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Playlist: Eighties Live

Musically speaking, the Eighties don’t have the best reputation. There was Hair Metal, George Michael in different blazers, the electronic drum and MTV pushing music videos.  One often forgets that it was also the decade of the New Romantics, New Wave and early electronica. Here is a selection of timeless 80s classics, all performed live. You’ve guessed it, I do like analog synths. Full track listing if you continue reading.

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Digital Musing #1

In today’s anything-anywhere era, where virtually any song is just a costless click away, what are we really paying for when we buy a song on iTunes? #justwondering

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Playlist: Belpop

This time, a playlist that doesn’t tell the story of a subculture but rather that of a geographical area: my home country of Belgium. This is a collection of records that have an international appeal, but have slipped into relative obscurity. It’s a trip starting in the clubs, moving past trip-hop, visiting rock venues and ending up in a tropical ska atmosphere. Isn’t Belgium wonderfully diverse? Full track listing if you continue reading.

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Glitterati tune: Slow down, Jolene!

Recently, I’ve told you about two historical Belgian subcultures that featured playing pitched-down versions of songs: Popcorn and New Beat. There’s another fairly recent example of this phenomenon, with a surprisingly pleasant result. When Dolly Parton’s Jolene is played at 33 rpm (in stead of 45 rpm, or slowed down by 25%), a completely new kind of song, with a spooky male voice appears. Eerie, isn’t it?

 

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Playlist: Silky Smooth Old-School R&B/Soul

For years, I’ve been keeping genre-referenced lists of songs I want to use in a mix(tape) one day. While browsing through those lists last night, I started to realize how many of those tracks have fallen into obscurity an decided to share them in ready-to-play playlists. First up in my new series are 15 old-school R&B/Soul tracks, all from the Golden Age of MTV and music videos. Just hit the play button and one will play after another. Complete listing if you continue reading. Who said we need Spotify or a paid subscription to listen to music in curated lists? *Update: Been getting messages that a few videos are geo-restricted in some countries. Working on a solution*

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DJ Set: Martin Solveig @ EDC Las Vegas

Way back when yours truly was still reporter-to-the-electronic-stars, my favorite deejay to interview was Monsieur Solveig. Hands down the nicest artist in the industry, without any kind of drama or entourage. I used to call him the sleeper star … a totally inconspicuous fella who could make a large crowd go bonkers with the slide of mixer. Anyway, I always preferred his down-and-dirty sets in smaller rooms, which are harder to find these days. Mixmag captured such a rare live beast, and instantly took me way back. Hope you’ll enjoy, I know I did. Quite different from his (frankly proposterous) antics on a large stage, isn’t it?