Laroca release 'Valley of The Bears'; watch video

Laroca - Valley of The Bears

The long awaited follow up to 2006's 'Friends In Faraway Places', VALLEY OF THE BEARS delivers a heady mix of lush electronica, world flavours and muted beats, from Laroca.

Watch "Elevator Tester" video:

It might be an exaggeration to say that Laroca (Rob Pollard & Olly Wakeford) make music like nothing you've ever heard before - but it's pleasingly impossible to describe their heady, uplifting mix of cinematic grooves, global beats, chilled moods and exotic funk.

Turntable culture and digital wizardry mix promiscuously with real instruments played live in the studio. Lush electronica and chopped-up 21st century beats fuse effortlessly with exotic gypsy flavours, tango rhythms and timeless Sufi soul. Chilled flutes and muted trumpets flirt wantonly with funky, choppy guitar riffs and brain-busting bass lines. It's music that is one minute reflective and profound - and as playful as a new-born kitten the next.

'On Valley of The Bears', Laroca didn't set out to defy the straightjacket of convention, simplistic categorisation and close confinement. It just turned out that way. Influences there are a-plenty, from Massive Attack to Gotan Project with a thousand musical stopovers in between. And yet Laroca still manage to sound like none of them.

'Valley Of the Bears' is out on Just Music on June 15, 2009, and preceded by single "The Elevator Tester".

"Strong beatmanship and a modernist's sense of style" - ID

"Chilled, groove-laden, cinematic, yet accessible, world music without being 'beardy', like a more considered Basement Jaxx without the frantic style-dropping" - MusicOMH


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