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Why The Word Magazine is free again
A couple of words on why oh why we're back on the country's streets as a free magazine.
Expect an hour of hilarious rub-a-dub, massive melodies and some really good vibes.
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.
First things first: Hypochristmutreefuzz (with free download)
Noise-rockers Hypochristmutreefuzz on eating honey and what their parents think of their music.
Beats in Belgium: video teaser
A small video about Beats in Belgium, a special feature on the country's beat scene set to be published in our upcoming issue.
Announcing our Brussels special
With just under two weeks before going to print, pre-orders for our next edition are now open
15 facts and figures about This is Belgium
We handpick 15 facts and figures about 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.
Around Belgium in 80 days
Photographer Joke De Wilde, a driving force behind our upcoming book This is Belgium, selects six of her favourite images. In Around Belgium in 80 days.
Marking the upcoming release of our book This is Belgium, we enlist Brussels-based label Vlek for an exclusive mix.
Nosedrip handpicks 11 Belgian tracks for the first in a three-part series of exclusive This is Belgium mixes.
Inside Belgique-Op-Zee, our special edition
A few words and photographs on the special edition we made to mark the release of our book, This is Belgium.
New book: Stine Sampers
We talk to photographer Stine Sampers about the release of her book, under the city lies a sea, with Art Paper Editions.
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.
Pre-order our brand new edition
Pre-order our brand new edition and get a hand-stamped, limited-edition photo book.
The Word Magazine in Antwerp – The photographs
One of the best parties we ever hosted, hands down.
The throwaway project: Roger Ballen
South African photographer Roger Ballen adds his name to our throwaway project by taking us through the streets of Johannesburg.
The second best edition: The video
Our latest issue, the second best edition, explained in a 49'' edit.
The best of Antwerp’s future sound
Bart Sibiel chronicles a stream of solid Belgian beats, attracting attention one new sound at a time.
The second best edition Brussels release: the polaroids
A few instant classics from the Brussels release party.
APE founder Jurgen Maelfeyt on The Molem Collective
A limited-run record, a sneaker fiend talking about his obsession and classic hip hop productions. Comes pretty close to nirvana.
The second best edition release party: Brussels
We came, we saw, we launched a top class, prime rib, first rate piece of publishing genius. Here's the evidence.
Suuns: Image du Futur
We had a listen to the Canadians' latest record and it seems like the apocalypse is just around the corner.
January’s five musical breakthroughs
It's going to be a great year for pop music. This lot have been on heavy rotation throughout the blogosphere lately.
The best of Belgium’s beats scene in 2012
2012's key releases of genre-defying, rhythmically driven choons, as chosen by Bart Sibiel.
Jasper Wentzel’s 25 top tracks of 2012
Our series of 2012 playlists continues. This time, the juke box is manned by label promoter slash music buff Jasper Wentzel.
KHUSHI gets playful and Clarence Clarity makes a mess
Our resident pop guru Disco Naiveté scans the 2013 horizon for early signs of life.
“My top 3 albums of the year” as chosen by The Word family
We've called on a number of cherished members of The Word family to take a look back on this year’s best album releases.
The year’s top 10 hip hop albums
From Doom's new collaborative project to the return of West Coast Gangsta Rap, we handpick our 10 top rap albums of the year.
Three emerging singer-songwriters: Lorine Chia, Fryars, and Photay
Lorine Chia scores with her Amy Winehouse voice, Fryars with his electronic pop and Photay makes us want to move to Guinea.
Hip hop from Angel Haze, sad pop from Mikky Ekko and Solange goes indie
Beyonce's sis joins Mikki Ekko's sad pop and some much-needed poetry from hip-hop's Angel Haze in this week's New Kids roster.
Chrome Brulée, or how the cassette came to be reborn in Belgium
Compact cassettes are staging a renaissance. Bart Sibiel explores a shabbily-made music medium well-suited to Belgium's surreal self.
Girls mastermind Christopher Owens’ romantic solo debut
Disco Naïveté's trawled the airwaves for worthy new choons for your listening pleasure and come up with contemporary electronica from Halls, the romantic-guitarred Christopher Owens and the impeccable voice of Lulu James.
An interview with upcoming London producer Danglo
Danglo's all hyped for the release of "Adapt ", his brand new garagey, housey, dubsteppy, trip-hoppy EP.
Belgian electro pop duo Joy Wellboy on life, love and joking about The Clash’s drummer
Belgian two-piece Joy Wellboy talk about sharing the stage, sharing a bed and being mirrors for each other...
The Belgian ballad babe and the Danish (pop) virgin
AlunaGeorge's R&B-ish pop gets under our skin while Trixie Whitely gets some release and virginal MØ unleashes nifty pop with a street-y beat.
Belgian stylist Benoît Béthume on the launch of Mémoire Universelle, his new bookazine
Stylist Benoît Béthume's bookazine Mémoire Universelle is more book than magazine. The first issue's about love, and it's about to hit a shelf near you.
An interview with Belgian electro rock outfit Soldout
Soldout's Charlotte and David talk to us about recording their new album, writing a movie soundtrack for the very first time and partying in Berlin.
Danish experimental rockers Efterklang discuss their fourth studio effort
Swigging beer and telling tales of ghost towns and orchestras, Efterklang's Rasmus Stolberg is in town. He's gearing up for the release of a fourth album, a gig at MoMA and a 120-stop tour.
Ryan Hemsworth, Dan Bodan, Southern Shores
From bloopy hip-hop beatmakers to smoochy slow-dancers, here's a guide to what's hot for your end of summer stereo.
Amateur Best, Twigs and Saint Lou Lou
This week's new kids features has somewhat of a synth pop undertone to it, with Amateur Best, Twigs and Swedish sister duo Saint Lou Lou topping our list.
Le1f, Saint Saviour and Foreign Fields
This week on The Word's radio waves: New York's rapper Le1f, English singer-songwriter Saint Saviour and folksters Foreign Fields from Nashville.
Juke playlist by Damien Aresta
We were quite keen to give newly-launched music streaming service Juke a try, so we asked some members of our extended family to toy around with the newcomer, create an exclusive playlist and get back to us with some feedback.
Night Works, Arthur Beatrice, Frank Ocean
Queued up on your Word-recommended playlist this week are Night Works, Arthur Beatrice and Frank Ocean - our favourite new buttery-smooth soundtracks, handpicked for your listening pleasure.
Pomrad at Dour
Flying the homegrown electronica flag at Dour last weekend was producer Adriaan Van de Velde in his guise as Pomrad. He granted us a sit-down to fill us in on everything from living room gigs to synesthesia.
Twin Shadow at Les Ardentes
We caught up with L.A.'s George Lewis Jr. a.k.a. Twin Shadow at this weekend's Les Ardentes and had a little chat about his new album 'Confess', the summer festival circuit and getting by with a little help from Pitchfork.
POP ETC, Stacks and Woodkid
POP ETC, Stacks and Woodkid have been plucked off the airwaves and served as starter, main course and dessert for this edition of New Kids on the Block, our showcase of new music that matters.
Eddi Front, Romare and Alt-J
Brooklyn singer Eddi Front, Romare's African soundscapes and indie pop newcomers Alt-J make up this week's checklist of freshest musical finds.
Kuhrye-oo, Azealia Banks and The Neighbourhood
Kuhrye-oo, Azealia Banks and The Neighbourhood with a "u" have all been bouncing around the blogosphere of late, and here's why.
Elliphant, Haim and Faws
Today we welcome relentless blogger Disco Naïveté to our pages for a new, twice-monthly column entitled 'New kids on the block' which will focus on the cream of the crop of independent talent emerging from the global music scene.
Brit band New Build partake in a bit of a Word-exclusive Q&A about constant references to Hot Chip (which they don't mind), their tour, and a brand new album.
Pony Pony Run Run
Pony Pony Run Run went to art college and all they got was a healthy dose of self depreciation and a couple of hyper-cool, flowy albums.
New Build: Yesterday Was Lived and Lost
Despite being the brainchild of Hot Chip's core members and shape-shifting experts Al Doyle and Felix Martin, New Build aren't just a chip off the old block.
The orange album release party
Our next edition hits the streets on Friday 30th March with a release party in the heart of Brussels.
With their self-titled debut album, Django Django finally get around to acknowledging the 2009 super-buzz around their double A-side single.
We Have Band
With their album Ternion, We Have Band counter rumours that they're just another one-trick pony.
Little Trouble Kids
With their debut album Adventureland, Boston Tea Party have reinvented themselves as Little Trouble Kids. They've been busy living up to their shiny new name.
Our new website
A few words on our freshly re-launched website, the team behind it and the writers and photographers whose contributions we've enlisted.
Ross Clements and Geert Sermon
With just a few days before their first night at Brussels' Beursschouwburg, we speak to kindred spirits Ross Clements and Geert Sermon about their joint promoting effort.
Still ridiculously loved up, we bring you Brussels-based DJ Sagat's excellent Valentines's Day mix, inspired by tacky, crappy E-Cards. It's a good one.
The Big Pink
Last month, English twosome The Big Pink released a second album called 'Future This'. We spoke to them about their new record, skateboarding and being a couple (but not in that way).
Miss Hot Tracks’
We continue our series of Valentine's Day-inspired mixes with Brussels-based DJ Miss Hot Tracks mix entitled 'Desires'.
We talk to the quirky Norwegian outfit Casiokids about their new record ‘Aabenbaringen over Aaskammen’, getting sponsored by a-ha and playing gigs in lighthouses.
Bruce Davidson’s Subway
We take a closer look at Steidl's recent reissue of American photographer Bruce Davidson's groundbreaking photographs of the New York subway back in the 1980s.
From teapots to toothpaste, these are the items that inspired us for our white album.
The interview: White Russia
Having just released the debut LP O Jerusalem singer/songwriter Maria Elderton from London two-piece White Russia speaks to us about apathetic bands and wanting to be Axl Rose.
The interview: White Car
We speak to Elon Katz from upcoming Chicago two-piece White Car about his slew of side projects, Chinese underground music and painting a house white.
The interview: Girls
We speak with Girls frontman Christopher Owens about white sneaker fetishes, running a business and singing “Stille nacht” to sailors at Christmas time in Antwerp’s docks.
The interview: Mario & Vidis
Following the release of their double album Changed, we speak with Lithuanian production prodigies Mario & Vidis about their top three records of 2011, their hometown and who they'd book for their last ever party.
The interview: Is Tropical
Having just released their debut album 'Native To' earlier this year, the face-shy London three-piece was in Brussels to perform at Botanique. We caught up with them minutes before the show to talk getting bashed by Pitchfork, hating England and throwing illegal parties in toilet showrooms.
The white album release party
Join us on Friday 25th November in Brussels to celebrate the release of our last edition of 2011, the white album.
The Experimental Tropic Blues Band
Back from having recorded their latest album with blues-rock legend Jon Spencer in New York, we sit down with The Experimental Tropic Blues Band two days before their embark on a European tour to discuss making real rock music, taking the subway in New York and getting famous music journalists to go naked on stage.
The review: Black Box Revelation’s My Perception
With their new release “My Perception” Belgian garage rockers Black Box Revelation deliver their third album in only three years and this time they are determined to make it big across the Atlantic. Whilst sticking to their raw and heady sound, the two-piece outfit from Dilbeek aims to conquer the US.
Following the release of their excellent debut Le Danse, we speak with Parisian electro-pop two-piece Slove about their various side projects and their love of French music.
Les jeans de Chanel
Denim is everywhere and now you can even wear it on your nails: We love Chanel's jeans inspired shades of blue.
The blue album release party – Slove video
A video edit of the live showcase Parisian electro-pop outfit Slove performed at our blue album release party in Brussels.
The blue album release party photographs – The uncensored gallery
The unedited and uncensored version of our blue album release party's image gallery.
M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
The French electronic dreampop band M83 is back after a three year pause: Their new much anticipated album 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming' is to be released on October 17th. We've had a first listen.
The blue album release party photographs
Photographs from last Friday's release party, hosted in Brussels by gallery A St Medard to celebrate the release of our latest edition, the blue album. Crowds of beautiful people, rooms full of laughter and striking art installations.
Interview: These New Puritans
Whilst These New Puritans, the band of four from Southend-on-Sea in England, could be considered youngsters to the musical spectrum, their albums suggest otherwise. And, although Beat Pyramid (the band’s debut, released in 2008 on Angular Records) had already confirmed the group as a force to be reckoned with, their latest LP Hidden (released in […]
Rise and shine: producer Dynooo
Dynooo‘s future-forward, Blade-Runner-grade productions have earned him quite the following in Word HQ. With a string of releases to his name, the latest of which surely won a world record for longest ever title (I Feel Like PLaying Sim City Straight From The Floppy And Run A Tornado All Over My Perfectly Functioning Town After […]
Music: a word with Parisian duo Logo
Parisian duo Logo first popped up on our radar with their phenomenal track Junocide, which was released on Kitsuné Maison Compilation, Vol. 8 back in November 2009. Having just released their latest EP, Merit, we caught up with the merry bunch via email 10 days ago to talk recording sessions, summer plans and the best […]
A few words about our iPad app
Our iPad app having hit Apple’s AppStore last week, we thought it useful to give you a little background information on it. You know, the why, who, what, when and all. We first started toying with the idea of developing an iPad app towards the end of the summer 2010. Apple had just released its […]
Interview: The Horrors speak about third album Skying
After taking the world by storm with the haunting Sheena Is A Parasite, being hailed as the saviours of UK’s garage rock revival, then dismissed and parodied as yet another case of “style over substance”, The Horrors silenced their detractors and gained unanimous critical praise with 2009’s Primary Colours. Southend-on-Sea’s black-clad quintetare back with Skying, […]
Into the wild
“Come to Minneapolis and wear a thick jacket and boots.” Such was Alec Soth’s cryptic reply when Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove requested to shoot a documentary about him. Not knowing what to expect, both directors – not a couple – followed the American photographer for three years, resulting in the film Somewhere to Disappear. […]
Music: Mark Boombastik and Eduardo Delgado Lopez’ Adios Berlin
You could say Mark Boombastik is something of a general ordering his troupes to get in line and march to the beat. A Berlin-based beatboxer, lyricist and singer with an intense, commandeering and hypnotic vocal presence, his recent collaboration with Eduardo Delgado Lopez (also the bass player in Caspar Brötzmann Massaker) on their joint effort Adiós Berlin […]
The yellow album in Colette, Paris
Dear Parisian friends and Belgians living in Paris, our yellow album has just landed in Colette. A mere three boxes of it were sent to the taste-maker’s emporium, so hurry and make sure to get yours. The magazine has been known to be out-of-stock in less than three days, so when you get there and […]
The yellow album release party pics
Brussels turned out to be a ball. A block party, really. Amazing turn out, great crowd and the music. Ah the music. William from Uphigh held it down like a true don, giving us a mix of laidback grooves and bass-thumbing tunes. Then JustNathan turned it up a notch come 22h00, until Brussels’ finest decided […]
Interview: actor Adam Goldberg’s new band The Goldberg Sisters
We all remember Adam Goldberg for hilarious roles such as Eddie, Chandler’s psychotic flatmate in Friends, the neurotic Nicky Rubenstein in Entourage, or Mike Newhouse in Dazed And Confused. The actor, who’s had a hand at directing too, has been making music for over a decade. After releasing his debut Eros and Omissions under the […]
Emufucka, the prodigy producer straight outta Tokyo
Early last week, Brussels’ Citywurl Records sent us a promo of Tokyo-based producer-come-beat-maker Emufucka’s latest EP called Select. The six-track effort, a genre-defying mix of cosmic electronic beats and mangled melodies, is fresh, flawless and cerebral. We email-interviewed the 24 year wizard of odds, asking him about everything from the view from his bedroom window […]
Interview: Chile’s Panico pack a punch
At first listen, there’s something vaguely familiar with Panico’s sound. It is garage rock, no doubt there, but with something of a Latin twist to it. Tropical rock as they refer to it on their Myspace page. Think rough, fast-paced yet melodic songs. Catchy guitar riffs and heavy drum sequences. And Eduardo, the band’s charismatic, […]
Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor speaks about his new band, About Group
After spearheading this past decade’s nerdy dance pop-movement with his band Hot Chip, Alexis Taylor turns to spontaneous recording with About Group, his new project. We caught up with the ever-polite British singer and musician last Saturday, minutes before his eclectic DJ set at a Los Ninos party in Brussels’ cultural-hub Congres station. How long has About […]
The joker has landed – An interview with Drums of Death
Ceratin artists sometimes seem to drop a bomb on you out of nowhere. You kind of had heard their name somewhere before, but couldnt quite place it. You know they aren’t exactly newcomers to the game, but they aren’t old-timers neither. It’s that certain breed of on-the-cusp of breaking-through artists. Some seem to be eternally […]
Three of the best albums of 2010
Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer LP (Warp) Psychedelic tribal music for the new age, Gonjasufi’s A Sufi and A Killer (produced by Los Angeles-based, Low End Theory cohort The Gaslamp Killer) surprised just about everyone in the office. With the album’s production firmly rooted in hip-hop, Gonja’s vocals (at times raps, at times […]
If you don’t read books, you will soon forget how to read
When anything and everything remotely linked to culture better happen behind closed doors, you better hope your library is stocked with the right balance of books. This, we imagine, is what a book shelf would have looked liked in St Petersburg circa 1984. Photography Yassin Serghini Verses and Versions; Three Centuries of Russian Poetry (2008) […]
Tap that thang: we want to hear from you (in return for some booze)
Our iPad app comes out early January. Expect a more engaging and immersive editorial experience. Print, digital, video and sound – all-in-one. Its starting point will be the magazine (as with pretty much everything in Word world), its scope the neighbourhood (you know, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Koln) and its reach […]
Win tickets to On-Point Records’ label night this Saturday
On-point Records, the brainchild of head honcho Alex Deforce (of On-Point, the blog, fame), has slowly but surely been building up quite some momentum of late, with its roster of artists and producers each coming-of-age in their own right. J to the C (backed by his band The Bad Mothas) has been making a lot […]
Some like it rough
Unpolished, stiff, battered and worn-out, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this month’s showstopper selection was handpicked by a bunch of brutes. A far cry from the smooth and flashy must-haves spread all over the glossies’ gargantuan September issues, we lay our latest cravings bare and rough. Photography Benoît Banisse, art direction and styling facetofacedesign 1. […]
We got a little treat for you guys, courtesy of Converse. The cult sneakerbrand managed to lock Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend and Boys Like Us) and the ever so ubiquitous Kid Cudi in the studio, asking them to record an exclusive track under its ‘3 artists 1 song’ initiative. Download the […]
Little box of treasures
Releasing a posthumous compilation of an artist’s work is not an easy task for a record label. And with a legacy as big and influential as the one Marc Moulin left behind him when passing in September 2008, Blue Note Records were in for a treat. Moulin was a composer, radiometer, writer, publicist and overall […]
DJ Kicks given the Kode 9 treatement
There was never any question that Kode 9’s DJ Kicks mix would be an interesting, time-travelling foray into bass music. The London-based producer, DJ, label boss and author – the closest the UK’s dubstep scene has to a spiritual godfather – has relentlessly been crafting a unique musical identity that has won him the respect […]
Faith No More
The Dance is house music legends Faithless’s first album in 4 years. Their last album, 2006’s To All New Arrivals, was a polemic loaded record that boasted the group’s socio-political awareness. It seems with The Dance Faithless have decided to re-engage with their prior material, with tracks like ‘Not Going Home’ which attempt to recapture […]
Music has the ability to move us emotionally and effect us physically, to boost spirits and make a crowd move as one – but this power can have unforeseen, and even unpleasant consequences Writer Hettie Judah, illustrations Marcel Ceuppens War is heavy metal George Gittoes’ documentary Soundtrack to War explores the profound integration of music […]
Blow the horn, rebels have arrived.
Consider this. An opening slot on a Kitsuné Maison compilation. A live gig at a Jean-Charles de Castelbajac catwalk show. A ‘Record of the Week’on BBC Radio 1. Heck, this band even had Les Inrockuptibles’ editor championing it as if his own mother was the drummer. And we ain’t talking your usual one-hit-wonder, I’m-a-celebrity-dj-get-me-out-of-here band […]
Waiting for The Skin Issue
Hard at work on our March edition, themed The Skin Issue (our Friday 5th March 2010), we’re on the lookout for stuff (rude boys, art history/curating/events interns, DJs submissions, etc…) and wanted to remind you of other stuff (more Morning After posts to look forward to, concert tickets to win, Tweets to follow). Here’s a […]
A hit for a hit
Fresh from our Morning After Issue, a piece Randa wrote on the talent-altering effects going cold turkey can have on some of our favourite acts… Musical creativity and drug addiction are dark but inevitable bedfellows, but the skewed stimulation of getting fucked-up long-term tends to end in either death or dry out. So what happens […]
Days before The Morning After Issue
With three days to go before our first edition of the year comes out, a little treat courtesy of Sarah: three morning after shots of, as she put it, “the débris the new years eve party people left, in the city…” With a piece on how going cold turkey affects talent (put together by Randa), […]
Music to snuggle to…
At first listen, Amelie‘s new album – Dinah Dina – can be unnerving, even a little discomforting. The minute I popped the promo in the player, I was sure I had heard her tone somewhere before. And it wasn’t on her previous effort, The Real Nature of the Fantastic Ice Cream Car (Boxson, 2007), which […]
The unprintables – The Shelf
A photo shoot for our book page typically takes Yassin (the photographer) and Meli (the art director, and sometime reluctant model) about half a day to nail down. With the former having somewhat of a itchy finger folly and the latter a seemingly unlimited supply of ideas, we often end up with quite a selection […]
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