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Belgium: The Vinyl Frontier

Driecolore: Korneel De Clercq (Radio 1)

Driecolore: Korneel De Clercq (Radio 1)

In this new weekly feature a record lover highlights his or her three favorite Belgian vinyl records. Korneel De Clercq is a host at Radio 1. He is in charge of Wonderland, a daily evening show focusing on new hiphop, jazz, rock or electronica. 

1. Koen De Bruyne - Here comes the crazy man!

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Korneel: One day, this classical pianist was hit by a passing tram and when he woke up from a coma, he wanted to make jazz. On this record you can hear three of the musicians of Marc Moulin’s great Placebo. Favourite song: Pathetic Dreams. 

2. Jean Thielemans - Man bites harmonica!

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Korneel: It’s difficult not to appreciate the early harmonicasound of Jean ’Toots’ Thielemans, here he shows what a great guitarist he was, too. Such a beautiful record, thanks to the renowned American jazz musicians on it. I bought this album just one week before Toots died, listened through it 100 times that month.

3. STUFF. – Stuff.

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Korneel: The last few years, these young musicians have been writing themselves into the long history of both jazz and electronic music in Belgium. This record has a beautiful cover, the music is funky, rhytmic and inventive: in short, this is the good stuff.