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Belgian New Beat’s finest production unit are hailed on ‘Erotiques New Beat’, a reissue of the 1989 compilation ‘King Of The Beat’, retitled and remastered after MPLD stumbled across the set used on a promo vid of erotica
Highlighting the arch Belgian budge of Tony Baron, Gery Francois and Mike Butcher - aka the G’s behind the highly sought-after Teknokrat’s album - ‘Erotiques New Beat’ collects tracks produced under their myriad pseudonyms such as Acid Aliens, Ugly Mood, Corruption House and Iconoclass that were found during their golden years c.1987-1989 on the easy-to-come by ‘King Of The Beat’ compilation - a better example of the many, many New Beat comps produced during that era.
As the Swiss diggers at Musique Pour La Dance would also find out, those compilation tracks also formed the soundtrack for an erotica video that’s very much of its late ‘80s era - lewd male gaze business; the sort of stuff that might be shown during one of Kinky John’s Erotica nights in Vic & Bob’s the club sketch - which uncannily includes a character named Tony Baron, who looks almost identical to his namesake producer in this album.
So, shy of reissuing their superior ‘Best of the Beat’ or ’Teknokrat’s’ LPs (let’s hope they’re in the works?!), MPLD pull up some of the best New Beat of its era, including jakbeat pearls such as the ‘Demons In The Closet’, the pompy glamour of ‘No Doctor No’, and daft aces like ‘Dumbo Beat’ plus the cod-mystic Gregorian chants of ‘Tenebra’ to get your suds overflowing.