101
Rock to the Beat


4.0
excellent

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
December 14th, 2010 | 11 replies | 4,294 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

101 was a Belgian New Beat project, which had life for a couple of years between 1988 and 1990.

Little is known about whoever is behind 101, except they released a slew of largely forgotten singles which were distributed amongst the clubs of the underground dance scene of Belgium at the time. New Beat had stylistic origins in electronic body music (or EBM for short), synthpop and acid house, and is claimed to be a forerunner to the later sounds of euro-house. The two songs that make up Rock To The Beat sit comfortably somewhere in between, the slick grooves of the title track opening with the words "Ecstasy, Ecstasy". A male vocalist sings "Rock to The Beat" over and over, whilst you can't fault 101 for experimenting too much the song develops as an exercise in minimalist dance music which is repetitive but not gratingly so. B-side Saigon Nightmare is the real highlight here though, with it's infectious melodies and acidic bass hook it is certainly a forgotten old school electronic music classic if there ever was one. Both tracks are good, but Saigon Nightmare is the superior one I feel, if only for the lack of vocals.

Rock To The Beat is a short, but memorable release from a project nobody remembers from a electronic subgenre nobody cares about. There is not much else to say about it.



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Meatplow
December 14th 2010



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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txq736EVa80
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93vzwvRKbpg

have some cheesy New Beat music videos (seriously, watch these)

http://ohwhatisyoursillysong.blogspot.com/2010/11/101-rock-to-beat-1988-just-as-long-as-i.html

download this here and another OOP single that you can only find on vinyl nowadays

astrel
December 14th 2010



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I am very glad you shared this. German music videos almost always rule. You should also check out "Fred vom Jupiter."

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010



8321 Comments


Good concise review Plow, there really isn't any more to say about something like this.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010



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This has got to be the most indifferent take on a 4.0 review ever LOL. Still, was very well-written - so pos!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010



8321 Comments


This has got to be the most indifferent take on a 4.0 review ever LOL
haha, gotta agree with this

pizzamachine
December 14th 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Those last two sentences split my gut. Cheesy music is cheesy.

Meatplow
December 14th 2010



5524 Comments


"Ecstasy, Ecstasy"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt_vxIoAu4Y

will review this album at some point, it is not New Beat as such but the group had a huge influence over it one of my favourite New Wave/Synthpop/EBM releases ever

This has got to be the most indifferent take on a 4.0 review ever LOL. Still, was very well-written - so pos!


Thanks, hard to find stuff to talk about when you only have two songs and no background for the group. Since contextual fluff is normally what i'm all about it was a surprising challenge.

Bitchfork
December 14th 2010



7584 Comments


generally i despise new beat ngl

Meatplow
December 14th 2010



5524 Comments


ngl?

Bitchfork
December 14th 2010



7584 Comments


not gonna lie

Meatplow
December 14th 2010



5524 Comments


about what



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