From French Beatmakers La Fine Equipe (Blanka, Oogo, Mr.Gib, Mattic and Chomsky) comes the album La Boulangerie, masters of the sampler one and all. Here they showcase their skills with the MPC over 37 tracks, whose titles seem to come from staring longingly at the scrumptious delights in the pâtisserie window. They cut up soul, funk, reggae, dioulouge, swing, dub, hip hop, arabic music, rocksteady and anything else they come across.
Most of La Fine Equipe seems to have some kind of affilation with the mighty Wax Taylor (The French equivilant of America's RJD2 or the UK's DJ Parker). So you know these guys have pedigree and as all are strong artists in their own right the 30 plus tracks are solid stuff with no padding and being instrumental there's no worries about languauge barriers. Hopefully artists in the US and UK will consider hooking up with these French beatmakers for production because their stuff is fantastic.
Fans of sampling and instrumental hip hop should make this a must purchase. It might be a bit of a search picking it up outside France, but I purchased the MP3 album from junodownload.com in the UK.
Check out Chomsky's Pain Au Chocolat and Oogo's Space Cake below: