Minimal Wave

Unless they have sold out, Minimal Wave releases are available through our online catalog via mail order. If you are interested in a wholesale quantity (10+ of one title), send us an email requesting exact quantity and shipping location.
Note: Records not manufactured by Minimal Wave are designated MWX. Merchandise is designated MWZ.
Deux – Decadence (LP)

Minimal Wave is proud to present a full length LP by French duo Deux. Gérard Pelletier and Cati Tete formed Deux after meeting in Lyon in 1981. Their music can be described as minimal synth with stripped down rhythm compositions and suitably cold duets. Their influences are a perfect blend of Kraftwerk and French synthpop. Between 1983 and 1992, they released a cassette and several rare singles : Felicita / Game & Performance and Europe / Paris / Orly. They also appeared on the V/A BIPP LP (2006) and most recently on V/A The Minimal Wave Tapes: Vol 1 LP. The album features newly remastered demo trac ks as well as their best studio recordings. Check out their Felicita video here. This LP is a hand numbered limited edition, pressed on 180 gram vinyl, housed in a heavy matte jacket and accompanied by an insert. Check the sound samples and images here. Purchase the release here, $20.
Track list:
A1 Game & Performance
A2 Felicita
A3 Decadence
A4 Dance With Me
A5 Le Couloir
B1 Paris Orly
B2 Sex & Trouble
B3 Ministry Of Love
B4 Minimaliste
B5 Le Camion
Futurisk – Player Piano (LP)

Minimal Wave presents the long awaited 30th anniversary release by Futurisk. Originally from Florida, Futurisk was a pioneering electro-punk group that recorded and performed in the pre-midi era of the early ’80s. They had two vinyl releases that sold out : The Sound Of Futurism 1980 / Army Now and the Player Piano EP. They played a legendary live show and had some TV appearances and videos (check their video for Army Now here), but for a number of reasons by 1984 Futurisk was history. The Player Piano LP culls material they recorded between 1980-1982, featuring all the tracks from their two 7″ releases as well as some early 4 track tapes and rare studio recordings. The record is pressed on 180 gram vinyl, comes in a matte printed innersleeve (with old photos and press) and orange matte outer jacket. Check the sound samples and images here. Purchase the release here, $22.
Track list:
A1 Meteoright (1982)
A2 Lonely Streets (1982)
A3 Army Now (1982)
A4 Poison Ivy
A5 Push Me Pull You, Part 2
B1 Split Second Decision
B2 Damsel In Distress
B3 Lonely Streets
B4 Meteoright
B5 Army Now
B6 What We Have To Have
White Car (EP)

White Car is an industrial space funk outfit based in Chicago, IL. The duo is comprised of Elon Katz, who writes, records and produces the music and Orion Martin who plays live electronic percussion. The music utilizes classic heavy hitting EBM rhythms and early digital synthesis while integrating ideas of pop sensibility, post-punk funk and minimal synth music. Their debut self-titled EP is a record of eccentric paranoia and restrained emotion, characterized by a voice of hushed stammers and deep obsessive murmurs. The record’s lyrical content explores ideas of hypothesized reality and the perceived nature of truth, instinctive desires in relation to the concept of love, and the apathetic guilt of other’s mania and pain. The skeleton of the music is created by a solid rhythmic foundation of funk, vintage electro and proto-industrial references. Employing the empty spaces of these grooves is an assortment of spontaneously placed clamorous bursts, chugging analog arpeggios, faux brass sections and layered electronic percus- sion. Many of the record’s sounds might be deemed “unusable” by contemporary production standards, yet White Car discovers ways to make sense of tones like electric piano, sampled turntable scratches, vocal scat and orchestra hits. The humor of the sound palette is deliberately used to identify a caricature of fear and darkness. Limited quantity available, highly recommended. Purchase it here, $15.
Innergaze – We Are Strange Loops (LP)

This debut LP by Innergaze is chock full of rugged hand played analog synths lines, primitive drum machines, haunting vocals, and psychic jewelry. Call it synthwave, call it punk, “call it metaphysical body music” or at this juncture whatever one sees fit, but this duo’s music goes beyond naming names for the sake of it. From the freaky, unrelenting opener “No Shame” to the Chris & Cosey-esque “La La La,” this record creates many aural worlds to inhabit and explore. The title track “We Are Strange Loops” bubbles at a slow, hazy drug induced bpm, while “Illusions”, with it’s distorted almost guitar-like synth lines and stripped down 808 programming, brings things right back to the dance floor. The ideas and feelings executed here are a direct outpouring of what happens when the machines are turned on, played and recorded. “This is raw, spontaneous, move-your-body music”. Hand silkscreened by the artists themselves, limited quantities available. Purchase it here, $12.
Selected sound samples: No Shame, Illusions, La La La, Perception-Reception.
Charanjit Singh – Synthesizing : Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat (2LP)

‘This is so absolutely brilliant and bonkers, that when we first heard it, we thought it must be fake, some modern day Rephlex artist putting everyone on, taking the piss, with a “raga-techno” album supposedly from the early ’80s. But, no joke, this is the real thing! In 1982, Charanjit Singh, a famous Bollywood composer (he was featured on Sublime Frequencies amazing Bollywood Steel Guitar compilation), had a plan to translate ancient traditional Indian classical ragas to the synthesizer. Using the very synths that would later define Acid House (Rolands TB-303 and TR-808!), Singh unwittingly created a proto-acid masterpiece, before the techno genre ever existed. Since only a hundred or less copies were made originally, this release was mostly a rumor since its creation. We vaguely remember Drew Daniel from Matmos talking about it on Pitchfork, a couple of years back, saying someone should reissue it, but we weren’t ready for how incredible and ahead of its time it sounds. Im agine if Kraftwerk (or even Oneohtrix Point Never) started composing music for a Bollywood Rave. Or imagine a more raga-inspired take on another proto-acid classic, Manuel Gottsching’s epic E2-E4. While the “disco” rhythms are fast and frenetic and don’t really vary that much between tracks (they’re not really disco beats per se, but more akin to acid’s trancey bounce), the synth flourishes and squelches of the raga over the top are soaring and floaty, making the tracks deliriously hypnotic. Capturing acid house’s lysergic transcendence but with an outsider’s economy that refuses to date it specifically to the era. While we only have the double lp, there will be a cd release sometime in the next month or so. But don’t sleep on the vinyl too long as it’s highly limited, and we guarantee there is not another release quite like this one in your collection.’ – Aquarius Records Review. Purchase link and sound samples here, $28.
V/A The Minimal Wave Tapes, Volume 1 (2LP / CD / Digital)

The Minimal Wave Tapes release, Volume 1 is a great introduction to anyone new to the Minimal Wave label. “Stones Throw offers an expertly crafted introduction to Minimal Wave, a label that focuses on unearthing electronic DIY music from the late 1970s and 80s. Painstakingly and lovingly built by Veronica Vasicka, Minimal Wave locates the underground response– from punk-funk to early techno to goth– to the well-selling synth-pop of the Second British Invasion”.
Pitchfork voted “Best New Reissue”, read the review here. Purchase it : 2LP / CD / Digital
New buttons : Minimal Wave and Das Ding.
New shirt: Medio Mutante t-shirt. Futurisk and Minimal Wave t-shirts coming soon!
Stream the Minimal Wave radio show on East Village Radio, listen to the archives or tune in live every Sunday from 6-8PM EST.
EVR is also available via Itunes Radio under “eclectic”.
Listen to the exclusive mix for Stones Throw Podcast #53 – Minimal Wave here.
Also check Veronica’s recent visit to Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space radio show, here.
And via Vessel Music a mix of label highlights here.
On Wed, June 2nd at Bruar Falls in NYC, Self-Titled Magazine presents “Oscillations” with Led Er Est, Blessure Grave, The Passions + DJ Veronica (Minimal Wave). More info here.
Check our twitter for upcoming event updates.
Out in the fall on Minimal Wave, a 7″ release by Martin Lloyd of Oppenheimer Analysis, a repress of the Oppenheimer Analysis 12″ EP, an LP by Belgian band Autumn, an LP by cult Italian band Ruins, and more to come. A new website is in the works so watch for that as well.
We now have digital distribution through IODA, and were featured on their site in early April.
Check Boomkat for 14 recommended tracks, here. Exclusive, digital only sampler available via Other Music, From Minimal Wave With Love (sorry this is only available in the US!).
And many back catalog releases available via Itunes, Amazon, and emusic.
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Happy summer from Minimal Wave.


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