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…

Flowered Up – Weekender

Classic, cult video for Flowered Up‘s epic 1992 ‘Weekender‘ single (famously mixed by Andrew Weatherall), Brighton film maker Wiz created this dark slice of dance floor escape & hedonism, capturing the first rush of acid house as is washed over London. Some great details in the film, like the Friday night rush at the counter of Quaff records in Soho, and the pirate radio crackling through the intro. The film closes with the words ‘Dedicated to the sufferers of Saturday Night Fever Everywhere. May We Never Be Cured’

https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b7dc09b9a