La clarté dans la confusion (Clarity in Confusion)
Photography by: Royx & Befour
Meet Sir Johnny and King James, the leading figures of the mysterious crew: L’ENTOURLOOP. These elders, fed on the sound of sound systems and vinyl culture and lulled by the epic dialogues of the cinema of yesteryear, concoct a fine fusion of Reggae and Hip Hop. These beatmakers like to use scratches and samples, all blended with a vintage french touch that makes us travel from France to Kingston, London, and New York!
The unstoppable elders of the L’Entourloop collective are proud to present their long-awaited third and new album, “La clarté dans la confusion” (“Clarity in Confusion”).
Produced in their now-legendary Bandulu Studio, the 20 tracks of this new album result from a patient production process, carried out with care and passion. Throughout the album, L’Entourloop testifies via a puzzle of film samples of this strange period that we have just gone through collectively, using all its savoir-faire to make the people dance.
Since 1964, when the song “My Boy Lollipop” flooded the European radio airwaves, L’Entourloop’s love for reggae and its culture has never stopped growing. With this third album, they wanted to pay tribute to the legendary pioneers of this incredible movement – artists and producers such as Tom Wong, Count Machuki, Prince Buster, and Lee “Scratch” Perry. An album that is a true declaration of love for soundsystem culture and its children – reggae, dancehall and hip-hop.
The success of their previous albums “Chickens in Your Town” (2015) and “Le Savoir Faire” (2017), with their famous “Banging Hip-Hop Inna Yardie Style” quickly brought L’Entourloop into the spotlight, along with their hundreds of shows performed all over Europe. The mysterious collective continues to bring together an ever-growing audience around the world, as proved by their hundreds of millions of plays on music platforms.
True lovers of vinyl and old cinema, in their perpetual quest for the ultimate sample, the insatiable diggers kept their fans waiting by first dropping the excellent DJ-Mix “Start From Scratch” in the summer of 2021, followed by a series of 3 official remixes, including the Reunion Island anthem “Li Sem”.
Another striking characteristic of L’Entourloop is the great ability of King James and Sir Johnny to gather incredible guests from around the world. Whether with Skarra Mucci and their now classic “Dreader Than Dread” or their excellent EP “Golden Nuggets” (2019), Capleton for the extravagant remix of “Burn Dem Down”, producer Panda Dub they collaborated with on “Le Bonheur” or French singer Biga Ranx for their hit “Push The Limits”, L’Entourloop has the gift of giving birth to collaborations that mark the spirits.
With no less than 32 guests from all over the world, MCs fling lyrics like guns like in a western movie and the new album is no exception! On the reggae side, Jamaican legends such as Ken Boothe and Bounty Killer meet new generation stars such as Alborosie, Kabaka Pyramid, Queen Omega and Marcus Gad. On the hip-hop side Chali 2Na from legendary US group Jurassic 5, Swedish MC Promoe from Looptroop Rockers, US rapper Rêverie, the excellent JuJu Rogers, French beatmaker Degiheugi and the irresistible South African female rapper Dope St Jude all make appearances.
The UK vibe can also be felt with features from jungle, and dancehall pioneers General Levy and Tippa Irie, as well as heavyweights of the grime scene Flowdan, Lady Chann, and Killa P.
Fellow French artists are also in the spotlight with guests such as Big Red, O.B.F and Manudigital.
To complete this amazing cast, L’Entourloop has once again called on the incomparable Troy Berkley from Bermuda and the talented trumpeter N’Zeng, formerly of Le Peuple de l’Herbe, to accompany the collective on the road alongwith a new addition – excellent Dutch rapper BlabberMouf, who has just joined the killer new live show.
This spring L’Entourloop is back on the road, more determined than ever to rock the French and European stages, packing out all venues at the start of their massive 2022 tour, totaling more than 60 dates by the end of the year!
After five long years of waiting, L’Entourloop is hitting higher than ever with their new album “La clarté dans la confusion” and its myriad of guests – available on June 10, 2022.