It's summer time and at First Word we like to have a little break and recharge our batteries: go to a few festivals, take a holiday, relax with some Pimms and a BBQ or two. Before we sign off for a few months though, we'd like to leave you with something to soundtrack our hiatus in the shape of the irrepressible Souleance. Last year's 'Brotha EP' solidified the French duo's status as producers who know how to create dance floor dynamite. This time Soulist (DJ behind the legendary Paris party What The Funk?) and Fulgeance (Musique Large label boss & producer) have reached into the extensive Brasilian collection of Alice Dufay, the lady behind the fresh and distinctive artwork of all Souleance releases, to bring us the 'Jogar EP'. With the World Cup in full swing, the sounds of South America are a natural choice for summer 2014 and Souleance's offering is as funky as you'd expect.
'Segrados do Samba' is their take on the classic Samba rhythm with a gentle rolling break nuanced with percussive licks and subtle keys. 'Vem Jogar' adds some trademark Souleance synth bass to the party taking it into darker club territory whilst still retaining a summery lightness. 'Novo Mundo' rounds off the 7" with hip hop drums added to a lazy keys break and catchy vocal hook. The digital version of the EP comes with a bonus track 'Dum Dum' - imagine the soundtrack to a Sao Paulo carnival chopped and twisted through an MPC and you're halfway there! Released to bridge the gap between the World Cup fever and the summer festival season, Jogar is what we'll be listening to whilst we're on our holidays - we hope you will too.
The gods are Cabo Verdian astronauts and they are ready to wash the dance floor with your tears of joy!
Everything about this record is UNBELIEVABLE - these tunes groove HARD, the melodies will stay long in the ear (if you understand Portuguese, the lyrics are super great), and these musicians RIP on their instruments like there's no tomorrow.
Get this gem of a release, it fucking rules. Cosmographer