Various 'Discophilia Belgica : Next-Door-Disco & Local Spacemusic from Belgium' 2xLP
Available in 2 parts / volumes - tracklisting below.
The 30 tracks on this compilation are the result of a decade of crate digging in flea markets, charity shops, and vinyl trades and picking out what might appeal to a contemporary dancefloor or just to our deranged and perhaps adventurous earbuds.
Patrick, Raymond, Marianne, Roland, Kevin and Bert. These are among the most common and ordinary names in Belgium. Yet, these are also the names of some of the artists that appear of ‘Discophilia Beligica’, a 30-track compilation from groove-heavy record label SDBAN. No fancy alter-egos here.
Compiled by cratediggers Loud E & The Wild, Discophilia Beligica’ is released 16th November and is a collection of next-door-disco and local spacemusic from Belgium 1975-1987. The tracks on this delightfully obscure collection are from ordinary folk. Most have day jobs. Yet as musicians, they go as far out as possible in to the disco universe and back again. Not too serious or overambitious and definitely not overproduced. This is stripped down space music. This is next door disco.
The choice of music is not a reflection of an actual ‘scene’. In fact, most of the bands here have probably never performed live. The 30 tracks on this compilation are the result of a decade of crate digging in flea markets, charity shops, and vinyl trades and picking out what might appeal to a contemporary dancefloor or just to our deranged and perhaps adventurous earbuds.
That being said, there’s not many countries that can provide you with the wonderful diversity and weirdness of the sounds you’ll find here. Belgians have a great passion for music and there is an abundance of recording studios, impresarios, local radio stations and pressing plants. Bars and clubs sit side by side, providing a soundtrack for our ordinary lives and it’s here where Patrick, Raymond, Roland or Marianne draw inspiration that led them into the studio and pick up a mic, a bass or synthesizer, making music to groove to, feel sexy to and be free. You are your master.
From R. Roland’s French-pop inspired ‘Ethero-Disco’ and Carl Watson’s sleazy jazz flute heavy ‘King Kong’ to the C.C. Band’s disco floor filler ‘Be My Love Tonight’, ‘Discophilia Belgica’ is a collection of odd and sods, the weird and the wonderful.
A special mention should go to the uncrowned king of next-door-disco: Artibano Benedetto. The un-assuming Italian, who works out of a garage in the unglamorous town of La Louvière, is one of the only “professional” musicians on this compilation. After a successful career with the late 70s/early 80s band i dragoni, he started to produce music for local artists and musicians in the area in need of a studio or technical knowhow. The result? The soul-singing Dan Davis, the outrageous synthesized bagpipe discofest The Diskery, the spaced out Holger Czukay-esque Rayon Laser and the Arabian sleeze of Alabibi. Oh yes, Benedetto is still very much at it. His DIY ethic to music is the embodiment of next door disco and provincial space music
PART 1/2 = SDBANLP11 (2LP in gatefold sleeve. 180gr vinyl.)
TRACKLISTING: A1. R. Roland - Ethero-Disco A2. Carl Watson - King Kong A3. Charles Vernon - Baby Won't You Turn Me On A4. Love Dream – Sexy B1. Fancy - Tropicana Beach B2. Marianne - Queen To The Pharaoh B3. Flame - Groovin' To The Music B4. Steve - I'm Free C1. C.C. Band - Be My Love Tonight C2. Quartz - Cool & Get Up C3. Dan Davis - Feel So Glad C4. Kevin Morane - Ivre De Vie C5. L2 - La Gomme D1. Venus - Strange How You Move D2. Bubble – Bubblegum D3. Carl Candy and the Candy-Chicks - It’s Magic
PART 2/2 = SDBANLP12 (2LP in gatefold sleeve. 180gr vinyl.)
TRACKLISTING: A1. La Bush - Disco Bush A2. System Love - System Love A3. Cora Corona - Jungle Love A4. The Diskery – Star B1. The Rogers - Cosmos 81 B2. Rendez-Vous - My Blue Bird B3. Raymond Joniaux - All' A Bi Bi C1. Manuel Ferrero – Fela C2. Rayon Laser – Funky Meteor C3. Autumn - The Third Aut
Catalogue number: SDBANLP11