Black Mamba

Pictures by Mous Lamrabat


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.

"Music has always played an important role in my life. My mum and brother are very passionate about music and because we lived in the same house for most of my life, they influenced me and my view on music significantly.

Hiphop and r'n'b music already intrigued me from an early age. When i was playing ‘GTA’, ‘Midnight Club’ or ‘Tony Hawk Pro Skating’ on Playstation, I was constantly pausing the game to find out what songs were playing. Afterwards I downloaded these and burned my own CD’s. I often gave them to friends as a birthday present, you could say I’m basically doing the same now as a dj.

Next to urban music, there are plenty other genres I listen to at home, but it’s difficult to categorise. I’ve never been fond of guitars, but pianos can move me any time, whether it’s classical or pop songs. So I selected 5 songs to give you an impression what kind of music also inspires me."

The National - Don't Swallow The Cap

"When I listen to this song it reminds me of the beginning of my relationship. When biking to my boyfriend’s place on small roads through green fields in spring, this song was on repeat the whole trip. It reminds me of how happy I was back then.

I was singing ‘I’m not alone, i’ll never be’ loudly on the road. Haha. Yes, there are some guitars in there, but they’re so beautifully integrated with other instruments, that I’ll make an exception for this song."

Paula Temple - Colonized 

"Paula Temple kept me going until 7pm on Dour Festival three years ago. Techno is a genre that I can appreciate, but only for a limited amount of time. I have to be in the right mood, otherwise this won't work. I think this song caught my attention because it’s hard, but also simple. It sounds like people are rhythmically knocking with a stick on a metal object. To me ‘less is more’ often works."

Jónsi - Boy Lilikoi

"This song is forever on my mind! Jonsi still is the only performance that made me cry like a baby. His music has so much feeling in it that it’s becoming more than just music. If you listen to this song, you get transferred to wonderland, and it feels like you’re part of a movie. The song kicks off really quite and you wonder if you forgot to turn on the volume, but then it gets louder and finally becomes really overwhelming. When the song is over, I notice I stopped what I was doing. It halts the universe for 4 minutes and 28 seconds."

Esperanza Spalding - I Know You Know

"This song introduced me to the Jazz. I was randomly surfing the internet for music, when I found this song. ‘I know you know’ really sticks on your mind after you’ve heard it for the first time. This stunning jazz rhythm, smooth bassline and challenging vocals make you wondering if there is more to jazz music. Esperanza Spalding is such a beautiful and talented woman and She’s still on my list of must see live artists!"

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication

"This was the very first song on my MP4-player that I bought in ‘Aldi’. Not really aware of the benefits of an MP4-player, I went home and tried to add 10 songs onto this device. Californiacation was the only song that really worked and then something unexpected happened. When I pressed play, the video clip appeared on the screen. Can you imagine how surprised I was? Just because of that moment I’ll never forget this song nor the video clip."

*Picture by Mous Lamrabat.