We welcome back long-time First Word family, Souleance, with ‘Bamboule’; fresh from their respective cut-ups for our sister label, Excursions, and their recent ‘Raw Funk’ set, we have a 5-track EP containing something for all the family, crafted with love once again by France’s Fulgeance & DJ Soulist. A truly eclectic collection, comprised of afro grooves, tropical vibes, b-boy rhymes, head-nodding shakers and intensely hype floor-fillers. A seriously fun selection.
It kicks off with ‘Partay’, a mid-tempo slice of bouncy tropical boogie that does exactly what it says on the tin. An effervescent synth-bassline rides on top of a delectable disco shuffle, complete with classic reggae chants.
Title track ‘Bamboule’ is a seriously energetic afro-funk beast. A truly infectious percussive rhythm track, laced with an immense bassline, vocal chops and synth rides, this one is 100% guaranteed to entice any dancefloor into a trance-like state of bugged-out body moves.
’That Guy’ is some uptempo piano-rolling hip hop business, enlisting the help of Brooklyn MC, Von Pea, from the crew Tanya Morgan, who’ve been making noise on the independent hip hop scene for over a decade, as well as recently collaborating with GUTS.
We dip down to around the 85BPM mark for ‘J’aime Marcher’, a lounging boom bap bumper with sloppy drums, jazzy rhodes and vivacious horns.
Closing the EP is ‘Brown Bags’; an almost Dilla-esque cut-up, complete with rolling neck-breaking drums, sweet soul samples and stabs of prog rock. An abundance of variety, we think you’ll agree.
For those that don’t know, the Parisian duo hooked up just over a decade ago, and haven’t stopped to rock & shock parties, clubs and festivals globally since, building a fan-base of solid party people and revered selectors along the way. As always, the wonderful Alice Dufay provides the artwork, making this an essential package for you and yours.
Great album. I love especially the second half with tracks like "Come With Me And Fly", "Is There More To Life?", "I Will Never Know", "Peace and Love" - this trip gets better with each track :) Gerrit