Sean Roman’s bio tells us he’s ‘Deep North affiliated,’ which, on closer inspection, turns out to be a music collective from Toronto, running nights and recording mixes. The Deep North name suits Sean Roman’s smooth and bassy brand of deep house, peppered with sexy vocals and nostalgic plinky-plonky metallicky chimes (see Passion Crimes). Strangely enough his roots are in drum n bass, under his Mutt moniker, but you can definitely hear the garagey basslines and high-pitched vocals in tracks like Phone Call and I think that’s what tickles me the most – I feel like I’m 13 again and turning up my parents’ stereo to the likes of Artful Dodger, but it’s a guilty pleasure that’s grown up into something a bit more rounded. See what I mean:
He’s responsible for the beautiful, epic, and much-played Sinnaman on Assembly Records last year, his track Sarah’s Song appeared on Hot Waves 2, and 2012 has already been jam packed, with two eps in 10 days; the Staring EP on Molotov21 and the latest This Thang EP on Neim.
He’s also got a side project that goes under White Lions and is often to be seen on My Favourite Robot compilations with label-mate James Teej - just listen to the bass kick in at 1min 30 on this little beauty.
Here’s a little mix to get you started, from the excellent Gotta Dance Dirty blog. Worth noting are Passion Crimes (41mins) and What I’m Missing (7mins), both on an EP coming to Miguel Campbell‘s Outcross Records in March.
1.Solomun – Something We All Adore – Supernature
2.James Fox – New Jack Swing (Sean Roman Slight Alterations Edit) – Well Rounded Housing Project
3.Sean Roman – What I’m Missing – Outcross
4.Green Velvet – Flash (Jamie Jones Remix) – Relief Records
5.Jacques Greene – Motivation – Greene01
6.Maceo Plex – Stay High Baby – Ellum Audio
7.My Favorite Robot – Forest Fires – Visionquest
8.Beep Dee – Step by Step – Molotov21
9.Toby Tobias – Tommorrow’s Bringing (Lee Foss My Hands Smell Like Sleep Remix) – More Music
10. Sean Roman – Passion Crime’s – Outcross
11. Tboy – As U (Sean Roman Sweater Remix) – Neim
12. White Lions – Exit Strategy – Act Natural