Curated by Hannes Rooms, Manon Vadelorge,
Pim and the Subba team
This month’s lost track that I want to wipe the dust off is by Mike Okri. Okri stormed the Nigerian music scene in 1988 and released the record Cracks on Premier music in 1992. This album has a couple of cool tracks including my personal favourite, called ‘Yellow Fever’. It takes you on a trip with a wide range of good feelings along the way – from a seductive intro to some ’80s-sounding percussion and drum machine verses, and from some wonderful euphoric breaks to a compelling chorus that will make you sing along even if it’s the first time you’ve heard the track. I’ve been playing this one a lot lately and I like that every time I play it I see smiles on people’s faces. Okri might have been chart-busting in Nigeria back then, but the track got forgotten over time.
Nightshop may well be the first solo project consisting of three members, since Yann Geraltovskiy is often joined by Brickle and Lennert Goessens in the studio and on stage. Nightshop has been on our radar for a while now thanks to some contagious witch house tracks, but Geraltovskiy has moved on by contributing hard drum track Rune Scimitar to Deeb Web’s compilation Mirai. For his upcoming EP you can expect a melting pot of footwork, UK garage, dubstep and trap. To celebrate, Nightshop will host two showcases in actual night shops in Ghent and Brussels. Go check it out, and bring me a Stella and a pack of Camels, will you.
La Quille is a typical café located in the Ville Basse at Charleroi. It’s pretty much unavoidable if you visit the neighbourhood. Just next to La Quille, you have Le Vecteur, a multidisciplinary art centre that regularly hosts Belgian and French artists’ residencies. At Le Vecteur, they have a tradition with their artists: they invite them to taste the famous ‘Sandwich Quille’. What is that? It’s a huge hunk of bread stuffed with a slice of turkey, cheese, a lot of sauce and a mountain of french fries. Meanwhile, Le Vecteur will also do an interview with them that they post on their Soundcloud. The result of their blind tasting date, these podcasts reveal funny stories and anecdotes about the artists’ works and their vision of Charleroi.
After being invited by Lefto for Made In Belgium last year, 2 Times Nothing has gained momentum and is releasing a fresh EP, named Uskumatu, in an attempt to crystallise this window of opportunity. It’s a single track-slash-composition followed by no less than five remixes which demonstrates that 2 Times Nothing is more than just the next jazz-, hip hop- and fusion-inspired instrumental quintet. As part of the Perron 6 collective they’re operating somewhat outside the box, with Nangdo delivering the most interesting edit by reworking it into a footwork tune. Moodprint adds a groovy congo layer, Mambele a laidback hip-hop beat and Vincent Paola an organ. It’s best consumed in a pub, barely lit with candles.