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Popcorn exotica
This third CD is the third retrospective of Belgium’s popcorn scene courtesy of Bob Stanley’s Croydon Municipal label. It boasts 22 R&B, soul and exotic rockers from the 1950s and 1960s that have the crowds filling the dancefloors of Antwerp and Ostend to this day. The popcorn movement sprang up at the very tail end of the 1960s and reached its heyday in the 1970s. The parallels with Britain’s northern soul scene are obvious, though the musical styles are very different. In Belgium, the tempo was more laid back than the stompers that found popularity in Wigan and Stoke. This compilation showcases a range of material, including tracks by artists such as The Islanders and Gary US Bonds. Highlights include Carl Stevens’ Call of the jungle and songs by two of our favourite artists, Sylvie Vartan and Gillian Hills, Tous les gens and Maintenant il téléphone respectively. It’s all available for under a tenner, making it the must-buy album of 2015 so far.

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