Tapioca is a Belgian duo made of rapper / lyricist Alessandro “Le Tagarel” Vlerick and producer & composer Simon “SiKa” Carlier, who draw inspiration from rap, jazz, MPB and funk from the 70's and 80's. While their sound is influenced by classical Brazilian musicians such as Marcos Valle, Simonal and Emilio Santiago or contemporary artists such as Anderson Paak. , Mndsgn or D'Angelo, Tapioca breaks through the sonic clutter by proposing its own musical identity with the release of “Voyage,” courtesy of Jakarta Records’ indelible “Dubplates” Series.
With lyrics written and interpreted almost entirely in Portuguese, Le Tagarel tells of origins in Brazil (his mother is Brazilian), and praises the saving role of music.
The duo’s collaboration over these last two years was marked by the COVID crisis but gave birth to the EP which, as the name indicates, is an ode to freedom, escape and the discovery of alternative cultural horizons. Tapioca refers to the white pearls and flour that come from the roots of cassava, an emblematic ingredient of Brazilian cuisine. It has been an integral part of the childhood of most people in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking countries.
Voyage is an 8-track project with a variety of moods ranging from 'Dillaesque' hip-hop to tropical soul, MPB and jazz. Allow yourself to be transported by honest music that comes from the heart, or as Tapioca likes to call it, coração. Jakarta Records is ecstatic to release this wholly unique project through our long-running “Dubplates” Series.
Pre-order here - https://tapiocaband.bandcamp.com/album/voyage