Every day music is being unearthed. Whether it’s some long lost Soviet jazz funk, Nigerian synth disco, or as we have here today, funky grooves from Belgium, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear what was being made in the ’70’s all over the world.
A new compilation is on it’s way to your ears entitled Funky Chimes: Belgian Grooves From The 70’s available from Sdban on June 2nd. The comp includes twenty seven tracks recorded by a variety of artists in Belgium during the 1970’s. These range from a track you could only get on a flexi-disc off a pasta box to a song that came from an entire album that emulated Carl Douglas’s “Kung Fu Fighting”. These unique grooves and deep cuts are definitely not a novelty, but rather a carefully curated bastion of music that you will be happy have seen the light of day. Known artists like Marc Moulin (featured on piano on three different tracks) and their lesser known bands such as Georges Hayes And His Philarpopic Orchestra (aforementioned pasta flexi disc artist), The Free Pop Electric Concept, The Flying Guitar, and many more, sit along side each other on this funky ride. Part library music, part psychedelic sounds, and part rare grooves, this comp is definitely a keeper. In the weird world of Belgium music, we hear funkier Donavon rip offs from outer space, superb James Brown flute/ organ covers, and instrumental version of “Faded Lady”, and so many other cuts, we are marking our digging map to try explore this small country. With Funky Chimes: Belgian Grooves From The 70’s, you get a great cross section of what was going on there, and there was a lot going on from this collection. Available as a 2x 2LP (gatefold 180gr) and 5 x 7″, this is going to be aces.
Check out the first single, the highly acclaimed and sought after track from André Brasseur, “X”. An organ, psychedelic guitar filled freak out, you will be hitting play over and over on this choon. Enjoy!
Look for the record to purchase here on 6/2.