On 28th October, Belleruche will release their ‘Best Of’, a double CD collection bringing together 28 tracks from across the London trio’s four acclaimed albums on Tru Thoughts, as well as carefully selected remixes and B-sides.
On the eve of this milestone release, Belleruche have announced that they are saying farewell, or at least, “see you in a bit”; the close-knit trio have decided to pursue individual creative and personal avenues after eight hardworking, exhilarating and globetrotting years of Belleruche.
With CD1 compiled by the label, and CD2 by the band themselves, the range of music on this ‘Best Of’ highlights the diversity and evolution within the always distinctive Belleruche sound. From party rocking, dusty turntable soul anthems such as “Minor Swing” that predated and predicted electro-swing fever, and the laid back hip hop jazz of “Northern Girls” (which has had over 1 million YouTube hits); through distorted bluesy guitar pop outings like BBC 6Muisic Rebel Playlist winner “Fuzz Face”, to latter day forays into delicate and dark, intricately crafted electronica; the twin constants at the heart of Belleruche’s music are irresistibly catchy melodies and genuine raw soul.
Defined by a down-to-earth DIY ethos and a real affinity with their fans all over the World, Belleruche have always had a boundless enthusiasm for hopping on a train (their preferred mode of transport, for reasons including: the environment, the views and a good old-fashioned sense of adventure), and playing their music to as many people as possible. In addition to headlining tours of major venues in the UK, Mainland Europe, USA, Australia, Russia and beyond, they have played festivals as diverse as SXSW, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Montreux Jazz Festival.
Their three core elements of siren-like vocals (care of Kathrin deBoer), innovative guitar (Ricky Fabulous) and hip hop turntablism (DJ Modest) led Belleruche to coin their own genre of Turntable Soul Music; but a constant spirit of experimentation means each record and each live show has held new surprises in store. Recent years have found the band playing with myriad new bits of kit, including Ableton Live; while multi-talented front-woman deBoer has taken up bass guitar duties, as well an array of vocal loopers and delay pedals.
When they first started out, having discovered their odd musical chemistry over a cup of tea and a jam session, Belleruche grafted and improvised, lovingly producing three 7″s which attracted the attention of Tru Thoughts. Their debut album, ‘Turntable Soul Music’ pipped the likes of Bonobo and Quantic to become the fastest selling LP in the label’s history, and their unique, genre-blending sound has gone on to gain heavy tastemaker support across the board, from Steve Lamacq to Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music), Mixmag to The Times.
In keeping with all of their output, the ‘Best Of’ artwork and design was all created by Modest. Tucked inside the deluxe packaging is a beautiful booklet which includes an introduction by Tru Thoughts A&R Robert Luis, who signed them in 2006, alongside exclusive content from the band members themselves with track-by-track comments and reminiscences, and a huge collection of their personal photographs snapped at tours, gigs, sessions and downtime across the life of the band.