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Tuesday, Jul 17 2007 | 09:52 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

Belleruche are a new signing to Tru Thoughts. They describe their sound as handmade hip hop blues soul, like Sarah Vaughan, Django Reinhardt and Cut Chemist stuck in a lift with Russian beer and a sampler. If you like Lamb and Portishead then Belleruche will be right up your street, it’s pure soulful Jazz with scratches aplenty. They are influenced by the likes of DJ Vadim to Nina Simone to Hendrix and the result is an album like a weird trawl through a dusty basement full of the best records you’ve never heard of, whilst a voice you can’t quite pin down sings hooks you can’t forget.

Their new album “Turntable Soul Music” comprises of songs inspired by rum induced nights, many of which have been written in train carriages, dubious minicabs and pub backrooms around the UK.

The Band

Kathrin deBoer (vocals)

Raised on a pirate boat sailing the South Pacific Ocean, with only Billie Holiday and Spanky Wilson records for company, Kathrins voice carries the soul of the wind off the cape mixed with the grit of illegal Polynesian rum bars. Lyrics written in bottles cast into the sea found their way into three continents; Kathrin jumped ship and found London.

Ricky Fabulous (guitar)

Leo. Baby. Following an adolescence chasing girls and heavy rock bands, Fabulous found himself trapped working for a Maltese gangster in a frozen northern town. Whilst keeping warm locked in a damp basement, he found a stack of quarter inch tapes and discovered the work of Grant Green and Django Reinhardt, which gave him the energy to slip out of town, heading south on a freight car clutching a false identity and a forty-year-old guitar.

DJ Modest (decks)

Growing up in the deep south, in engine oil and mud, Modest discovered hiphop on a stolen radio, sneaking into clubs through broken windows to hear more. Building turntables and mixers from scavenged electronic gear and two stroke engines, he created a soundsystem and played unlawful hiphop parties in strange woodlands to farmers. He coaxes twisted Bluenote solos and broken drums from Shure m44-7s whilst drunk on moonshine.

The three met in a London street market whilst running from the law, banks and parents. Whilst holed up in Modests flat, he and Fabulous noticed Kathrin singing whilst making tea. They formed a plan and the band was born out of a shared love of old vinyl, true funk and real soul music.

The album BellerucheTurntable Soul Music” (Tru Thoughts) has been released July 20, 2007.

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