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Like Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Christian and Cut Chemist stuck in a dusty second hand record store with rum and a sampler, Belleruche make turntable soul music. When Belleruche burst onto the scene in July 2007 with their debut album “Turntable Soul Music”, their unique, refreshing sound won them a dedicated fan base and it rapidly became the fastest-selling debut on Tru Thoughts to date. Acclaim and support flooded in from Daddy G (Massive Attack), Norman Jay and many other music luminaries around the world.

Since the release of their first album, Kathrin deBoer, Ricky Fabulous and DJ Modest have spent a fair portion of their time gigging around the world, notching up performances at diverse and legendary locations including Glastonbury, Sydney Opera House and the Montreux Jazz Festival – where they befriended The Raconteurs and indie favourites Vampire Weekend and struck up a riotous genre-blending jam onstage. Belleruche also supported the mighty Fat Freddys Drop on tour earlier this year, playing to in excess of 5000 fans at the Hammersmith Apollo. With her irresistible style becoming increasingly in demand, Kathrin has become the regular singer for the Bonobo live band, and you may have recently heard her dulcet tones on tracks by the likes of DJ Vadim, Aaron Jerome and label mates TM Juke And The Jack Baker Trio.

Belleruche’s international appeal has gained them playlisting and heavy rotation on the French national radio stations Radio Nova and FIP, and support and features in the press as far afield as Japan, Switzerland, Australia, the USA and Canada.

Kathrin deBoer
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
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
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.

Photo courtesy of The Softbox

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