Pépé Bradock

Un Pepe en Or, Vol. 1

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Pepe Bradock strikes again with his first installment in the Un Pepe En Or series. Delivering a diverse range of influential tracks, he comes on strong yet again, putting French funk on the map. The intro to this record is very dub influenced, with an old soul diva vocal laid over the beat. A very eerie, yet soulful, intro. "18 Karats" is where revolution meets house music. A strong house beat matched with a brilliant keyboard lick and samples from old Gil-Scott Heron records comprise most of the track. But that's not what makes it notable. Bradock inserts breaks in the track in the most brilliant spaces to make you almost yearn for the beat to return. And when it does, you are hit with a wave of sampled filtered disco lyrics and the track takes off. Try and keep up if you can. "Un Pepe Dans la Dentelle" is a downtempo hip-hop beat that laces old jazz sax and clarinet samples in with samples of Eric B. & Rakim tracks to form a unique soulful blend. On the B-side, Bradock showcases his deep house talents. On "Lara," he delivers a soulful blend of vocal samples and keyboard work, laid over broken drum beats. This track digs a little deeper than the rest of the EP, meant more for the late-night dancefloor crowd; it's a little less playful than its predecessors. Bradock closes out the record with "Wonderbra," a hodgepodge of synth sounds, morphed to sound like a factory, somewhat like captured noise. He pulls it all into sync in the end and lays a funky beat behind it. This EP is another gem in the goldmine that is the Pepe Bradock catalog.

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