MINDER 055 - MR FUDSON
Ladies and gentlemen we have a special mix for Easter as Mr Fudson provides us with an ode to the Dewaele brothers. Here's what he had to say about this special mix.
I credit one album and one album alone in helping me realise, during my teenage years, that I didn’t have to only listen to emotionally charged rock and alternative music. Only to later discover that the men behind said album also liked to sometimes make rock and alternative music but that’s besides the point. That album was ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2’.
In the years prior, the Dewaele brothers: David and Stephen toured the world with their band Soulwax. Coincidentally, playing exactly the type of music I was listening to at the time. I, like most others had never heard of them at this point but to say they were unsuccessful would be unfair. Their second album ‘Much Against Everyone’s Advice’ went gold in their native Belgium and you could catch them closing festivals throughout Europe but it was only after touring this album up and down the UK for two years that they gained the attention they deserved. It was also at this point where things began to evolve.
Post gig you’d find David and Stephen, away from the band, entertaining themselves and many others merely playing the records they loved at after-parties and nightclubs. While already making their own mashups and edits they were invited to contribute an hour a week to Studio Brussel. Their show ‘Hang The DJ’ became a worldwide success as it was widely bootlegged and arguably kick starts the mashup genre. The next three years sees the steady subversion of Soulwax the rock band as 2manydjs become known as one of thee DJ acts to see at festivals and nightclubs the world over. Their celebrated status is cemented as label pressure results in the release of the aforementioned ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2’, a mix album and collation of mashups and edits from ‘Hang The DJ’ and 2manydjs sets. That year the album makes the front page of The New York Times as album of the year, amongst its’ many other accolades. This might not have come as too much of a shock as the album was being celebrated to much acclaim but I’m sure the brothers were surprised, as surprised as a teenage Nirvana and Slipknot fan enjoying an album containing Dolly Parton and Destiny’s Child.
Fast forward a few years and things have yet to stop evolving. Soulwax return with a new album ‘Any Minute Now’ only for David and Stephen to quickly remix the entire album themselves and re-release it, then tour it as ‘Nite Versions’. This section of the Dewaele brothers story is perfectly encapsulated in the documentary ‘Part of the Weekend Never Dies’. I cannot recommend it enough. What comes across more than anything else during the movie is their tireless work ethic, this is also something which is evident of the projects which follow. Projects such as Radio Soulwax, a 24 hour internet radio station and free mobile phone app. Here they broadcast a constant stream of 24, one hour mixes, each with its own video. Making these videos came at a cost though as since the app was free the project nearly bankrupt them. However, what we are now left with is a catalogue of content which is not only original in delivery but also indicative of their unbridled passion for music. What is reassuring though is that this hard work has definitely paid off as David and Stephen are now running their own record label ‘DEEWEE’ from a brand new, jaw dropping studio in Ghent.
So with this mix and accompanying text I hope to convey some of the admiration and appreciation I have towards the Dewaele brothers because without them I’d probably still be a wee mosher.
This is my Dewaele brothers homage mix.
Got Any Chris Rea – Diploma [Soulwax]
Julia (Soulwax Remix) – Jungle [XL Recordings]
Get Innocuous (Soulwax Remix) - LCD Soundsystem [DFA Records]
A Fifth of Beethoven (Soulwax Remix) - Walter Murphy [International Deejay Gigolo Records]
Ti Ricordi Di Me – Erasmus [Soulwax]
Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix) - Daft Punk [Astralwerks]
Twee (Under the Covers Version) – KLANKEN [Deewee]
Good As Gold – Tiga [PIAS]
Another Excuse (DFA Remix) – Soulwax [PIAS]
We Love Animals - Crookers, Soulwax & Mixhell [Southern Fried Records]
Theme From Discotheque - Samantha Fu [PIAS]
Miserable Girl (Miserable Girl) – Soulwax [PIAS]
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