Belgian Beats

Let’s not do that old chestnut about famous Belgians. This (above) is Eddy Merckx. And this (below) is Geoffroy Mugwump. The song is off an e.p. Belgian producer Mugwump put out last September and is a total joy- squelchy bass, piano house.

Share Of Thee Grail

Harder Than You Think

There’s all this top sport all over the place at the moment and then the mp3 player shuffled up this on the way home from work on Friday, just as I was at the traffic lights near home. The World Cup and the Tour de France will be poorer for those injuries to poor old Neymar (definitely out) and poor old Mark Cavendish (probably out).

Public Enemy’s Harder Than You Think was a single from their 20th anniversary album How Do You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Lost Their Soul? and proved that Chuck D and co had not lost their edge. It is lit up by a Shirley Bassey horn sample and is probably best known over here as the song that soundtracked the paralympic games two summers ago. This Futurecast remix adds a massive, punishing breakbeat.

Harder Than You Think (Futurecast Remix)

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Campag Velocet were a 90s dance rock band, much pushed by the music press. Lead singer Pete Voss, sporter of a luxurious long bowl cut, wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and the NME particularly gave them a bit too much time, space and front covers given their actual record sales and output. There was quite a lot going on though- they tried to marry a bunch of cycling references (starting with their name) with some punning song titles (To Lose La Trek) and some Clockwork Orange droog stuff shoved in as well while sounding mainly like a London Happy Mondays (a position already largely taken by Flowered Up). They weren’t up to the hype really but some of the songs remain OK and they had a certain laddish appeal live although they did try to go a little deeper than mere beery, lout-rock. Like several other late 90s music press hypes they ended up without a record deal fairly quickly (say to Hi to Terris and Gay Dad if you see them). Sometimes the British record buying/music press reading public just don’t go for it.

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