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Acts to keep an eye on

Hello new year, hello new universe of things to discover. We asked our favourites from the Belgian music business for their predictions on who is going to be the musical relation of the year. Grab a pen and your best speakers.

Rumours

Rumours is a Ghent based electronica formation with members from Brutus, The Spectors and Monami. They produce Shamanhop: a mixture of triphop, techno and ambient. With their debut album Megamix (2018, LFDY) they dig deeper in the infinite possibilities of electronic music. Definitely a band you have to experience live.
— Joppe Behaeghe, founder and beating heart of Live Fast Die Young

Brockhampton

This hip hop collective released three albums in 2017 (SATURATION I, SATURATION II and SATURATION III). All three are worth your time. Brockhampton put out the most refreshing hip hop songs in recent memory. I love how different they are from the rest of mainstream hip hop productions. Each track has its own playful vibe and some interesting lyrics. I guess the ‘band’ will tour in Europe this year and I’m excited to discover their live shows.
— Hadrien Panelli, PopKatari Collective and drums in SH and King Fu

Jung an Tagen

The Vienna based Stefan Juster is Jung an Tagen —radical post-millennial, hardcore arpeggiator and loose avant-guardist of all things new techno. With his latest record Das Fest der Reichen (edition Mego, 2016) the man proved that there is a direct link between hardcore gabba music and the sound experiments of the Darmstadt studios. In his opinion abstract electronic music is absolutely to dance on, and techno could be a banger in terms of hermetic experiment.
— Pauwel De Buck, one half of KRAAK

Högni

I put my money on Högni, an Islandic singer who’s debut album impressed me a lot when it came out on Erased Tapes end of last year. His music is very baroque but never kitsch, something between ANOHNI, Moderat and Perfume Genius. There is a lot of buzz right now as he’s playing Eurosonic and his first shows in Europe this year.
— Felix Van Loock, Programmer Cactus Muziekcentrum/More Music! Festival

Céline Gillain

Céline Gillain is a Brussels Based video maker, performer and musician. As a musician she released a stunning record on the Brussels-based record label Lexi Disques. Her release on Lexi is one of my personal favorites of 2017 and will decently bring her places in 2018. Still a bit under the radar, but watch out, Céline is coming !
— Pim Thomas, Crevette Records and DJ under the alias Alfred Anders

Numen

You could once still meet these gentlemen in big dubstep rooms such and Pheral and Brownz, until both left this project behind to enter more deeply into other electronic genres. This resulted in Numen, under which they have bee producing and operating since 2016. Last year I booked these for Park Festival, Feest met ijsjes and the warm-up of Luke Vibert, I officially decided that Numen will be my permanent resident at all the events I will be curating this year. I’m sure Belgium will get to know Numen in 2018.
— Rhythm selector and promotor David Tricot Mizero (DTM Funk)

OOO

OOO stands for Out of Order but you can make something else of it if you want. They are a three-piece garage fuzz band from Groningen: imagine The Shaggs but with a talent for music. They have been impressing me very much the last year, and every time I saw them perform I couldn’t believe how they managed to evolve yet again. In February they’re releasing their second EP and I can promise you already, 2018 will be the year of OOO.
— Lindsi Dendauw, feminist DIY collective Girls go BOOM

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Jung An Tagen plays Energie01 – intersport edition, 10 February. This event is free for members. Join here.