A special day for Jozef Devillé tomorrow as his documentary "The Sound of Belgium" finally gets its highly anticipated homecoming premiere at the Brussels Galeries Cinema. Six years in the making, the film tells the history of Belgian dance and club culture, from Decap organs over popcorn to R&S. A big chunk of TSOB is dedicated to the New Beat phenomenon that raged through the country in the late 80s.
The Sound of Belgium- Festival Trailer from visualantics on Vimeo.
As a kid, I got my first distant impressions of electronic dance music through some of the more commercial New Beat acts like Confettis or Plaza. A seed was planted though and when I had the chance to see TSOB at the Ghent Filmfestival a couple of weeks ago, I had shivers all the way through the film. Tomorrow’s screenings are sold out but I’m sure Jozef will bring his movie to theaters all over Belgium and beyond soon.
Below is a mix that was recorded at our very first Holger party last year. Hero and friend JD Twitch agreed to bring some of his favourite Belgian records and rocked Brussels to the sound of new beat. If you know nothing about the genre, its origins or legacy, this is a good start. Make sure you see TSOB when you get the chance. It’s killer!
Don’t forget Twitch’s Optimo partner JG Wilkes is playing Holger this saturday at Bazaar! Can’t fucking wait!
The Sound of Belgium