Limelight / Longer Days, Longer Nights
Released: 5th Nov, 2012
Label: Tru Thoughts
The digital double A-side single, “Limelight” / “Longer Days, Longer Nights”, by Belleruche is out 5th November on Tru Thoughts, featuring a brand new remix by rising production talent Walter Ego (Girls Music/Senseless/UTTU) alongside two killer tracks from the London trio’s latest album, ‘Rollerchain’.
This is the third single to be lifted from the ‘Rollerchain’ album, Belleruche’s fourth LP which dropped in May, introducing a more minimal, eccentric and edgy electronic element to their soulful, hip hop-tinged music; taking the band’s core elements – vocals (care of Kathrin deBoer), guitar (Ricky Fabulous) and turntables (DJ modest) – to a new level, and garnering critical acclaim along the way. The two previous singles from ‘Rollerchain’ – “Stormbird” and “16 Minutes” – have had around 200,000 YouTube hits and gained heavy radio support, including a BBC 6Music Rebel Playlist win for “16 Minutes”, amid a spread of airplay from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Huey Morgan, Gilles Peterson and Nemone on 6Music, John Kennedy (XFM), and sessions for The Selector and Monocle 24.
“Limelight” is a gloriously simple, sweet-voiced pop song on which Kathrin deBoer takes centre stage atop a driving beat. By contrast, the AA side, “Longer Days, Longer Nights”, illuminates the more vulnerable and emotional side to deBoer’s lyrics against a darker, languid and lingering sub-bass echoing soundtrack, the suspense ramped up by guitarist Ricky Fabulous’ Wild West-evoking riff, all enticingly winding to a close before the timer hits three minutes. Rising star Walter Ego – recently played by Rob Da Bank and Toddla T on BBC Radio 1, among others – brings a spacey, bassy house attack to album track “Henbane”; and two further remixes, from mysterious underground producers Maurizio F and Lying Teller, twist the album cuts in new dancefloor directions.