Boomkat Product Review:
Stroom pluck another ace from behind the ear of European electronics, reissuing a killer New Beat also-ran from 1989 that now goes for a wedge on the 2nd hand market
Bang on the money for late ‘80s Belgian gold, ‘Musical Keyboard System’ highlights five zingers from MKS’ ‘New Synthetic World,’ a self-released LP composed/arranged by a Franco-Japanese cartoon fiend Nicolas Aubard, and Lille-based DJ/producer Emmanuel Prevost. The project was to be short-lived, producing only their sole LP and a few associated promo vids, before fading into obscurity, but thanks to the indomitable Stroom their finest moments now get a second wind, serving some of the choicest Belgian new beats that we’ve come across, at least.
The influence of Franco-Japanese animations glints from every cut, recalling to our British ears the kind of syndicated animations that would reach these shores on early mornings during the late ‘80s and into the ‘90s. It’s proper fantasy dance business, paralleling - as much new beat did - Italian dream house styles as much as gallic synth music too, with simple unmissable tunes strewn between ‘The New Age of House’, which sounds like LB Bad meets White House White, and thru the twanging propulsion of ‘Twilight Zone,’ to the glyding new age groove and an pipes of ‘Figure,’ a gorgeous FM synth vignette ‘The Dream,’ and naif promise of ‘NAM Revelation.’