Rollerchain (Tru Thoughts)
Freestyle / Nu Jazz / Funk / Afro
‘Rollerchain’ is the fourth album from Belleruche, out 7th May 2012 on Tru Thoughts records. Showcasing a stunning new progression in sound for the acclaimed London trio, the LP was preceded by the “Stormbird” single in March, which clocked up 100,000 YouTube hits in just a few short weeks, as well as early support including Steve Lamacq, Huey Morgan and Nemone on BBC6Music, DJ Mag and more.
As evidenced by the single, on ‘Rollerchain’, Belleruche have created a darker, more bass heavy and evocative sound, whilst still retaining the melodic soulful touch that sets them apart and has gained them a worldwide fanbase. A sub bass driven pop song with clipped drums, tempo shifts and swells of looped feedback, “Stormbird” is unlike Belleruche’s previous work but draws from the same cabinet of sonic references. The entrancing video is on the Tru Thoughts YouTube channel now. The album opener, this gorgeous little distorted oddity of a track grabs your attention and runs away with it through the shadows into a new sonic underworld. Combining a very modern aesthetic with classic songwriting ability, the album continues into a collision of haunting vocals, tough analogue sounds and bleeding edge electronic production.
The striking new sound is bringing Belleruche much media attention, with features confirmed in Artrocker, the Independent blog, Clash, The Stool Pigeon and more. Stranger rhythms and basslines inhabit this record; both in the studio and onstage, Belleruche have picked up new instruments and ideas to create a complexity and an attack that take the band’s core elements – vocals (care of Kathrin deBoer), guitar (Ricky Fabulous) and turntables (DJ modest) – to a new level. Away from the distractions of their hectic touring schedule, they spent the last five months of 2011 writing and recording the album; taking sounds and twisting them, recording straight versions of songs with bass, drums and guitar and then tearing the idea apart to find a novel and captivating style. This unconventional approach to songwriting has resulted in a record which is introspective yet aggressive; the harmonies flit between menacing and angelic, and soulful siren deBoer is by turns endearingly candid and enticingly enigmatic.
Previous recipients of Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music Rebel Playlist and iTunes Single Of The Week, among other wide-ranging media support, Belleruche have won themselves a fervent fanbase both at home and across the world, through the deep and offbeat yet instantly loveable sound of their three previous albums, ‘Turntable Soul Music’, ‘The Express’ and 2012’s ‘270 Stories’. Defined by a down-to-earth DIY spirit, a real affinity with their fans, and a boundless enthusiasm for the business of playing their music to as many people as possible, they are consistently in demand as a live act, and have toured major venues in the USA, UK, Europe, Australia and beyond, plus festivals as diverse as SXSW, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Montreux to name a few.