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My Year of Mixtapes Week 39: New Beat / EBM

My Year of Mixtapes Week 39: New Beat / EBM

Playing tracks by

Bazz, Boytronic, Jade 4 u, Telex, Nasty Thoughts and more.

I'm not gonna go on much about this one, because I've already blathered enough about it in my mixtape for Mashit from 2007. And an article I wrote for XLR8R.

Without being too terribly redundant, let's just say that a lot of fun music came out of Belgium in the late 1980s. There was EBM (which stands for Electronic Body Music)—basically a really-dancey Belgian version of industrial—and New Beat, which was a slowed-down, tarted-up combination of EBM + Chicago House + Euro-pop. EBM/New Beat bridged the gap between American house/techno and European rave, by way of a lot of post-punk/gothic/industrial influence. The music itself is slowed down and slutty and completely mindless, so obviously I adore it. Here's a mixtape!