Toronto's Roam comes at the garage scene from a hip-hop background. A seasoned producer who began experimenting in electronic music a few years back, he has applied a finely crafted pop sensibility to the music on this solo album. Remnants combines moody synth lines with garage's patented stop-start beats.
Roam has a gorgeous touch. His pacing is a bit on the slow side, which adds to the edge-of-your-seat drama, and the production is first-rate. The album's polished, near-pop feel has a lot to do with a series of gorgeous vocal samples that figure prominently throughout. With a little luck, this could turn more than a few R&B fans into garage connoisseurs.
While Remnants is a solo project, Roam has also been working with the DSTRY Collective for about a year. It's provided him an opportunity to experiment with like-minded producers and develop new ideas that make the notion of future music from him something to relish. (Independent)