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Belgian boogie holy grail got re-issued

Belgian boogie holy grail got re-issued

Ever heard of Alec Mansion? This Belgian singer is the composer of one of the most sought after records in boogie. Accordingly, it has been near-impossible to unearth a physical copy in good condition for many years. A sublime slice of boogie-funk, Alec Mansion has steadily gained the status of a "crate-digging classic". Be With Records was able to re-issue the record, including full artwork and heavy weight vinyl.

Originally released in 1983, the LP arrived with impeccable credentials; programming duties were handled by Dan Lacksman (the brains behind Telex, the "Belgian Kraftwerk") whilst production came from Marc Moulin (of jazz-rock fusion heroes Placebo). At the time its merits were mainly praised by radio and studio heads. Today, Mansion's masterpiece is lauded by boogie aficionados from Liege to Los Angeles.

It was during a stay in Chicago that the Belgian took inspiration from the communal spirit and sheer power of black American funk. In a recent interview with Vice's Noisey, Mansion cited The Whispers, Prince and Chic as key touchstones in his quest for his desired sound. Upon finessing his idiosyncratic European style of funk for his self-titled sophomore LP, Mansion flirted with perfection.