After more than a decade of hibernation, Belgium’s time-honoured techno sanctuary, Fuse, has resurrected its iconic in-house record label – Fuse Imprint.
The imprint’s previous incarnations featured the celebrated “Fuse Presents” mix series, graced by luminaries such as Adam Beyer, Deetron, and Steve Bug. It also boasted the eponymous “Fuse Club” outlet, which birthed electrifying live recordings from artists like Bjork and delivered captivating albums from electronic maestros like B12 and Anthony Rother.
As Fuse Imprint is rekindled, it’s Altinbas, a cherished favourite of the Fuse Club, who leads the charge. His single ‘Hunt’ spearheads the label’s revival, setting the stage for what promises to be an enthralling journey. The full ‘Reshape’ EP, comprising four cuts of timeless techno characterised by a delicate balance of drive, tension, and introspection, is set to drop digitally and on vinyl on September 29th. Altinbas, a homegrown talent from Brussels, embarked on his music production journey in 2015 and boasts previous releases on renowned imprints like Non Series, Token, SK_Eleven, and his own label, Observer Station.
Fuse has stood at the epicenter of Brussels’ vibrant club culture for nearly three decades, fostering an environment where techno thrives. However, its enduring legacy recently faced a dire threat. Earlier this year, the Brussels Regional Administration (Brussels Leefmillieu) issued a directive for the club’s closure following noise complaints. The future seemed uncertain until fruitful discussions with the government and the Brussels by Night federation paved the way for its reopening, albeit under stringent new restrictions.
In the wake of this temporary closure, Fuse explored external options to secure its future. Notably, the club’s 29th-anniversary celebrations unfolded at Quadrilatères, a vacant space beneath Brussels’ south railway line, suggesting it as a potential future home for Fuse. This bold move, along with the revival of its record label, underscores that the legendary venue, which has hosted electronic luminaries such as Juan Atkins, Robert Hood, and Daft Punk over the years, is far from stagnant.
The resurgence of Fuse Imprint and the club’s ongoing commitment to exploring new avenues signal that this revered institution remains a vital force in the global techno landscape. Altinbas’ ‘Hunt’ and the forthcoming ‘Reshape’ EP mark the beginning of a thrilling new chapter for Fuse Imprint, solidifying its role as a pioneer in electronic music. Fuse Club’s storied history continues to unfold, a testament to its enduring legacy and unwavering dedication to the beat of techno.
Listeners eager to experience Altinbas’ ‘Hunt,’ the lead single from Fuse Imprint’s revival, and to pre-order the full ‘Reshape’ EP, can do so [here]
Written by: HMR