German producer, musician and songwriter Roosevelt today returns with his new single Sign. The track is his first new music since the release of his sophomore album Young Romance in 2018. Listen below.
On Signs, the Cologne-based artist returns to his dance music roots. The track was recorded using only Computer sounds with no guitars or live drums. A cinematic ballad about loss and hope, the song pays homage to early house and vintage pop.
Marius Lauber, aka Roosevelt, comments on the track:
I wanted to make something intimate, so I started with these spherical Juno 60 chords. When I added rhythmical elements, I realised that the track could work in a dance music world – I normally record a lot of real drums but stripped this one back to just an 808 beat. A nice contrast between the intimate feeling of the synth and the dancefloor qualities of the vocal sample, bass line and 808 started to emerge. I found it really inspiring to make something that’s initially made for listening alone on your headphones, but that hopefully can come alive in the near future when played out at a dance club or festival and create a form of unity again.
Lauber made his debut as the drummer for German indie band Champions. Under the moniker Roosevelt he has since released two album, the self-titled debut (2016), and the critically acclaimed follow-up Young Romance (2018).
He has also made himself a name as producer for Classixx and Washed Out or remixing artists like Rhye, Sundara Karma, Chvrches and Charlotte Gainsbourg. When not playing live with his band, he is often seen DJ-ing at landmark clubs like Berlin’s Panorama Bar and London’s Fabric.