Spade & Archer

Spade & Archer

Discography

Since 2002, the duo originated from Lyon, Cédric Béron (Machines) and Franck Laurino (Bästard’s ex-drummer), has grown a kinky tendency for experiments of any kind…

In 2003, the prolific duo had a go with a first album “On vous ennuie” (L.A Prod), and later, after a few concerts, the creation of their hybrid album “Highway to jail” took place.

This peculiar and minimalist record, wavering between grating alternative hip (even trip, sometimes) hop, and ambient electro-music, caressing from time to time industrial music, throws us right into a world of gloomy samples, light at heart heavy beats, black dub, urban down tempo, sound constructions and de-constructions, cold and sober rhythms, deep bass guitars and catchy vocals…

Spade & Archer oscillates between the cumbersome and disillusioned worlds of Scorn, Dälek and other 2nd Gen (6 francs, Snake dances, Carjacking) and those more rousing of Penpushers (Copshootcop, Sexy, Robuste) or even Tricky (Angela and the…) including Bashung (Crier) and cold, minimalist Antipop Consortium like tracks (Brownsugarbaby).

Seeking the collaboration of artists that all hail from different backgrounds (graphic designers, musicians, painters, drawers, VJ’s), in the sole goal of integrating them to the Live album, Spade and Archer have worked with the illustrator Emre Orhun for the design of their album cover, which defines pretty neatly the essence of the record, and have asked Carbon Copies from Picore, to add from time to time his mysterious and gloomy voice to the show, as well as asking Gal6 for a video mix rather dark and urban.

To sum up, the kind of album that you just can’t stop playing, which proves – whether some like it or not – that Hip Hop, in France, is not quite dead yet...