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The Invitation Of The Dead (gatefold black & white vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: MW 060. Rel: 17 Sep 15
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Rebirth (12:37)
  2. Mars (5:55)
  3. Fire (4:07)
  4. Dark (4:51)
  5. Dizziness (4:26)
  6. The Invitation Of The Dead (6:03)
  7. Chair (4:52)
  8. Sleeping Sickness (5:05)
  9. Diamond (9:53)
  10. A Dream Of No Pillow (8:27)
  11. The Hill Of Dreams (2:05)
Review: The judicious Minimal Wave clan deliver another brilliant compilation of rare and wonderful music from the 1980's, this time an anthology of the best work from Japanese artiste Tomo Akikawabaya. Sourcing these songs in their original format has become harder and harder over the years, so they've really done us a favour with this effort. The double LP is made up of loneseom drones, lo-fi drum machine grooves and gorgeous synth work, all coated in Akikawabaya's wonderful vocal stance. The Japanese artiste has a unique style that borders on the melancholic, yet her music is always charged by a driving, proto techno feel. This is one to check if you weren't in the know.
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The Sound Of Indifference (reissue) (cassette limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MW 071. Rel: 03 Apr 20
Coldwave/Synth
  1. AI Theme (3:08)
  2. Funky Party (3:47)
  3. Bohemianinst (2:25)
  4. Man Am I Progressive (3:03)
  5. D&Z (part 3) (2:09)
  6. Are You Worried? (2:10)
  7. Conceptual Car Crash (2:01)
  8. Secretary Chick (2:27)
  9. God (2:52)
  10. Transit (1:18)
  11. We Will Go To The Beach (3:07)
  12. Park (3:46)
  13. Curious Ways Of Dying (4:19)
Review: Minimal Wave is proud to present The Sound of Indifference, a rare cassette released in 1981 by Aural Indifference. Aural Indifference was a post-punk studio collective from Sydney, Australia. The two principal members were Brian Spencer Hall (the M Squared in house producer) and Kevin Purdy. The cassette album, The Sound of Indifference, was released in 1981, featuring tracks such as "Theme", "Park, and "Man Am I Progressive". Their sound ranges from minimal synth, to post-punk to quirky guitar-driven electronic folk music, some of it resembling John Maus. "Theme" appeared as the closing track on The Minimal Wave Tapes: Volume Two compilation and "Park" appeared on The Bedroom Tapes compilation. Here for the first time, we are offering a reissue of the original cassette, remastered from the master tapes and complete with original artwork, limited to 300 copies.
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Irene & Mavis (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl 10")
Cat: MW 050. Rel: 25 Nov 13
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Disco-A-Bomb-Bomb
  2. Holiday Camp
  3. Overspreading Art Genius
  4. Concentration Baby
  5. Just Another Spectre
  6. Modichy In Aneration
Review: A special release from Minimal Wave here as the uber rare Irene & Mavis EP from UK synth poppers Blancmange is granted a reissue! Those with a pub quiz winning level of knowledge of UK synth pop will no doubt be familiar with the 80s hits of Blancmange duo Neil Arthur & Stephen Luscombe, yet this debut EP dating back to 1980 will still sound revelatory. The self released Irene & Mavis EP marked Arthur and Luscombe to be fully willing to experiment with DIY electronics, impressing Mute founder Daniel Miller sufficiently to proclaim them "maiden aunts of electronic music," and thus more than suited as a subject of focus from the Minimal Wave label. There are definite similarities between this nascent stage of Blancmange and the output of Cabaret Voltaire from the same era, particularly in the masked and disembodied nature of the vocals, whilst "Holiday Camp" and "Just Another Spectre" are wonderful examples of instrumental synth music. Despite originally being released in 7" format, the six newly remastered tracks are presented here in 10" format by Minimal Wave with the distinctive artwork retained!
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Fauli Til Dauli (remastered) (limited 180 gram green vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 073. Rel: 12 May 20
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Bus (3:32)
  2. Out Of Sync (2:59)
  3. Bird (4:16)
  4. Zoo 2 (5:30)
  5. Hard Kogt 1 (2:19)
  6. No 1 On 2 (5:19)
  7. Nobody Home (5:11)
  8. Speed (3:26)
  9. Hard Kogt 2 (2:58)
  10. Svinet (4:51)
Review: Talk about unearthing forgotten gems, or indeed gems that were never really known in the first place. Back in 1983 Soren Fauli - then 19 years old, now an established Danish artist - decided to step away from the punk bands he'd been playing with and indulge his inner autobahn. Daily Fauli was the one-time project result, with this raw, mechanical but intimate record, which has as much in common with Kraftwerk as it does Powell, the only product. While there's a rough and ready (and charming) aesthetic to the record, despite his age at the time, and the fact he had very little idea what to do with the Casios in hand, it's incredibly accomplished stuff. The playful, shuffling warbler 'Bus' representing the lighter end of a spectrum that runs as fast as the edgy arpeggiations of 'Speed' and the pared back, proto-punk runaway train of 'Hard Kogt'. A fantastic album and an interesting talking point.

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HSTA (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 019. Rel: 28 Jan 10
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Reassurance Ritual
  2. HSTA
  3. Inter Caetera
  4. Take Me Away
  5. A Dark Place
  6. Triffid Farm
  7. Kindheitsmuster
  8. Makimono
Review: Minimal Wave have done the right thing here and repressed HSTA by Das Ding, undoubtedly one of the most popular heavyweight reissues of their reign thus far. Das Ding is of course Dutchman Danny Bosten, active in the mid 1980s from his Southern Holland base releasing his pioneering brand of electro as well as his friends' music via his own Tear Apart Tapes cassette label. HSTA refers to the Highly Sophisticated Technological Achievement tape Bosten released on the STUM label from which Minimal Wave also took several tracks including the title jam, which you're likely to hear Funkineven dropping these days. It's worth investing in this for "Take Me Away" alone, which sounds likes its been beamed down from the future despite its three decade vintage (Weatherall's a big fan of this one) and the remaining six tracks are just as thrilling.
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The Complete Collection 1980-1988 (180 gram vinyl 5xLP box + booklet)
Cat: MW 068. Rel: 06 Dec 18
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Just Because... (LP1: Just Because) (4:54)
  2. Sticks In My Brain (2:51)
  3. Under Nylon (2:59)
  4. Take A Look (3:41)
  5. Soft Images (4:00)
  6. Brittle Hero (2:55)
  7. Dirty Hands (3:34)
  8. Willy Nilly (3:03)
  9. Lovely Monster (3:01)
  10. Welcome To The Dissidents (2:40)
  11. Pure Delight (3:09)
  12. Mouvement (2:32)
  13. Bent At The Window (3:29)
  14. You Are My Jail (LP2: Sleep Is A Luxury) (3:52)
  15. It's So (3:53)
  16. I Met The Best (3:39)
  17. Hidden Inside (2:50)
  18. Andrei Roublev (3:27)
  19. Doron Doron (2:57)
  20. Hunted (4:13)
  21. Not Waiting (3:45)
  22. Broken Memory (2:33)
  23. The Light Goes Through My Mouth (3:17)
  24. Love On My Side (5:56)
  25. Just Because (LP3: Inedits 1981-1983) (4:45)
  26. No Hands (1:41)
  27. Wagui (2:59)
  28. Never Never (3:06)
  29. I Love The Lovers (3:18)
  30. Other Souvenir (3:07)
  31. Unchanged (version) (2:38)
  32. Not Such A Joke (2:35)
  33. Without Face (5:48)
  34. Meine Liebe (2:18)
  35. Shake Your Flowers (2:48)
  36. Makes Me Blind (2:18)
  37. It's No Use (3:35)
  38. Moons & Mouths (LP4: Hot Paradox) (4:31)
  39. Hot Paradox (4:58)
  40. My Analyst "Assez" (3:46)
  41. Pressure (4:17)
  42. Berlin Wall (4:59)
  43. He Saw The Light (4:24)
  44. Inside Out (4:24)
  45. I Never Tried (5:19)
  46. Where To Find It (4:58)
  47. Like A Lion (3:27)
  48. 22£ (LP5: Accident Of Stars) (3:14)
  49. No Crying (2:22)
  50. He Calls The Sky Hector (3:24)
  51. Bit Of Smile (3:16)
  52. Lonely In His Farm (3:36)
  53. Your Passion (3:37)
  54. Position (2:10)
  55. Searchin' (3:28)
  56. Top Of The Pyramids (4:08)
  57. Lost & Late (3:00)
  58. War Game (2:18)
  59. Accident Of Stars (4:46)
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The Floor Mixes (limited hand-numbered blue vinyl 12" in hand-stamped sleeve)
Cat: MW 065. Rel: 19 Dec 17
Techno
  1. Five Times Of Dust - "Computer Bank" (The Floor mix) (7:12)
  2. Five Times Of Dust - "Armoured Car" (6:57)
  3. Unovidual & Tara Cross - "Like I Am, Comme Je Suis" (The Floor mix) (7:11)
  4. Unovidual & Tara Cross - "Imponative" (3:28)
Review: Thanks to the eternally revered Minimal Wave imprint, out of NYC, Mark Phillips and Robert Lawrence's Five Times Of Dust project is going through a bit of a revival. The duo had first released some post-punk cassettes back in the 80s, and they clearly have not been forgotten. On this new remix EP, "Computer Bank" is given a makeover in the form of a The Floor remix, who proceeds to add all sorts of quirkiness over the tune's tough, heavy bass and driving rhythm; "Armoured Car" breaks the 4/4 in favour of something much closer to the band's original drum machine style. Once again, on the flip, we have a remix of "Like I Am, Comme Je Suis" by The Floor, who throws up a gnarly electro bass onto shady, neo-romantic vocals, and the whole things is finished off by "Imponative" from Unovodual and Tara Cross, who produce a slow, heady industrial groove for the dancefloor.
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Intérprete: Alexis Le-Tan, Dj soFa
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Portrait (remastered) (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 056. Rel: 29 Sep 14
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Pogo Of Techno
  2. Ballade Pour Nous
  3. Ein Glas Voll Gurken
  4. She's So Hot
  5. La Transformation
  6. Links & Lustig
  7. Die Grille
  8. Keep The City Clean
  9. Dallas
  10. Arabia
  11. National-Und Standerat
Review: Originally released back in the early '80s, Veronica Vasicka's label has done its audience a fine service by re-releasing Portrait by Swiss duo Guyers Connection. Full of self-conscious vocals and in places decidedly lo-fi synth lines, it's surprising and disappointing that this collection wasn't a big hit first time round. After all, both "Pogo of Techno" and "Keep the City Clean" are as catchy as an oddball Yazoo, "Die Grille" is a jaw-dropping, windswept synth composition and "National Und Stander" sees the duo fuse ponderous piano lines with pulsing, rippling basslines. Best of all though is "Ein Glas Voll Gurken" a breathy synth-pop song that could have conquered charts had it been sung in English.
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Intérprete: Tomasz Guiddo
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La Piscine (limited coloured vinyl 12")
Cat: MW 041. Rel: 07 Aug 18
Coldwave/Synth
  1. La Piscine (14:13)
  2. Calling Somewhere (14:52)
Review: Fans of mechanical techno-not-techno sounds will be all over Minimal Wave's latest transmission from 80s French underground heroes In Aeternam Vale. Having reissued several essential lost works from the outfit last year, most notably the proto-Sandwell sound of "Highway Dark Veins", Veronica Vasicka delivers another two tracks from the vault. Stylistically mirroring that previous two track release the title track is an equally brilliant synth-techno beast which could easily pass for a Function track today, while B-side "Calling Somewhere" sounds like a cold wave version of proto-halfstep. Needless to say, the fact that these tracks are 22 years old literally left us speechless.
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DUB (Dust Under Brightness) (hand-numbered LP)
Cat: MW 036. Rel: 21 May 12
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Dust Under Brightness (2)
  2. Dance Binaire
  3. Twist Again
  4. Mat
  5. Metal
  6. Annie
  7. Al W
  8. Strawberry Flower
Review: Minimal Wave return to their self-professed "First French love" In Aeternam Vale with a second LP-shaped trawl through the band's sizeable archive of cassette only releases. The Brooklyn imprint first introduced us to the work of the hugely prolific Lyon band with an eponymous LP of remastered material in 2009, and Dub Under Brightness proves to be just as important a release. The label points to an article on the band originally published by the Douche Froide magazine in 2002, where the journalist nails their appeal in the opening gambit - "There are bands that have been acting ruthlessly in the shadow for years, in a completely confidential manner, then one day chance (but does chance exist?) makes you find one of their recordings, listen to it, and at that moment you could kick yourself for not having discovered these soundscapes earlier and you try to find all of them". If you haven't indulged in the sounds of In Aeternam Vale yet, this eight track selection makes for a perfect introductory primer.
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Dust Under Brightness (white vinyl 12" in hand-stamped numbered sleeve)
Cat: MW 03612. Rel: 21 May 12
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Dust Under Brightness
  2. Highway Dark Veins
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Je Ai Dissous (limited heavyweight coloured vinyl 12" gloss printed sleeve)
Cat: MW 063. Rel: 15 Nov 16
Techno
  1. Je Ai Dissous (6:34)
  2. Je Ai Dissous (Page R version) (7:37)
  3. Tendencia (About Blank version) (5:40)
  4. Tendencia (v6) (6:13)
Review: Fresh from releasing the superb Pink Flamingos album on Dement3d, In Aternam Vale returns to Minimal Wave. This time round, he's not alone. Each of the tracks features the breathy, stylish vocals of Madrid-based Belarusian, Anneq. Her sleazy, whispered refrain is the headline attraction on the throbbing, industrial pop-meets-techno hustle of "Je Ai Dissous", while she also chats seductively over the undulating arpeggio lines, restless drums and dystopian atmospheres of "Tendencia (About Blank Version"). The ambient-leaning "V6" take of that cut is also hugely inspiring, while the Page R version of "Je Ai Dissous" is a dark, atmospheric and intoxicating celebration of legendary '80s "computer musical instrument", the Fairlight CMI.
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Cat: MW 055. Rel: 18 Sep 14
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Never Lose Your Shadow
  2. Public Fun
  3. LD 60
  4. Magic Words Command
Review: The combination of Richard H. Kirk and Minimal Wave was never going to disappoint, but the four tracks on this Never Lose Your Shadow 12" are still very special! Digging deep through the archives of the Cabaret Voltaire front man, Veronica Vasicka presents a quartet of solo recordings that have never been committed to wax before. The highlight is undoubtedly the A Side title track, a lolloping ten minute track of hypnotic industrial action made all the more memorable by Kirk's acerbic intonations about "the blind leading the blind". If you've caught a Vasicka DJ set recently you will have probably lost yourself to these ten minutes. On the flip are three tracks recorded in the same late '70s period which are distinctly more experimental in tone and just as vital.
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Standing In The Rain (limited 180 gram transparent yellow vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 070Y. Rel: 30 Apr 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Zara (4:14)
  2. Leap Into The Void (5:18)
  3. Avant-Garde Guitar (7:11)
  4. A City Such As This (7:07)
  5. Hello Dorian Gray (4:20)
  6. The Tale Of The Butterfly (2:34)
Review: Back in 1981, London-based Anthony Waites decided to create some "poetic, subversive pop music" with borrowed synthesizers in friends' bedroom studios. The result was a sole, self-released seven-inch single under the Scenes De La Boheme alias, a record that has long been a cult item amongst collectors. "Standing In The Rain", his first ever album, includes those two tracks - the bubbly brilliance of "Zara" and the lo-fi, beat-free, guitar-driven shuffle of "The Tale Of The Butterfly" - alongside four others recorded in the same period. It's an impressively off-kilter and atmospheric set, with the early Human League style hum of "Leap Into The Void" and the icy shuffle of "A City Such As This" standing out.
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On The Screen (heavyweight vinyl LP + large postcard)
Cat: MW 013. Rel: 28 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Way Out Of Living (5:27)
  2. Cytogenetic Movement (5:25)
  3. In My Head (3:42)
  4. Five Faces (5:10)
  5. The Game (4:52)
  6. Due To You (5:39)
  7. I Think I'm By You (2:51)
  8. To Another Soul (4:27)
  9. On The Screen (2:17)
Review: On The Screen: an LP from the Belgian band Linear Movement originally slated for release in 1983. Linear Movement is mastermind Peter Bonne (A Split-Second, Twilight Ritual, Autumn) joined by Peter Koutstaal, and Lieve Van Steerteghem on vocals for several tracks. Some tracks appear on the exquisite Pulse Music cassette while the rest are previously unreleased. Linear Movement was featured on V/A The Lost Tapes compilation LP with their highly acclaimed The Game, described as an "unstoppable pop song". Linear Movement have been called "a more primitive, cold wave Visage", and have been compared to the Human League. Peter differentiated LM from his other projects TR and Aut by the distinct sound of the compositions: they were poppier.
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The Lonely Crowd (limited 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 069. Rel: 30 Apr 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Only Lunies Fall (4:05)
  2. Tameless Horses (4:02)
  3. It Ain't All Garbage (1:51)
  4. Even Bad Times Are Good (4:47)
  5. Le Jolie Jardin (2:17)
  6. A La Recherche De BL (4:13)
  7. The Wave Of Miszbehave (4:50)
  8. When Preachers Come (5:01)
  9. Zastava Home (4:04)
  10. The Lonely Crowd (3:13)
  11. Roll Over Bhopal (3:38)
Review: Minimal Wave's latest must-have release shines a light on the largely forgotten work of early '80s Belgian misfits The Misz, a duo who recorded and released off-kilter new-wave pop on limited edition cassettes via a variety of obscure labels. Their trademark sound - created using cheap and little-known synthesizers, lo-fi drum machines, effects-laden guitars and stylish vocals - remains hugely alluring, with this ten-track collection offering a superb introduction to their work. We're particularly enjoying the effects-laden trip that is "It Ain't All Garbage", the doomy shuffle of "A La Recherche De BL" and the alien synths and weirdo vocals of "Zastava Home", but there are plenty of other tracks across the LP worthy of lavish praise.
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Cat: MW 058. Rel: 14 May 15
Coldwave/Synth
  1. The Devil's Dancers (3:02)
  2. Radiance (4:42)
  3. Martyr (5:00)
  4. Cold War (5:33)
  5. Don't Be Seen With Me (3:11)
  6. Modern Wonder (5:01)
  7. Subterranean Desire (4:13)
  8. Scorpians (2:40)
  9. New Mexico (7:33)
  10. Behind The Shades (5:57)
  11. Men In White Coats (4:57)
  12. You Won't Forget Me (3:25)
Review: For fans of minimal wave and DIY electronic pop, Oppenheimer Analysis's self-released 1982 debut cassette, New Mexico - little more than an extended demo cassette - has become something of a collector's item. While it has been reissued digitally since, it never received a vinyl release. In tribute to Martin Lloyd (the other half of the duo, alongside Andy Oppenheimer), who passed away recently, Minimal Wave has decided to make New Mexico available on wax for the first time. While the sound quality is appropriately dusty (it was badly recorded in the first place, of course), the music remains magical - bubbling, evocative, left-of-centre leftfield pop created with home-made synthesizers, modular hardware and little else. It's no wonder many consider it a classic album (even if was never officially released first time round).
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The Art Dance (hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl gatefold LP with lyric sheet insert)
Cat: MW 025. Rel: 15 Oct 10
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Pure Desire
  2. Fire
  3. Nice Song
  4. Electronic Journey
  5. Short Wave
  6. Sexual Desire
  7. It's Not Too Grand
  8. Your Lover
  9. Daily & Blue
  10. Good Name
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Her Needs (hand-numbered heavyweight clear vinyl 7")
Cat: MW 042. Rel: 28 Mar 13
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Her Needs (1988)
  2. Her Needs (1999)
Review: Primitive Brumbeat is the order of the day from Minimal Wave on this weighty seven inch presentation of early Karl O'Connor material. Recorded under the Sandra Plays Electronics banner, Her Needs presents two versions of the same track from different periods of O'Connor's musical development and provide further enticing historical evidence of one of techno's most illuminating figureheads. Those who indulged in the brilliant White Savage Dance 12" from Downwards from late 2011 will be all over the DIY odes to O'Connor's childhood heroes such as DAF and Liaisons Dangereuses here. The 1999 version in particular which originates from the same recording sessions that ended in the seminal Diversion Group release A Man Has Responsibilities.
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Cat: MW 067. Rel: 06 Nov 18
Experimental/Electronic
  1. A Worm (5:21)
  2. Go On & Off (5:34)
  3. Temprament (6:12)
  4. Deaf Picture (3:18)
  5. Automatic Type (4:48)
  6. Quick Starttype (3:12)
  7. Inverted Type (3:24)
  8. Sympathetic Nerves (9:47)
Review: Minimal Wave present a reissue of Yoshifumi Niinuma's 1980 self-titled debut album, having already released his Automaticism and Plastic Love EP's previously. Produced in his Tokyo living room, Niinuma built his own synthesizers and speakers from scratch to create these 'intense proto-techno soundscapes.' A zeitgeist of early pioneering electronics, it runs the gamut from minimal synth ("A Worm"/"Automatic Type"), noisy industrial beats such as on "Temprament" or early electro sounds as heard on "Quick Starttype".
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Further Strategies (limited hand-numbered gatefold white vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: MW 072. Rel: 30 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Grey Skies (4:23)
  2. Hide (5:30)
  3. Blurred (demo) (3:26)
  4. Alternative Strategies (3:21)
  5. French Film Backwards (2:13)
  6. One Day (4:52)
  7. Tonight (4:54)
  8. Turning Blue (5:09)
  9. Forget (3:35)
  10. Blurred (3:26)
  11. Scattering Seeds (5:47)
  12. Parafoil (5:01)
  13. European Mind (3:25)
  14. Feed The Flame (5:45)
  15. Rayban Moment (5:23)
  16. Endlessly (5:31)
Review: Back in 2009, Minimal Wave Records took a deep dive into the short-lived career of Jersey's finest 1980s new wave band, Turquoise Days, via a fine compilation entitled "Alternative Strategies". A decade on, they've decided to repeat the trick with "Further Strategies", a fine double-vinyl set that backs the tracks featured on that compilation with a wealth of previously unheard songs and demo versions. As you'd expect, it's really rather good, with the collected tracks delivering the kind of emotion-rich, melodic and occasionally dancefloor-friendly goodness more readily associated with early Depeche Mode.
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VARIOUS
Cat: MW 033. Rel: 15 Oct 11
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Unknown Artist - "Orgelns Fodelse"
  2. Glenn Winter - "Herrens Svar"
  3. Santiago De Gil - "Pa Min Resa"
  4. Ferdinand Rhtym - "Narcotics"
  5. Arvid Tuba - "This Hole Is Mine"
  6. Artificial Control - "Silent Face"
  7. Artificial Control - "Signal Out"
  8. The Heart Of Darkness - "Fixerad"
  9. The Heart Of Darkness - "Gadji Beri Bimba"
  10. Caique - "With Or Without You"
  11. Corteche - "Wind & Forest"
  12. Spilluffe - "Killed By Death"
  13. 18:e Oktober - "Hector Lokfrisk"
  14. Moulin Rouge - "Silence"
  15. Peter Tengvall - "Utdrag Nr 1-3"
  16. Engurdetz - "Let The Concrete Fall"
  17. Art Division - "X-Squad"
  18. Art Division - "New Art"
  19. Patchwork - "Shadows"
  20. Patchwork - "A Minute"
  21. Ausgang Verboten - "Consumer"
  22. Overlords - "Sea City"
  23. Overlords - "Secrets Of The Universe"
  24. Unknown Artist - "Varksam Begravning"
Review: Minimal Wave present their first double vinyl selection since their breakthrough Minimal Wave Tapes compilation released in conjunction with Stones Throw a few years back. This time Veronica Vasicka and company switch their focus to the cult mid 80s Swedish synth cassette compilation Orgelvark. The 23 tracks spread across the two heavy weight 160g slabs of vinyl give a newly remastered look at the multifaceted music which surfaced from the underground tape scene in Sweden, bridging the gaps between outright synth pop, industrial music and more. This vinyl edition includes five unreleased tracks, along with a rather enlightening letter from the compiler Tor Sigvardson as well as detailed band notes across the gatefold sleeve. It makes for an enlightening peak at the fledgling beginnings of Swedish synth based music, a genre which these days is stronger than ever.
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VARIOUS
Cat: MW 030CD. Rel: 14 Oct 11
Coldwave/Synth
  1. SS-Say - "Care"
  2. Oskarova Fobija - "Beli Dekolte"
  3. Danton's Voice - "I Hear The Bells"
  4. Sympathy Nervous - "Polaroid"
  5. Pas De Deux - "Cardiocleptomanie"
  6. Robert Lawrence & Mark Phillips - "Computer Bank"
  7. The Fast Set - "Kaleidecon"
  8. Reserve - "Destination Pour L'Inconnu"
  9. Kym Amps - "You Don't Know My Name"
  10. Unovidual & Tara Cross - "Microphone Connection"
  11. Gary Allen - "Oops It's An Accident" (extended mix)
  12. Art Fact - "Rain In The South"
Review: For those with an interest in the development of electronic music in the late '70s and early '80s, the sporadic synth-wave collections from New York-based Minimal Wave Records have always been essential listening. This latest missive, originally released on a limited vinyl pressing earlier this year, offers another treasure trove of little known and unreleased material from the period. Most pleasingly, it offers a truly global outlook, showcasing music from Japan, the US, UK and the former Yugoslavia. Predictably, there's much to enjoy, from the skewiff vocoder electro of Polaroid and low-end madness of Robert Lawrence to the synth-phonic doodlings of Reserve and new wave strut of Danton's Voice.
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Cat: MW 066. Rel: 26 Feb 18
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Pink Elln - "Human Perc" (4:09)
  2. Karen Marks - "Cold Cafe" (3:03)
  3. Disque Omo - "Toujours L'Amour" (2:08)
  4. Vorgruppe - "Mensch Im Eis" (2:29)
  5. Iham/Echo - "Eagle" (3:12)
  6. Perfect Mother - "Dark-Disco-Da-Da-Da-Da-Run" (3:10)
  7. Arvid Tuba - "The Seasons Are Sitting On Chairs" (3:43)
  8. Subject - "Don't Be Blind" (2:56)
  9. Denial - "California Dreaming" (3:10)
  10. Unovidual - "Dit Is Pas Het Begin" (4:19)
  11. Aural Indifference - "Park" (3:31)
  12. Autumn - "You Are You Are" (1:30)
Review: Over the last two or three years, New York's Minimal Wave outpost has focussed on releasing plenty of new music that fits in line with their unashamedly 'cold-wave' approach, and this has opened them to a whole variety of listeners and DJs. However, in our opinion, where they truly shine is in providing the underground masses with compilations such as this latest The Bedroom Tapes: A Compilation Of Minimal Wave From Around The World 1980-1991, a glorious snapshot of all the very best slices of lo-fi that has largely gone unnoticed to the modern eye. Of course, the majority of these tunes are now expensive in their original formats, but we're taking about a small crew of Discogs sharks who are upping the prices. Here, you're able to properly - and peacefully - enjoy some of the very best minimal machine-drum soul from peeps like Karen Marks, Vorgruppe, Perfect Mother and Aural Indifference, among others. This truly is a feast for the modern digger. Excellent.
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