Sat. Jan. 25, 2020

Soldiers Of Twilight – Believe (Serial Records)

Classics: Soldiers Of Twilight – Believe (Serial Records)

I guess it’s fair to say Paris made itself synonymous with an elegance that has no comparison. With the same applying to the compositions of those who happened to wear the colors of its deep’n’ soulful House scene back by the end of the 80’s. As many activists including Next Evidence, Playin’ 4 The City and/or Pépé Bradock. Not to mention DJ Rork, Demon Ritchie and Ladybird who, together, gave birth to Soldiers Of Twilight.

Elegance is definitely what to be found in this composition of theirs. Itself bringin’ a delicious impression of déjà vu or should I rather say already heard. And this as long as being familiar with Mandré‘s cosmic Discoid ‘Solar Flight’ which brings us back to the mid 70’s.
Don’t get me wrong though as Soldiers Of Twilight didn’t come with a cover version. But more of a brilliant interpolation of it. With Ladybird showing the exquisiteness of her vocal talent. Beautifully served by uplifting lyrics along with stellar keys over a rumblin’ bassline. All in all makin’ of ‘Believe’ Soldiers Of Twilight‘s biggest classic ever.

A cut which Ralph Lawson soon after licensed on his 20:20 Vision label with remix courtesy of Fred Everything

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Overview
Gifted with an incomparable approach, Ladybird established herself as one of the voices of the then emerging French Deep House scene by the end of the 90’s. A singer whom you might remember for her collaboration with Llorca on ‘My Precious Thing’ among others. She also happened to make quite some noise as a member of Soldiers Of Twilight. This while joinin’ forces with DJ Rork and Demon Ritchie back in 1999. The threesome delivering their debut-single – ‘Main Street’ – that same year on Serial Records.

Strangely enough, Soldiers Of Twilight didn’t manage to release an album. And this despite a bunch of worth the listen singles. From ‘Take U There’ to ‘Drive On’ and/or ‘City Life’. Not to mention their clever interpolation of Mandré‘s famous ‘Solar Flight’ – ‘Believe’ – which stands as their biggest classic.

Demon Ritchie has dropped a bunch of releases on his own, although it’s as if he’d disapeared from the radars by the middle of the 2000’s. DJ Rork on his side launched his own label – Stalwart Records – along with long time friend Olivier Velay back in 2004. Although nothing new has seen the light since 2014. As for Ladybird, she has collaborated with cats such as Phil Weeks, Kiko Navarro and DJ LeRoi. Not to mention Andy Compton of The Rurals fame. Eventually releasing the second of her two albums to date – ‘Ladybird’ – on his Peng Records label back in 2012.

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