From the North to the South of Belgium, a new generation of artists are connecting the dots between classic Belgian Industrial/EBM and the contemporary electronic scenes that have emerged worldwide these last years. A ‘New Belgian Industrialist Movement’ that freely combines elements such as distorted atmospheres, analogue pulsations or mantric rhythms, lingering in the grey area between experimental techno and post-industrial music.
National Crime History is a compilation curated by Belgian labels Silken Tofu and Idiosyncratics, both known for crossing borders and disregarding genre limitations, firmly gazing ever forward. This compilation features Icon Template, Ripit, Onrust and Orphan Swords. The fact that these entities are now joining forces should come as no surprise. They have a long history together on many levels and now emerge as a collective that has been taking shape over the years.
National Crime History is released as a digital album and a double cassette. The use of cassette tapes, that has become common for independent labels nowadays, is an obvious symbolic tie to the musical scenes from the 80’s and is a prime example of the protagonists’ loyalty to the DIY spirit of underground scenes.
“Belgium is a swamp, a boggy yet fertile ground in which new emergences are never clearly shaped but subtle, drifting just below the land’s muddy surface. They often remain hidden in the midst of a complex ensemble that is often made of chaos and opposition rather than order and harmony.”
DIGITAL RELEASE & DOUBLE CASSETTE EDITION OF 150 COPIES
ONRUST Hesse (ST Edit) / Saramago
ICON TEMPLATE Larme Acérée / Republic Of Terror
ORPHAN SWORDS Phenex / Vual
RIPIT Live At MS Stubnitz, 8th April 2016
Mastering by Nicolas Esterle at Ångström Mastering, Brussels
Photography by Yannick Franck
Design by Silken Tofu