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The Sound Of Indifference (reissue)
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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Fauli Til Dauli (remastered)
Fauli Til Dauli (remastered) (limited heavyweight 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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Missing Tapes
Missing Tapes (heavyweight yellow vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 061. Rel: 15 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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Decadence
Decadence (hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 022. Rel: 14 Jun 10
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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Played by: Tomasz Guiddo
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Golden Dreams
Golden Dreams (limited 180 gram gold marbled vinyl 12")
Cat: MW 040R. Rel: 30 Dec 21
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Golden Dreams (6:44)
  2. Lassitude (3:49)
  3. Everybody's Night (5:35)
  4. Fam Fam (4:46)
Review: REPRESS!: "Game & Performance" from Deux remains one of the favourite transmissions in the ever blossoming discography of Minimal Wave, while the duo of Gerard Pelletier and Cati Tete are clearly second only to fellow Lyon act In Aeternam Vale in Veronica Vasicka's affections when it comes to her personal favourite French exponents of 80s minimal synth. Having already released a Deux retrospective in 2010 entitled Decadence, the Brooklyn label now presents Golden Dreams, a four track EP of studio and demo tracks that Pelletier and Tete recorded from 1985 onwards. Typically all four tracks are previously unreleased and have been newly remastered for this 12" issue - on golden vinyl no less! Final track "Fam Fam" perhaps comes closest to recapturing the magic of "Game & Performances" stripped down minimal synth compositions and hushed vocal duets, but all four tracks will prove temptation personified to Minimal Wave regulars.
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Played by: ROTCIV
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The Complete Collection 1980-1988
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
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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Played by: Alexis Le-Tan, Dj soFa
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Recordings 1980-1982
Recordings 1980-1982 (limited 3x7" box set + flexi-disc + booklet in spot-varnished box)
Cat: MW 077. Rel: 04 May 21
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Army Now (7" 1: The Sound Of Futurism 1980/Army Now) (4:28)
  2. What We Have To Have (2:05)
  3. Live For Today (2:13)
  4. Poison Ivy (7" 2: Player Piano EP) (2:15)
  5. Meteoright (3:20)
  6. Push Me Pull You (part 2) (2:21)
  7. Lonely Streets (3:17)
  8. Split Second Decision (3:37)
  9. Lonely Streets (7" 3: Ocean Sound - 1982) (5:27)
  10. Meteoright (3:39)
  11. Army Now (Flexi-disc) (4:43)
Review: Talk about prototypes. Futurisk are about as relevant to the development from punk to post to synth to New Wave as anything else you're likely to come across (this week at least). And yet after delivering a pair of sell out albums and generating quite the buzz around their live shows, just as soon as they came they vanished into the scuzzy ether circa 1984.

Gone but not forgotten thanks to astute heads at the Minimal Wave label, who clearly know a good thing when they see it, this collection showcases the strange mix of art, brute force, dancefloor, bar fight and hallucinogenic experience these Florida obscurities were all about. Before their time for sure, you can't help but also wonder if their bloody nosed synth sound would have stayed longer had they been born a few thousand miles closer to Europe, or at least in New York.
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Played by: Ali Renault
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Portrait (remastered)
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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Played by: Tomasz Guiddo
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DUB (Dust Under Brightness)
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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La Piscine
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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Je Ai Dissous
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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Standing In The Rain
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
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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L'Amant Electronique
L'Amant Electronique (white vinyl 7")
Cat: MW 024. Rel: 15 Oct 10
Coldwave/Synth
  1. L'amant Electronique
  2. Western Dreams
  3. Half-Life
  4. Science Fiction Man
Review: Minimal Wave presents an exquisite 7" EP release by Martin Lloyd entitled "L'Amant Electronique". Martin is mainly known for his Oppenheimer Analysis (Minimal Wave) and Analysis (Survival Records) projects, yet through the years he recorded over two dozen tracks on his own, most of which never saw the light of day. The four selected tracks were recorded between 1980 and 1984 in his own "Feedback Studios" in Battersea , London. Martin Lloyd delivers vocals via the vocoder and carefully layers synth melodies which range from upbeat and danceable, to what could be the soundtrack to a 1981 post-apocalyptic science fiction film. The record is pressed on white vinyl with a heavy black jacket (spot gloss) and is limited to 999 hand-numbered copies.
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The Lonely Crowd
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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New Mexico: The Complete Collection
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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Last Chance (reissue)
Last Chance (reissue) (limited 180 gram vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: MW 076. Rel: 18 Mar 21
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Maybe It's Love (2:31)
  2. Sunny Days Are Holidays (2:23)
  3. Lonely Is The Night (5:10)
  4. Forever Wind, Forever Water (2:39)
  5. Fire In The Street (4:19)
  6. In The Deepest Throat (2:30)
  7. Flowers & Wimen (3:56)
  8. Requiem For A Lonely Soul (4:33)
  9. Whatever Your Need (3:22)
  10. Samba Transistora (5:01)
  11. Sadness In Your Eyes (1:27)
  12. Classical Thing (1:49)
Review: You'd be forgiven for not knowing much about Plugpoint Music's sole album, Last Chance. It was recorded by German artist Reiner Ossmann in his home studio way back in 1987 and was subsequently released via a private press run of just 200 copies. It is, then, a genuinely little-known and overlooked gem that has been rescued from obscurity via the mighty Minimal Wave label. If you enjoy the more stripped-back and eccentric end of the new wave and cold wave spectrum, we'd definitely recommend it. Ossmann's synthesizer and drum machine arrangements are expertly minimalistic and alien-sounding, with gurgling melodies and spaced-out chords mingling with his own heavily accented vocals over the sparsest of beats. An ultra-rare gem that's well worth your time and money.
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Earlier/Later
Earlier/Later (limited hand-numbered transparent red vinyl LP)
Cat: MW 045. Rel: 29 Jul 13
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Kosmik Rok
  2. Space Rejection
  3. Nagasaki Mon Amour
  4. Ommatidia
  5. Party
  6. Saison
  7. Logique Polygonale
  8. Mother's Little Helper
  9. RDA RFA
  10. Parties Dance
  11. Night Is A Coming On
Review: Veronica Vasicka's Minimal Wave label turn their attention to European wave sounds once more with Earlier / Later, a retrospective look at the music of Belgian group Polyphonic Size. Headed by the bespectacled Roger-Marc Vande Voorde, the Brussels based outfit emerged in 1979 and built up quite a discography, releasing three albums and numerous 7? and 12?s over a 11 year period. One of mainland Europe's more enigmatic purveyors of primitive synth pop, Polyphonic Size were partial to singing vocals in numerous languages, forever changing line-ups and had the majority of their lyrics penned by Dominique Buxin, a band member who never appeared during performances or featured on any of their record sleeves. However, it's the band's working relationship with Stranglers bassist JJ Burnel that commands the most intrigue, and this collection offers a contrast between the early days of Polyphonic Size and how their sound evolved after the more rock based production input of Burnel.
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The Art Dance
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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Shake Your Molecules EP
Shake Your Molecules EP (limited 180 gram red vinyl 12")
Cat: MW 052. Rel: 16 Apr 14
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Shake Your Molecules (original)
  2. Shake Your Molecules (dub)
  3. Too Many People (alt version)
  4. Art Dimension (alt version)
Review: Nothing but gorgeousness seems to characterise the work of the Minimal Wave imprint over the recent years. It's a label that is both unpredictable and continuously elegant in its choice of reissues. This time, it's a wonderful unearthing of Soma Holidays cult-hit, Shake Your Molecules. The Franco-American duo was part of Brooklyn's clique of artists throughout the 1980's, and although their sound is firmly representative of that era, the tracks are still ridiculously fresh and seductive both in their melodies and vocals. The title track is a sort of synth-pop tune gone wrong in a good way, where drugged-up lyrics meets morphing synths and metallic drum machines, whereas the Dub cut could easily be played in most techno DJ sets these days. On the B-side, we have the charming, atmospheric glow of "Too Many People" and "Art Dimension", the top pick in our opinion and one which is screaming to be be remixed into a contemporary house tune.
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Sympathy Nervous (reissue)
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
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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Orgelvark: Swedish Cassette Compilation (Et Stadig Samling Svensk Syntmusik 1986)
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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The Bedroom Tapes: A Compilation of Minimal Wave From Around The World 1980-1991
VARIOUS
Cat: MW 066. Rel: 18 May 22
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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West View
West View (limited 2xLP + booklet)
Cat: MW 078. Rel: 14 Feb 22
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Cccan't You See (3:38)
  2. My Private Tokyo (6:45)
  3. Promises (3:26)
  4. 8:15 To Nowhere (2:50)
  5. Why Me (4:20)
  6. My Man & Me (4:07)
  7. Baby It's Too Late (3:36)
  8. Blue (World Of Blue) (3:46)
  9. Why Me (demo) (3:51)
  10. 8:15 To Nowhere (demo) (3:54)
  11. Baby It's Too Late (demo) (4:02)
  12. Fetish (demo) (5:10)
  13. In The Swim (demo) (4:02)
  14. Ask Me To Stay (12" demo) (6:55)
  15. Face Hugger (21st Century '80s) (demo) (4:51)
  16. Eyes That Smile (3:37)
Review: Minimal Wave is honored to present West View, a double LP of rare demos and newly remastered classics by UK duo Vicious Pink. Vicious Pink was an electrifying synth-pop duo formed by Josephine Warden and Brian Moss, who met in a smokey Leeds nightclub in 1981. The pair formed their band Vicious Pink Phenomena and soon after went on to provide gloriously off-kilter backing vocals for their friends, Soft Cell, completely unrehearsed. Later, they dropped Phenomena to simplify their name. Between 1982 and 1986, they released seven singles that all reached the UK dance charts, despite the fact that their ambitions never lay in commercial success. To this day, their music remains artful, catchy, and provocative. West View compiles material from their early days together, featuring previously unreleased demos as well as newly remastered classics like Cccan't You See and My Private Tokyo. The double LP is housed in a glossy heavyweight sleeve, accompanied by a 12-page LP-sized booklet featuring the duo's entire 'how it happened' story, unpublished lyrics, and unpublished photos from those early years. The double LP is limited to 999 copies.
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West View
West View (limited pink vinyl 2xLP + booklet)
Cat: MW 078PINK. Rel: 14 Feb 22
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Cccan't You See (3:30)
  2. My Private Tokyo (6:46)
  3. Promises (3:26)
  4. 8:15 To Nowhere (2:50)
  5. Why Me (4:19)
  6. My Man & Me (4:07)
  7. Baby It's Too Late (3:36)
  8. Blue (World Of Blue) (3:49)
  9. Why Me (demo) (3:53)
  10. 8:15 To Nowhere (demo) (3:56)
  11. Baby It's Too Late (demo) (4:01)
  12. Fetish (demo) (5:06)
  13. In The Swim (demo) (4:08)
  14. Ask Me To Stay (demo) (6:52)
  15. Face Hugger (21st Century '80s) (12" demo) (4:55)
  16. Eyes That Smile (3:35)
Review: Formed in Leeds, England, in 1981, Vicious Pink have at various points been described as 'provocative', 'sexualised', and 'catchy'. If you've never encountered the outfit before, then it's probably going to take about two seconds to realise how accurate those points are. Not least as West View opens with one of their most successful singles, the super-chartable, but subtly suggestive 'Cccan't You See'. Those who are familiar with their oeuvre will probably have picked up on the fact this LP isn't in their back catalogue. Instead, West View is a retrospective celebration of this often overlooked early British synth-pop group, collating early and rare demos, remastering and re-releasing. The result feels transportive, authentic, and - even if you're just imagining what that show at legendary Leeds venue The Warehouse would have been like, in support of Soft Cell - vivid.
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Tags: Dark wave
 in stock $31.21
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