Period : August 1-15, 2001
In this issue : Zita Swoon, Lester, Groove Cartel, Bolchi, Magnus, Soulwax,
Toots Thielemans, Novastar, Helmut Lotti ...
August 9, 2001
BELPOPTOP JULY : ZITA SWOON
Yihaa or Yahoo .. here's the new edition of the Belpoptop, your verdict on the
current state of affairs in Belgian Pop & Rock releases. Zita
Swoon's banana queen powered her way from naugth to one, and Mauro's
still clinging on to n°2. Other newcomers in the list of July are Zornik,
Filip Kowlier & Sue Daniels.
Although it's officially summer, there's a record number of new suggestions
for next month's list that I could pick from recent releases : -
Millionaire "Body Experience Revue".
Millionaire is the exciting new band of ex-Evil
Superstars guitarist Tim Vanhamel (also known from his guitar work
for dEUS on the Ideal Crash tour) & friends.
This is a first single, a full CD will be out on PIAS in September.
- Ozark Henry "Rescue".
After his jazz-like excursion in the project Sunzoo
Manley, Piet Goddaer is returning to his main band Ozark Henry. As a prelude
to a new full cd coming up in the next months, he's now issued the single "Rescue".
Watch out for his performance on Pukkelpop this month.
- Automatic Buffalo "What if we made love in the end".
The single "All Men Are Equal" missed the current top 10 by one
measly vote, so we're willing to promote a 2nd song from the debut EP of this
Luc De Vos/Ashbury
Faith project. -
Wawadadakwa "Ayama Zira"
This very festive combo from Antwerp made an "ode to all women" with
the help of "het knappe Koor", and released this cheerful track as a
single, with a number of remixes by DJ Stephanie etc ...
- Marka "Letches Bong". Serge
Van Laeken, aka Marka, started out in the eighties with Allez Allez, but has been
fine-tuning a solo-career in french chanson with a twist for some ten years now.
"Letches Bang" is the prelude to a new album coming out this fall.
- Gido Van Gent "Mayuko / Plant den boel moar vol". Gido doesn't
conceal where he's from (Ghent that is), by singing in the local dialect. A debut
album "GidovanGent", produced by dirk Blanchart, is coming up in September. -
Mauro "Finish it all off (with love)"
Mauro - that other ex-Evil Superstars
- keeps on releasing songs from his debut album "Songs
from a Bad Hat" at a great rate. "Let me know" and "Faint
Smile" both topped this list in the past, let's see if "Finish it
all off" makes that three in a row.
- Gore Slut "Stop". Gore slut is another one of the bands of
Rudy Trouvé (dEUS, Dead
Man Ray, Kiss my jazz ...). Stop is
a first teaser for the album "Girls+Turtles", which will come out on
Heaven Hotel/Virgin in the month of September.
- Jean-Louis Daulne "Zusje".
Jean-Louis Daulne is the - slightly - lesser known brother of Marie & Anita
- Zap Mama - Daulne, but he has been steadily
building his scat/funk/chanson-career as well. "Zusje (P'tite soeur)"
is a tri-lingual single from his third album, which is simply entitled "Jean-Louis
Lester "Small Lies".
Lester is a new band, consisting mostly of ex-Beautiful
Babies, and have taken their name from the main character in "American
Beauty". "Small Lies" is their debut single. Check 'em out at Marktrock
- Groove Cartel "Ultra Love" ("latin house" band recently
signed to Universal, this first single features mixes by Llorca & Tcheelab,
another production of Frank Duchêne)
- Bolchi "Get Your Groove On" Another fresh project in the dance-sector
(formerly known as Bolchi
'n Imagu) whose demo was picked up by Studio Brussels. This band from
Ghent around Jeroen De Pessemier promise to self-release this mix of pop &
dance soon. -
Jo Lemaire "La saison des amours":
After toying around with the repertoire of Edith Piaf for a while, Jo Lemaire
is now heading back to her own songwriting. A full album, "Flagrants délices"
produced by Frank Duchêne, is coming up, and this is the first single of
- Mud Flow "Oh Yeah" (re-formed after a split, they too will
be releasing a new - 2nd - album soon)
- Paul Michiels " Daydream"
(another cover by the ex-L&M&Soulsister,
but this is no wonder, as he'll be releasing a full CD "Forever Young"
with nothing but cover in the next weeks).
- Tanja Dexters
"Shake Your Thing". Her "thing" now features dark coloured
- D.A.A.U. "Piano Dub"
One of the two tracks with vocals (by Angélique Willkie) from the "Life
Transmission" album has been released as a (promo only) single, in a
oembwaweebhoewadijabedabetundee mix, done by their producer/technician
- Moiano "Putain Putain".
This is the cover of the legendary TC Matic
song that won Peter Lesage & Co "de Prijs", the yearly contest for
new bands on Studio Brussels. They turned this Arno-Aerts song into a sexy &
Nothing much seems to going on at the moment, but here's a few of the titbits
that are popping up here (and there).
Tom Barman (the dEUS singer/guitarist)
is still busy preparing his film, but he also announced last week that there will
be a release of a mucic project he's currently involved in. The project is called
Magnus, and it involves Tom & CJ Bolland (Anglo-Belgian techno
producer & remixer, biggest hit probably "Sugar is sweeter",
worked with all the "big names" and did remixes for acts so diverse
as Depeche Mode, Tori Amos, Moby and Hooverphonic - not to be confounded with
the Dutch producers duo Bolland & Bolland). They're currently recording a
CD with Magnus, hoping to finish by november, meaning a release won't come before
March 2002. After that, plans still include the shooting of the movie and then
... a new dEUS album.
Soulwax had pretty much cancelled
all their shows this summer (e.g. Lowlands, Reading) as they were in the recording
studio with all the equipment & stuff. Indeed, the new cd is finally more
or less on the way (current plan is a release in early spring 2002). Now they
decided to do a few gigs after all, as they were invited to the Summersonic festival
in Japan. To "rehearse" for this trip to Japan, Soulwax was revealed
to be the surprise act at the Lokerse Feesten.
See them on monday evening, at Midnight.
Staatsblad (the publication of official Belgian laws & legislation) By royal decree of July 4th, the following noble titles were bestowed upon
- concession of personal title of baroness to Mrs. Hilde Franckx;
- concession of personal title of baron to the gentlemen Jean-Marie Bogaert, Pierre
Romeijer, Georges Schnek, Jean Stéphenne, Jean-Baptiste
said Toots Thielemans, Eugène Traey en Olivier Vanneste;
- concession of a personal title of knight to the gentlemen Salvatore
Adamo, Arthur Blanckaert alias Will Tura,
Jacques Leduc, Pierre Lulsens alias Pierre Arty en Gilbert Seresia.
All three musicians which were thus knighted declared to be very honoured by the
recognition of the talent of Toots Thielemans
doesn't stop at the Belgian borders: he received an Edison honouring his entire
career during last month's North See Jazz festival in The Hague. Toots also has
a fresh new album out: finally his coöperation with ... Werner has been put
On July 17, Toots presented a new live CD at Brosalla Jazz. The cd, which simply
carries the title "Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner", is his
first release with the pianist Kenny Werner, although they have been playing together
for the last four years. The CD is out on Universal Records (Buy it at Proxis).
A remarkeable appearance in the hallways & backstages of Belgian rock
these days is spotted to be Joost Zweegers of Novastar.
The man is floating! The reason for his happiness: He has just finished six days
playing at the venues of Neil Young European tour. And apparently, the
appreciation for each other's act was mutual.
A next release of Novastar could be a live album, as these shows were digitally
Hooverphonic isn't going to the
Oppikoppi festival in South-Africa in the end. An eager replacement has
been found in the Limburg wacko blues band Blues Lee.
Coco Jr. has seen that the sun is
out there shining, so he promptly replied by releasing a new single: backed up
by "Vibes Alive", it's a soulful/groovy version of the Animals classic
"House of the Rising Sun". The backing band consists of The Recipe
(backing band of Rohan Lee - formerly the rootsreggaeband The Vibe) & vocalists
Chantal Kashala, Nina Babet & Wah'tanga Rema.
Although his last album "Latino Love Songs" didn't completely live
up to the expectations of the "Lotti goes classic" series, Helmut
Lotti still has decided to do a part 2 of it. With a repertoire of songs such
as "Cucurucucu Paloma", "Maria Helena", "Quien
Sera", "Amor", "Somos Novios" he had
no trouble compiling a 2nd "latin" CD, which will be released on September
18. A single is already out, "Quizas, quizas, quizas" (this could mean
yuck, yuck, yuck - my spanish isn't so good).
On September 8th, he'll be recording the TV-special, not in Mexico as last time,
but in the somewhat less inspiring surrounding of the Limburghal in Genk. Tickets:
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