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The 14 favourite Belgian releases of Roman Hiele and Lieven Martens Moana
From pre-teen crushes and local birds to football anthems and cool pianists.
15 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Certified raves in Antwerp, birthday parties in Brussels, and graphic design festivals (finally) in Liège. Do the right thing.
15 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Photography evenings, blackout sessions and synth queens. Do the right thing.
The 9 favourite Belgian releases of Spencer Clark (Typhonian Highlife)
The mythical sound wizard shares a compelling selection, filled to the brim with new-age, daunting and exotic sounds.
Ignatz’ experimental folk-blues
We speak to the now Landen-based, Hasselt-born singer-songwriter about solitude’s influence on his work and how winning third place in a drawing contest gave him his start in music.
The 12 favourite Belgian releases of Marc Jacobs (BEAF)
Bozar Electronic Art Festival's co-curator Marc Jacobs selects 12 of his favourite Belgian releases ahead of the festival's upcoming edition.
From Bristol to Brighton with Belgian jazz-funk outfit Stuff.
On tour with the Belgian jazz-funk sensations.
Listen festival founder Dirk De Ruyck’s 11 Belgian tracks
The founder of Brussels' newest festival select his favourite Belgian cuts for us.
French-born, Brussels-based electronic producer Jardin
The prolific producer talks family, philosophy and being dirty.
San Soda’s 10 favourite Belgian releases
The Berlin-based Belgian DJ-producer on his pick of prime local cuts.
Full disclosure: Why we’ll soon be urging you, over and over again, to submit a project for Brussels
A few words about our work on Make.Brussels, Atrium.Brussels' latest initiative to reenergise downtown Brussels.
Exclusive mix 58: Hantrax
With his new album's release party in Antwerp this Friday, the accomplished composer-producer records an exclusive mix for us.
Gilles Helsen and Freek Veys, the musical duo behind SeizoensKlanken, talks to us about the creative process behind recording, their influences and future projects.
That time we…. Profiled the country’s burgeoning punk-rock-noise scene (Part 4)
Interviews with Umungus, a band with a penchant for psychedelic guitar-driven rock and Scrap Dealers, an emerging group of young punksters from Liège.
DJ Youri Van Driessche’s 10 favourite Belgian releases
A dub and reggae badman, Youri Van Driessche takes us through his favourite Belgian cuts.
That time we… Profiled the country’s burgeoning punk-rock-noise scene (Part 2)
Part 2 of our interviews with punk-rock-noise outfits, originally published in 2014.
That time we…. Profiled the country’s burgeoning punk-rock-noise scene (Part 1)
We look back at our November 2014's edition profile piece on five upcoming Belgian noise-rock-punk outfit, with a first interview with Brussels-based Mountain Bike.
Favourite Belgian releases: Laurent Fintoni
Music and culture writer Laurent Fintoni reveals his five all-time favourite Belgian releases.
Captain Starlight picks 12 of his favourite Belgian releases
Holger's Captain Starlight handpicks his favourite Belgian tracks, spanning percussions, synth pop, oldies and goodies.
Faded Weekender’s co-founder Benjamin Beutels
Benjamin Beutels, co-founder of the upcoming Faded Weekender, picks 10 of his favourite Belgian releases.
Record label founder and Brussels-based DJ Aidons Antoine gets behind the decks for the 48th instalment in our exclusive mix series.
The Unknown Reference record label founder reveals 14 of his favourite Belgian releases.
Koen Van Dijck
FM Brussel radio chief Koen Van Dijk reveals 15 of his favourite Belgian releases.
Venus in Cancer
In this new Exclusive Mix Venus in Cancer / Coco Pastis introduces us to the concept of Feminine Mystique.
David Menessier's list is a cure for bad taste and chronic Belgian music ignorance.
Eighteen year old brusseler. Wulfy Benzo want people to listen to this mix while they are dying. Please, don't.
Why we take FM Brussel’s closure personally
We weigh-in on the debate surrounding the recently-announced closure of local radio station FM Brussel.
Synthesizers and some of the best national techno anthems: the man behind TSOB shares his favourite Belgian releases.
Thin Consolation x Unknown References
Exclusive mix 39 comes courtesy of Thin Consolation and Unknown References. Its starts soft then slowly starts hitting you. Hard.
23 record shops in Belgium (Part 2)
As we promised, here is the second part of our journey throughout the most enjoyable records shops in Belgium.
We go on tour with Belgian post-punk outfit Rape Blossoms by way of our throwaway camera.
When it comes to Flemish rap, Bas knows what he talks about. He sent us a list of tracks that are perfect to kick some dutch vibes
23 record shops in Belgium (Part 1)
We've crisscrossed the country to select its most notable and enjoyable record shops
7 new releases in Belgian underground music
We debut a monthly series on new Belgian releases with Shetahr, Wulfy Benzo, Sagat, DSR Lines, KZK, HRNS and Bright Entity.
Expect an hour of hilarious rub-a-dub, massive melodies and some really good vibes.
Musique Chienne sent us this blend of sunny pop tunes and we couldn't dream of a better soundtrack to end the week with.
First things first: KZK
We talk to electro-pop pranksters KZK who have just released an album's worth of dance floor hits and piss-take-funny anthems.
If I ruled the world: Electroacoustic student Lou Touchard
Electroacoustic student Lou on metal music, saving bees, freeing the world of Heineken beer and breeding otters in Scandinavia.
Earth take our throwaway project on tour with them. Just when we thought we couldn't love them any more than we already did.
First things first: Yokai (with free download)
We interview Brussels-based psychedelic afro-funksters Yokai about their killer four-track debut EP.
Best for live music, Part 2
Part two of our live music venues roundup takes us from Namur to Ghent and back.
The Word presents Locals Only on FM Brussel and 22tracks.
We'll soon be starting a weekly radio show as well as curating a monthly streaming playlist and want to get your promos.
Best for live music, Part 1
Belgium is known as a haven for bands and their touring ambition. And these are the places they want to play at.
First things first: Hypochristmutreefuzz (with free download)
Noise-rockers Hypochristmutreefuzz on eating honey and what their parents think of their music.
From rap, jazz, samba and beat music, record label head and local promoter Alex Deforce reveals his favourite Belgian releases.
Lieven De Ridder
Walhalla Recordings founder made a list of his favourite Belgian tracks and there's a solid chance you never heard any of them.
The pulse of a city: 25 visual tributes to Brussels
Art institutions, online radio, graphic design studio, independent magazine: this is how Creative Belgium sees Brussels.
This is (our) Brussels
To mark the release of The Brussels Special, we take a trip down memory lane to pull-up some of our favourite Brussels features.
On-Point teams up with Brussels Philharmonic
We talk to On-Point Records about its recent partnering up with Brussels Philharmonic as the Belgium Trombone Quartet.
He's the first one to play at our after-party this Friday, so we asked him for an exclusive mix.
Next up in our series on iconic Belgian records comes courtesy of Youtube channel Belpop16.
Announcing our Brussels special
With just under two weeks before going to print, pre-orders for our next edition are now open
We kick off a new series this week, asking the country's music tastemakers to reveal their favourite Belgian releases.
Our picks of Belgian beat acts at this year’s summer festivals
We select some of the Belgian beat acts making the rounds at this year's summer festivals.
Order This is Belgium, get It It Anita’s vinyl release
We're giving away copies of It It Anita's Word-produced vinyl release to the first readers who order our book, This is Belgium.
The night we celebrated Belgium
A few photographs from the official book launch we held in Brussels to mark the release of This is Belgium.
11 iconic new wave tracks from Belgium
Starman Records head honcho Felix Huybrechts compiled a list of 11 of his favourite 80s Belgian new wave tracks for us.
Ten things to do this weekend
Concerts in Kortrijk, group shows in Antwerp, vinyls markets in Brussels, drawings in Liège and artists teaming up in Brugge.
Ten things to do in Belgium this weekend
Our weekly round-up of cultural showstoppers marks its return this week with a 10-strong selection of agenda fillers.
One of our office throwaway cameras goes from stage to living room with Umungus, Liège's latest psychedelic rock export.
Our best Instax moments of 2013
The best Word moments of 2013 captured with the office Instax.
Three reasons Belgium stood proud in 2013
Three homegrown projects which did more for Belgium in 2013 than any Stromae radio hit ever could.
What we’re up to in 2014
A group show at Bozar, the release of THIS IS BELGIUM, our next edition and a few other things to keep us all busy in 2014.
Leuven-based Moodprint take the helm for the 20th instalment in our series of exclusive DJ sets.
What you liked, viewed and listened to the most in 2013
The mix you most listened to, the content you Facebook-liked the most and the best Word parties of 2013. Just like that.
The 11 most interesting Belgian electronic music releases of 2013
Eleven of the most noteworthy Belgian electronic music releases of 2013 and three producers to watch in 2014.
More backstage snap-happiness, this time courtesy of Antwerpers Middle Earth All Nighters
The party we threw in Brussels for our new edition
A gospel pop act that literally brought the entire room to its knees and a bunch of guitar-wielding monks. EPIC.
A Third Rate party at BRASS with M.E.A.N + more
...plus slow journalism on Sochi at FoMu, Jan Verbruggen, Suzan Frecon, Eric Baudelaire...
The Word at BRASS, Brussels
Our new edition hits Belgian stores this week with a brand-new, 'Only for Belgium' €10 cover price. Party!
A weekend of Warhol, Wilde Things, MAD and MØ
...don't miss Gold Panda at Botanique and window dressing with Splash, Can and Cock at Komplot
DJ Kong sifted through countless record crates to bring you one hell of a mix, especially but not only for house fans.
Brainbox, Richard Serra and Happy birthday dear Academy
...plus Catclub, Gedi Sibony and Everything and More at Tim Van Laere
A selection of photographs from the San Francisco-based four-tet's final tour.
A weekend of Mykki Blanco, Chvrches and TUFTUFTUFTUF
...plus Freek Wambacq’s Antwerp trailblazing, Etienne Courtois at Island, and Javier Tellez at SMAK.
BOZAR’s electro art weekend, Blackout + she-movies
Elles Tournent at Botanique, a pre-retrospective of Walter Swennen at Rodolphe Janssen and nightlife Night Vision in Antwerp.
TempoColor’s food for thought and more STUFF.
...plus Jacky Nickerson's Amerikay, Henri Jacobs' not-so-private notebooks and Kate Newby at La Loge
Ghent-locals STUFF. dish up a "creamy mix of sweet beats and tasty vibes" for our 18th exclusive mix. Yum.
A weekend of Mathématique Moderne, Magnum & Mountain Bike
Under the knife with Orlan and Jean De Groote, Tracey Snelling & Dead Ghosts...
It's champagne time for the lauded local vinyl fetishists and talent spotters. Listen to their exclusive mix.
Artful pinups and photo shows from the pros
Olivier Cornil in Brussels, One Armed Man, No Age + Private Room at PAK...
A weekend of Catclub, Unicorn porn and James Pants’ squiggly bits
...plus some classy stuff like Evy Raes at St. Peter's Abbey and Japanese art
Deck chairs at DOK & a Knokke pop up shop.
...plus an afternoon soirée with Holy Something, Recorders at BSF and tonnes of arty types hit town
Music: An interview with Frank Shinobi at Microfestival
Meet the tribe of Liégois scenesters who named themselves after a '90s Sega game
Liège’s Microfestival: The pictures
A mini-festival with a big heart, this year's Microfestival sold out without being a sell-out.
Music: An interview with Berlin trio Camera at Microfestival
From busking to the big stage; the evolution of neo-krautrockers Camera.
Music: Interview with Wastelands’ Herlinde and Kasper-Jan Raeman
The Subbacultcha! affiliate turns two this summer and moves to new digs
Backstage at Dour with Recorders
Inside Dour festival's artist village (sort of) with Recorders
Music: DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith at Boomtown Festival
When not making shitty demos in hotel rooms the Brooklyn blow-in can be found rocking the world's summer festivals
Music: An interview with Microfestival co-founder JF Jaspers
A summer rock festival, only smaller.
Eighties, art + Boomtown. This weekend in Belgium
Cinematek goes retro and Brussels' photographers reclaim some space, plus Mario Merz, Stefan Rinck and Robert Suermondt
The rant: The Herbaliser’s Jake and Ollie on “the industry”
Having been "on the scene" for about two decades now, they've got quite a lot of bones to pick...
An interview with Gold Panda at Dour
We get in depth with Peckham boy and electro beatmaker about first albums, first nixers and stupid fucking festivals.
A very exclusive melange of baby makers, juke tunes, UK garage and voodoo by homeboy Fabien Leclercq
Music: Interview with Yellow Straps and Le Motel
Three local bedroom beat-makers get deflowered in their very first interview ever.
Ghent gets Ten Days Off. This weekend in Belgium
...plus IETS in Knokke, mumblecore, Pierre Lefebvre and graphic arts explored...
Music: Interview with Dour programmer Alex Stevens
He reveals the secrets of festival programming and tells us why he needs to clean his brain with the Pixies...
Music: Interview with 10 Days Off’s Jeroen Delodder
He talks pop star DJs, ones to watch and choosing the lineup for one of the world's most progressive electronic music gigs.
Best of les Belges: festival season’s homegrown must-sees
Here’s our hand-picked selection of native musos to check out during this summer's festival season.
Music: The must-see acts of the Belgian festival season 2013
Tonight Rock Werchter marks an explosive start to the festival season. Check out these insider tips on what not to miss.
Prep yourself for tonight's Berlin launch of The second best edition with this worldly mix of folk and exotica
DJ Walrus offers up a bangin' brew to get us in the mood for tomorrow's do.
Here's what's soundtracking The Word's sojourn in the capital of cool capitals.
The Sound of Bristol vs Belgium
Bristol Archive Records chronicle Bristol's sound from its post-punk roots to today. Perhaps it's Belgium's turn to do the same.
Thurston’s new Trix and Miaux. This weekend in Belgium.
A roundup of the weekend's most deserving diversions, including a Greens gig, John Webster Johns, Air Liquide, SIC and more
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