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214 aka Chris Roman / Press

“Originally from Florida, Chris Roman is better known as 214 and has settled down in Seattle, Washington where he spends his free time constructing dark yet funky old school electro. Read more: Introducing: 214 / J. Alvarez | Truants”

“ To sit at a table set with the sounds of 214 (TwoFourteen) is to be served Hungry-man portions of honey-buttered electro beats, side dishes of synth-line treats, and dollops of IDM-get-down.Like most musicians, Chris Roman's path is rooted in a veritable melting pot of sounds. Some of the influences are obvious. Others not so much so. ”

“Seattle-based auditory guru 214 slams the underground electro scene with his newest 6 track EP entitled "Eye Thoughts". An explosion of distorted breaks swim amid a sea of sounds that seem to stem from broken children's toys. The title track is a subtle nod to the industrial era of the mid 90s, boasting a phased snare amidst gloomy strings singing a compelling progression. Remixes from Exzakt and 'Outside Recordings' head Mr. Atomic underscore the tune perfectly, providing tastefully re-imagined versions to the mix. "Inside the Chamber" and "No Route" provide the bouncy, upbeat antithesis to the shadowy and aptly named "Lament", concluding this release with proper variety.”

“Beatsmith 214 Delivers “Eye Thoughts” EP on Outside Recordings Featuring Remixes from Exzakt and Mr. Atomic”

“Even among the onslaught of evolved melodies, foggy noise and smoldering percussion, 214 fiddles enough with his machinery to make neurons dance and flutter about unknowingly.”

“Local electro producer 214 (aka Chris Roman) has uploaded a video valentine to the city of Seattle to promote his new EP, Drift Driving out on the Netherlands' Clone Records subsidiary Harbour City Sorrow.”

“Seattle's 214 (TwoFourteen) is next in line for some HCS ear candy. His Miami roots are clearly present in his strong booming beat programming but Puerto Rico born Chris Roman has more tricks up his sleeve as his style crosses many borders.”

“For its second release Harbour City Sorrow has set its sight on another seaport town: Seattle, city of residence of Chris Roman a.k.a. 214 ('Twofourteen'). The Florida-born producer had previously recorded for Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass imprint, Seattle's Car Crash Set, as well as an album for Frankfurt's currently dormant Mikrolux imprint in 2004.”

“Seattle producer 214's Cascadian Nights harks back to the '90s era of electro, when the genre began to acquire a darker tone, taking on some of the more inventive textural and rhythmic traits of vanguard IDM producers like Cylob, Phoenecia, and Ceephax, and Detroit mavericks like Drexciya and Dopplereffekt.”

“The Wikipedia page for "ghettotech" claims the genre is making a resurgence. While it's inadvisable to take everything on the website at face value, this claim makes sense given our so-called age of austerity, and the continuing popularity of the similarly raw, stripped down Cascadian Nights develops this (minus the lyrics) into a ping-pong microsoup of glitches, zips and zaps. ”