This Is Belgium? The New Beat Story…

Following quite a bit of interest in yesterday’s Rhythm Device post, I thought I’d compile some material as a brief guide to ‘New Beat for Beginners’. I remember hearing lots of these tracks in British clubs as part of the anything goes ‘Balearic Beats‘ acid house scene in 1988 -1989, but in Europe these tracks formed a self contained and influential (if brief) subculture. The first link below is a new beat documentary from those famous Belgians, Soulwax, detailing the origins  of the scene, a 1991 article from Richard Norris fleshes out the dark, industrial heart of  this Euro proto-techno and this ’89 radio playlist shows the breadth of influences on the sound. Check the other links for some dancing Popes and Rabbis, S&M industrial smiley jumpers and…

East Village Loft Society – I Wanna Sing Sunshine

Superb 1993 release from Ashley Beedle project the ‘East Village Loft Society’ featuring a sample from the moving poem ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ of Maya Angelou. Beedle showing his productions carry a wider set of influences than many of his contemporaries, a feature he shows on his new 2013 release as Bedford Falls Players on Moodmusic with ‘the Ballad of Hardrock‘, which features the classic American poem; ‘Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminally Insane’ by Etheridge Knight.

‘He had been our Destroyer, the doer of things We dreamed of doing but could not bring ourselves to do, The fears of years, like a biting whip, Had cut deep bloody grooves Across our backs.’