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Slice & Soda is San Serac and Para One.
French producer Para One can’t seem to stay still. He invented a whole new kind of rap with French hip hop phenomenon TTC, then dreamed up Epiphanie, an insanely complex solo effort which originated the French sound that stormed the world in the last couple of years. Next came the quietly beautiful surprise of Naissance Des Pieuvres, soundtrack to the acclaimed movie Water Lilies.
So it came to pass that, while on a U.S. tour with top allies Surkin, Orgasmic and Curses!, Para One couldn’t stop thinking about the classic house, freestyle and electrofunk he heard on the radio—and, crucially, their direct connection to the post-punk pop his older sisters loved when he was a kid. Back in Paris and deeply inspired, he worked fast and furiously, roughing out tracks with synthesizers, drum machines and an army of percussion. As the ideas took shape, he sensed one day they’d be pop songs.
Around this time, a close friend turned Para One on to East Coast house singer San Serac, who made underground waves with his album Professional and his band Stereo Image. He asked Serac to write lyrics for one song, what the fuck right? Well. Two years, seven flights and countless espressos later, the pair had an album. They set a charter of Leftfield pop you can dance to and wound up finding unexpected common loves along the way: early Ice Cube, late Japan, Chas Jankel, Drexciya, 52nd Street. Throw it in there was the rule of thumb.
The name “Slice & Soda”—a pizza-related code for the project whose significance only the duo truly understands—stuck. And when the last Prophet V note is played, what we have is a record of many styles tied together by San Serac’s voice, oscillating between Byrne and Bowie, more nimble than ever in its shouty falsetto, funk cadences, cryptic poetry and impassionned slogans.