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As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 - 2022 Reissue

    In the first two decades of the 21st century, few have controlled the cultural weather quite like Stephen and David Dewaele. The Dewaeles are familiar to millions as 2manydjs, a project which undoubtedly moved the needle for modern DJing. In 2002, after a string of creative broadcasts on radio while still known primarily as a rock band, they released As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2.

    This was a mix so giddy, creative, genre-blurring and downright fun that it could only be considered equal to a full-length album – which is exactly what happened, tallying Album of the Year and Album of the Decade accolades from the likes of The New York Times, Spin, The Face, Pitchfork and more, and shifting over half a million copies globally.

    As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 is now reissued featuring Richard Young’s iconic original photography. To celebrate this 20th anniversary, 2manydjs will perform at London’s Brixton Academy on Saturday December 17th alongside Miss Kittin, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul and other 2002-specific special guests to be announced.

    The Belgian brothers-in-arms are also known to many as electronic/indie rock band Soulwax, the adored group whose combination of rock, rave and gleaming white suits has proved irresistible to record buyers and festival-goers from the 1990s to the present day.

    Through their Ghent-based studio and record label Deewee, the Dewaeles continue to push cutting-edge electronic music, including Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul’s infectious Topical Dancer, one of 2022’s most celebrated electronic pop albums. They have also kept up a hot streak as remixers, applying their signature jagged-yet-refined electro touch to the likes of Róisín Murphy, Peggy Gou, Robyn, Sylvester, Fontaines D.C., Wet Leg and Marie Davidson. Despacio, the roving audiophile soundsystem which the Dewaeles undertake alongside LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, completes the picture.

    Alongside like-minded allies such as Erol Alkan, Tiga and Jacques lu Cont, 2manydjs swept dancefloors into delirium, gifting a rock ‘n’ roll attitude to club culture. With As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 as their genre-blurring calling card, the Dewaeles’ unique style managed to be deeply credible and hugely scalable, propelling the brothers to dance music’s summit, a vantage point from which they never came back down.


    Matt says: I’m not joking. In 2002 (the year this was released), this was THE mixtape to be seen with. Period. Infact, your very success with the opposite / same sex depended largely on whether you had this (at the time) bootleg CD-R in your collection. It got hammered so much we all knew the tracklist and running order off by heart. It introduced us then-teenagers to the joys of the mash-up, and propelled a then-burgeoning David and Stephen Dewaele into the ears of the youth, the dancefloors of the (young) adults, and the columns of the hottest music press at the time. It was and still is quite a phenomenal landmark in music culture. Referenced a million times over and played even more so.

    I’ve never seen it on vinyl. Ever. Whether that’s my own ignorance, turning my back on my teenage dreams as I matured into adulthood or, as it happens, it’s actually quite rare! (it’s the latter – I just checked at the 2012 press goes for about £200!).

    It’s still the ultimate soundtrack to get ready for your Saturday night. Capturing that youthful energy and hitting us with hit after hit presented in the most unusual and infectious ways. Unfortunately it’s unlikely to piss yer parents off as much as it did in 2002 cos they probably already know it!


    Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Soulwax
    Elektronic Remix) * CD Only
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Peter Gunn (Live)
    Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Head-A-Pella)
    Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
    The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man
    Polyester – J’aime Regarder Les Mecs
    Sly And The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
    Ready For The World – Oh Sheila (A Capella)
    Dakar & Grinser – I Wanna Be Your Dog
    Ural 13 Diktators – Disko Kings
    Bobby Orlando – The “O” Medley
    Felix Da Housecat – Silverscreen-Shower Scene
    The Stooges – No Fun
    Salt ‘N Pepa – Push It
    Hanayo With Jürgen Paape – Joe Le Taxi
    The Jets – Crush On You (A Capella)
    Funkacise Gang – Funkacise
    Soul Grabber – Motocross Madness
    Lil Louis And The World – French Kiss
    Zongamin – Serious Trouble
    Garbage – Androgyny ‘Thee Glitz Mix’ By Felix Da Housecat
    Frank Delour – Disc Jockey’s Delight Vol. 2
    The Residents – Kaw-Liga (Prairie Mix)
    Carlos Morgan – Shake Your Body
    Alphawezen – Into The Stars (Firebirds Remix)
    Interstellar – Concepts
    Nena – 99 Luftballons
    Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Part 1 (A Capella)
    10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
    Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
    Royksopp – Eple
    Arbeid Adelt – Death Disco
    Jeans Team – Keine Melodien Feat. Mj Lan
    Skee.Lo – I Wish (A Capella)
    Maurice Fulton Presents Stress – My Gigolo
    The Breeders – Cannonball
    The Cramps – Human Fly
    The Wildbunch – Danger! High Voltage
    Op:l Bastards – Don’t Bring Me Down
    Adult – Hand To Phone
    Vitalic – La Rock 01
    Queen Of Japan – I Was Made For Loving You
    New Order – The Beach
    Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches (A Capella)
    Lords Of Acid – I Sit On Acid (Soulwax Remix)
    Streamer Feat. Private Thoughts In Public Places – Start Button

    Fresh off the back of a Number 1 album Wet Leg, are pleased to reveal a new remix of “Too Late Now” by the legendary Soulwax. The Belgian duo have crafted a certified banger for late-night dancefloors looping Rhian Teasdale’s original vocals through distorted synths and pounding bass cranking up the BPM as they go.

    Limited 12” vinyl release featuring an exclusive instrumental mix on the b-side. 


    Matt says: Following on in their series which has touched up, thus far, Fontaines DC and Sylvester; Soulwax apply their electronic, stadium-tickling magic to recent upshots Wet Leg. It's a clanging, shuddering lesson in rhythm and discord that'll go down a hoot at both your local indie disco and the mainroom of the superclub.


    A. Too Late Now (Soulwax Remix)
    B. Too Late Now (Soulwax Instrumental Mix)

    Peggy Gou

    I Go (Soulwax, DJ Koze, Maurice Fulton Remixes) - Green Vinyl Edition

    Peggy Gou releases a remix package of her acclaimed 2021 'I Go' single, it’s a stellar release featuring some of the most respected names in electronic music - Soulwax, DJ Koze and Maurice Fulton.

    Named by Pitchfork as one of 2021’s best electronic releases among a host of other accolades (“Her vocals are gentle, but her promise of persistence (“I go I go, I go I go”) feels powerful. Throbbing drum machines further bolster her energizing message, turning a personal pep talk into a lull-crushing banger. A six-minute ’90s dance megamix that feels 10 minutes too short, it definitely goes”) Peggy’s original was an incredible piece of club-focused electronic music that showcased her love of 80s / 90s dance anthems. The remix collection has been personally curated by Gou herself, choosing some of her favourite heroes to put their own unique stamp on “I Go”.

    Soulwax stay true to the original utilizing those big gated square wave analogue synth lines to devastating affect, even thicker than on the original. A subtle breakbeat adds a bit of sway in the background but it still absolutely screams of Company B's "Fascinated" - which is no way a bad thing! Some extra, club-focused SFX and swirls are Soulwax's forte, of which there are plenty; and the dynamic duo also break the arrangement up with some big sweeps, drops and breakdowns - again the pair's synonymous trademark. Basically just making the whole thing more stadium friendly.

    DJ Koze can be trusted to twist things up a bit, which he does, the German veteran applying some playful toy piano lines that transform into buzzing sawtooths - showing off in the synthesis department with crazy gated vox, tumbling delays and all sorts of electronic studio wizardry! He also switches the key of the track slightly so it's a totally different run on this infectious, beach-ready vocal from Peggy.

    Maurice does what he's done for Roisin, Rhye and Crazy P - injecting galvanized bass, live disco drums and unbeatable hand claps for a deep soulful new disco re-rub that's up there with one of his best ever!

    A sublime remix package that compliments the original track beautiful - not to be missed! 


    Matt says: An all-star cast of remixers crown this already high gloss piece of celebrity dance music. Peggy Gou is a pretty unstoppable force in her own right but with these three legends in tow, "I Go" becomes a royal affair!


    A1. I Go (Soulwax Remix)
    B1. I Go (DJ Koze Remix)
    B2. I Go (Maurice Fulton Remix)



      Comprised of 12 tracks, named "Essential One" – "Essential Twelve", each song on the album is based around the word ‘essential’. Recorded in just under two weeks, "Essential" was created using the gear they didn’t use for their celebrated 2017 LP "From Deewee", which was recorded with the band in one take.

      The band elaborate: 'When we were approached to make an Essential Mix for the BBC in May 2017, we chose to do what every sane human being would do, we decided to lock ourselves into our studio for two weeks and make an hour of new music based around the word 'Essential', instead of preparing a mix of already existing music. The product of this otherwise unwise decision is something we ended up being very proud of and is now being released on the piece of plastic you’re are currently holding in your hands.'

      Stylistically it's fist bumping to stadium-electro whilst it tips its hat respectfully to techno; nothing new there then, and fans of the OG Soulwax sound have got plenty to get stuck into here - it's like Modeselektor's nympho sister who's into roller derby and warehouse raves. 


      Matt says: Fuckin' ell it seems like only yesterday that we were getting all dewy-eyed over the iconic "2 Many DJs" mix CD. Now everyone's favourite stadium dance superstars are back on Radio 1 AGAIN, and they've made a whole hour of BRAND NEW MUSIC. Yay!


      Essential One
      Essential Two
      Essential Three
      Essential Four
      Essential Five
      Essential Six
      Essential Seven
      Essential Eight
      Essential Nine
      Essential Ten
      Essential Eleven
      Essential Twelve 


      From Deewee

        It's been twelve long years since the last Soulwax release, 2005's night versions seems an awful long way away, but it's a hell of a lot closer to the introduction of half their instrumental arsenal. Peppered with drool-inducing machinery (if that's your thing) blipping and pulsing away, this is both a futuristic concept and a historical homage.  Opener 'Preset Tense' (it's funny because synths have presets now) is an acidic slice of funked-out 'tron, underpinned by stabs of crystalline keys and grooved-out 303-alike stabs. Militaristic rhythms are offset by heavily swung grooves and clashing snares. 'Condition Of A Shared Belief' twists and turns, scrawling jagged trails of krautrock-inspired sketches behind a soaring atonal vocal abstraction. It is both absorbing and jarring, rendering a head-nodding groove out many conceptual threads like some of Kreidler's finest numbers. 

        Things start to get a little bit more traditionally melodic later on with the sleazy disco hustle of 'Do You Want To Get Into Trouble'. Neon steampunk percussives and glowing reverbs are met with pulsing bass and futuristic squeals, coalescing into a cosmic gothy funk. 

        The afrobeat drums on 'The Singer Has Become A Deejay' twist and turn around a sidechained phaser, dropping into the background before being pulled back into the mix, twice as voracious as before. It's a mellow rhythmic break before the euphoric highs of 'Here Come The Men In Suits' and the resigned ode to bullshit that is 'Goodnight Transmission', along the same sweetly sung / sourly embittered lyrical themes of the great John Grant. 

        From Deewee is a triumph, varied enough to show the wide range of skills these talented Dewaele's have (as if 2 Many DJ's weren't enough evidence), but running gracefully and satisfyingly true to (what I assume are) their influences.  


        Barry says: A superbly presented suite of funked-out sleazy electronica, grooving Krautrock and simmering ambience. Shining with production prowess, but gritty and satisfying enough to keep even the interest flowing. A brilliant return for Soulwax.


        Preset Tense
        Missing Wires
        Conditions Of A Shared Belief
        Is It Always Binary
        Do You Want To Get Into Trouble?
        My Tired Eyes
        Transient Program For Drums And Machinery
        The Singer Has Become A Deejay
        Here Come The Men In Suits
        Goodnight Transmission

        Various Artists

        Belgica: Original Soundtrack By Soulwax

          ‘Belgica’ is the new film by Oscar nominated director, Felix Van Groeningen. Its original soundtrack has been composed, recorded and produced by Soulwax.

          The film sees Soulwax’s influence throughout from composing, arranging and recording the original score to creating each and every one of the fictional musical artists featured. A diverse collection of songs, performed by a similarly varied set of artists, has seen Soulwax create what is a unique soundtrack that continues to see them evolve as musical progressionists.

          Recorded and mixed at Soulwax’s new Deewee studio in Ghent, the entire project has been over twelve months in the making.

          As the group says: “We recorded the original music being played in the club, wrote the music, rehearsed and recorded live on set the tracks played by the bands - ranging from a live kraut techno band, White Virgins, bequiffed psychobilly trio They Live through to hardcore outfit Burning Phlegm (featuring Sepultura’s Igor Cavalera) whilst chanteuse Charlotte represents the other end of the spectrum with her neo soul pop.”


          Love Letters - Soulwax Remix


            Limited etched vinyl - 500 copies only.


            Any Minute Now

              Soulwax are back with their second studio album, following up their phenomenal "2 Many DJs" mash up CD, which went on to sell 148k copies in the UK, by word of mouth alone! "Any Minute Now" is a collision of fierce rock guitar riffing (Kerrang are big fans) and electro rhythms, with tracks swinging between the rock element and the electroclash element. Play loud!

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