Style: EBM, New Beat
B1 On command
This is as classical as it can be. A forceful debut from 1986 with songs that has relevance for both the EBM scene and the New beat scene.
It starts with Burnout, a funky collaboration between Peter Bonne a.k.a. Chrismar Chayell and Marc Heyndrickx a.k.a. M. Ickx. A really good song for the dance floor with heavy rythm and funky synths.
The second song on the a-side is Bodycheck. Another example of the funky side of A Split Second, with the addition of guitars. Not a bad song, but the weakest on this EP.
On command, the first song on the b-side, is one of A Split Seconds heavier songs, and a classic amongst the EBM:ers. A really hard and industrial sounding song, with lots of precussion and a hard pounding bass.
The last song on the record, Flesh, has it's own mythology, beeing a part of the birth of the New beat scene in Belgium. According to the legend the song was played by a DJ named Marc Grouls at the club Boccaccio. Instead of playing it at it's normal speed at 45rpm, he played the record on 33rpm with the pitch at +8. This slowed down version became very popular and DJ:s started experimenting with other electronic songs the same way.
Soon after producers picked up on this trend and started to make electronic music with slower beats in their studios. They also added influnces from the acid scene and had thus created a new genre. New Beat was very popular for a couple of years in Belgium, with the release of hundreds of singles during a short period.
The slowed down (New beat) version of the song Flesh.