VARIETY LAB

VARIETY LAB

 Paris, Île-de-France, FRA
BandPopEDM

Variety Lab is a French collective of electro/rock artists and producers who enjoy mixing music styles from the 60's / 70's with current indie sounds. Their new album, "Team up!", is a diverse and super funky mix of tropicalia, electro, acid jazz and bubblegum pop with a surprise at every turn.

Biography

New album "Team up" - a collective project featuring Donovan, Yael Naim, Lisa Kekaula (The Bellrays), David Bartholome (Sharko), Lily Frost,...

Back in 2003, Variety Lab made themselves known to a wider audience thanks to their first album, "Providence". This initiated Nancy-born Thierry Bellia's electronic breakaway, especially with the track London In The Rain, which was, at the time, included in every single lounge compilation. Five years on, here they are again with a new opus called Team Up!, a magnificent record polished with the mastery of a patient craftsman, and with a cover designed by famous French comic artists Dupuy Berberian.

Bellia, alone, put this record together, but he did not forget to emphasize his friends' assistance in the process. Let's just name his henchmen from the French band Orwell (Jerome Didelot and Alexandre Longo, aka Cascadeur and winner of the 2008 Inrockuptibles CQFD prize). Making use of instruments, machines and other weird objects (for instance the Optigan, a toy devised back in the 70's), not to mention his friends, Bellia has worked non-stop on his "Spanish apartment" project. Team Up! is a work that has been enhanced throughout by the contributions of outstanding musicians. One cannot argue with that.

Team up! is more than a mere album. Much more. It is like awaking from a soft dream. Here we have Donovan opening the doors-after months of swapping tapes across the channel with Bellia the folk legend himself flew across to Paris to offer his voice and his experience to the spacious and bouncy opening track, Is This The Last Time. On three other tracks, We Should Be Dancing, Mireia and the very rocky Not Enough, it is David Bartholome, the lead-singer with the excellent Belgian band Sharko, who grabs the mike. And then the fantastic and frantic Bellrays' vocalist, Lisa Kekaula, with her husky and roaring voice who sings on Let's Boogie, a groovy and vocoded track that oozes sheer rock and soul energy from Detroit. The youngster Vincent Mougel from Kidsaredead comes in next to blow some sugary foam on the sweet candy that is Soda Pop Confusion, while Thierry's fellow Nancy-born Mona Soyoc naturally joins the project as a next-door neighbour, and adds some sensuality to the very eighties Money, a cover version of the track by late 70s-early 80s English band The Flying Lizards, who had themselves borrowed it from the soul crooner Barrett Strong. Last but not least, the 2008 pop sensation Yael Naim offers her version of Love Is A Bird, originally a Variety Lab demo that has gradually evolved, first in the expert hands of Cascadeur, then by David Bartholome on a Sharko album.

"Love is a bird", a simple, and beautiful idea, that leads us strolling from one end of Team up! to the other, filled with a feeling that can be summed up as the more, the stronger, the prettier and the merrier.

Lyrics

We Should Be Dancing

Written By: Bellia/Bartholome

We got on the beat
And the beat wakes me up
We got no self-esteem
Self-esteem...

We should be dancing

Oh you dance like I'm the king
But the queen she beats me up
We got no self-esteem
No self-esteem...

We should be dancing

Is This The Last Time?

Written By: Bellia/Mougel/Leitch

He really don’t know what he’s doin’here
No, he really don’t know what he doin’ here
He feel like he woke up in the Eighties
He feel so strange with them shoulder pads

She really don’t know what she doing here
No she really don’t know what she doin’ here
He think he saw her on a tv
That she was a dancer with Madonna

Is this the last time
Is this the last time
Is this the last time
Is this the last time i’ll ever see you?
Is this the last time
Is this the last time
Is this the last time
Is this the last time i’ll ever see you?

Oh They don’t really know what they doin here
No they don’t really know what they doin here
He feel like a shirt on the clothesline
She look like a flower in a coalmine

Is this the last time
Is this the last time
Is this the last time
Is this the last time i’ll ever see you?
Is this the last time
Is this the last time
Is this the last time
Is this the last time i’ll ever see you?

Love Is A Bird

Written By: Bellia/Longo/Bartholome

I’ve never heard that voice before
Never seen that bird before
I don’t even know its name

I’ve never seen that grace before
Never seen that light before
I don t even know its face

Love is a bird locked in a cage
Oh there’s no reason to race down the stairs
You’ve got the key so take the stage
No there’s no reason to race down the stairs

Stolen kisses
In the Paris morning lights
Or in a taxi at night
Broken arrow
I know you fear to face
A girl who sings like a bird

I’ve never heard that voice before
Never seen that bird before
Mocking and laughing at me
I’ve never seen that walk before
I’ve never seen that bird before
Mocking and laughing at me

Stolen kisses
In the Paris morning lights
Or in a taxi at night
Broken arrow
I know you fear to face
A girl who sings like a bird.

Stolen kisses

Soda Pop Confusion

Written By: Bellia/Mougel

Ambush in the club tonight
You’ll hear the sound of dynamite
The DJ won’t get out alive

Sell your soul to Lady O(-mind)
She’s a voodoo queen from Death Radio
Barbarella Broadcast area

Baby while you’re dancing
Don’t forget tonight the city’s burning
Baby while you’re dancing
Your steps are like a riot going on

She’s acting fine from 9 to 5
Working hard to feed her child
But our teen mum’s good for quarantine

She got her soul caught in a jar (in the wax)
I don’t know why (I wonder why)

Baby while you’re dancing
Don’t forget tonight the city’s burning
Baby while you’re dancing
Your steps are like a riot going on

The medium is the gum that the girl in the back is a-chewin’
Teenage rampage somewhere is a-brewin’
Mayhem is her mission Through radio transmission
This kind of soda pop confusion is an undercurrent juice
It’s time to collect all of the white collars collarbone and to paint it black
It’s time to collect all of the white collars collarbone and to paint it black

Baby while you’re dancing
Don’t forget tonight the city’s burning
Baby while you’re dancing
Your steps are like a riot going on.

Mireia

Written By: Bellia/Bartholome/Longo

It comes from the bottom, it goes to the top,
It's just like an atom, I really like a lot.
It comes from the bottom, it goes to the top,
It's just like an atom, I really like a lot.
Stand in the doorways,
Reach out the airwaves

Get up, cool times, don't sit, it's alright
Do it, cool times, I'll sleep in your arms
Get up peace of minf that's it, come sleep in my arms.

Get up, good times, O sweet Mireia
Do it, cool times, go sleep in my arms

Reach out

It comes from the bottom, it goes to the top
It's just like an atom, I really like a lot
Step aside and come in through to Come in altogether Lalalala

Discography

- "Team up!" (2009) - 12 tracks album - including participation of Donovan, Yael Naim, Lisa Kekaula (The Bellrays), Sharko,...

This new album is now available in France (Pschent/Wagram), Belgium (Bang!), Switzerland (Disques Office), Poland, Italy (Audioglobe), Germany (SPV),...
Soon in Canada (Musik2musik), South Korea (C&L), Hong Kong/Malaysia/Singapore (Love Da records), USA (Digital Pressure).

From this album, "Soda Pop Confusion" is included in new compilation "Hotel Costes #11", "Mireia" in Primavera compilation,...

- "Providence" (2003) - Debut album including electro hit "London in the rain" - track included in many compilations like "Hotel Costes"

Set List

Set from 20 to 80 minutes. It could be acoustic or full band.
We do of a cool/electro cover of "Money" (that's what I want) which is also included in our new album.