Lala &ce, Low Jack ft. Le Diouck, rad cartier – Gelati (PAN 129S2)
PAN presents the second single ‘Gelati’ of the upcoming album ‘Baiser Mortel’. It is the original soundtrack to the acclaimed theatrical performance of the same name. Commissioned, produced and staged at the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection over four days last October, the original production – collaboratively realized by composer and director Low Jack, composer and rapper Lala &ce, choreographer Cecilia Bengolea with costumes designed by Marine Serre and Oriana Bekka as creative director and co-director of the performance – merged ballet and urban folklore; sound art and soap opera. A modern-day danse macabre, Baiser Mortel (trans. “The Kiss of Death”) cast Lala &ce in the title role. Unfolding over thirteen songs, the musical narrative follows Death as she navigates the realm of the living, and the encounters – desire, romance, spiritual awakening, and adventure – which validate the human experience.
“I brought in people who are close to me personally and musically in order to tell a story that speaks to humanity,” Lala &ce says. Performers Jäde, Rad Cartier, BabySolo33, and Le Diouck joined Lala &ce on stage and in the booth at La Place – Centre Culturel Hip Hop in Paris, where the official soundtrack was recorded.
Imagined as a sound fiction by electronic music producer Low Jack and rapper/composer Lala &ce, the first single ‘Debout’ transports us to the heart of an unhealthy relationship with Jäde on one hand, naive, sincere, and blinded by the love she feels for Lala who, for her part, takes advantage of it and plays with her admirer’s weaknesses.
Gelati, the second single from the soundtrack brings us into the world of Baiser Mortel: a constant questioning of the value of relationships. Death – embodied by Lala &ce – intends to manipulate everyone who crosses her path on Earth. That day, she finds Le Diouck and Rad Cartier on her way, 2 human beings lost in their romantic relationships. Death has only one objective in mind: to drive Le Diouck and Rad Cartier into the excesses of the party, to better establish her influence.
As a theatrical production, Baiser Mortel represents a departure for both artists. A veteran of Parisian subculture, Low Jack’s collaboration with Lala &ce represents a new model of artistic mentorship based not on age but on experience, with each artist leaving a distinct signature on the work.
Composed and Written by Low Jack and Lala &ce
Vocals by Le Diouck and rad cartier
Mixed by Malo Rodolphe / Studio Rod2r
Mastered by William Duvet
Cover Art by Jim C. Nedd