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The Invitation Of The Dead (gatefold black & white vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: MW 060. Rel: 17 Sep 15
  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 (limited hand-numbered heavyweight green vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 027. Rel: 21 Jan 14
  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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Destruction EP (limited 12")
Cat: GOOILAND 06/ET023. Rel: 10 Jul 13
  1. The World Falls Apart
  2. She's In Love
  3. Orrendamente Solo
  4. Destruction
Review: Hot on the heels of the updated DAF stylings of that Schwefelgelb 12", Enfant Terrible / Gooiland Elektro demonstrate the breadth of their output with this plate from Tobias Bernstrup. A decorated contemporary artist from Gothenburg, Bernstrup is one of those annoyingly talented individuals who works across visual, interactive, performance art and electronic music mediums and if there's a new wave of Italo Disco he's definitely amongst the top 5%. The Destruction EP is classic Bernstrup mixing elements of Italo with synth pop and at times it sounds like Bernard Sumner's been in the studio with Ali Renault. Dancefloor hits for the neo-romantics among us!
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Irene & Mavis (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl 10")
Cat: MW 050. Rel: 25 Nov 13
  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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Suburban Hunting (limited heavyweight coloured splattered vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: CITI 018. Rel: 23 Nov 15
  1. Nursing Home (2:18)
  2. Vacant (5:50)
  3. Derelict (5:31)
  4. Godless (6:10)
  5. Scum (4:02)
  6. Tourist Zone (4:16)
  7. Crime (6:19)
  8. Suburban Hunting (6:14)
  9. Knives (6:07)
  10. Prayer Space (5:13)
  11. Shallow Pits (2:04)
Review: It's been a delight to see Oliver Ho's Broken English Club project develop artistically over recent times, with some fine records for Jealous God and Veronica Vasicka's Cititrax label along the way. Suburban Hunting sees Ho deliver his debut Broken English Club album, featuring some 11 tracks of primitive electronics and cinematic pseudo techno cuts. Tunes like "Vacant", "Derelict", or "Scum" all share a loose techno framework, but the real aesthetic is much vaster than that, verging on remnants of post-punk, industrial and all that goodness and hybrid class that came out of the late 1980's. It's another fine addition to the sublime Cititrax discography, and we recommended it just as much as the previous numbers.
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HSTA (limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 019. Rel: 28 Jan 10
  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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Spy Thriller (limited hand-numbered heavyweight clear vinyl LP in die cut sleeve)
Cat: MW 010. Rel: 11 Mar 13
  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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Your God Is Too Small (Record Store Day 2019) (limited coloured vinyl LP + insert + 3D glasses + MP3 download code)
Cat: BW 02RSD. Rel: 22 Apr 19
  1. Your God Is Too Small (2:48)
  2. A Promise For Kumiko (2:12)
  3. Destroy All Humans (3:42)
  4. Legend Of Poison Cobra (skit) (0:47)
  5. Gunman Omega (3:40)
  6. The Mysterions (2:49)
  7. Legend Of Opal Moon (skit) (1:17)
  8. Tokyo SOS (3:15)
  9. Tears In A Demons Eye (4:52)
  10. Myuki My Love (3:37)
  11. Phantoms (3:08)
  12. Legend Of Heavenly Sphere (skit) (0:54)
  13. Theme For Hoshino (3:11)
  14. The Second Death (2:50)
Review: When he first emerged in the 1990s, Damon Baxter AKA Deadly Avenger was best known for laying down breakbeat-driven club cuts heavily influenced by funk, soul and hip-hop. He's completely flipped the script in recent years by variously turning his hand to chillwave, darkwave and John Carpenter style soundtrack fare. His latest album continues on this theme, offering a range of bold, synthesizer and drum machine heavy tracks that veer from bouncy and floor-friendly ("Your God Is Too Small" and the EBM-influenced "Destroy All Humans"), to slow and creepy ("A Promise For Kumiko", "The Mysterions"), deliciously glassy-eyed (the sunrise rush of "Gunman Omega" and "Tokyo SOS") and intoxicatingly chugging ("Myuki My Love").
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Cat: MW 058. Rel: 14 May 15
  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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Her Needs (hand-numbered heavyweight clear vinyl 7")
Cat: MW 042. Rel: 28 Mar 13
  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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  1. Silent Servant - "Speed & Violence"
  2. Silent Servant - "Cut Unconscious"
  3. Broken English Club - "Divinity"
  4. Broken English Club - "Delays"
Review: ** Repress ** If you've been keeping abreast of all things Minimal Wave this year, you'll probably have picked up on Veronica Vasicka hinting at a forthcoming split release from Silent Servant and Broken English Club, the new project from UK techno man Oliver Ho. We've certainly been eagerly awaiting it her at Juno HQ and it's great to see Violence And Divinity live up to and surpass these expectations! Silent Servant mans the A Side with two tracks that will be familiar to anyone that's been lucky enough to catch his live sets of late, indeed it's almost too easy to visualise the flashing strobes as the pummelling EBM lines of "Cut Unconscious" unravel and beat you down. The two accompanying productions from Ho's Broken English Club dovetail nicely, but veer off into more wave orientated territory, with "Divinity" sounding quite like some of the earlier material put out by In Aeternam Vale. In a word superb.
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Rather Not (12" in screen-printed sleeve limited to 250 copies)
Cat: ENFANT 27. Rel: 24 Nov 16
  1. Rather Not (4:35)
  2. Leader's Choice (4:48)
  3. I'm Not The Same (5:26)
  4. Stuck (3:42)
  5. Running Out (4:50)
  6. Spiraling Down (6:32)
Review: Matthew Weiner is TWINS, an acronym for That Which Is Not Said. The Atlanta based producer has had several cassette releases on his own DKA and CGI Records in addition to appearing for Glasgow's Clan Destine and London based Crimes Of The Future. The Rather Not LP for Dutch label Enfant Terrible sees Weiner throw down some convincingly '80s sounding alternative synth music, such as on tracks like "Leader's Choice" which is reminiscent of Geography era Front 242 or "I'm Not The Same" channelling Gary Numan circa The Pleasure Principle. A must have for retroverts, this great album that pushes the same territory as fellow North American analogue synth heads like Beau Wanzer, White Car or Streetwalker.
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VARIOUS
Cat: MW 033. Rel: 15 Oct 11
  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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  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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  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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