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Bolis Pupul Letter To Yu

Bolis Pupul announces his Soulwax co-produced debut album, Letter To Yu

04 December 2023, 13:01 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Producer and singer-songwriter Bolis Pupul has announced his debut album, Letter To Yu, alongside lead single, "Completely Half".

Letter To Yu is a love letter to Bolis’ late mother who passed away in 2008 in a traffic accident. Born to a Belgian father and Chinese mother, growing up in Gent, Bolis had not negated his Chinese roots exactly – his mother was born in Hong Kong – but he certainly hadn’t embraced them. However, in the wake of his mother’s passing, he began coming to terms with his heritage.

“When I started to think about my roots, instead of being ashamed of them, I started to embrace them,” he recalls. “And so it became more and more important for me to get in touch with them. I went to evening school here in Belgium and began learning Chinese. I did that for four years. That was the first step."

The album’s first single/video “Completely Half” (built around field recordings on the Hong Kong subway) is a beautifully filmed art-house video by Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter in the heart of Hong Kong, who follows Bolis exploring its streets and buildings in search for his late mother. The women in the video welcomed Bieke into their homes and daily routines to let her film intricately composed tableaux of their everyday lives, in which Bolis seeks the spirit of his late mother.

The creation of Letter To Yu has been a pivotal and liberating experience for Bolis. “Even though this trip was very emotional and at times sad, I also had some great times that just made me really happy,” he concludes. “This resulted in a very uplifting melody where I felt like I could handle my life.


  1. Letter To Yu
  2. Completely Half
  3. Goodnight Mr Yi
  4. Frogs
  5. Doctor Says
  6. Spicy Crab
  7. Ma Tau Wai Road
  8. Causeway Bae
  9. Cantonese
  10. Kowloon
  11. Cosmic Rendez-Vous

Letter To Yu is set for release on 8 March via Soulwax's label, DEEWEE.

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