Classics: Romanthony – The Wanderer (Black Male Records)
“It’s just the system that makes you a wanderer…” What a premonitory feeling the late Romanthony expressed back in 1993. And I suppose he couldn’t be more accurate to depict our environment nowadays. With a big majority of us comin’ from a source of info to another at the speed of the wall of sound. Meanwhile, ‘The Wanderer’ pretty much describes the story of a man (and a definitive talent) who crafted his repertoire like a patchwork.
How to not see some obvious parental link with the Southern Blues. But also the influence of Funk with a kind of Rock atttitude when havin’ a listen to ‘The Wanderer’. Putting him somehow at the crossroad between… Prince and Lenny Kravitz?!? And how to not think neither of the 70’s when Soul Music reflected the state of the American society.
‘The Wanderer’ stands beyond any kind of categorization. It’s the reflect of a raw expression with no artifices. As a matter of fact, you may love Blues, Soul, or Funk and find some undeniable interest listening to it.
What’s the value of your vinyl record?
Could it be that I may not be objective regarding Anthony Wayne Moore, better known as Romanthony? The answer is 100% yes and I fully assume in the meantime. Not only I felt touched by his music since his early releases. But also he graced me with his friendship from the very first time we met back in 1999 for an interview in Glasgow.
Roman, as we also used to call him, remains among the most underrated talents of his generation. An all in one artist, he wrote sung and produced his music, he got into guitar playing as a kid, accompanying the artists he used to listen to on the radio.
He delivered his debut single – ‘Now You Want Me’ – back in 1991 on his own Black Male Records imprint. This would be the first in a series of one of a kind gems seeing him displaying a unique style. From ‘The Wanderer’ and ‘Falling From Grace’ 2 years after. To ‘Let Me Show Your Love’, ‘In The Mix’ and ‘Bring U Up’ to name a few.
One might remember him as well from his regular collaborations with French Hip-Hop female jock DJ Predator. And probably even more as a matter of fact for ‘One More Time’ that saw him jamming along with Daft Punk in 2001. If not ‘Too Long’. And he also shared the duties 10 years later with Kraak & Smaak on ‘Let’s Go Back’. Then, soon after, on the vibrant ‘Built Up For Love’. A track which we eventually welcomed as our Single Of The Week at the time. Meanwhile, back in 2015, Glasgow Underground released ‘Too Long’ with additional remixes courtesy of Doctor Dru among others.
Romanthony sadly died at the age of 45 on May 07, 2013 at his home in Austin, TX, due to complications from kidney disease.