V/A B9: Belgian Cold Wave 1979-1983 2 x LP
This deluxe 2xLP vinyl edition of popular compilation album B9offers a comprehensive overview of post-punk and cold wave music produced in Belgium between 1979 and 1983. Originally issued by Sandwich Records in May 1981, B9 featured ten exclusive tracks by a range of diverse electronic and underground artists including Digital Dance, Polyphonic Size, Kid Montana, Pseudo Code and Prothese - the latter the first recording project by Daniel Bressanutti of Front 242.
Now issued on double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, with new artwork, this deluxe edition features ten additional tracks by other Belgian artists. Mostly taken from rare singles, these include songs by The Names, Marine, Front 242, The Neon Judgement, Siglo XX, Allez Allez, Berntholer, Nausea, Jung and Isolation Ward.
Gatefold black vinyl package includes detailed liner notes and period images. Cover art by Victor Vasarely, based on a 1981 poster design for The First Belgian Rhythm Box Contest.
1. KID MONTANA Cabs Ambush
2. TRISTES TROPIQUES Untitled 1
3. PROTHESE Tumeurs
4. REL REX Program
5. DIGITAL DANCE Human Zoo
6. POLYPHONIC SIZE Kyoto
7. SATIN WALL Dans les Profondeurs
8. TRISTES TROPIQUES Untitled 2
9. PSEUDO CODE Around Midnight
10. SLIM JACK & H.F.C. So Sah Gelleck Tissah
11. THE NAMES Spectators of Life
12. SIGLO XX Individuality
13. MARINE Life in Reverse
14. THE NEON JUDGEMENT Factory Walk (live)
15. NAUSEA Vocal Expression
16. ISOLATION WARD Lamina Christus
17. FRONT 242 Principles (Instrumental)
18. ALLEZ ALLEZ Allez Allez
19. BERNTHOLER Emotions
20. JUNG The Real Thing
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"In its expanded state B9 transforms from a spiky little communique to a lucid overview, following the scene as it slinks calmly away from sinister industrial impulses into the lustrous commercial zone of new wave. Alienation is the prevailing theme, though the lo-fi instrumental pieces are fragile and seductive. Kyoto by Polyphonic Size constructs a hazy collage from fragments of Japanese speech, lulling chimes and distant engine roar. Pseudo Code is a fascinating anomaly, a piece of decaying industrial music made out of creepily distorted drone fog and footsteps that stretches on for eight minutes, repeatedly disintegrating and resuming its haunting progress like a bored ghoul. Vocal Expression by Nausea consists of two elements that sound alienated from each other - Young Marble Giants-style meek as a kitten synthesizer and psychotic monologue - placed so low in the mix you can't tell if it's twisting around your turntable or the inside of your head. This is an idiosyncratic account of post-punk electronica and its aftermath, often furiously uneven and without joy, but there are flashes of deeply perplexing, fevered energy hidden in the gloom"
- The Wire
"Cold wave was a musical genre unlike any other, embracing punk, experimental, industrial and electronic styles. In order to sound 'cold' the various bands and musicians featured on this celebrated compilation utilized relatively simple sonic effects - echo, reverb, flangers, hummings at 50 Hz - yet 30 years later mostly sound way ahead of their time"
- France Musique
"This new vinyl edition gathers the original ten B9 acts such as Kid Montana, the inventive Polyphonic Size and widely-ignored but loveable Digital Dance and shares the improved gatefold-sleeved environs with the familiar electronic brutality of Front 242, Siglo XX and Neon Judgement. Crepuscule heads will recognize a few other names on the second disc: The Names with their sprightly early take on cold-wave, Spectators of Life, Marine's frenetic sax-filled chugger Life In Reverse, their later incarnation Allez Allez and Isolation Ward's Lamina Christus, plus a swathe of high-end tracks to top things up. Anyone who labels Belgium as boring needs a shot in the ear with this top album. The sleeve is an eye-catching work of art, the attention to detail typically high and the music is a really varied bag of goodies which proves to be a surprisingly timeless assortment. For sheer off-the-wall electronica that would shame any hipster at fifty paces, head to Pseudo Code's quirky Around Midnight"
"Showcases the talents of Belgium's enigmatically-monikered underground and new wave scenes"