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Gust De Meyer - Casioworks LP

JJ Funhouse

Gust De Meyer - Casioworks LP

€19.99

Jj Funhouse is very happy to announce the reissue of ‘Casioworks’ by Gust De Meyer, originally released as a cassette on Ding Dong Tapes and Records in 1983. This stuff has been making crooked collectors, old and young minimal-wave heads and other music lovers going bonkers for years.

At the age of 35, back in 1983, Gust De Meyer was working as an assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Catholic University Leuven, were he did some groundbreaking work. He got a PhD in musical industry and introduced the study of video games.

Besides that he was busy writing texts and selecting records for a weekly 4-hour pioneering radioshow called ‘Funky Town’ on Belgian national radio. The show was specialized in the Afro-American dance music of the era: discofied electronics, funk, boogie and rhythm & blues. Next to brand new American records, from Chicago, Philly and New York there was also room for European stuff, sharing a likewise bouncy character or electronic groove: italo-boogie, kraut-grooves and some local danceable new-wave. Slick, glossy and commercial but also groundbreaking and goddamn funky. No wonder this radioshow became a hit in no time, even outside the national borders.

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Inspired by Wim Mertens, Gust was occupied by the creation and release of his own magnum opus and bold musical statement: ‘Casioworks’. After which he, strangely enough, never ever released music again.

‘Casioworks’ was made at home with only one instrument: the then very popular and cheap Casio VL Tone 1 synthesizer. Every track was recorded in one take on a porta-sound Fostex 250 4 track cassette recorder/mixer. For a first record it’s very focused and mature but also playful and heavy with urgent and visceral power.

Somehow Gust De Meyer made a unique mix of all his influences from within a strong personal musical vision. In eight all killer and no filler tracks he shows his musical talent in a very assured, effective and fun having way. He managed to make his own lo-fi mix of the extremely repetitive grooves of American minimal music. With a deep sensibility for melody, he created a rather light but heartfelt version of the moodiness of European cold-wave. ‘Casioworks’ was so well executed no follow-up was really possible. Forever and ever expressing that deep tropical desire of a Belgian city dweller on a rainy day.


Tracklist

1 Casiowork 1.1.1
2 Casiowork 1.1.2
3 Casiowork 1.1.3
4 Casiowork 1.1.4
5 Casiowork 1.2.1
6 Casiowork 1.2.2
7 Casiowork 1.2.3
8 Casiowork 1.2.4

Notes


Edition of 500 numbered copies
Includes mp3
All music by Gust De Meyer
Remastered by Kris Delacourt
Artwork by Jj funhouse


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