“Le Doux dived deep into the Belgian national history of electronic music, and came up with a sampler covering the various fields the Belgians have explored over the last 30 years.”
[VLEK27] out 2nd February 2018 – Distributed by Kompakt.
300 copies, black vinyl – Analog glass / lead types sleeve.
Design by Lawrence Le Doux + Dimitri Runkkari. Production in the VLEK workshop in Brussels. Mastering by Beau at TenEightSeven mastering.
More about Lawrence Le Doux in this extensive Redbull Elektropedia interview (dec. 2017).
“After his well acclaimed soundtrack lp on Hivern Discs, Brussels based producer Lawrence Le Doux is returning to homebase Vlek for his next offering. And what a project it has become: Le Doux, heads first, dived deep into the Belgian national history of electronic music, and came up with a sampler covering the various fields the Belgians have explored over the last 30 years. From digi dub over simple drum computer house to one-man industrial cassettes: ‘Host’ has it all.”
A1 – Lawrence Le Doux presents : Je rêve Xanadou
Music composed for a documentary. It’s a research into a radical sonic form.
A2 – Lawrence Le Doux presents : Espace Bleue
Proto ambient trance, written by Willy Van Hoecke. The track was commissioned by the Finnish telecommunication company NOKIA, in order to help them establish their first portable phone line in Belgium. They opted for this track because trance sounds very familiar to the Belgian public.
A3 – Lawrence Le Doux presents : Fabiola Riddim
‘Fabiola Ganja’ was a song written in the early nineties by Freddy Dansaert, who dedicated it to then-queen Fabiola, wife of King Baudioun the 1st. After a fire broke out in the squat house in Brussels where Dansaert lived, the cassette with the ‘Fabiola Ganja’ song ended up in the hands of fireman-in-chief Rudy Appermans, who happens to be the father of Lawrence Le Doux’ wife Anne. Ever since, it has been a firm staple at the Le Doux household. Since the cassette had worn down over the years, Le Doux decided to record a new riddim version of his favorite track in collaboration with Freddy Dansaert, to ensure the recording sounded exactly the same as the original.
The cassette with ‘Fabiola Ganja’ was actually one of the only known artefacts to have survived the Belgian wave of digital reggae. The genre reached the country in the beginning of the nineties, as always a couple of years later than in the UK. For a while, it was a major thing, especially in a community that was squatting the basement of Tour & Taxis, a then abandoned event hall in the center of Brussels that once used to be the largest train station in the country. Shortly before the turn of the decennium, the community had known a new injection when a whole circle of pot-loving new wave studio musicians moved in, one of them being Freddy Dansaert.
Gone were their heydays of playing instruments on seminal Crammed and Les Disques Crepuscules records, but the musicians could still live from the money they earned in previous years, whilst enthusiastically absorbing and reproducing all the dubby punk and new wave sounds that had been coming from UK bands like Lifetones, P.I.L. or A Certain Ratio for a while. When digi dub and reggae started making waves and Mikey Melody and Gregory Peck records were being played at the squat parties, many of the skilled keyboard musicians there were attracted towards the new vague, and trying out things for themselves.
However, because of the hazy atmosphere of the community and since no record labels at the time were interested in their sound, the Belgian digi scene mostly gravitated around underground live performances and jam sessions, meaning that it somehow forms a blind spot in the national music history. In that sense, giving ‘Fabiola Ganja’ a proper release feels like rescuing it from oblivion for the second time.
A4 – Lawrence Le Doux presents : Digital butterfly
Musical extract from an episode of the famous ‘VISA pour le monde’ tv program on Belgian RTBf. Some of the outstanding tracks on the soundtrack are still very desired among record collectors and soundtrack aficionados.
B1 – Lawrence Le Doux presents : Tronf 424, « Tape n°2 »
Unfortunately for Belgian musical history, this band only existed during the span of one school year, after which all band members went their own separate ways. This song off their “Tape n°2” reflects the energy and musical extremism of the era.
B2 – Lawrence Le Doux presents : Calypso Romantic
This track was recorded in 1982, in the only studio in the rural Belgian town of Mons. The whole song was recorded in one night, due to financial restraints. Everything began with a little Roland rhythmbox.
B3 – Lawrence Le Doux presents : Envelope
This song was found on a dusty cassette in the Royal Library of Ghent, which has an extended multimedia department. We restored the recording from the cassette as well as we could, since the artist had lost the original tapes.