“Pour les gens supercool.” This slick tagline caused a commotion among Belgian electronic music fans in 1985 as a jingle in Liaisons Dangereuses, the infamous radio show on local station S.I.S. Antwerpen. Hosted by Paul Ward and DJ Sven Van Hees and playing an exhilarating mix of EBM, house, new beat, acid house, Detroit techno, synthpop and more, the transmit was without a doubt trendsetting, presenting music on the radio that before was only to be witnessed in dark clubs or underground record stores. Listeners needed to make an effort though, since the S.I.S. waves only reached about 10km out of the city center. But a network of copied tape recordings and a fast growing bunch of fans – some of which even driving their cars to parking lots inside the broadcast area to hear the show – created a buzz that would easily exceed the limits of the transmission signal.
In 1989 Ward and Van Hees formed their own band named after the radio show, but to avoid confusion with the eponymous German new wave band, they signed their records with Liaison D or Liaisons D. Assisted by Jan Van Den Bergh (Mappa Mundi, Kumulus, Buzz), Marcos Salon (Outlander), Frank De Wulf (B-Sides, World Party II) and J.P. Ruelle, Liaisons D released a solid string of EP’s and the album “Submerged In Sound” on USA Import Records between 1989 and 1992. We are extremely proud to present four tracks from the album here as a brand new EP, a must-have for fans of their unapologetically rough and ravy sound, testimony of a unique era in Belgium’s electronic music history.
Stress Free is the Original version, released in 1990. Submerged In Sound was originally released in 1992. He Chilled Out (Remix ’92) was released on CD only in 1992 and then on vinyl in 1999. Astrogod was originally released in 1992.
Notes: Record is brand new unplayed. The sleeve has been graded as VG+ because one of the corners has a small ding. Photo supplied on request.
A1 – Stress Free
A2 – Submerged In Sound
B1 – He Chilled Out (Remix ’92)
B2 – Astrogod