Style: New Beat
Label: Kaos Dance records
A couple of years back I fell in love with Belgium's own version of acid music, the New Beat. The scene was short lived, but between the years 1988-1989 the Belgian dance scene was flooded with slow piched acid, often delivered with naughty lyrics.
One of my favorite labels from this era is Kaos Dance Records, founded by Maurice Engelen (Praga Khan). They released their version of New Beat called Hard Beat.
The labels first release was Beat in the Street by Beat Beat Beat. It was produced by Rembert De Smet and Jean-Lou Nowé under the name S.M. Rembert and Jean-Lou started to work together in the band 2 Belgen in the early 80's.
Beat in the street is based around a really simple, but rough, base. The drums are very electronic and the song is more minimal then acid. What makes this song work for me is the strange combination of the minimal production and the coarse and aggressive vocals.
But this is not one of my favorite New Beat tracks, and I will come back to more interesting material in upcoming posts by the S.M. producers.
The B-side Hypno-Glasnost is just another, less interesting, version of Beat in the Street.
Bought this one on Discogs and payed 8 €.