Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:
This week we’re dedicating Goin;’ Old School to to the documentary, and it’s soon to be released soundtrack, The Sound Of Belgium. Directed by Jozef Devillé the film has already won numerous awards and chronicles the journey of Belgian music from the dancehall days of Popcorn, through EBM and New Beat to House and Techno. You can find local screenings on their website, and this November a three CD soundtrack compilation will be released with a tracklist reading like a whos-who of influential Belgian music. To us, Belgian music will always mean old school EBM and New Beat, so check out three tracks from the forthcoming album that remind us of out wasted youth.
It’s been featured on Goin’ Old School before, but Front 242’s Headhunter from 1988 is the quintessential EBM track.
Another one from 1988 Neon’s Target Records New Beat classic, Voices.
Maybe 1988 was the year for us? Logo’s moody SynthPop/New Beat Businessmen certainly helped.
The Sound Of Belgium triple album is released 25th November, the documentary has it’s first UK screening this month, find dates here.
OK, someone’s just massing with me now. It’s bad enough that track ten on Nite Jewel beautiful current album ‘One Second Of Love’ freaks me the hell out, it’s called ‘Clive’, which does my head in. But now they get Dntel to weird it up even further?
Dntel is, of course, Jimmy Tamborello who was one half of The Postal Service, who’s ‘Give Up’ was possible the best album of 2003 (whoa! was it that long ago?), so if they’re going to get anyone to twist up my namesake then I’m happy he’s the guy. The reMix is amazingly innovative, chopping up the vocals into new melodies to layer alongside his glitchy beats a wonderfully emotive synth sounds. Ramona Gonzalez take on a whole new beauty as an instrument, becoming part of the wall of dreamlike noise, kept in check with a steady dancefloor beat. And, yes, it does sound a little like the Postal Service.
♫ Nite Jewel – Clive (Dntel reMix)
Nite Jewel’s ‘One Second Of Love’ album is out now.