Ben L'Oncle Soul could not escape his fate. Even before his birth rocked him his mother to Otis Redding and nursed him later to the sound of Aretha Franklin. He grew up with the music of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Donny Hattaway and Marvin Gaye. Although he himself did not yet know it, already his kindergarten-record collection was marked by his future employer: Motown. Clear evidence that the man of Tours from earliest childhood to the spirit of the label by Berry Gordy Jr. was fulfilled. As Ben 2008 posted his music on the Internet, he was discovered by Motown France and adds his childhood dream since incessantly new chapter added.
His artistic development was done at breakneck speed: Having internalized vocal basic knowledge of gospel ensemble, he became L'Oncle Ben, headlong rushed into the shark tank and entered fOr great name of the current Soul scene as opener on, for example, Musiq Soulchild. , Raphael Saadiq and India.Arie, with whom he was even on stage. That was enough to make a name. Inspired by the hip-hop and the new influences that he encountered in the born in Tours Artists initially collaborated with Hocus Pocus and Oxmo Puccino, later he developed a strong bond with Beat Assailant, with whom he went on tour , After a joint song on the album of American MCs Ben worked with the rapper on English lyrics for his first album, which, as he himself now, was known as Ben L'Oncle Soul.
With the name change, which was accompanied by his signing with Motown, also saw the release of his EP "Soulwash" the end of 2009. They should actually serve to get the head during the album recordings released and spread it thanks to a handful of inspired such diversified cover its distinct vitality. Here Ben reinterpreted in his own way, the Spice Girls, Gnarls Barkley, Aqua and The White Stripes. His version of the song "Seven Nation Army" (The White Stripes) Opened him all doors between here and the moon and gave him a high awareness levels. Not bad for an EP that was meant only as a joke!
The humorous but simple design of the album Resembles artist himself very much because our friend Ben preferably the Uncomplicated. He is more of a cheerleader who does not take themselves too seriously, neither on stage, where he constantly makes jokes, even in the illustrations on his album or, of course, in his music. This is also reflected his first self-titled album. It is an excellent work on the laughing and crying often only a drumroll are apart - an antidepressant which was recorded in a garage in Belgium, in a studio full of old-fashioned equipment and willing friends about trumpeter, arranger and producer Guillaume Poncelet and the composer Gabin Lesieur, who also plays keyboard at the concerts. Although he devotes himself in his texts mostly with enthusiasm the joy of the ordinary things or turbulent relationships, he ventures with others in the semi-darkness deeper issues. So treated as L'Ombre D'Un Homme, he sings with a desperate, imploring voice, the subject of alcoholism, while sending out a call for help with Partir and Is not Off To The Back, on the Shaft and Beat Assailant support him vigorously, his personal tribute to Rosa parks is.
Deliberately and persistently positive attitude provides and generates Ben L'Oncle Soul with the coloring of its magnificent 60s voice a wonderful warmth. Effortlessly and without ceasing to dance with Ben L'Oncle Soul Stax horns and Motown tunes, most notably "Soulman" his "Summer of 69" -Hit! An impressive start, thanks to mischievous lyrics and an overboard ends interpretation, as we have not heard since Nino Ferrer, the French-speaking fOr Soul often fateful test effortlessly there. The masterful ease with which pull up language and humor through all his pieces, the nostalgia of the whole gives a very modern touch.
Ben Groove is unmistakably American - he respects the standards of Motown genre and makes soul music with strong pop influences (as in Elle Me Dit and Demain j'arrête), but never sounding too good. The Soul-uncle takes out on his colorful flowering collection of 60s tunes that he wrote in 2010, the freedom, the old gentlemen with fly in Mon Amour and the funky RB of Stevie Wonder with I Do not Wanna to covern Waste. Who knows that Motown Records in the 60s nicknamed "The Hit Factory" was, has no doubt: Ben L'Oncle Soul really had no chance to escape his fate.
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