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5th Season

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Let’s be clear: La Fine Equipe is a band. The numerous hats wore by its four members are so various that it could mislead one’s. Indeed, surrounding Blanka, oOgo, Chomsky and Mr. Gib, there are recording studios, collaborations, lives, side-projects… There is also and especially a whole universe built during the past ten years around their passion for beatmaking, embodied by the release of « 5th Season », new album.
So yes, La Fine Equipe is a band, but it’s also much more than that.

Since their creation in 2006 and their first album « La Boulangerie » two years later, the four producers became inevitable when you think about a new scene breaking the barriers between musical genders. Hip Hop is at the heart of their craft, corner stone of their musical background and inspirations where the paths of J Dilla, Madlib, Flying Lotus, Kaytranada and the turntablists A-Trak, C2C and Birdy Nam Nam are crossing ways. Two things gather La Fine Equipe and those big names, the constant need of collaboration with other artists, and this thirst of discovery, main feature of the digger.

From 2008 to 2014, La Fine Equipe mastered its craft with the « Boulangerie », compilation gathering 34 beatmakers on 113 tracks. They also work on the creation of the label Nowadays Records (Fakear, Skence, Unno, Clément Bazin, Leska, Douchka…) and released more than 75 EPs and LPs in five years.
With an outrageous number of shows across the world, tour in Asia, South America, collaborations with several international artists… Their success changed the game: Whereas many producers coming from this environment where isolated, La Fine Equipe federated a growing scene and became its reference.
After years spent paving the way for other artists and creating a structure that could support the growth of a musical scene, they decided to go further and launch a new era with « 5th Season ».

Because the band works with eight hands and four brains, there’s nothing surprising in the fact that the album sounds like a condensed of each and everyone inspirations and experiences, from hip hop and sampling, to electronica, jazz and Latinas inspirations. If homogeneity is the new trend, La Fine Equipe isn’t ready to sacrifice its wishes to fit the mould.

« 5th Season » is also a glance at the world looking over our planet’s current state, the cosmos, the vegetal and these things that are greater and stronger than us, and the things and behaviour that could led to our loss.
It’s an almost apocalyptic vision of our future, but full of optimism at the same time. There is something solar and cinematographic in this album, a format that goes beyond the one chosen before, closer to playlist and compilations such as the three Boulangerie opuses remind us.

Loyal to their status of ambassadors, the four beatmakers keep on inviting other artists to complete their universe. Illa J and T3, respectively brother and partner (Slum Village) of the late J. Dilla, make the connection between a glorious past and the future embodied by La Fine Equipe on the track « The Source ». With « Aurora », it’s the solemn and mystical voice of Madjo that take this electro-pop track to another level. The American rapper Mr. J. Medeiros on the boom bap anthem « What Eva », the Montrealer ZeFire on « Typical », each and every artists brings its stone to the edifice of « 5th Season », giving to the album a limitless and freed musical richness.

But to release an album isn’t enough. In parallel, each member of La Fine Equipe continues to fulfil its multiples tasks and work on a new concept live show bringing a scenic and visual show in addition to their music. It is what the artists looking toward the future do, and La Fine Equipe is looking straight ahead.

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TRACK BY TRACK

AURORA (Ft. Madjo)
Already remixed by the quatuor on the beautiful track « Choose The Heart », it’s Madjo’s turn to be invited by La Fine Equipe for a collaboration. Her mystical voice, which fragility paradoxically seems to strengthen its power, turns the track into an epic pop anthem.

NOBU (Ft. Grems & 20syl)
The association of these three names seems obvious, like a family reunion. Grems did the visual of the anniversary box of La Boulangerie, 20syl (C2C, Hocus Pocus) was one of the beatmakers who took part in the project.
This time, the two big brothers are side by side behind the mic, for the first French speaking collaboration of La Fine Equipe.
On this trapy/footwork beat, the two rappers ring the alarm before it’s too late to save our house, the earth.

THE SOURCE (Ft. T3 & Illa J)
In the family of Hip Hop jewels of 5th Season, here is one coming from the USA. Fans of J Dilla and Slum Village since the first hour, La Fine Equipe pays its respects to its influences by inviting T3 and Illa J. Respectively member of Slum Village and brother of the legendary Detroit producer, these two MCs build a bridge between the eras and let their sharpened flows confuse our perception of time.

5TH SEASON (Ft. Fakear)
A second collaboration with their little brother from the Nowadays Family, Fakear. Eponymous title, it represents the universe of both entities, true road trip through Fakearians melodies and La Fine Equipe’s funk declined in five seasons.

TYPICAL BOY (Ft. ZeFire)
With « Typical Boy », La Fine Equipe express its love for House music with chopped rhythms and a heavy but swaying bass line. The freed track oscillate between power and lightness. A beat that quickly becomes ZeFire’s playground. The Montreal singer, already heard on Her’s tracks, brings a missing r’n’b touch to create the perfect chemistry.

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Track Name: Aurora Feat. Madjo
Take a breathe and feel your body
Be alive and all in motion
No more time to change your life
Be a human, just be real
Simple words are hard to say
Thousand loss for thousand loves
Do not lie to make a good boy
Be the fear, be the joy
Such a flame put inside you
Storm and wreck build your mind
Endless march singing loud
Linked together let it go
Going somewhere, going nowhere
Footing the road footing now
AND NOW THE WORLD IS WIDE OPEN
Track Name: Typical Boy Feat. ZeFire
Typical boy meets girl like curl meets perm you got me flat out
Typical boy meets girl but the girl needs him in the friend zone watch out
Hail Mary full of great despair I got a tire and a wrench to spare yeah...
Get on my side of the welfare once inside be good to me

once inside be good to me
once inside be good to me
once inside be good to me
once inside be good to me


Typical let's see if this leads us to ecstasy
Typical what he got that you can't find here with me
Typical coming of age one realizes the nice guy loses the race... To a turtle... and not even the blue one the purple
Typically I would have stayed with a L and a dub on the rocks
But swallowing this one's harsher kinda like I swallowed a rock
Hail mary full of great despair I got a tire and a wrench to spare yeah
Get on my side of the well fare once inside be good to me

once inside be good to me
once inside be good to me
once inside be good to me
once inside be good to me


I can't do this love thing
I can't do this love thing
I can't do this love thing
Can't get away with a crime when the glove fits
Track Name: Nobu Feat. Grems & 20syl
GREMS:

joue ta pute ya karma au bout.
tu va finir a chateau rouge
livreur de sushi sur un deux roues.
seul culture que ta Sangoku.
je ne sert pas la main de Nobu.
je ne sert que des gros boules.
nombre de like comparé vos couilles.
toute ces dames veulent s'appelé Tautou.
principe militaire de Shogun
Trahit fini comme le Golum.
fini fini comme le Golum.
million de vu sur poisson d'eau douce.
40 je tag encore les faubourgs.
play mon son des states à mouscou
bite dans shnek comme char dans Mossoul
Grosse histoire bientôt en docu.
penchant hooligan de Moscou
chromé tranchant comme un Teaucou
queue de scorpion comme mon Daugo
nous ne savons qu'allé Au bout
dans l'équipe il n'y a que des peau rouges.
dans la leur il n'y a que des fausses couches
couplet frappe comme tout un opus.
t'emballe pas tu sais que c'est no good.

CHORUS:
non non non …
t'emballe pas tu sais que c'est no good.
…..

20syl:

Le mood est "not good", mais je veux des mots doux, du gout,
Pas du tofu, du fugu pour ta poupée voodoo.
je ne joue pas du lélé-youkou
j’m’en bats les loukoum,
du coup, j’veux casser du cou,
Roupiller debout.

J’fais mes gammes et ce qui m’agace m’anime :
une casquette M.A.G.A, un hymne
Des gamins gavés aux GAFA, au big data.
J’voudrais les krav maga, mais le stress m’abat,
J’suis qu’un alpaga, allez j’crache ma bave et il se passe nada.

Parlons d’la fonte des glaçon
Des chefs d’états maçons, despotes des cloisons,
des bombes, du béton,
des allés simples vers les grands fonds

t'emballe pas tu sais que c'est no good.

Chorus :
t'emballe pas tu sais que c'est no good.
non non non …
….
On brule la maison.
….

Parlons d’la fonte des glaçon
Des chefs d’états maçons, despotes des cloisons,
des bombes, du béton,
des allés simples vers les grands fonds
Plongeons !
Un bon du siècle des lumières au spots dans le plafond
Retour de bâton.
On brûle la maison.
Track Name: Free Flow Feat. Sara Lugo
precious, precious
blessed to be alive

precious, precious
blessed to be alive
and every day a chance to start over make it right
precious, precious
blessed to be alive
and every day a chance to start over make it right

I wanna pack my bags
take a flight and go somewhere
I have never been
I wanna go get out of here
been stuck too long now I need a change
I wanna see the world
through your eyes
free flow and taste life
wanna see the world through your eyes
free flow
taste life all over again

precious, precious
blessed to be alive
and every day a chance to start over make it right
precious, precious
blessed to be alive
and every day a chance to start over make it right

Shoes on your feet
roof and a meal
some people they
they ain’t got nothing
go say a prayer
one day you’ll see
how to be happy with nothing

happy with nothing
blessed to be alive
happy with nothing

precious, precious
blessed to be alive
and every day a chance to start over make it right
precious, precious
blessed to be alive
and every day a chance to start over make it right
Track Name: I Thought Feat. Unno
And I caught your lies
I caught your lies more than once
And I thought I didn’t know
I thought I didn’t know better

And I drew your eyes
I drew your eyes in many ways
I thought I didn’t know
I thought I didn’t know better

And I can’t be right
I can’t be right more than once
But I know I didn’t know
I know I didn’t know much

I found your eyes
I found your eyes drawn out once again
But I know I didn’t know
I know I didn’t know much

Ooh I knew it all
Ooh I knew
Track Name: What Eva Feat. Mr. J. Medeiros
Now how the fuck you never heard of me
Worry me nah my current is raw plus fuck you currently are
My currency strong dumb luck occurred to me nah
Its just the birds and the bees y'all a burden to me
Burning to please got burns on your knees awe
No love bet you learning to tease awe
No pub got ya earning no fees awe
I'd give a hug to y'all but all of y'all is furries with flees
Feel the fury 100 plus that's my current degree
Free a flurry out the snub and watch it scurry your team
See'em hurry out the club now if you heard what I mean
I be the jury and the judge I make a murder look clean with
Nuff shots for the burner to cease
You gurgling these words that leave you bleeding in a permanent freeze
I turn up like a curb to the teeth
Smile mother fucker gonna hurt to say cheese

I take a pull from the blunt like pah What Eva
I take a pull from the blunt like pah pah
I take a pull from the blunt like pah What Eva
I take a pull from the blunt like pah pah

I am afraid of no rapper man
I ain't ashamed of my road or the chapters man
I have been trained in all flows and I've mastered them
All for the sake of a name you can't trash talk man
'98 is where my past start made it out the asphalt
Dated on my passport I aint ever asked for a name to vouch my last work
Stated in my craft work if you aint got your own name shame but that’s your ass fault
I aint ever been a humble man so keep the prayer hands
I’m forever sinned and born again now that’s a fair stance
I have got forgive us on my skin now thats a shared glance
But I can’t watch my back or wash my back aint that a pair of pants
Damn one leg at a time shit is cumbersome
And I won’t be the sullen one who’s waiting on the summer sun
Nah I’m a be the sum of one who came to take what’s come to him
And say to those who’ve come to shun
Mother fucker better run

I take a pull from the blunt like pah What Eva
I take a pull from the blunt like pah pah
I take a pull from the blunt like pah What Eva
I take a pull from the blunt like pah pah
Track Name: The Source Feat. T3 & Illa J
The melodies you sing to me
They don’t come from the source
They don’t they don’t they don’t they don’t they do o o o nt

Lost integrity hollow music is tragedy,
Killing culture swarming vultures supreme agony
Image we planted the seeds it grew magically ,
Hands on I stand strong and form family
But how you feeling your team ,when you ain’t feeling self
The definition of soul it’s when the ripples felt,
The rivers is deep , niggas is sleep, leading the sheep
Constant decit , is not what we need
It’s like stand up or fall for anything ,
You got your mini me’s
Trying to get the cream in they skinny jeans
What a shitty scheme , did it for some hella streams
Invested is a message and lesson most with never read
I try to be the light , so you see the sight of sacrifice on this
Mic device a soldier and earn my stripes
That’s real ness you definitely feel this
So when I put my pen to pad I definitely kill it ah

The melodies you sing to me
They don’t come from the source
They don’t they don’t they don’t they don’t they do o o o nt
The lyrics that you read they don’t come from the soul
The soul
They don’t they don’t they don’t they don’t they do o o o nt

It used to be cool to be cool
Now its just cool to be a fool
So fuck it ima act like a fool
Pro wit it bring my tools
Soul wit it bringin my shoes
Rhythm wit it bringing my blues
Take off like king James from the baseline
Bring me dat bling babe
Dey Legalized trees babe"

I’m trying to tell you told you, what the old do
Cultivate flows on soul loops
Want give’em food for though call it Whole Foods
So the brand new can hold jewels with trues when they make moves
Game that stick 2 ribs but won’t blot you
The fake get expose ,we paid due
I get my Superman on , straight out the phone booth
I staying bullet proof frauds they can’t touch dude ,
It’s too much , must be instincts a rear breed,
l’ll succeed to fricassee these mcs
They turn a Ampitees cause y’all ain’t half of me ,
Savagely I react dramatically the travesty
What was you thinking the strategy
How could you doing to self for mere wealth let’s call it vanity you wasn’t ready for the real doe,
Without real soul , you need to get the boot with steel toe uh

The melodies you sing to me
They don’t come from the source
They don’t they don’t they don’t they don’t they do o o o nt
The lyrics that you read they don’t come from the soul
The soul
They don’t they don’t they don’t they don’t they do o o o nt

It used to be cool to be cool
Now its just cool to be a fool
So fuck it ima act like a fool
Pro wit it bring my tools
Soul wit it bringin my shoes
Rhythm wit it bringing my blues
Take off like king James from the baseline
Bring me dat bling babe
Dey Legalized trees babe"
Track Name: Va Volver
Va Volver
Va Volver
Va Volver
Va Volver
Va Volver
Va Volver
Va Volver

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