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Black Gold – the best releases of 2016 chosen by Belgian record shops.

Black Gold – the best releases of 2016 chosen by Belgian record shops.

Yet again, we can look back on a year filled with loads of amazing Belgian releases. Because we’re only able to remember those of the last months, we asked some record shop owners about their favourite releases this year. The result? The perfect guideline to buy those last Christmas gifts. Don’t forget: the best presents are those you buy for yourself!

Vinyl & Voyages - Ronse (chosen by Mike Verleyen)

Vinyl & Voyages

Wijnstraat 17, 9600 Ronse

+32 486 065 517

Mon-Tue closed · Wed & Sun 12:00 - 20:00 · Fri & Sat 12:00 - 00:00

Black Flower - Artifacts

Sdban · An awesome Belgian record, buzzing with exotic sounds.
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Dans Dans - Sand

Unday Records · Blues, ambient, jazz and pop. This record has got it all.
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Hydrogen Sea - In dreams

Unday Records · Travel into the wondrous world of music.
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Warhaus - We Fucked a Flame into Being

[PIAS] Recordings · Raw, rocky and very Balthazar.
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Schntzl - Schntzl

W.E.R.F. · Impressive music by 19 and 21 year olds, Electronic music mixed with classical and pop.
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George and the Bear - Genk (chosen by Joris Jaenen)

George and the Bear

Vennestraat 353, 3600 Genk

+32 89 353 535

Wed, Thu & Sat 10:00 - 18:00 · Fri 10:00 - 19:00 · Sun-Tue Closed

Mad About Mountains - Radio Harlaz

Zealrecords · Best country rock album of the year.
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The Sore Losers - Skydogs

Excelsior Recordings · Just a banging record.
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Melanie De Biasio - Blackened Cities

[PIAS] Recordings‎ · Full of spicy flavours. If you had to pick one, pick this one!
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Warhaus - We Fucked a Flame into Being

[PIAS] Recordings · Cudos to the entire Balthazar team.
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Ground Nero - Beyond

Self-released · A very dark Cold Wave atmosphere. The real stuff.
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Vynilla – Gent (chosen by Bob Drieghe)

Vynilla

Sint-Kwintensberg 38, 9000 Gent

+32 9 223 71 22

Mo - Sat 11:00 - 18:00, Sun Closed

Het Zesde Metaal - Calais

Unday Records · Capelle and Calais, a match made in heaven.
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BRZZVLL - First let's dance

Vynilla Vinyl · Think about all the best of Gil Scott Heron.
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Jamaican Jazz Orchestra - Encounters

Zephyrus Records · Reggae as it has never sounded before.
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Warped Dreamer - Lomahongva

el NEGOCITO Records/RAT Records · Music over sleeve.
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Black Flower - Artifacts

Sdban · Three in a row. This could have easily read Ghost Radio.
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The Vinyl Touch - Antwerpen/Mechelen (chosen by Kevin Van Geebergen)

The Vinyl Touch

Sint Katelijnevest 35, 2000 Antwerpen

+32 495 21 30 01

Mon closed · Tue-Sat 11:00 - 18:00 · Sun 14:00 - 18:00 (Only 1st Sunday Of The Month)

The Vinyl Touch

Haverwerf 1, 2800 Mechelen

+32 15 21 65 50

Mon closed · Tue-Sat 11:00 - 18:00 · Sun 14:00 - 18:00 (Only 1st Sunday Of The Month)

TaxiWars - Fever

Universal Music Belgium · Jazz that rocks.
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Het Zesde Metaal - Calais

Unday Records · The most beautiful angry record of the year.
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Nightman - Chapters

Sony · An awesome nineties rocker.
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Dans Dans - Sand

Unday Records · Dreamy.
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Warhaus - We Fucked a Flame into Being

[PIAS] Recordings · The darkest Belgian release of the year.
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Consouling - Gent (chosen by Nele Buys)

Consouling

Baudelostraat 13, 9000 Gent

Mon-Sat 11:00 - 19:00 · Wed & Sun closed

Syndrome - Forever And A Day

Consouling Sounds · The amazing sequel of Now And Forever.
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Yodok III - Live at Roadburn

Tonefloat Records · Yodok III is a live band. Exhibit A.
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Paper Hats - PH02

Paper Hats Records · The odd one out in the Consouling Store. But what a record!
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Linus + Økland/Van Heertum - Felt Like Old Folk

Smeraldina-Rima · A real treat, musically ánd visually. The sleeve looks awesome!
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An Pierlé - Arches

[PIAS] Recordings · Questioning herself and taking risks, even after all those years. Respect!
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Livre aux Trésors - Liège (chosen by Eric Swennen)

Livre aux Trésors

Place Xavier-Neujean 27A, 4000 Liège

+32 4 250 38 46

Mon-Fri 09:30 - 18:30 · Sat 10:00 - 18:30 · Sun closed

Benoît Lizen - Naomka

Honest House · The perfect dreamy record during these hard times.
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The Scrap Dealers - After a Thousand Blows

JauneOrange · Very loud, just the way we like it!
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It It Anita - AGAAIIN

Luik Records · The perfect mix of all our noisy teenage dreams!
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Ultraphallus - The Art of spectres

Sub Rosa · Happy to see these local weirdos being back at their best.
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Cocain Piss - The Dancer

Hypertension Records · Quality punk with a brain.
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Crevette Records - Brussels (chosen by Pim Thomas)

Crevette Records

Rue Blaes , 1000 Brussels

n/a

Tue, Wed & Sat 12:00 - 19:30 · Thu-Fri 12:00 - 20:00 · Sun 13:00 - 18:00 · Mon closed

Nathan Oye - The Weirding Module

Echoes_
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Hiele - Ritmische Bezinning

Ekster
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Alain Neffe - An Introduction Into The Insane World Of Alain Neffe

STROOM
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Stikstof - STIKSTOF02

FRONTAL
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Capelo - Capelo

Lexi Disques
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Music Mania – Gent (chosen by Karel Van Audenaerde)

Music Mania

Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 19, 9000 Gent

+32 477 770 743

Mon-Sat 11:00 - 18:30 · Wed & Fri 11:00 - 19:30 · Sun closed

Portables - The Killing Horizon

9000 Records · Simply put? A killer record!
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Pura Vida (feat Lee Perry) - Super Ape Strikes Again

Lost Ark Music · Perry's best post-black ark album? Featuring Pura Vida! Quality roots reggae from Belgium!
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Fifty Foot Combo - Fifty Foot Combo

Drunkabilly Records ‎– Monstrophonic Records‎ · The best comeback record of the year!
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Melanie De Biasio - Blackened Cities

[PIAS] Recordings · A 24 minute masterpiece!
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Milan W. - Intact

Jj funhouse · Ambient electronic music on it's best.
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Balades Sonores - Brussels (chosen by Antoine Pasqualini)

Balades Sonores

173, Rue Royale, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

0487 53 09 31

Wed-Sun 12:00 - 20:00 · Mon & Tue closed

Annelies Monséré - Débris

MORC RECORDS · You just fall in love with this one.
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Léonore Boulanger / Maam Li merati - La Maison d'amour

Okraina Records · Authentic music. Pure and challenging.
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Kel Assouf - Tikounen

Zephyrus Records · Touareg stoner is born. Powerfull and connected to tradition and electricity.
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Nicolas Michaux - À la vie à la mort

Tôt Ou Tard · Nicolas Michaux invites to intimacy. Beautiful lyrics with a slight touch of 60's pop.
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YZ - Kaifa - Jeetou

Lexi Disques · A unique sound. Give it a try!
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Meloman - Wavre (chosen by Benoît Jacquemart)

Meloman

Courte rue des Fontaines, 75, 1300 Wavre

010 22 81 71

Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:30

TaxiWars - Fever

Universal Music Belgium · Tom Barman exploring new sounds.
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Saule - L'Eclaircie

[PIAS] Recordings · Chorus and melodies well arranged for Saule.
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Typh Barrow - TIME

Doo Wap Records · Typh's voice makes me travel.
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Moaning Cities - D. Klein

EXAG' Records · Moaning cities getting bigger and bigger.
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Warhaus - We Fucked a Flame into Being

[PIAS] Recordings · Listening to Warhaus is like having a great cup of coffee: dark and strong.
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Disque Tu veux - Saint-Ghislain (chosen by David Bouchez)

Disque Tu veux

Rue Grande 94 , 7330 Saint-Ghislain

+32 65 885 222

Tue-Sat 10:00 – 18:00 · Sun-Mon closed

Puggy - Colours

Universal
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TSOB - The Sound Of Belgium (Vol. 3)

News
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Alice on the Roof - Higher

Label Et Labet
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La Jungle - II

Black Basset Records
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Warhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into Being

[PIAS] Recordings
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