Preview: The Glimmers

Legendary Belgian DJs in town

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When you’ve been in the game for nearly 30 years, you know a thing or two about how to make people dance. David Fouquart and Mo Becha, aka The Glimmers, honed their craft in the emerging Belgian new beat and acid house scene in their native Ghent in the late 1980s, where their legendary 12-hour sets helped them become two of dance music’s most versatile and adventurous DJs.

Influenced by the sounds coming out of the legendary Boccaccio club outside Ghent, where club kids from all over Europe would come to hear industrial and EBM tracks played at 33rpm rather than 45rpm, but pitched to +8 to create a dark, metronomic relentlessly grooving soundtrack, The Glimmers became early exponents of the Belgian new beat sound that shared an approach to the creative genre-splicing practised by DJs like Danielle Baldelli at the Cosmic club in Italy and Alfredo in Ibiza, but with a darker edge.

The duo have gone on to build a career DJing around the world, remixing everyone from Grace Jones to New Order, and co-founded and recorded for renowned Belgian label Eskimo Recordings.

As anyone who has seen them live or heard their seminal Serie Noire mixes can attest, these guys don’t do linear sub-genre sets, nor “eclectic” dog’s dinners, but carefully crafted testaments to a lifetime digging in crates and moving dancefloors the world over. They’ll be bringing a touch of their pitched-down, groove-laden goodness to Joshua Brooks’ Void Sound System.

Hairbrain presents The Glimmers at Joshua Brooks, Manchester on 16 May, 10.00pm-4.00am. Support by Jay-P, Pete Mangalore and Hairbrain DJs (in the bar and basement). Tickets for £10 (plus booking fee) on Skiddle. Tickets for £10 (no booking fee) at Bionic Seven, Strange Brew and the Spoon Inn, Manchester. Piccadilly Records is selling tickets for £10 (plus £1 booking fee)

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