Current intern Quentin, better known to locals as Brussels-based producer Offshore§, lays down 10 of his favourite Belgian releases.
Dominique Lawalrée – Dimanche Pluvieux (1982)
Clandestin is a splendid minimalistic album. It touches your soul and reminds you that simplicity is complex to achieve. Dimanche Pluvieux is definitely the stand-out track, the perfect Sunday soundtrack.
Combo Belge – Batumambe (1986)
This cover version of Batumanbe by Combo Belge was originally recorded in 1970 by Malian band Orchestre Régional de Ségou. The revisited version is commonly known as the introductory song for legendary TV show Strip-tease which was broadcasted on Belgian national television RTBF. I was introduced to this song at a really young age because my dad was a reporter for the TV show back in the early 90s.
Logo – Businessmen (1988)
According to Doctor Vinyl’s owner Geert Sermon, Businessmen was a New Beat classic. With a clear message the track remains relevant 30 years later.
David Cunningham – Blue River (1992)
Recorded between 1981 and 1991, David Cunningham’s album Water was released in 1992 on Crammed parent label Made to Measure. Blue River’s composition is based on the concept of phasing which was invented by Steve Reich and Terry Riley. Put your headphones on for this one.
Stijn – Sexjunkie (2004)
Stijn is an eccentric individual who dominated Belgian charts in the mid 2000s with Sexjunkie. This particular track by the Flemish Prince reflects a perfect mix between electronic music and pop. Fell in love with it when I heard it for the first time and will love it ‘till I die.
Die Verboten – Live In Eivissa (2004)
Live In Eivissa is the debut release by Die Verboten, which pairs Soulwax with Riton. Aside from being a great piece of Krautrock music, the 12″ contains a beautiful 3D pyramid artwork by Fergadelic.
Seiren – Expressions (2012)
Way before Seiren was a band, Jens Paeyeneers acted as a solo artist under the same name. Those early productions were self released and never got a proper release except for the track Tin Man Drowning which came out on Belgian label On Point in 2013. The tracks There Is No You Anymore or Regal Spiegel are both impressive but Expression truly is his masterpiece.
Hiele – Ritmische Bezinning (2016)
No introduction needed, one of the most interesting musicians out their. Ritmische Bezinning is simply killer.
&apos – Lichtdrank (2016)
A must-listen, complete with a virtual world that &apos created on suchhacks. Also infamous as the guy who rocked the Sherman Filterbanks released Lichtdrank on Brussels-based imprint Bepotel in 2016.
Lawrence Le Doux – Cayenne (2017)
Lawrence Le Doux was asked by filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova to soundtrack his documentary about Donna Haraway and created 14 mysterious short tracks. Pure and honest, a perfect reflection of Le Doux’s personality.