For De Unie Hasselt-Genk, Circumstance is developing a series of four soundwalks that blend together the lives of four of Hasselt’s locals. Their mix of music, reality and fiction creates an intimate portrait of Hasselt, allowing visitors to explore the city with new eyes.
Voices of unknown characters guide you through the city, while a soundtrack echoes and reflects the form and accent of their voice. The melody of language and music become one.
Despite Eric’s long history as a drummer (a jazz drummer even), it is quite difficult to find much on Sprang that sounds like it came from an actual drum kit. A few pieces, such as onomatopoetically titled “Sprrrrrrr,” admittedly feature some subtle mallet- or brush-driven drum rhythms, but such touches are rarely (if ever) the focus. Rather, the bulk of Sprang sounds like the work of a whimsically deranged inventor who has created an arsenal of clattering, plinking, plonking, and rattling wind-up mechanical devices, which is certainly a hell of a lot cooler than a 40-minute drum solo would have been. The overall feel is definitely an understated, small-scale, fragile, and cinematic one, like something that might be playing during a Quay Brothers film. That rickety, dreamlike illusion is further enhanced by a number of small touches throughout the album, particularly on “Garden,” which features a bittersweet whistled melody and a stumbling, disjointed glockenspiel motif.
Theoldest surviving printed music book in theNetherlands (1515)isnot only anexample of Antwerp’s richprintproduction fromthe 16th century,butisalso visuallyappealingthanks to the beautifulwoodcuts,the remarkablemusictypographyand a finely-coloured panorama of Antwerp.
"This is a mix of what I consider our heritage. It’s an almost forgotten 70’s era of incredible good jazz and fusion made in Belgium by musical geniuses. The most famous artist in that genre was probably Marc Moulin, who was known outside of Belgium for his more recent releases on Blue Note. But in the early seventies Marc Moulin founded a jazz fusion band, Placebo. Kirk Degiorgio signed the band on his label Counterpoint by insisting on the relevance and visionary side of the group. These releases are still on the list of many diggers today. Another artist who’s been sampled by the greatest is René Costy. A violin player with a successful career which ended - from what I heard - with a job on Belgian television as a composer. He has an enormous amount of library songs - over 400 - and in different genres. Huge catalogue but the most notable song was probably "Scrabble" on Chappell International (part of Universal Music) which was sampled by the late Jay Dee aka J Dilla for his classic hip hop record "fuck the police".
Belgium’s Hiele is a producer who prides himself on crafting unidentifiable hybrid structures within the realm of electronic music. Opening the man’s forthcoming Essential Oils LP for Ekster (out on March 14), “Say” is one such track, stitching together sections of jazz-inflected beat work with traces of IDM precision and skweee’s playfulness. To his credit, Hiele is able to make sense of it all, and what emerges is a sharp image of the Antwerp producer’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink production approach.
19 year old philosophy student David Nzeyimana writes beautiful compositions, sings, dances and plays the guitar under the moniker of Le Colisée. He teamed up with Bruxelles Ma Belle to film an acoustic session at the Antoine-Wiertz museum.
Inspired videos, moody hiphop-based music and clever rhymes in an end-of-year list but it’s not Stromae. This is far deeper and came out six months earlier. Reaffirmed our belief in (French-spoken) MC’s and proved you don’t have to bring out the corny synth sounds to avoid being categorised as old school or golden era nostalgic.