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V/A B9: Belgian Cold Wave 1979-1983 CD
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This expanded edition of compilation album B9 offers 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 diverse range of 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 digitally remastered for CD, the album features eight bonus tracks by other Belgian artists from the same fertile era. Mostly taken from rare singles, these include songs by The Names, Marine, Front 242, Siglo XX, Allez Allez, The Neon Judgement, Berntholer and Isolation Ward.

CD booklet 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.

CD TRACKLISTING

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. FRONT 242 Principles (Instrumental)
12. THE NEON JUDGEMENT Factory Walk
13. SIGLO XX Individuality
14. ISOLATION WARD Lamina Christus
15. THE NAMES Spectators of Life
16. MARINE Life in Reverse
17. BERNTHOLER Emotions
18. ALLEZ ALLEZ Allez Allez

REVIEWS

"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. 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, 04/2014)

"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, 01/2014)

"Showcases the talents of Belgium's enigmatically-monikered underground and new wave scenes" (Boomkat, 10/2007

Product Condition: New
weight: 101
Product Code: LTMCD 2486

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