French producer Fulgeance and DJ Soulist have been tag teaming under the moniker of Souleance for nearly a decade now. In their own words, their debut album La Belle Vie (‘The Good Life’) was “the culmination of 3 years of beat-making, touring, partying and drinking too much Pimm’s.” And that sums up their music pretty well: a fun and ever-refreshing mix of music like hip-hop, funk, soul & disco. A soundtrack for the good life.
Souleance’s new François b/w Sète 7″ is the first taste of their upcoming beat tape, French Cassette. The release is in line with La Beat Tape from 2013: delving into crates crammed with records and samples with a distinctly French flavor.
“François” is an homage to legendary French film score composer François de Roubaix. Besides film scores from the early 60s to mid-70s (sampled by the likes of DJ Premier, Marley Marl, 7L, Sounwave and many more), he’s known for being a jazz aficionado as well as for the use of synthesizers and early drum machines. And thus he was part of the early wave of electronic music from France. Rumour has it that Jean-Michel Jarre visited De Roubaix’ studio two years before Oxygène…
Next to the jazz-funk groove on “François”, the uptempo B-side track takes the listener to Sète, a city in the south of France. Home to Gilles Peterson’s annual Worldwide Festival and a region (partly for that reason) Soulist and Fulgeance have loved for many years.