Leuven-based DJ Hassel Dehaes’ 10 Belgian gems

Leuven-based DJ and The Word Radio resident host Hassel Dehaes selects his 10 Belgian bangers, ranging from Placebo and Ignatz to Bear Bones, Lay Low and some absolute classics from Music From Memory. Listen back to his monthly sessions here, and make sure to tune into his next round 10h00 – 12h00 Friday, 13th April.

AGE – Hymalaya (1980)

I’m starting off my selection smoothly with this ambient electronic record – beautiful melodies on this album throughout. It may sound a bit dated but that’s what I like about it!

Ignatz – He Deals With Love & Her Eyes Glaze (2007)

I would listen to Radio Scorpio a lot in my teens: that’s how I was introduced to the then-Belgian electronic scene. I love the rawness of this song and its combination of blues, psych and electronics.

Open Sky Unit – Sunshine Star (1974)

The Funky Chicken compilation was truly an eye-opener for me – I was getting into these soulful and funky grooves more and more at the time, and these tracks fit my mood perfectly.

Placebo – Humpty Dumpty (1971)

Finding out that two of my all-time heroes (Madlib & Dilla) sampled Belgian tracks in their beats sparked my interest to dig deeper in our musical heritage. Absolutely love this!

Koen De Bruyne – Unanswered Questions (1974)

The only album that was released by the brother of the better known Kris De Bruyne. Its playful, jazzy and sometimes haunting atmosphere is something I really like.

Ad Libitum – A Song (Instrumental)

Never judge a record by its cover! I found this psychedelic 7” at a flea-market in Brussels – but being entirely honest, I first discovered it through the excellent Up To Eleven blog. These guys really dig deep!

Denis Mpunga & Paul K. – Criola (1986)

I love that labels like Music From Memory are constantly bringing artists like this to my attention and keep expanding my musical horizon.

Zazou/Bikaye/CY1 – Lamuka (1983)

In the same vein as Criola, this album mixes African vocals and rhythms with electronics. The result is absolutely amazing and still sounds fresh today.

Black Flower – Artifacts (2016)

Absolutely love this album! This band is definitely one to keep your eye on. They just released a new 10” which is also worth checking out.

Bear Bones, Lay Low – Lavande Apaisante (2012)

Eery, hypnotic and dreamy come to mind when I listen to this track. The perfect track to end this list on. Shout out to Moodprint for the tip.