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Mannequin to reissue Sam Rosenthal’s minimal synth “holy grail”

Italian label Mannequin has announced the forthcoming reissue of Sam Rosenthal’s Tanzmusik LP, first released in 1985.

Described by the label as “a holy grail of minimal synths”, Tanzmusik was recorded by the occasional erotic novelist Rosenthal at home using a four-track TEAC-2340 and a humble collection of synths. The original vinyl release of the album was limited to 250, with the expansive nature of the arrangements likened to the work of Tangerine Dream and early Brian Eno.

In addition to his solo productions, Rosenthal was the founder of the 80s goth outfit Black Tape For a Blue Girl, while his still active Projekt Records label will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. A press release reveals the American producer now “lives in Brooklyn with his son and cat”; he’s also a published novelist, having released his debut opus The First Pain To Linger in 1996. In 2011 he began work on an erotic novel entitled Rye, which is set to be self-released later this year.

This year Mannequin has already released the excellent Permissions Of Love EP from Camella Lobo’s Tropic Of Cancer project and a mini album from Minimal Rome label boss Heinrich Dressel alongside material from L.A.S.’S Crime, U.V. Pøp, S U R V I V E and Central Unit, as well as a compilation of 1980s Italian synth wave.

Mannequin will release Sam Rosenthal’s Tanzmusik on September 24, 2012. You can stream the entire album via the Soundcloud player below.


1. The Return
2. We Remember
3. Out Of The Clouds
4. A Man Like This
5. The Sky And The Calendar
6. Lookout Point
7. Alone
8. Desert Island
9. Round Trip (reprise)
10. Year 90-10
11. No Luck Today
12. Forever Returning
13. The Coming Fall
14. They Came at Night