Radio Show 19/05/2015 – Jazz, Onda Sonora Style.

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Jazz, Onda Sonora style to prepare you for Brussels Jazz Marathon this weekend. While we’re playing these tunes we were drinking Monk’s Stout by brasserie Dupont.

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Jean-Luc Ponty – Computer Incantations For World Peace – Polydor
Jan Akkerman – Streetwalker – Atlantic
Oko – Tema IV – Jugoton
Lalo Schifrin – Baia – CTI
STUFF. – Java – Buteo Buteo
Charles Earland – Leaving This Planet – Prestige
Steve Reid – Center Of The Earth – Universal Sound
Robert Watson – Reachin’, Searchin’ – Roulette
Dexter Wansel – Life On Mars – Philadelphia International
Monty Alexander 7 – Accompong – Pablo
Doris – Beatmaker – Odeon
Ron Carter – Can’ t Give You Anything – Kudu

Bart’s monthly list of freshly acquired goodies he thinks you should give a listen.

The second edition of my monthly list of lovely music I added to my collection (the first one you’ll find here). Old to new stuff. All available to all. Onda Sonora is probably so inclusive it finds exclusivity in that. So no (exclusive) promos, calculated hip plugs nor music we won’t recognise ourselves in a few weeks time because by then long forgotten.  Nothing overly fancy like that. We like it simple, slightly scruffy and, at best, just for the sake of it. Like last week’s So You Think You Can Dance party in Antwerp’s Kavka. Which really felt like a home away from home (which you hope of all parties you play at and which we can say remarkably often lately). No grand gestures, no fronting, just people having a good time on music made for that cause but beyond the banal. This list is like that. Nothing but a list of music I recently discovered or bought and which I like (of course) and which is meant to inspire. Nothing more.

Tapes Meets The Drums Of Wareika Hill Sounds ‎– Datura Mystic – Honest Jon’s
Loved Wareika Hill’s previous EP on the same label so much it’s always in my box fully knowing I only get to play it very rarely. The fact it’s a 10” doesn’t really help because it gets literally overlooked at times. This one will join it for the foreseeable future. Heavy percussion monster.

Ing. Coman – 6 Seara – Future Nuggets
From the “Sounds Of The Unheard From Romania (Volume 2)” compilation. The first was killer, this one is even more up my alley. Hard to pinpoint genre-wise and thus perfectly fitting Onda Sonora’s favourite genre. The entire album is superb from folksy jazz to dubby psychedelic workouts and back.

XTRO – Dikke Vette Pannekoeke (Normal Recipe) – Rave Records
First heard Belgian producer Stijn play this. It made me go through the gabber / Rotterdam hardcore crates for a while. Can gladly stop doing that now. A record that will surely make half our crowd go “uh?” when we drop it. Haha. Looking forward to that.

Arkanoid ‎– No Problem – Hi Tech
New Beat not New Beat if such a thing exists. Made in the wrong country (Italy) and 1 year too late but one of the finest pieces of Belgium’s main contribution to electronic dance music history. Reissued on R&S the same year it came out so part of the classics of the genre. If I ever produce new beat it would sound like this.

Oko – Tema IV – Jugoton
Slovenian psychedelic rock turned jazzy and incredibly funky. Veals & Geeks’ Stan played this at our Record Store Day after party at Bonnefooi and it ended up in my box. Even at parties I play at I buy records. Hope it doesn’t announce my entry into that area of the musical spectrum as it would ruin me completely.

Sagat – Melt – Vlek
Standout track for me from his latest EP on this fine Brussels label. Gritty techno but different than most of what the Berlin brigade mass-produces nowadays. Lovely to see him steadily develop the talent we appreciated very early on in his career (bigging up myself here, I know) without being lured by the easier roads to recognition. Doing waywardly his own thing.

Fanfare De Quevaucamps – Ring My Bell – Vogue
A Belgian brass band doing a medley of disco hits and the middle part of it, the Anita Ward classic, is top. 1min30 of killer brass boogie. Haha. Picked this 7” up on our trip through Wallonia. Produced by Marc Moulin.

Chrome Brulée – Autopower – Kasset
Even though I was a fan from the first bits of this Belgian beatmakers / synthwizards super group I heard, the album surprised me in a very positive way. Less standard electroboogie as made by Dâm-Funk and followers but with firm hints of Vangelis and other prog rock with keys. Not only the videos and visuals are premium quality with these boys. Top release.

Partners ‎– I Wanna Dance – Phil & Phil
I’m becoming obsessed with disco made in Belgium. This is the second EP I found by this outfit. Not the most original moniker, title nor track but solid none the less. With people on board I keep encountering on records I like. Worth further investigation.

Bernthöler ‎– My Suitor – Starman
One of the most beautiful new wave pop songs ever made. One of the few tunes where I don’t mind the thick accent. Makes it even sexier. Starman records compiled the little output of this Belgian / Brussels based group and added demo’s with a lovely album as result.

Plus Instruments – Freundschaft – Poutre Apparente
Frenetic new / no wave from a group with a pre-Sonic Youth Lee Ronaldo centered around Truus de Groot who once played in what later became Dutch famous reggae / pop band Doe Maar. From a superb album full of driving and dark tunes.

Africa Hitech – Do U Wanna Fight – Warp
Not going to introduce this. Should have had a privileged spot in my collection but somehow I missed out completely on the vinyl. Luckily Arlequin had one in the crates. Playing these tunes digitally made me die inside a little every time they featured in our sets. Died many times. But not anymore.

Radio Show 12/05/2015 – Funque Galore

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Our take on funk in preparation of So You Think You Can Funk in Antwerp’s Kavka this Thursday where we’ll play our funkiest tunes.

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James Last – Inner City Blues – Polydor
Super Jay – Super Jay Love Theme – Hit Makers of America
Maledictus Sound – Wedding Party – Finders Keepers
Tamiko Jones – Let It Flow – Contempo
Harvey Scales – Disco Fire – Casablanca
Heaven & Earth – I Really Love You – WMOT
Juicy – Nobody But You (Deo-Dub) – CBS
Hot Cold Sweat – Wiggle Your Body – Future
Junkyard Band – Sardines – Def Jam
Empress – Take A Risk – Prelude
Partners – I Wanna Dance – Phil & Phil

Radio Show 08/05/2015 – Salute to Southport Weekender

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As a salute to Southport Weekender that’s having its final weekend we play tracks from the favourite live acts we’ve heard and seen past few years.

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Azymuth – Dear Limmertz – Milestone
Andrew Ashong – Flowers – Sound Signature
Fatback Band – Nija Walk – Perception
Fatback Band – Clap Your Hands – Perception
Convertion – Sweet Thing – Vanguard
Roy Ayers – Runnin Away – Polydor
Dexter Wansell – Life On Mars – Philadelphia International
Arnold Jarvis – Take Some Time Out – BCM
Henrik Schwarz – Imagination Limitation – DJ Kicks
Tortured Soul – Fall In Love – R2
MAW ft India – I Can’t Get No Sleep – BBE

Digging In Wallonia

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In our effort to visit all record shops at least once we decided to do a little tour Wallonia. It’s not the most common area for record digging, we heard a new shop had opened near Charleroi and our knowledge of the region could do with an update. Reasons enough to head down south, with little expectations but nevertheless excited and ready to discover.

Together with our good friend and fellow record enthusiast Jonathan we visited La Louvière, Binche, Charleroi, Châtelet and Namur. In total we found 7 shops open, met a few nice people and plenty of laughs. On the record side of it we didn’t find much exceptional but got surprised a few times. We also tasted lovely beers, not unimportant to us.

Find the photo-report here.

Here’s the list of shops we visited with a little comment:

La Louvière
Trente Trois Tours, Place Communale 12, 7100 La Louvière
This is a bar / record store and much more. We stood before a closed door as this was the first shop on our tour and it only opened at 18h. A shame but it gives us reason to go back.

Binche
Vansippe Guy, Avenue Wanderpepen 29, 7130 Binche
An old mom & pops record store that is closing (you can take it over) which mainly sells CD’s and hifi but is clearing its stock and that includes a few records. Certainly the 7”s had a few gems to be discovered. But this one will soon fade away. A shame as its sympathetic owner has been behind the counter for 50 years.

Charleroi
Imagine, Rue de Marchienne 27, 6000 Charleroi
We loved Charleroi to bits. The closest thing to Detroit close to home. We need to give it a better check soon as it is full of derelict industrial buildings, street art and slightly out of date spots that are screaming for artists to give it a second life. The one shop we found wasn’t much and the good records were really overpriced but the city itself secured a prime spot in our hearts.

Châtelet
Phonophil, Rue de la Montagne 4, 6200 Châtelet
The new one we had heard about. In an old butcher shop. Sells vintage hifi gear too. Really clean and tidy and with a good choice of records, generally not overpriced.

Kiosque à Musique, Place du Perron 2, 6200 Châtelet
Down the street from the first one. Has literally 2 record for sale.

Namur
Juke Box, Rue Haute Marcelle 38, 5000 Namur
Small shop but with a surprising up to date selection. Lots of current Belgian electronica (Vlek, Thin Consolation, On-Point, Citywurl, …) and other new bits and bops. Also some second hand stuff. We took the good records home but definitely worth a visit. Haha.

Lido Musique, Rue des Croisiers 45, 5000 Namur
Clearly went for the full Record Store Day shenanigans. Only new vinyl and not really in our range. We love the sign and façade though.

Veals & Geeks, Rue des Carmes 3, 5000 Namur
The little brother of the Brussels’ one. Same selection but with more instruments and music gear. No surprise to us but definitely has its place. Namur in general is a good place to visit. A bit posh (so not like the cliché that lives in the northern part of Belgium’s mind) and it could do without the awful freedom festival we stumbled upon.

So even though we didn’t came home with obscure gems on wax we had a great time and will do more of these trips in the future. A great way to discover your own country by the way. Do visit the shops and keep them alive and certainly give Phonophil a visit next weekend as he’s officially celebrating the opening.

Radio Show 28/04/2015 – Foot Juice Special

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We have Bore Sans Combo and Frenquency of Antwerp’s Foot Juice crew, Belgium’s only footwork crew joining forces on May 29th with Tek Life for an exhibition / party at Zappa. Lots of music and chats.

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Some pics of this session.

Zazou & Bikaye – It’s A Man’s World
DJ Rashad  & Spinn – Drank, Kush, Barz
Traxman – Blow Your Whistle
DJ Rashad & Freshmoon – Everybody

>>> Bore Sans Combo in the Mix <<<
Traxman – Buddha Music
Dj Rashad – Eyes Be So Low
Wormfinger – Floor
Jungo Hollywood – A2Z
DJ Rashad – Let It Go
Peas – Maschine Dream
Frenquency ft. Abaigal – Press  Years ago

>>> Frenquency live <<<
Frenquency – No Time
Frenquency x Borametz – Cynara Vulpes
Frenquency – Times Of Change
Cookachoo – The Law (You’re Free) (Frenquency Remix)
Atactic ft Frenquency – King
Frenquency – Ja-Panic
Frenquency – Movin Up
Frenquency – Soundbwoi
Frenquency x Bankster – Ghosts

Radio Show 21/04/2015 – Fotones Special

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We have Antz and Lowdjo from FOtones to present their FO[am]tones feat Filastine – Peter Van Hoesen – Lowdjo – Antz – 6siss – Angel – Lophorina – Mahadev Cometo event happening this Saturday at Beursschouwburg. We have a chat about what to expect at this edition and about the rich history of the event plus music selected by both organisers / DJs.

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>>> Lowdjo selection <<<
Sjors Bral – Spookrijders In De Lucht
A Tribe Called Quest – Phony Rappers
Filastine – The Last Redoubt
Omid Walizadeh – Modern Persian Speech Sounds
Filastine – Opium Den

>>> Interview <<<
6SISS – Psalm Of Consumption
Kenji Kawai – Reincarnation
Sagat – Part
Hiele – Kaneda

>>> Antz in the mix <<<
Ward 21 – 2000 Gal
Kahn-Neek – Back Chat (Jus Now RMX)
Jus Now – Tun Up (Kahn RMX)
Tubby T – Ready She Ready (Seiji RMX)
Sottex aka Asylum – DJs Stop (Alright Go)
Lady Chann-Glamma Kid – Sticky Informer
Orange Hill ft Busy Signal – Wine De Best
Cato ft Flowdan Riko – Peng VIP
El B ft Rolla MC – Back With the Sound
J Da Flex – Majestic Dance Floor Crew
King Midas Sound – Earth A Kill You

Bart’s monthly list of freshly acquired goodies he thinks you should give a listen.

Back in the days when I carried my records in a flight case to every gig (why did it take so long to come up with trolley bags?), my main source of info about records were dj lists. The ones with added extra info like you could find in Jockey Slut, a magazine I read rigorously back then, were the ones I liked best. These days those lists have become dumb summaries on websites of online shops, only a click away from purchasing. Usually leaving out the good stuff that’s not available on the site that publishes them. So we’re doing it a l’ancienne again. No links, no embedded players because if you really want to discover the music it’s no biggie to use google yourself. The extra effort you need to invest makes the difference convenience soothes away. Not too many new records either as we don’t think that’s relevant any more. Not to us anyway as it doesn’t really make a difference in the way we appreciate it.

Dino Terrell ‎– You Can Do It (It’s So Easy) – New Image
I’ve got a big love for late 80s soul music that’s beyond disco but not yet house. New Image is one of the to go to labels and Darryl Payne probably is my favourite producer when it comes to this particular sound. With Leroy Burgess, one of the most underrated soul music giants, involved too this is a certified no brainer. Easy to find dirt cheap if you put some effort into it.

Jine – Take It To The House (Dub 2) – Supertronics
Another label that has released some fine late 80s soul but this is far more jacking and certainly the 2 dubs on this 12” are among the best (dubbed out) early house music you can find. Again possible to find cheap as most sellers don’t know there are lazy diggers willing to pay good money for it online.

Pigbag ‎– Getting Up – Y Records
Not their best release (not bad either) but bought this mainly for the sleeve. Probably designed by the same guy who did the “Sunny Day” one (which is musically better). Don’t know who it is but love it.

Zero Hour – The Dark Side (Dub) – Vanguard
Vanguard released really fine electro-funk in the early 80s so I always buy the 12”s with the yellow / orange labels, if reasonable priced, to discover at home if they are any good. This one was a pleasant surprise. An alias of Twilight 22 who have released some more well-known, similar tracks on the same label.

The Underground Solution – Afterthought – Strictly Rhythm
B-side of the “Luv Dancin’” 12”. Strictly Rhythm, as did Nugroove, have released a lot of garbage in their so-called heydays (nowadays they do hardly anything else). I’ve bought and resold far more of these 2 labels than that I’ve kept. A-side is a classic and from back when Roger Sanchez made music that doesn’t make you want to punch people in the face. Still, both tracks on the flip were a surprise. The reason why I still prefer digging in the crates to picking them out on discogs.

Paul Simpson Connection ‎– Use Me Lose Me (Dub) – Streetwise
I buy anything that has got Paul Simpson involved. From his early disco days till when he made pumping, looped house on Henry Street, it always strikes a chord with me. If there’s a dub that’s the one to go for. This one is no different. Like it was made for Onda Sonora sets (even though one of us was probably not even born when this came out).

Le Club – Un Fait Divers Et Rien De Plus (Re Mix) – Vogue
Yoeri’s been playing this for some time now. Finally found the 12” myself. If there is something like punk-funk this is probably punk-disco. I also love adding a sort of French touch to our sets (see also below in this list).

Ashford & Simpson – Love Don’t Make It Right – Warner Bros
Although far from unknown I think the genius of Ashford & Simpson is not recognized enough. From one of their albums that’s not regarded as classic due to the lack of hits but a more than solid one nonetheless. This is the standout track (and most known one too) which has all the ingredients I love in their work.

Ata Kak ‎– Obaa Sima – Awesome Tapes From Africa
This one is right up our alley. Off-the-beaten track African electronic music. Music that’s clearly made with completely different references as we’re used to but still or just because of that fits perfectly in the Onda Sonora universe. A tip I got from our friend Jonathan. Great reissue.

The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot – Arista
Not sure where I picked up the tip, somewhere in a mix I’m guessing, but this track is great. Less obvious cosmic classic than their “Mammagamma” track but equally great. While the rest of the album is standard AOR, there are a few bits I really like. Guilty, bombastic pleasures. Finding this is more about remembering to search for it when you’re in a shop than it is a work of labour as it is very common.

Mino – J’ai Jamais Dit Ça – RKM
More French disco. Again something I buy on sight. The RKM sleeves are pretty recognizable and some of the secret gems in my box wear one but it is definitely not a sure shot tactic to buy them all. Not a stand-out track buy certainly a nice one to get things going in between the peaks. Certainly if you hate the obvious like we do.

Cellophane – Super Queen – Salsoul
Over the top is something few can pull off as well as Walter Gibbons did. Wasn’t on top of my wantslist but it still made me very happy to find it. In a shop a bit out of the usual loop where you could clearly notice not many professional diggers had come before you. Again for far less than what the online standard tells you to pay. I only pay full price when I’ve convinced myself there’s no other way after many years of not finding it.

Radio Show 14/04/2015 – Record Stores + Bright Entity

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We have Ciska from Bright Entity in the studio to talk about their EP out on Holger and we play some tracks with a record store history to get you warmed up for Saturday’s gig at Bonnefooi.

Arabian Prince – Africanism – Sound Of Music
Tulio De Piscopo – Stop Bajon – Nunk
Alan Parsons Project – I, Robot – Arista
Bright Entity – As Everyday Goes By – Holger Tracks
Endgames – Ecstasy – Virgin
D.R. Hooker – Forge Your Own Chains – Veals & Geeks
Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – Ask Me – Roulette
Air Power – Welcome To The Disco – AVI
The Frontline Orchestra – Don’t Turn Your Back On Me – Ice
Raw Elements – On The Train – Final Cut
Azoto – Exalt, Exalt – Rams Horn

Radio Show 7/4/2015 – Brooklyn Digging.

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While Bart was at Bonnefooi hosting a Bedroom Beats session, Yoeri held down the fort at fm brussel. Playing some of the records he bought during a recent digging trip in Brooklyn, New York and drinking a local lager.

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Black Uhuru – What Is Life – 4th & Broadway
David Lampell – I Ran Iran – Prism
Jimmy Spicer – The Bubble Bunch – Mercury
Surface – Falling In Love – Salsoul
Colors – Am I Gonna Be The One – First Take
NYCC – I’ll Keep A Light In My Window – RCA
Big Foot – Watch Your Step – Sue International
Sandee – Notice Me – Fever
El Barrio – Across 110th Street (Barrio Mix) – Lovemix
Automatik – Free (Chic-A-Boom Mix) – Wild Pitch
909 – Can Anybody Tell Me – More Music