Featuring rising British rapper Avelino, who has supported Stormzy, had the quickest ever 1 million views on Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth and been named BBC 1XTRA ‘Hot for 2017’. It’s a real statement of intent and indicative of what can be expected from RØMANS’ forthcoming ‘Automatic’ EP release, due in Spring 2017.
Speaking about the track RØMANS explains ‘I made the beat in 2015 for Kanye when he’d just started what would become ‘Life Of Pablo’. He took the parts off me and I waited to see if he’d use it for the album. When he didn’t, I knew I wanted to release it myself. Avelino is one of my favorite rappers in the U.K. I grew up in the Garage/Grime era so I’ve been listening to London MC’s for a long time and he’s definitely one of the best. It’s great to see U.K. Hip Hop finally making its mark around the world.’
North London’s RØMANS – is a triple-threat artist: a singer, songwriter, and producer. Having already penned songs for John Legend, Alicia Keys, Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, Kwabs, Låpsley and even Clean Bandit. He has had a hit with Naughty Boy; composed ‘Tears’, a No 5 for Clean Bandit; appeared in the video for Doubt, a song he wrote for Mary J Blige that also featured Taylor Swift; even sat down at a piano with his all-time hero, and fellow Pinner boy, Elton John.
It’s a long way from North London, where RØMANS grew up, “weaned on Elton and The Beatles”. His parents were, he recalls, “always buying me instruments” – he became proficient first on drums, then guitar, piano, cello and sax. “I’m a jack of all, master of none,” he jokes. In his mid-teens, he turned his attention towards production, discovering dance music – garage and drum ‘n’ bass – and the rudiments of production via his laptop and music production software program Fruity Loops.
RØMANS has already racked up huge tastemaker support, radio support and millions of streams on his previously released EPs- and he currently feels comfortable on the size, scope, and shape of that format. RØMANS first EP was Overthinking Pt. 1, featuring the quirky, Oriental-tinged beat and melody of Uh Huh, slow, Spartan ballad I’m Not The Father, and the ominous rumble of Life In Monochrome, all crashing drums, and epic rasping vocals. It was followed by Act I, which included the guitar-fuelled rock gospel of The Die Is Cast, the pretty, pulsating Ballad Of a Figure 8, and This Might Hurt, which sounded a bit like George Michael were he to work with a contemporary-sounding producer like RØMANS. On the Silence EP, he collaborated with the likes of Mary J Blige, Rejjie Snow, and AlunaGeorge on the rousing title track.
What will follow is the “Automatic” EP, self-produced and with ROMANS performing all instrumentation on the recording. It features his most confident compositions to date, all to be revealed in the coming months. 2017 will be RØMANS year.
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