Boomkat Product Review:
Pierre Elitair is Antwerp’s loudest and oldest DJ; now 60 years old, his weekly Radio show has been on air since the early ’80s and was the first to ever play acid house in Belgium. His legendary Sunday afternoon slot, usually hosted after a sleepless, drug-fuelled night, saw him interview prostitutes, musicians, very sick people, beer brewers, DJs, night crawlers and basically anyone around. All this on-air activity resulted in a mountain of undated cassettes of which this record is a product of, all previously unreleased drum machine jams, new beat, DIY punk and improvised lunacy - a proper curio, completely our kinda shit.
One of the only artists (to our knowledge) to have recorded for both a bunch of techno labels and Ultra Eczema, Pierre Elitair is renowned for playing practically every discotheek and club in the country. His week-ending show ‘Radio Ventraal’, broadcast on Radio Centraal, was a “legendary freakshow” according to UE madhead Dennis Tyfus, with “hosts storming the station every Sunday afternoon, usually after a sleepless night and lots of XTC”, and as you’ll hear across these nine gobs of sputtering jakbeat and variations on punkish acid and new beat, they come from the top shelf of beery Belgian lunacy.
Dug out from stacks of old tapes by Dennis Tyfus, ‘Pierre Elitair’s Digitised Cassettes’ effectively goes above and beyond recent remits of new beat compilations and reissue series from likes of TSOB and Stroom to reveal a key, if lesser known node of that culture to keen ears beyond the tidgy country that punched well above it’s weight during this period. Expect to hear Pierre going wild over the likes of ‘French Kiss’, and jam out his own frazzled take on ‘Pump Up The Volume’ alongside some uniquely crazed no wave acid skronk like ‘Le gendarme de la gendarmerie’ in one of the most charmingly mad and mucky doses of DIY brilliance we’ve heard all year.