MW035 Hard Corps – Clean Tables Have To Be Burnt LP
Minimal Wave is proud to announce our 35th release, a full length LP release entitled “Clean Tables Have To Be Burnt” by UK legends Hard Corps, a band we’ve been long time admirers of. Aside from their releases on Survival and Polydor, Hard Corps gained some notoriety for their unique and uncompromising live shows throughout the 1980s. It was the juxtaposition between their hard edged industrial sound and the fragile and enigmatic vocals of French frontwoman Regine Fetet that created an unusual dichotomy, lending to their strength of character as a band and thus allowing them to stand out from the rest.
A 12” white label, released by Survival Records, containing the hammering rhythmic attack of Dirty and the softer, melodic, pulse of Respirer (To Breathe) was circulated around London’s dance floors. In no time a wave of attention hit them and throughout 1984 and into 1985 they dominated the independent pop charts.
John Peel championed them on his infamous late night Radio One show and they headlined at his ICA Rock Week in the Mall, London. By 1985 Hard Corps had signed with major label giants Polydor. This enabled the band to work with a couple of their favoured and respected producers, Martin Rushent
(known mostly for his exceptional work with the Human League) and Depeche Mode producer and Mute Records supremo, Daniel Miller. These sessions provided the public with just one single due to the labels non-promotion, Je Suis Passée, a sweeping arrangement of breathtaking beauty, combining pumping sequences and sheer power of emotion of Regine’s voice.
The band went on a major tour with The Cure in 1985 and Depeche Mode in 1988, before finally disintegrating.
Now for the first time ever, rare unreleased versions of Hard Corps tracks from the 1980s have been remastered and are being made available. “Clean Tables Have To Be Burnt” is a 180 gram vinyl pressing limited to 999 copies with double sided inner sleeve featuring a beautiful group shot and all of Regine’s lyrics. Purchase here, $22. Click on song titles for links to audio samples.1 Clean Tables
2 Sacred Heart
3 Desolation Land
4 Je Suis Passée
6 For Pleasure
CITI005 Innergaze – Mutual Dreaming EP
Our sublabel Cititrax, is proud to present new music from Brooklyn based synth duo Innergaze. Their second LP, “Mutual Dreaming” is a highly anticipated release and we’re ecstatic that the vinyl will finally be out this month.
“Innergaze drag us slightly further back into the glorious cradle of dance music. Their music, crushed and static, obscured by sound. EBM, coldwave, early techno fight it out for dominance of the drum machine. Casually brutal vocals force their way through from the Death Factory. As if Chris & Cosey’s dalliances with the Eurythmics had conjured a restless pioneering demon to duet with Annie Lenox but had instead ended up consuming her. Celestial synths coexisting with the industrial landscape bellow.” -20 Jazz Funk Greats
“Innergaze is the musical project of Aurora Halal and Jason Letkiewicz – Letkiewicz is known for his work with or as Manhunter, Steve Summers and Rhythm Based Lovers; Halal a video editor and director. It’s pretty clear that Innergaze is a wholly collaborative effort, as Letkiewicz’s penchant for pulsing beats and organic house mingles with the hazy, psychedelic new-age atmospheres that shine through Halal’s video work, together creating something that could loosely fall under the ‘minimal synth’ tag. Don’t expect some sort of easily placeable sound, though – Innergaze has far more personality than your average electro duo, relying on intuition, emotion and a good jam session to create their music, not a rigid set of pre-determined parameters. Together, it’s like a robot coated in human flesh, sentient yet vaguely artificial, and like most cyborgs portrayed on TV, quite beautiful. I’m pretty sure they are in love, too, which is an interesting dynamic for a sound that often relies on aesthetic impassiveness.” – YellowGreenRed
The “Mutual Dreaming” LP is a limited pressing of 999 copies on 160 gram vinyl, housed in a high quality full color printed jacket featuring a collaborative artwork concept by Veronica Vasicka and Aurora Halal. Purchase the record here, $20. Click on titles for audio sample links.
1 Mutual Dreaming
3 Is This Your Love?
5 Gravitate To Me
6 In Your Gaze
7 Moon In My Room
MWC02 V/A The Minimal Wave Tapes: Volume 2 (CD / 2LP / Digital)
Out now! Minimal Wave proudly presents V/A The Minimal Wave Tapes: Volume 2, a collaborative release with Stones Throw Records and follow up to V/A The Minimal Wave Tapes; Volume 1. A collection of rare electronic music compiled from bands around the world, most of the songs were recorded in the 1980s and originally released on limited edition cassettes or vinyl by the artists themselves, and only a handful of people knew about them. Now they’ve been remastered from their analog source tapes, brought to you by Veronica Vasicka and Peanut Butter Wolf. Some ot the tracks are highlights of Minimal Wave’s recent output and others are glimpses into future releases. Huge thanks to all the artists involved. Nice FACT review here and also check CMJ’s review here. CD $18, 2LP $20 purchase here. Digital here.
1 Hard Corps – Dirty
2 In Trance 95 – Presidente
3 Philippe Laurent – Distorsion
4 Das Ding – H.S.T.A.
5 Subject – What Happened To You?
6 Ohama – The Drum
7 Geneva Jacuzzi – The Sleep Room
8 Antonym – Cinammon Air
9 Ruins – Fire
10 Ende Shneafliet – Animals From Outer Space
11 Felix Kubin – Japan Japan
12 Class Info – Out Of Line
13 In Aeternam Vale – Annie
14 Aural Indifference – Theme
V/A The Minimal Wave Tapes: Volume 2
In Trance 95 – Cities Of Steel And Neon
Sympathy Nervous – Automaticism
Pas De Deux – Cardiocleptomanie
V/A The Hidden Tapes
Medio Mutante – Inestable
Oppenheimer Analysis – New Mexico
Los Iniciados – Untitled
Sluik – Back To Burnsley
Pavillon 7B – Dark Life
Somnambulist / M.Bryo – Split
Störung – Europe Calls
Martin Dupont – Lost And Late
Linear Movement – On The Screen
Sudeten Creche – Are Kisses Out of Fashion?
Stereo – Somewhere In The Night
Bal Paré – Best of..
Bal Paré – Untitled
Moderne – Moderne / L’Espionne Aimait La Musique
Circuit 7 – Video Boys
Das Ding – H.S.T.A.
In Aeternam Vale – S/T
Turquoise Days – Alternative Strategies
The Minimal Wave Tapes: Volume 1
Deux – Decadence
Futurisk – Player Piano
Martin Lloyd – L’Amant Electronique
Ruins – The Art Dance
V/A Tear Apart Tapes
Autumn – Synthesize
Philippe Laurent – Hot-Bip
MW036 In Aeternam Vale – DUB LP
MW036-12 In Aeternam Vale 12″ (Dust Under Brightness / Highway Dark Veins)
MW037 Felix Kubin – TBA LP
MW038 Ohama – TBA LP
MW039 Sympathy Nervous – TBA LP
MW040 The Fast Set – TBA LP
MW041 Daily Fauli – Faulit Til Dauli (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) LP
CITI006 Streetwalker – Future Fusion LP
CITI007 Kontravoid – Native State 7″
Stream the Minimal Wave radio show on East Village Radio live every Sunday from 6-8PM EST, or listen to the archives anytime with EVR’s player.
Check out Veronica’s exclusive mix and interview for Dazed & Confused in the April issue.
LIVE + DJ SETS
April 13: Los Angeles, CA : The Minimal Wave Tapes: Vol.2 Record Release Party with Peanut Butter Wolf + Veronica Vasicka + Eleven Pond (Live)
April 14: San Francisco, CA : Minimal Wave Night with Veronica Vasicka, Warm Leatherette (Justin of The Soft Moon), Haceteria SF at The Lab
April 15 : Los Angeles, CA : Part Time Punks presents Veronica Vasicka and Geneva Jacuzzi (Live)
April 28 : London, UK : NTS 1st Birthday with A Guy Called Gerald, Marcellus Pittman, Veronica Vasicka, Funkineven
June : Copenhagen (Distortion Festival) + Moscow TBA
For further event details, check the Minimal Wave Facebook page.