La Vie C’est Facile – Fun Zone

I can imagine La Vie C’est Facile is in store for some criticism from the Grime community on their interpretation of the genre from their remote location in Switzerland. How can a pair of white guys from the suburbs of one of the richest countries in the world, have any relation to the sounds of London’s most questionable estates from the black man’s perspective? Well, if you’re going to ask that question you might as well ask how some white guys from Brighton are currently holding the future of the very same genre in their hands, and why Dizzy Rascal is making uplifting Trance? It’s a question of cultural appropriation that’s become so conflated over the years as people continuously migrate, and to which questions like these offer very little more than a dead end. Knowing very little of the musicians involved we are unable to validate the criticism that might follow, but to those who question the sincerity of this DJ /Production duo’s intention, I would suggest to turn your attention to Fun Zone, La Vie C’est Facile’s debut on creaked records.

The production duo has nailed the major appeal of Grime in metallic percussion; the de-anthropomorphised sample; and dextrally evasive machine rhythms that form the core of this five-track release. From the cocking gun sample of Racer Z to the Al Qadiri-like bells of Europium, La Vie C’est Facile have upheld the major codes of the genre, while adding a slick production ability that calls on various influences along the way. They’ve made it their own, smoothing over some of the harsh contrasts between the noise and silence of the genre with layers of reverbs and delays that fill out the stark atmospheres of this minimalist music with a sinister air. Elements of Jungle make an appearance on tracks like Adrenalin and in the context of the Grime development, the duo look to conflate the idea of the genre further through each song as they delve further into the melting pot of bass music for this release.

It comes out on the other end as nothing other than a solid Bass release with its roots very much in the wave of instrumental Grime from the UK. La Vie C’est Facile might not physically embody the idea of the genre, but they certainly found the essence of it in the execution of Fun Zone and it reminds me of something Swindle said about bass music in a recent Interview with XLR8R: “You go to all these places and realise that no matter how different people are, the intent is always the same.” That intent is the crucial appeal of La Vie C’est Facile on their debut. They might have polished it up more than it needed with their very professional like production of this DIY music, but the effect is quite impressive and the general execution upholds the unspoken codes of the music in every respect.