Philippe Roosen, AKA Hypnoise, is a 33 year old record collector based in Hasselt whom we recently interviewed about his favourite Belgian record for our latest print edition, out this week. As a little add-on, he sent us this exclusive mix which, in his own words, is “all about getting those fingers dusty and looking for the perfect beat. It contains proto hip-hop beats from way back and is influenced by flea markets and record fairs, old school hip-hop heroes, fellow crate diggers worldwide and breaks mix tapes. Especially the ones from the legendary After Hours crew.” But, in true committed crate digger form, no track list though.

Hypnoise will be playing a Belgian-only DJ set at our official release party this Friday at Wiels. Join the Facebook event here for more information.

Exclusive mix 44: Hypnoise by The Word Magazine on Mixcloud

How did you first start making music?

My parents’ record player and Barry White records > cutting and scratching it up.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?

Quoting dj Format and Phill Most Chill: “Diggin’ for a livin”.

Describe in a few words? What makes it special?

Slow burning proto hip-hop beats. There’s only a handful of people in Belgium still digging for breaks. Underground music from rare forgotten records,  unlike anything what your favourite EDM DJ is playing, you probably haven’t heard these tracks before.

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one?

The opening track is a beat I made for Ivory Gates, but we didn’t use it yet.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

Except for the first one, all of them.