Q (UK) - - Girl Ray -

Thanks to acid house en­thu­si­asts Re­naat Van­de­pa­pe­liere and Sabine Maes, the medieval Bel­gian city of Ghent be­came an un­likely hotspot on the Euro­pean rave scene. Their la­bel R&S be­gan li­cens­ing US tracks in the late-’ 80s, but in 1991 they pi­o­neered a star­tling new sound which ush­ered in rave’s sec­ond phase. New Yorker Joey Bel­tram’s game-chang­ing Men­tasm, with its buz­z­saw bassline and rush-in­duc­ing synth stabs, was the trig­ger, be­com­ing an an­them across north­ern Europe and in­spir­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of post-acid house pro­duc­ers, not least UK “’ard­kore” pi­o­neers such as 4 Hero and Ru­fige Kru.

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