From COS’ prog-rock to Brel’s chanson française, we’ve compiled a list of 8 essential Brussels cuts. And yes, it includes Romeo’s summer anthem.

Join us this Thursday from 19h00 for the third edition of our monthly Favourite Belgian releases listening sessions at The Hope in Brussels, hosted by DJ Athome (Front de Cadeaux / Brussels Alternative Show).

  1. COS – Ixelles

Prog-rock outfit led by Daniel Schell. This beautiful cut was released on the second album Viva Boma, produced by Marc Moulin and featuring Aksak Maboul’s Marc Hollander on keys. Classic.

  1. Dick Annegarn – Bruxelles

Iconic Dutch singer-songwriter that grew up in Brussels before moving to Paris to record his eponymous debut album that includes this piercing homage to the city.

  1. Mad Unity – Manneken Pis Rock

Led by legendary library composer and arranger Janko Nilovic, jazz-funk supergroup Mad Unity included Telex’s Dan Lacksman on synthetiser and Koen De Bruyne on keys. This track, written by Nilovic, was released as a single as well as on the band’s only album, Funky Tramway.

  1. Black Blood – Avenue Louise

Zairian and Angolan afrobeat/disco band that recorded in Belgium under the auspice of belgo-french writers-producers Daniel Vangarde and Jean Kluger.

  1. Damso – Bruxelles Vie

London has Skepta. Paris has Booba. And Brussels has Damso Dems. Bruxelles Vie, Mère Malou. ‘nuff said.

  1. Romeo Elvis – Bruxelles Arrive (feat. Caballero)

Penned by rapper-on-the-up-and-up Romeo Elvis. Killer video featuring everyone from Stikstof’s Omar G and La Smala’s Seyté to Caballero and JeanJass. Undisputable summer anthem.

  1. Jacques Brel – Bruxelles


  1. Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du HCF – Place de Brouckère

Jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt, born Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt in 1910, recorded this ode to Brussels’ famed Place de Brouckère on one of the rare times that he was able to assemble a full-blown orchestra, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, or HCF.