Roland Tings / Self Titled: Album Review
By Tanya Rae
Let's just get one thing straight... when I first heard Roland Tings' single Who U Love, I envisioned a tubby, sweaty, greasy-haired European dude in his 40's, playing a morning sunrise set at some grungy, unknown underground club in Berlin. As it turns out, Mr Tings is a 27 year old musician from your very own down under (although he was based in Berlin once upon a time).
Melbourne electronic/deep house producer Roland Tings (aka Rohan Newman) released his self-titled debut album on January 26 through Prins Thomas' Norwegian label Internasjonal. The record label is famous for having chartered tracks by European electronic/house legends Dominik Eulberg, And.Id, Mano Le Tough and Amine Edge.
Prior to this release, Tings made his debut with The Milky Way EP on 100% Silk, followed by Tomita's Basement / Cagean Sea EP released with Club Mod and finally Who U Love, released with Internasjonal. He has since played at Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay, Meredith Festival in Melbourne, Mona Foma Festival in Hobart and Lost Paradise in Sydney. Tings has also supported fellow Melbournian electronica producer Chet Faker on his 2015 Australian Tour. Have a little listen to his deliciously smooth remix of Chet Faker's 1998 below:
His 10 track album features classics Floating On A Salt Lake and Who U Love, borrowed from his Who U Love EP. Coming Up For Air is the first track on the album, showcasing Tings' playful production style and general well-rounded technique.
Inspired by Chicago-based house musician Larry Heard and American electronic producer Robert Hood, Tings creates some seriously groovy, retro deep house vibes. His album was featured as 'Album Of The Week' on FBi and Triple J radio, merely a week apart. Check out the 12 inch version of Who U Love below:
The fourth track off the album Observatory, effortlessly combines luxurious, spacey synths while Pala incorporates quirky sound effects creating an exotic, jungle-esque atmosphere. Tings has proved himself a worthy dance music historian, combining the best of 80's electronic/disco with fresh, danceable new age sounds.