We begin a new series this week with the sole purpose of delving into Belgium’s musical heritage through the scene’s contemporary players, revealing the records that have marked them. We start with DJ Kong who, as host of his own weekly show on Studio Brussel and curator, together with Gratts, of 22tracks’ house playlist, boasts a deep-rooted love for all things produced locally. Here, he lists his six favourites.
1. Madensuyu – Oh Frail (2008 – Digital Piss Factory)
I remember getting the promo copy for D Is Done, the album that introduced me to Madensuyu. It was a beautifully artworked black CD and when I first played it, it blew me of my chair. Until today it still does. I love all the aesthetics of the band and their kinda off techno sounding repetitive approach.
2. Stijn – Sexjunkie (2003, Mijn Label)
Still often play this in dj-sets. I’ve been a Stijn fan since the start. His blend of electro & breakbeat, great singing and unique song writing makes him one of a kind. Sexjunkie is a timeless dance track.
3. San Soda – Possible Release (2008, We Play House Recordings)
When it comes to proper house music, San Soda is one of the most interesting Belgian DJ’s and producers around. His releases combine craftsmanship with a profound knowledge of the history of the genre.
4. Hiele – Enter (2013, Ekster)
When we had him over at Studio Brussel for an interview he brought a record of Drexciya with him, to show his love for James Stinson. Hiele makes music in the same analog tradition and stands out in doing so. His first two releases were beautifully built up pieces of art that have to be in the record collection of every electronica lover.
5. The Mackenzie – Higher In The Sky (1994, Mackenzie Records)
Our homegrown electronic music tradition was well documented in the great documentary movie The Sound Of Belgium. For Studio Brussel I got to make a radioshow on our dance music history and while doing so I fell in love with this old The Mackenzie track. You can feel the same analog roughness and technical limitations as in the best American house of the nineties. It’s deep and melodic and iconic in this unique way timeless house music will always be.
6. Toots Thielemans & Elis Regina – Aquarela do Brasil (Philips, 1969)
Bluesette and his famous harmonica will give him a well deserved spot in the cultural memory of our little country, but Toots has done so much more than I could imagine before starting to dive into his discography. The album he made with Brazilian star Elis Regina is a beautiful example of the rich and talented musician Toots was.
Kong’s show on Studio Brussel airs every Saturday at 11pm.
Listen to Kong’s Soundcloud here.
Order our book This is Belgium here.