"Un léger parfum de musc feat. Témé Tan"
Ignatz - She gets all she wants (2012)
Our hero Ignatz keeps on surprizing. After his fourth album ‘I Hate This City’ he started to focus on country music. ‘She Gets All She Wants’ is the result. Probably one of his most melodic workouts to date. Different from all his previous work and yet again so recognizably Ignatz.
Miaux - Aeronaut (2013)
Miaux’ new single Aeronaut has been getting some heavy rotation here at the office. And now there’s an accompanying music video for the incredibly good piano ballad, made by Belgian artist Fia Cielen.
Maan - Love Lost (2013)
We saw MAAN play one helluva show at Les ateliers Claus, supporting Fushitusha. Only using bass, 80’s synths, guitars and a trumpet, they played one of the most outstanding cold wave songs we have heard in more than a long time. It sounded as if they were bitten by an undead lesbified vampire version of Ian Curtis, turning them into bitter engineers on the edge of suicide. Another impressive performance was at art Cinema oFFoff, where they delivered an hourlong exercise in repetition and ritualism, revealing their connections to the avant-garde.
"Appel Direct (Appel Indirect)"
Django Reinhardt &The Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France
Brass Pins And Match Heads: International 78s
Sylvester Anfang II - Van Stekene Tot Zomergem (2013)
Belgian underground all stars Sylvester Anfang II pleased us with a new album ‘Van Steken Tot Zomergem’, out on SicSic Tapes. Forty minutes of reverb-drenched guitars, Middle Eastern bongo sounds and dazzling organs. Here’s a little preview of the Dronevolk’s record.
Unit 4 - Hidden Faces (1981)
The stars of FM-BX are the all-woman foursome Unit 4. Little is known about the band or their current whereabouts. No problem because their music is all you need to tell you that they had something special going. By their sound, the influences are obvious: Kleenex, Delta 5, and the Raincoats all reverberate here though less “slick” than any of those bands. Unit 4’s aesthetics are more akin to the Petticoats and, at times, the Shaggs. Fans of current day lady singers Titmachine and the Dead Clodettes will dig. This is truly wonderful punk rock.
Lonely Drifter Karen - Three Colours Red (2012)
We are sincerely in love with the cosmic reveries of this Brussels-based trio, who mix Les Baxter/Esquivel-style space-age pop with the woozy grind of real guitars. Singer Tanja Frinta is quite something to hear — an intergalactic Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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Pomrad - Dans (2012)
At what point in your life did you start making music?
I’ve always played piano, already when I was a kid, classical piano a little bit and a lot of jazz. My father played piano and got me into it, then I went to music school and I recently graduated from the conservatory for jazz music. So piano is really my instrument.
It’s a long way from there to what you do as Pomrad, no?
That’s an interesting question, but it’s hard to answer. Yes, it’s different. But electronic music is also a part of what I’ve always listened to. I’ve never been limited to a specific style or genre. I listen to all kinds of music… jazz, classical, rock, pop… everything. It’s very eclectic and when I play piano or make music, it’s just as eclectic. Pomrad, of course, goes more in the direction of electronic music, beats, hip hop, R&B.
Lio - Sage Comme Une Image (1980)
From the album Suite Sixteen (produced by the brothers Mael), probably the best thing she ever did and definitely the best thing the Mael’s were involved with in the 80’s. Twinkling synth pop/disco of the most glorious order. Completely essential if you like that sort of thing, which I do. So here we all are.
Zenon Specht - Wink, Blink & Nod (1954)
Three couples in a Paris department store swing and sway to the music of “Wink, Blink, and Nod” (guitarist, drummer and saxophonist respectively), who are currently making themselves known in Paris. Although somewhat mechanical in their endeavours, they do produce faultless dance music. The robot musicians, the result of many years of work by Belgian engineer, Zenon Specht, are guided by remote control. They are capable rendering anything on the dance program, as long as there is a record of the requested number. They sit, stand, talk, sing, smile - and of course - wink, blink, and nod.
Radio Soulwax - Dave (2012)
Our homage to the man whose ability to change whilst remaining himself has been a massive influence on us. There are many legends in the music industry but for us, there is no greater than the mighty Dave. We’ve included all things Bowie, whether that is original songs, covers, backing vocals, production work or reworks we made, to attempt to give you the full scope of the man’s genius.
For the visual side to this mix our friend Wim Reygaert (who also made the amazing film for Into The Vortex) came up with the most ambitious film for RSWX, taking us on a fever dream time travel through the man’s career starring the amazing Hannelore Knuts as Dave.