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My Year of Mixtapes Week 39: New Beat / EBM

My Year of Mixtapes Week 39: New Beat / EBM

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Trisomie 21, The Invincible Limit, A Split Second, Royal Guards, Insekt 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!