2manydjs are re-releasing their album ‘As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt.2’, as they announce a one-off party in London to celebrate. Stephen and David Dewaele are familiar to many as 2manydjs, a project which possibly moved the needle for modern DJing. In 2002, after a string of creative broadcasts on radio while still known primarily as a rock band, they released this album.
This was a mix that could only be considered equal to a full-length album — which is exactly what happened, tallying Album of the Year and Album of the Decade accolades from the likes of The New York Times, Spin, The Face, Pitchfork and more, and shifting over half a million copies globally.
Later this year, the album will also receive the deluxe reissue treatment, with Richard Young’s original photography restored from the depths of legal trouble. And for the first time ever, this mix will soon be made available on streaming platforms. The liberation of a piece of electronic music history to DSPs is likely to spark a new generation of fans.
To ring in the 20th anniversary celebrations of of the album, a date in London on Saturday 17 December at O2 Academy Brixton was recently announced and tickets will go on sale on Friday 7 October.
The duo will perform alongside Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, Kittin and other 2002-specific special guests to be announced. The album will get an as-yet-top secret resurrection for part of the night, as it possibly paves the way for something brand new in 2023.
The Belgian brothers-in-arms are also known to many as electronic / indie rock band Soulwax, the group whose combination of rock, rave, grot and gleaming white suits has proved popular to record buyers and festival-goers from the 1990s to the present day, and whose wildfire global tour supporting Any Minute Now / Nite Versions in the mid-2000s was canonised in cult documentary Part Of The Weekend Never Dies.
Through their Ghent-based studio and record label DEEWEE, the Dewaeles aim to push cutting-edge electronic music, including the aforementioned Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul’s ‘Topical Dancer’.
They have also kept up as remixers, applying their touch to the likes of Róisín Murphy, Peggy Gou, Robyn, Sylvester, Fontaines D.C., Wet Leg, and Marie Davidson. Despacio, the roving soundsystem which the Dewaeles undertake alongside LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, completes the picture.