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The Invitation Of The Dead
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The Invitation Of The Dead (gatefold black & white vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: MW 060. Rel: 21 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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Synthesize
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Synthesize (limited hand-numbered heavyweight green vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 027. Rel: 24 Feb 14
Coldwave/Synth
  1. I Say You Hello
  2. The Third Autumn
  3. Night In June
  4. Viginaigre
  5. Synthesize
  6. Laughter Of A Madman
  7. Not Afraid To Die
  8. Aparell I Ma
  9. Behind You
Review: A much needed repress for one of Minimal Wave's best and most impressive looking archival releases here. Originally issued four years ago, Synthesize pulled together some nine tracks from the archives of Autumn, aka Belgian duo Peter Bonne and Geert Coppens whose musical experiments together began in the 1970s and took full flight the next decade. This collection's inspiration comes from the 1981 &" of the same name that Autumn laid to tape in under seven hours, with both tracks featured and complemented by a further array of primitive electronics and supple synth experiments. It's worth it alone for the nervous energy of "Night In June" and "Laughter Of A Madman".
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HSTA
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HSTA (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 019. Rel: 01 Feb 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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FORTHCOMING
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Demos (limited 7")
Cat: MW 064. Rel: 20 Mar 17
Techno
  1. Kindheitsmuster (demo)
  2. Raid (demo)
Missing Tapes
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Missing Tapes (heavyweight yellow vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 061. Rel: 21 Mar 16
Electro
  1. Somewhere (4:56)
  2. Sad But True (3:35)
  3. I-C Anything (5:15)
  4. Try Out (4:12)
  5. Raid (3:13)
  6. 16 (6:04)
Review: For Missing Tapes, Minimal Wave has managed to unearth a wealth of previously unheard gems from Dutch electro trailblazer Danny Bosten. Dark electro diggers may be aware of Bosten's early 1980s work, which was initially self-released on cassette, but has also been re-issued since by Minimal Wave and others. The material here was recorded in the same period and rediscovered some years back by the producer. It's similar in style, as you'd expect, with Bosten variously exploring otherworldly electro, sci-fi leaning Italo-disco, stylish, new wave synth workouts, and throbbing proto-techno. What impresses most, though, is the seeming freshness of the material; it might be 35 years old, but it still sounds formidably futuristic.
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Spy Thriller
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Spy Thriller (limited hand-numbered heavyweight clear vinyl LP in die cut sleeve)
Cat: MW 010. Rel: 18 Mar 13
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Carousel
  2. The Cabinet
  3. Passionkiller
  4. Something's On Your Mind
  5. Next In Line
  6. The Evil Of His Kiss
  7. Spy Thriller
  8. Fudge It
Review: With Minimal Wave at their current celebrated level, it's nice of them to occasionally dig into their archives and reissue some of their earliest releases for those Johnny Come Lately's who might have missed out first time around. Having done the right thing with an all too timely reissue of Das Ding's HSTA late last year, Veronica Vasicka's label now turn their attentions to Blackpool and revisit Spy Thriller by Das Kabinette. Originally released back in 2008, this eight track collection brings together material the trio of Michael Hall, David Bracher and Craig Hemmings recorded in the early 80s including the cult hits "The Cabinet" and "Fudge It" which appeared on a 1983 7". Fans of Silent Servant mixtapes will probably be familiar with these tracks whilst the remaining six tracks are typically unreleased studio productions that paint a fascinating picture of primitive synth music that's subtley touched by the death throes of New Romanticism.
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Decadence
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Decadence (hand-numbered 180 gram vinyl LP repress)
Cat: MW 022. Rel: 06 Feb 17
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Game & Performance (3:30)
  2. Felicita (3:03)
  3. Decadence (3:20)
  4. Dance With Me (4:02)
  5. Le Couloir (3:34)
  6. Paris Orly (4:23)
  7. Sex & Trouble (4:14)
  8. Ministry Of Love (3:22)
  9. Minimaliste (2:26)
  10. Le Camion (5:27)
Review: Initially released in 2010, Minimal Wave's retrospective of obscure French '80s outfit Deux remains one of the label's most sought-after compilations. Here, it gets a deserved re-press, allowing a whole new generation of listeners to fall in love with the quirky works of the Lyon-based duo. The album's ten tracks, which were drawn from various obscure cassettes and seven-inch singles, effortlessly join the dots between moody electro, cold-wave, new wave and eccentric synth-pop, reflecting the pair's esoteric approach to wayward electronic pop. This second edition comes in a hand-numbered edition of 999 copies, with Minimal Wave's usual attention to detail present on the weighty packaging.
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Lickin'
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Lickin' (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 047. Rel: 23 Sep 13
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Electricals
  2. Experimenting Love
  3. Eurasienne
  4. Ko Be Tir
  5. Lickin'
  6. Tonal
  7. Flesh Order
  8. Birthday
Review: France proves to be rich pickings once more for the Minimal Wave label with this absolutely superb collection of "ritualistic minimal electronics" from French duo DZ Lectric + Anthon Shield. Crossing paths in Paris in the early 80s, Christian Dezert (DZ Lectric ) and Michel Lecamp (Anthon Shield) bonded over a mutual appreciation of The Stooges, Throbbing Gristle and Suicide and went on to record numerous albums together over a five year period. The focus of Minimal Wave's attentions on the Lickin' LP is the cassette Confessions D'Un Masque the pair released in 1985, with eight tracks lifted and remastered from the original reel to reel tapes. DZ Lectric + Anthon Shield's sparse yet manic approach, described as "challenging and hypnotic" by Minimal Wave, will appeal to fans of CHBB.
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In Aeternam Vale
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In Aeternam Vale (hand-numbered 180 gram clear vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 021. Rel: 01 Feb 10
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Pray For Me
  2. Money
  3. Les Murs Berlin Wall
  4. The Next Step
  5. Je Ne Sais Rien
  6. Peur Aveugle
  7. Avoir L'air De Dire Ah
  8. Give Me Your Money George
  9. She's Hard Time To Breath
DUB (Dust Under Brightness)
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DUB (Dust Under Brightness) (hand-numbered LP)
Cat: MW 036. Rel: 28 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
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Dust Under Brightness (white vinyl 12" in hand-stamped numbered sleeve)
Cat: MW 03612. Rel: 28 May 12
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Dust Under Brightness
  2. Highway Dark Veins
Gnd Lift
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Gnd Lift (limited hand-numbered 160 gram purple vinyl 12")
Cat: MW 057. Rel: 24 Nov 14
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Gnd Lift
  2. J'ai Mange Des Nerfs
  3. Animals Don't Mind
Review: After a recent excellent outing on the Jealous God label, In Aeternam Vale returns for Minimal Wave duty with the Gnd Lift 12". The long running project of Lyon artist Laurent Prot, the 12" focussed archival transmissions on Minimal Wave tend to be some of the label's best releases and that is certainly the case here. Lead track "Gnd Lift" weighs in at a mighty 14 minutes and is up there with "Dust Under Brightness" in our favourite IA V mind benders; serious slowed down murky proto techno vibes! Complementing this J'ai Mange Des Nerfs" echoes some of Prot's earlier wave-based experiments and "Animals Don't Mind" is the epitome of foreboding primitive electronics. Pressed on 160 gram clear transparent deep purple vinyl and housed in another excellent sleeve from Veronica Vasicka.
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Je Ai Dissous
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Je Ai Dissous (limited 160 gram coloured vinyl 12" gloss printed sleeve)
Cat: MW 063. Rel: 21 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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Cities Of Steel & Neon
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Cities Of Steel & Neon (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 029. Rel: 17 Oct 11
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Desire To Desire
  2. Fairweather Friends
  3. 21st Century European Temptation
  4. Presidente
  5. Dance Another Fear
  6. Brazilia
  7. Something Better Than Nothing
  8. Niles Swimmer
  9. Broken Down Machine
  10. Cities Of Steel & Neon
The Linear Way
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The Linear Way (heavyweight pink vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 059. Rel: 11 Jan 16
Coldwave/Synth
  1. The Linear Way (5:26)
  2. Don't Try To Trick Me (10:13)
  3. Inside Outside (4:08)
  4. I Might As Well Be There (5:46)
  5. Eternality (5:39)
  6. Why Did You Have To Go (7:12)
Review: Minimal Wave returns to their Belgian fancy, Linear Movement, for an all new trawl through their archive called The Linear Way. Two of the six tracks featured, "The Linear Way" and "Don't Try To Trick Me", have been lifted from the band's rare 1983 Pulse Music tape whilst the remainder are Linear Movement songs that have seen official release before. Of the latter, the quirky quasi techno of "Inside Outside" - potentially the best tune on here - and the mechanical, slow-burning lo-fi electro of "I Might As Well Be There" stand out in particular. But The Linear Way sounds great as a whole. Highly recommended.
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L'Amant Electronique
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L'Amant Electronique (white vinyl 7")
Cat: MW 024. Rel: 18 Oct 10
Coldwave/Synth
  1. L'amant Electronique
  2. Western Dreams
  3. Half-Life
  4. Science Fiction Man
Oppenheimer Analysis EP
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Oppenheimer Analysis EP (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: MW 001. Rel: 16 Sep 13
Coldwave/Synth
  1. The Devil's Dancers
  2. Cold War
  3. Men In White Coats
  4. Radiance
Review: Minimal Wave return to the band that started their impressive endeavours with a fourth pressing of the Oppenheimer Analysis EP which is presented in loving memory of founding member Martin Lloyd who sadly passed away earlier this year. A welcome chance to bask in the duo's politically charged wave sounds for anyone that missed out on the previous three pressings here, with two absolute classics from the Oppenheimer Analysis cassette "New Mexico" present in the shape of "The Devil's Dancer" and Silent Servant favourite "Cold War". In addition there are two unreleased cuts culled from the archives of Andy Oppenheimer and Martin Lloyd that further demonstrate what an important band Oppenheimer Analysis were!
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New Mexico: The Complete Collection
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Cat: MW 058. Rel: 18 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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Cardiocleptomanie
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Cardiocleptomanie (hand-numbered heavyweight blue vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 031. Rel: 17 Oct 11
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Mani Meme
  2. Take A Cigarette (Short)
  3. Lonely Guys
  4. Rendez-Vous
  5. Lits Jumeaux
  6. Little Danny
  7. Iedereen Is Zot
  8. A Million Miles
  9. Rendez-Vous (alternative)
  10. Cardiocleptomanie
  11. Squeezing
The Art Dance
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The Art Dance (hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl gatefold LP with lyric sheet insert)
Cat: MW 025. Rel: 18 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
Want Need EP
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Want Need EP (clear vinyl 12")
Cat: MW 054. Rel: 21 Apr 14
Coldwave/Synth
  1. It Slipped Her Mind
  2. Protection Now!
  3. New Purpose (extended version)
  4. Protection Now! (demo)
  5. Want Need (live)
  6. Publicity (demo)
Review: After last year's brooding 7", Regis and Silent Servant return to Minimal Wave with their Sandra Electronics project and to be honest, we couldn't be more excited. Hearing what these two techno leviathans are up to in their more industrial modes is both a privilege and a pleasure to the ear-drums. Exploring the genre-less corners of coldwave and post-punk, this six-track EP is probably one if this year's hottest releases so far. From the crisp, metallic drum twists of "It Slipped Her Mind" to the almost Middle-Eastern sounds of "Protection Now!", and the noisy, Gristle-like bounce of "Publicity (demo)", it's a total winner in our books. You also get a live version of "Want Need", where the duo culminate into total insanity and tie things off in fine style. Are these two going to concentrate on this kind of stuff form now one? We hope so, this is it. Highly recommended.
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Sessions
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Sessions (limited hand-numbered cassette)
Cat: MW 053. Rel: 19 May 14
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Her Needs (version 1)
  2. A Man Has Responsibilities
  3. I Understand
  4. As Above
  5. Her Needs (version 2)
  6. Here & Now (German version)
  7. Clean Air
  8. Here & Now (English version)
  9. I Understand
  10. A Man Has
  11. Her Needs 1999
Her Needs
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Her Needs (hand-numbered heavyweight clear vinyl 7")
Cat: MW 042. Rel: 01 Apr 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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Somewhere In The Night
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Somewhere In The Night (hand-numbered 180 gram vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: MW 015. Rel: 26 Jan 09
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Somewhere In The Night
  2. Black Jack
  3. TV News
  4. Nowhere In The Island
  5. No More
  6. Lover On The Run
  7. The Devil's Answer
  8. Moonshine
Review: Minimal Wave's 15th release is an LP by Stereo called Somewhere In The Night. The LP brings together the French band's best material recorded between 1982-1985, including the cult songs Somewhere In The Night and No More. The release is also available on CD, both formats are limited edition. The LP comes with a printed insert of photos and the CD comes with a mini poster. They both include full versions of each song, as well as an unreleased track from 1985 : Lover On The Run.
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Somewhere In The Night
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Cat: MW 015CD. Rel: 26 Jan 09
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Somewhere In The Night
  2. Black Jack
  3. TV News
  4. Nowhere In The Island
  5. No More
  6. Lover On The Run
  7. The Devil's Answer
  8. Moonshine
  9. No More (remix - bonus track)
  10. Then I Kissed Her
Review: Minimal Wave's 15th release is an LP by Stereo called Somewhere In The Night. The LP brings together the French band's best material recorded between 1982-1985, including the cult songs Somewhere In The Night and No More. The release is also available on CD, both formats are limited edition. The LP comes with a printed insert of photos and the CD comes with a mini poster. They both include full versions of each song, as well as an unreleased track from 1985 : Lover On The Run.
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Orgelvark: Swedish Cassette Compilation (Et Stadig Samling Svensk Syntmusik 1986)
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VARIOUS
Cat: MW 033. Rel: 17 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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