The strength of Ghent-based team Caoutchou rests in its versatility and ability to nurture a variety of different genres under one same imprint. Truth is, try pigeon-holing the label’s artists and output and you’re likely to be left scratching your head looking for answers. To mark the release of their latest Rubber Beats compilation, we asked the entire crew – that’s Lennart, Edith, Jonas, Joren and Joris – to dig deep and reveal their all-time favourite Belgian releases, which go from industrial metal and indie-rock to techno and straight-up Belgian beats.
Lennart’s favourite Belgian releases:
Marc Hollander, Aksak Maboul – Son Of L’idiot (Onze Danses Pour Combattre La Migraine – Kamikaze – 1977)
Came across Aksak Maboul’s Scratch Holiday while browsing through Youtube and fell in love immediately. When I heard their debut album ‘Onze Danses Pour Combattre La Migraine’ from 1977 I was just flabbergasted that this band was actually from Belgium.
Non+ Herrmutt Lobby – I’m Lost (Hunter – Catune – 2009)
The grandmasters of the Belgian beat culture featuring Non from Shadowhuntaz. Everything the Lobby touches is just spot on, really. We were truly honoured when they wanted to do an EP for Caoutchou, which you can still download for free: https://caoutchou.bandcamp.com/album/mind-safari
Ediths’ favourite Belgian releases:
Evil Superstars – Go home for lunch (Love is OK- Paradox Records – Barracuda – 1996)
In my opinion the best Belgian rockband from the glorydays of Belgian rockmusic in the 90’s. They combine anarchyst rythms, satanic heavy metal, jazzy ballads, and absurd lyrics into a style completely unique and yet – to me – typically Belgian. As a 13 year old, I had a huge crush on Mauro Pawlovsky.
Wizards Of Ooze – Big Red Balloon (Almost…Bikini – 1999)
An Antwerp-based band from the late 90’s. Their music is funky as hell, slightly psychedelic but most of all – just a whole lot of fun. This reminds me of my highschool days.
Jonas’ favourite Belgian releases
T-Quest – Upiter (Music Man -1996)
T-Quest was a legend back in the days… this track always takes me back to that period when techno was booming in Belgium. My first Belgian vinyl.
dEUS – Theme From Turnpike (Bang! music – 1996)
Back then I thought it wasn’t cool to listen to dEUS, but couldn’t help liking it when my sister kept playing this one.. spot on atmosphere.
Joren’s favourite Belgian releases
Fear Factory – Demanufacture (Demanufacture – Roadrunner – 1995)
Great combination of guitar and electronic sounds, also one of my first loves for deep electronica… hours & days of playing Carmageddon. Their bass player Christian is Belgian. Cool fact while recording the album: Fear Factory were in the studio next door to Bon Jovi and at a certain moment one of Bon Jovi’s engineers asked them to turn the sound down, as it was bleeding into their recording sessions.
Moondog Jr – TV Song (Island Records – 1995)
Was 12 or 13 when I heard it for the first time, liked it then and still do. It also represents an era of realy interesting Belgian indie/rock which had an influence on my own music.
Joris’ favourite Belgian releases
Title – Sometimes (Cosmonostro – 2014)
Absolutely love this track from our buddy Title. This represents the vibe I go for when dj’ing.
De Kreuners – Nummer 1 (WEA Records – 1980)
This was my first introduction to the reggae skank back as a youth in Turnhout. When I got older I discovered the real deal and started dj’ing roots reggae as Selah Techniques. It was this chip that inspired me later to start dj’ing leftfield beats.
Caoutchou’s Rubber Beats Vol. V compilation is available as a name-your-price download over on the label’s bandcamp page.
You can read an in-depth interview with the band by ordering our latest edition here.