All tracks are written, performed and mixed by Labelle.
Additional credits for ‘Kou D’Zèl’ vocal by Zanmari Baré, ‘Benoîte’ vocal by Nathalie Natiembé, ‘Soul Introspection’ slide-guitar by Prakash Sontakke, ‘Souviens-toi’ Fon’Ker by Hasawa, ‘Om’ vocal by Maya Kamaty, ‘Observateur’ flute by João Ferreira, ‘Grand Maitre’ kora by Ballaké Sissoko.
Mastering by Benjamin Joubert. A&R Antoine Rajon. Artwork by Kid Kreol & Boogie.
Produced by Eumolpe. Published by InFiné Editions.
iF1043 ℗ Eumolpe & © 2017 InFiné
Labelle hails from Saint-Denis de la Réunion, his home is at the top of an apartment block in the centre of the island’s capital. It’s a belvedere overlooking the rich and extravagant cultural crossroads of Saint-Denis de la Reunion, a laboratory of Creolism and musical blending, where he composes his music on hi-tech machines, sketching out celestial electronic symphonies whilst cultivating a deep connection with the soil.
His sophomore album is entitled univers-île and features a dreamy, hypnotic collection of new studio recordings that span electronica, new age zither jams and off-kilter syncopated percussion with occasional ambient and techno influences.
It also includes the collaborations of some of La Reunion finest vocal musicians ( Zanmari Baré, Nathalie Natiembé, Maya Kamaty and Hasawa) and as well as respected instrumentists from the jazz and world music circuits ( Ballaké Sissiko, Prakash Sontakke, Joao Ferreira ).