TRACK NOTES by LHASA
0.00 Karl Biscuit – “La Morte”
French ballet artist that got exposed to the Brussels electro scene of the early 80s. Kind of witty and unsettling at the same time, but nonetheless an intriguing figure.
3.45 Nash the Slash – “Swing Shift”
A curious act that could be seen as the one and truly electronic shock rocker, Nash combined a striking appearance with the use of rhythm box, electric viola and his ultimate axe – an uncanny guitar tone from his Mini Moog. Never compromising.
7.55 David Van Tieghem – “These Things Happen”
What if hip hop was made in a mad scientist laboratory? What could it have evolved into? Maybe something out of this world by out of box rythmatist Adrian Belew armed with sticks, pots and a Fairlight.
12.30 Click Click – “Is This It?”
These lads were taking cues from new beat but combining them with something the fair sex or skinny puppy would come up with – but click has definitely the edge with a more structured sound instead of the brute approach. One of my favourites in the industrial genre.
17.31 Jo Lemaire – “Saint”
A Belgian artist that single-handedly defined what would become emo-synthpop with the reworking of a Gainsbourg song in 1981. Saint comes from her 1983 solo album featuring brooding memory Moog with a passionate vocal, nighttime perfection.
21.53 Eddie Jobson – “The Sojourn”
With its exquisite use of synth clavier, Jobson’s Theme of Secrets album remains one of the most refined in electronic music. Incredible depth and moving spiralling patterns of electronic bliss, released in 85 on the private music label it certainly wasn’t new age to my ears and has stood the test of time.
28.00 Roger Powell – “Sands Of Arrakis”
He was one of the very first using digital synthesizers and developing his own pioneer music software. While definitely prog rock in approach, the keyboard work is stunning as showcased on Sands Of Arrakis. Intricate analog fairy dust for the space age.
33.18 Savage Progress – “Hip Parade”
Purveyors of what Thomas Dolby ones called the krr krr sound, this outfit combined tribal vibes with the atmospheric sounds a ppg wave does so well. “Heart Begin to Beat” is the 12 inch but it is this track that captures the elements that early new beat would define .
35.50 Tonic – “Marilyn en Jean”
Belgium was quite an early adaptor in the use of electronic instruments mainly because of the lack of musical heritage which resulted in a out of the box mindset. Tonic’s quirky bubblegum electropop made it onto the soundtrack of the movie Zaman but it is this stunning Marilyn en Jean remains one of the unsung Belsynth classics of the early 80s.
39.02 Clock DVA – “Cycom”
1977’s Demon Seed was one of the first movies to touch on the subject of artificial intelligence going haywire. Clock DVA captures and underpins the narrative of the novel.
43.00 Wire – “Ahead”
Intellectual, quirky but above all in its own universe is how I describe the music of Wire. While not strictly electronic their tracks always struck a nerve with me. A Bell Is a Cup is a timeless album.
46.00 Serge Blenner – “Expansion 2”
Blenner is one of a lost neoclassic romanticism and the futurist movement, heavily reliant on the complete range of ppg synthesizers, it is of a unique purity that gets more embellished in its follow up albums.
49.22 Kiem – “Do The Loo”
The electronic manifesto for one of mankind's important daily habits, an interesting dadaist approach to synth music by this Dutch band, a bagpipe like korg ms and monopoly and weighty taurus bass being in counterpoint with the witty lyrics .
54.09 Fashion – “Street Mechanic”
Zeus B. Held caught my interest in the Moroder dominated electro disco with the leftfield avant garde of his Gina X project. This stripped version displays cunning use of vocoders and swirly Rolands fading in and out. It’s quite something to b held.