London band Belleruche is made up of Kathrin deBoer (vocals), Ricky Fabulous (guitar) and DJ Modest (decks); the band was formed after Ricky and Modest, who played bizarre turntable and guitar sets in London bars, bumped in to Kathrin in the market one day; she did some singing over a cup of tea with the pair and Belleruche was born. The trio’s distinctive sound is a self-styled brand of handmade hip hop blues soul: think Sarah Vaughan, Django Reinhardt and Cut Chemist stuck in a lift with Russian beer and a sampler.
A creative, hardworking and driven band right from the off, Belleruche initially released a handful of extremely limited 7” records on their own Hippoflex label, including the ‘Four Songs EP’. These individually numbered 45’s (with hand-printed sleeves) quickly sold out in independent record stores and attracted a cult following in the UK and Europe, having been hand-distributed by the band members.
In 2007 Belleruche signed to Tru Thoughts and their debut album ‘Turntable Soul Music’ was released in July of that year to fantastic reactions from fans and the media alike, garnering admiring reviews both at home and abroad and becoming the fastest-selling debut album in the label’s history.
The band’s third album, 270 Stories, was released in October 2010 and with album number four (‘Rollerchain’, released in May 2012), Belleruche brought a tougher, contemporary pop sound exploring new influences and playing new instruments to exercise the strong and elastic dynamics between the trio.