With Opposites, we show a different - opposite - side of Belgian artists as they let us in their personal bubble and showcase five of their favorite tracks, completely opposite of what they’re known for.
"Growing up, our small appartement was filled with warmth and especially with music. My mom was obsessed by music ,and I remember spending hours at the library with her while she searched and searched for new discoveries, no matter what genre. This made me very openminded for all sorts and styles of music, and I really thank her for that. One thing that I’ve noticed about myself, is that I like music with a lot of soul & heart. The backstory of a song or album is mostly as interesting to me as the music itself. My personal choice in my teens was R&B ,and while being a rebellious teenager, I was very keen to hard en mostly loud trap and hip hop music. As a DJ I predominantly play urban music, but I don’t like to put myself in a box. For all I know, I might get fed up with hip hop and play house music in the future, who knows..."
Blood Orange - Best To You
"This album was one of my favorite discoveries of 2016. You can just feel the creativity oozing off Dev Hynes, the singer, songwriter, composer, producer and author. I remember feeling very inspired by this song because of the choice of the vocals. Its a very high and fragile (almost childlike) voice singing rather harsh words like “I can be the thing you throw away”, “I feel my bones crack in your arms”- etc. I really liked that contrast and it gives the song a really peculiar vibe. Also, the mix of R&B and electronica really worked for me, and I’d absolutely suggest to have a listen to this album."
Round Two feat. Andy Caine - New Day
"I’ve been playing this song on repeat for the last 3 months or so, because it’s just incredibly awesome. Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus produced this track and their genius musicality just shows. Deep House or (Dub) Techno can sound really monotone to some people, but I think this song has a really deep sense of melancholy to it. It sounds sad and happy at the same time, not only because of the lyrics/vocals used but also the chords and the way everything is put together. I just can’t get enough of this track."
Gladys Knight & The Pips - If I Were Your Woman
"I discovered this song a while ago, and it still makes me emotional every single time I hear it. You can feel the desperation pouring out of Gladys Knight’s voice, which is so beautiful to me. What can I say, I guess I’m just a sucker for sad love songs…"
Joséphine Baker - Don't Touch Me Tomato
"Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been fascinated by the art form of burlesque. Josephine Baker, Dita Von Teese and even Betty Boop and Jessica Rabbit where some of my idols. My mom introduced me to Josephine because she used to tell me I reminded her of her. Her gay best friends used to copy CDs of all sorts of music and give them to my mom. One of these CDs was called ‘Divas Exotica’, featuring songs by Mamie Van Dooren, Brigitte Bardot ,Astrud Gilberto and, of course, Baker. I remember playing it every day I came home from school while dressing up in my moms old clothes. Somehow this song stuck to me the most, also because her story is very inspiring. She was the first woman of color performing in clubs all over Europe, and to me, that was really something to look up to. Even up to this day I have a wall dedicated to Josephine with a little collection of postcards, photographs and drawings of her."
Amy Winehouse - Some Unholy War
"My mom is and was a big influence in the way I listen to music. She also put me on to Amy Winehouse, and when I was about 10 she completely wore her album Back To Black out. It’s still one of my favorite albums. To me, Amy is one of the most inspiring souls to have ever lived. This song is just so beautifully composed, and the way she wrote her lyrics is very captivating. Im pretty sure there will never be someone like her and I truly hope she’s happy now."