MW029 In Trance 95 – Cities Of Steel And Neon LP

Minimal Wave proudly presents Cities Of Steel And Neon, a compilation of early tape recordings by Greek electronic pioneers In Trance 95. In Trance 95 was formed by Alex Machairas and Nik Veliotis when they were just 18 years old. From its inception, the duo shaped their sound using portable analogue synthesizers and drum machines, becoming one of the first artists in the minimal synth / cold wave / EBM vein to come out of Greece in the 80s. They released two singles, one 12”, and one album as well as appearing on several compilations at the time. Now for the first time ever, songs from their vast archive of unreleased 4-track tape recordings have been made available. Cities Of Steel And Neon features material recorded between 1988-1989: the unreleased 4-track recordings, the highly lauded first single Desire To Desire / Brazilia, and a rare version of 21st Century European Temptation. The LP is pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and housed in a matte sleeve with semi-gloss inner sleeve depicting 1989 video stills of the the duo. Special thanks to Peter Miles Studio for the sleeve design and Matthew Bakkom for supplying the cover image. Purchase here, $22. Click on titles for audio sample links.

1 Desire To Desire
2 Fairweather Friends
3 21st Century European Temptation
4 Presidente
5 Dance Another Fear
6 Brazilia
7 Something Better Than Nothing
8 Niles Swimmer
9 Broken Down Machine
10 Cities Of Steel And Neon

MW031 Pas De Deux – Cardiocleptomanie LP

For our 31st release, Minimal Wave is proud to present Belgian pop trio Pas De Deux, best known for their participation in the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest. The group was formed in 1982 by Walter Verdin joined by Hilde van Roy and Dett Peyskens. They released two LPs and several singles along with some incredible video work produced by Verdin himself. Stylistically, their music is a bit post-punk and completely new wave with vocals reminiscent of the indie girl bands of the late 70s and early 80s. The slower tracks are quite dreamy, repetitive and hypnotic – resembling dream pop. The title track Cardiocleptomanie (originally released as a flexi-disc in 1983 and recently made available on V/A The Hidden Tapes) has been described as “a ‘less is more’ sum composed of drum machine, wood blocks and bongos, a few tasty minimal synth lines, and an overlay of repetitive female vocals that touch a Krafwerkian harmonic nerve.” The Cardiocleptomanie LP gathers the best of Pas De Deux’s newly remastered studio recordings and presents them as an edition of 999 hand-numbered copies on 180 gram blue vinyl. The record is housed in a printed inner jacket and spot color printed outer jacket with band photo and song credits. Purchase here, $22.

1 Mani Meme
2 Take A Cigarette (Short)
3 Lonely Guys
4 Rendez-Vous
5 Lits Jumeaux
6 Little Danny
7 Iedereen Is Zot
8 A Million Miles
9 Rendez-Vous (Alt.)
10 Cardiocleptomanie
11 Squeezing

MW032 Sympathy Nervous – Automaticism LP

Sympathy Nervous is the project of Japanese artist Yosihumi Niinuma. Influenced by both classical and Krautrock, he began recording in 1979, and released several records on the highly coveted Vanity label. He continued to record and self-release much of his work throughout the 80s and 90s. His sound is intelligent and probably the most unique minimal synth to come out of Japan. Exploring dystopian themes, his music is well balanced and beautifully recorded. Automaticism features songs Niinuma recorded between 1979-1981. Most were originally slated for a cassette release but never saw the light of day until now. When the Tsunami washed away the coast of Japan last March, Niinuma lost everything: an entire lifetime of recordings, instruments, hand built sequencers, and even his home. Fortunately, he had sent us his audio masters prior to the disaster. This release is fully dedicated to him, in memory of all his lost recordings. The record is pressed on 180 gram ultra clear vinyl and comes in a printed heavy clear sleeve, with Niinuma’s account of what happened on that day of March 11, 2011 and the months that followed. This is a benefit album, all the proceeds go to the artist. Special thanks to Narumi Omori for translation assistance and Gustavo Eandi for cover art. (Please note: Due to pressing plant delays, all orders which include this LP will be shipped after October 18th). Purchase here, $22.

1 Accident
2 Cold Weather
3 His Forte
4 Polaroid
5 Cabaret Voltaire
6 Extended Time
7 Quickshot Robeat

MW033 Various Artists – Orgelvärk 2LP

Minimal Wave proudly presents a newly remastered vinyl edition of the cult Swedish cassette compilation Orgelvärk, subtitled “en stadig samling Svensk synthmusik” – “a solid collection of Swedish synth music”. Orgelvärk is a compilation of Swedish synthpop, experimental and industrial music representative of the underground tape scene that thrived there in the 1980s. Many of the bands didn’t quite fit into one particular genre, and most remained unknown. They lived in small villages and were making what can be described as electronic folk music. Orgelvärk was originally compiled and released on cassette in 1986 by Tor Sigvardson, also known for his own musical project 18:e Oktober and cassette label Neuköln. The vinyl edition includes five previously unreleased tracks which were submitted to Tor for the original 1986 cassette release but due to space limitations, never made it on there. All the audio has been remastered from the original tapes especially for vinyl by Tor himself. Limited edition of 999 hand-numbered copies, double LP pressed on 160 gram vinyl and presented in a matte gatefold jacket with a letter from Tor accompanied by further information on the bands. Purchase here, $30.

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 And Forest
12 Spilluffe – Killed By Death
13 18:e Oktober – Hector Lokfrisk
14 Moulin Rouge – Silence
15 Peter Tengvall – Utdrag Nr 1-3
16 Engürdetz – 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

MW030 Various Artists – The Hidden Tapes CD

Due to popular demand, this compilation is now available on CD with 2 bonus* tracks! A compilation of Minimal Wave from Around the World ‘79-‘85. The Hidden Tapes features rare, unreleased, and licensed tracks from as far as Japan and the former Yugoslavia. Most of the bands on this compilation recorded on 4-track tape in their bedroom studios while two of them went further to collaborate by sending tapes through the mail. The sounds on this record range from raw proto-industrial to naive danceable Belgradian new wave, to filmic synthesizer music to more complex, vocal-driven melodic synthpop. The Hidden Tapes presents songs from Danton’s Voice, Oskarova Fobija, The Fast Set, Sympathy Nervous, Pas De Deux, Unovidual + Tara Cross, SS-Say, Robert Lawrence + Mark Phillips, Kym Amps and Reservé, all lovingly remastered. Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. Available for digital download on iTunes, zero”, Juno, Boomkat.
Purchase CD here, $16. (And only several LP copies left! $22).

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 Reservé́ – 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*

MWZ010 Minimal Wave Tote Bag – Black

Hand silkscreened Minimal Wave tote bag in durable 10 ounce black 100% cotton canvas. Made in the USA. Great for carrying records! Dimensions are: 18” wide x 15” high x 5” gusset and 1 1/2” wide x 23” long cotton webbing handles. Purchase here, $20.

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