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My Year of Mixtapes Week 15: Belgian Rave, 1991

My Year of Mixtapes Week 15: Belgian Rave, 1991

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CJ Bolland presents Ravesignal III, Air of Gloom, Channel X, Daydreamer, The Mackenzie and more.

Here's the promised follow-up to the 1991 UK Rave tape from a few weeks back: a tape of 1991 rave classics from Belgium (with a couple of tunes from the Netherlands thrown in for good measure). Although the states invented techno and the UK invented raving, Belgium was really where Europe's electronic dance music scene as we know it first kicked off. The Belgians have a rich history of electronic dance music, starting with a big hi-NRG scene and experimental bands like Telex, then continuing on to EBM & New Beat (which I will get to later in the year—in the meantime find some more info here and here).

Anyway, suffice it to say that the Belgians were early adopters of American house & techno, and they really ran with it, creating a distinctive sound and style long before the British managed to. As in England, however, 1991-1992 were really the prime years for Belgian techno. So here's a tape!

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Andy Mason

Niice, just what I've been looking for, happy days 88 - 95