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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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Irene & Mavis
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Irene & Mavis (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl 10")
Cat: MW 050. Rel: 02 Dec 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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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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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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Machine A Laver
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Machine A Laver (limited hand-numbered electric blue clear vinyl 12")
Cat: MW 049. Rel: 02 Dec 13
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Machine A Laver
  2. Ultrabase
Review: Lyon group In Aeternam Vale have been a long term fixture in the Minimal Wave release schedule, commencing with a self-titled compilation back in 2009 which has latterly been complemented by a further LP and several 12?s that have revealed band leader Laurent Prot to be a master of extended electronic productions that sound very much ahead of their time. This is demonstrated once more on Machine a Laver 12 which features two unreleased gems excavated from Prot's sizeable archives. Attentive followers of Minimal Wave manoeuvres will no doubt recognise the "12 minutes of pure electronic hypnotica" that is the title track from Vasicka's recent guest mix for Benji B. It's complemented by the equally long form "Ultrabase," a dub techno composition originating from 1990 which feels just as revelatory as the extended edition of "Highway Dark Veins" released on Minimal Wave last year. Wonderfully presented as always, the two tracks have been pressed on the most electric blue of heavyweight clear vinyl by Minimal Wave.
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Never Lose Your Shadow
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Cat: MW 055. Rel: 22 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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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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Oppenheimer Analysis EP
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Oppenheimer Analysis EP (hand-numbered 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 180 gram 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
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