It’s the samples that draw me in on this, the forthcoming, collaborative album from First Word’s Fulgeance and Parisian promoter Soulist. Its carefully chosen licks are almost recognisable, but their sources linger tantalisingly out of reach. The lulling harmonies on ‘La Romance’ might be Georgia Anne Muldrow and the male vocals on ‘Manana’ might be Syl Johnson, but I think I’m wrong on both counts. But it’s not just these well-chosen loops thats deserve props, it’s the original and unorthodox chopping and screwing of the source material that gives La Belle Vie its irresistible sonic identity.
Even if sample-spotting isn’t your bag, verses from Rashaan Ahmad and First Word co-signing Homecut give this set an appeal beyond beat freaks like me. The duo also perform their soul-drenched splicing live, and will take to the stage at Soundwave this summer to showcase their skills.