Worldwide Award winners First Word Records are pleased to welcome back Souleance; a duo that have been releasing music with us for a decade now, and triumphantly returning to the fold with some brand new music for 2020.
This track is the first taste of their forthcoming vinyl / digital EP, 'Les Mouches', their first release for First Word since the acclaimed beat-tape 'French Cassette' from early last year.
Expanding on the original Normand-Parisian super-duo of Fulgeance and Soulist, the Souleance crew now includes Vincent Choquet on synths and Guillaume Rossel on drums as part of their live outfit. Whilst sonically their style remains unchanged, the formation into a full band sees the Souleance sound become bigger, more realised and more formidable than ever.
This first track 'Aquarelle' (meaning watercolours), contains more layers than a Bob Ross painting. With its various elements splayed across its aural canvas, it's four minutes of funk presented in Souleance's inimitable way. Shuffling around the 110bpm mark, this piano-lead piece has an
almost latin jazz feel in places, accompanied by a hefty bassline, assorted synths and subtle scratches riding atop of a disco-tinged 4/4 beat. A groove marinated in nostalgia whilst managing to sound current, this is another dance-floor sure-shot from the French crew.
Previous support has come from OkayPlayer, Bill Brewster, BBC 6 Music's Gilles Peterson, Tom Ravenscroft & Huey Morgan, and various DJs on Worldwide FM, NTS & Le Mellotron.
released June 22, 2020
composed by Souleance
Fulgeance: bass, synth bass + programming
Mastered by DJ VAS
Artwork by Alice Dufay
Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell