Belleruche is a band consisting of Kathrin DeBoer, Ricky Fabulous, and DJ Modest. Formed in the lesser bars and pubs of North London in 2005, the band now record for the Brighton based Tru Thoughts label. Influenced by vintage blues records, punk girl drummers, obscure 60's cover bands and experimental west coast turntablists, they describe their sound as 'Turntable Soul Music'. Belleruche released a series of three extremely limited 7" records on their own Hippoflex Recording Industries label before signing with Tru Thoughts.
These individually numbered 45's (with hand screen-printed sleeves) quickly sold out in the UK's independent record stores and attracted a cult following in the UK and Europe, having been hand-distributed by the band at gigs. In 2007 Belleruche signed to Tru Thoughts and their debut album Turntable Soul Music was released in July of the same year, gaining admiring reviews both at home and abroad and becoming the fastest-selling debut album in the label's history. The songs on 'Turntable Soul Music' were written in train carriages, dubious minicabs and pub backrooms around the UK whilst the trio gigged everywhere they could. The songs were then forged and reworked in the band's electrifying live shows.
From their initial sunday residency in the Salmon and Compass in Angel, London to gigs all over Europe, Australia and Asia. 'Turntable Soul Music' is like a weird trawl through a dusty basement full of the best records you've never heard of, whilst a voice you can't quite pin down sings hooks you can't forget. Their live show marks them apart, using only a turntable, sampler, guitar and microphone, they combine to produce something markedly different. Sounding at once both weird and distinctive, but at the same time musical and compelling, they have played at venues as diverse as Montreux Jazz Festival, The Dance arena at Glastonbury, and many underground nightclubs.Make Belleruche Playlist