Match any jazz-schooled singer with a guitarist versed in 60s crime thriller soundtracks and a hiphop-head London DJ and the Portishead comparisons are sure to follow. But Belleruche aren't your typical triphop-come-latelys, even if their brilliant debut album, Turntable Soul Music, gets filed under "electronica" simply because it's released by Tru Thoughts.
This captivating set of masterfully arranged songs voiced with slow-burn passion by Kathrin deBoer and supported by minimal guitar and beat accompaniment by (respectively) Ricky Fabulous and DJ Modest stands up remarkably well to repeat spins. It could easily become an across-the-board smash and sell truckloads to fans of jazz, R&B and even hiphop if it found its way into the mainstream. Word-of-mouth buzz on Belleruche is growing fast, so it could happen.