Harde Smart: Flemish & Dutch Grooves From The 70's


After taking a deep dive into the dusty crates with Belgian and Dutch music, Harde Smart unearths Flemish & Dutch Grooves From The 70's, a smooth selection of jazzy, funky, and soulful gems from their collected vinyl stash. All the music presented here was recorded and produced during the 1970s, in either Flanders (the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium) or Holland. Besides exquisite grooves and hard-pounding drums, the selected songs also have Dutch lyrics in common, making this a rather unique way to approach and compile lyric-driven Flemish and Dutch music from back in the days. Record collectors all over this language area seem to have neglected a considerable part of their own musical legacy for a few decades, while firmly searching for rare grooves and breaks in the bins with more exotic music; nothing is so certain as the unexpected. Flemish & Dutch Grooves From The 70's is the first "Dutch" compilation album to uncover the genuine, Afro-American funk and soul vibe of the time. It is a sound that - albeit infrequently - influenced the work of some of the popular and less popular singers and musicians in this small part of the world in the '70s, although influences undoubtedly also derived from French chanson and rock music from that era. This 21-track album smashes all musical predictability and takes one on a weird and nostalgic trip, offering a revised set of essential homegrown classics for the local listener, yet also being very exciting to the ears of the non-Dutch speaking audience. Includes tracks by Lamp, Lazerus & Kris, Spectrum, Josine Van Dalsum, Magenta, and more. Also features: Laurentius, Raymond Van Het Groenewoud, André Van Der Veken, Luk Bral, Moeder En Haar Jongens, Lieven Coppieters, Jimmy Frey, Jan De Beer, Daan Broos, Elly & Rikkert, Bizjoe, Daan Broos & Dapokaster, Schralen Tsjip En De Mussenschrik, Herman De Bruycker, Lamp & Lazerus, Liesbeth List, and Della Bosiers. 2CD version includes a mixtape CD on the first disc, and the full-length tracks on the second disc; in slipcase with 16-page booklet.