MW037 Felix Kubin – Teenage Tapes LP

Minimal Wave is proud to present Teenage Tapes, an LP of selections from the early tape archives of Felix Kubin. The recordings span his adolescent years, when he was between 11 and 15 years old. He actually began playing music at 8 years old, when he studied piano, organ, and glockenspiel. In 1980, he acquired a Korg MS-20 synthesizer and his recordings took off from there. He began experimenting and recording a variety of tracks, adding his own bizarre lyrics to them. In 1982, he formed a band with Stefan Mohn called Die Egozentrischen 2. In 1984, they played a legendary live show at the Möbel Perdú in Hamburg, a small multifunctional gallery founded in the early 80s by a.o. Claudia Schneider-Esleben, who happened to be the sister of Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk). They were only 15 years old. Although Alfred Hilsberg of the notorious ZickZack label (Palais Schaumburg, Die Toedliche Doris, Einstuerzende Neubauten) had planned to release Felix Kubin’s early music in 1985, it took another 20 years until the French label SKIPP and the German label A-Musik put out a selection of tracks for the first time. The press was raving about Felix’s music which gave rise to an increase in his popularity: Who could fail to be impressed by the mostly unheard cassette rebellion of this slightly nerdy looking pre-teen, nicely dressed by his mum with not a safety pin in sight, the only difference between his and a 100 other synthetic pre-pubescent bedroom outbursts that must have been occurring right across Europe is two words ‘mad’ and ‘genius’. (Matt Wand, The Wire, 2003) Immensely strange lyrics rough it up with hyper-active electro-pop-punk backing, sometimes like the work of an advanced Raymond Scott, sometimes sounding like an Adult wet dream. (Boomkat, 2003) No problem with an extra dosis of stress and keeping the tempo fast. The lyrics and their sharp, pleasingly arrogant and latent crazy intonation declare a certain trust into the German language. (De:Bug 2003)
Details about the release: the Teenage Tapes LP is pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, printed on a heavy matte sleeve and presented with an innersleeve of drawings and lyrics in both German and English text. Six of the twelve tracks on this album have never been released before. Hand numbered edition of 999. Purchase here$22. Click on titles for audio samples.

A1 Japan Japan
A2 Agitabo
A3 The Germans
A4 Melancholia
A5 Krematorien
A6 Sonntagsspaziergang
B1 Calling My Brain
B2 Sie Traumen All
B3 Gelegenheitsexperiment 1
B4 Hans, Der Ist Nicht Artig
B5 Qualitat Des Staates

CITI006 Kontravoid – Native State 7″

We’re happy to announce the sixth release on Cititrax, Native State by Canadian artist Kontravoid. The name Kontravoid belongs on a limited run cassette circa 1980-something, the type of tape buried in lost upstate dustbins of pre-MIDI analog electronics, wedged between Cabaret Voltaire and Das Ding. The dark industrial and new wave influences are strong on ex-Crystal Castles drummer Cam Findlay’s new project—his voice is scary, like an echoing underwater growl—but the underlying pop melodies always afford a degree of breathing room.
After departing as writer/producer for Toronto band Parallels, Findlay has settled into a music venture he can call his own, assuming the identity of this masked alter-ego for what appears to be a permanent ride. On his debut self-titled album, Kontravoid turns to analogue synths to create a dark, brooding pop masterpiece. His brilliant vocals emit a dystopic low-grown, often running through warped effects accompanied by exceptionally stirring arpeggiated synths and washes of sound. Modern touchstones could parallel the likes of John Maus or Trust, but Kontravoid’s vision is a much more twisted one, embracing goth influences and yielding a monstrous result that is harder to define. Despite its sonic vampiricism, Kontravoid’s music leaves plenty to dance and lose your mind to, but the imagination here goes way beyond these activities exclusively.
The tracks presented here, Native State (stream the video) and Cut To Cleanse are exclusive 7” only versions. The record is pressed on clear blue vinyl and comes in a hand silkscreened sleeve, limited edition of 999 numbered copies. Purchase here, $9. Click on titles for audio samples.

A1 Native State
B1 Cut To Cleanse


MW030 – V/A The Hidden Tapes LP (repress)

Highly acclaimed 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. Limited edition of 999 numbered copies, pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and housed in heavy printed jacket accompanied by inner jacket with photos and info. Why spend $50 for it on Discogs? Purchase here on LP, $22 / CD, $16. Click on titles for audio samples.

A1 SS-Say – Care
A2 Oskarova Fobija – Beli Dekolte
A3 Danton’s Voice – I Hear The Bells
A4 Sympathy Nervous – Polaroid
A5 Pas De Deux – Cardiocleptomanie
B1 Robert Lawrence + Mark Phillips – Computer Bank
B2 The Fast Set – Kaleidecon
B3 Reservé – Destination Pour L’Inconnu
B4 Kym Amps – You Don’t Know My Name
B5 Unovidual + Tara Cross – Microphone Connection


Oppenheimer Analysis – New Mexico
Los Iniciados – Untitled 7″
Sluik – Back To Burnsley 7″
Pavillon 7B – Dark Life LP
Somnambulist / M.Bryo – Split 7″
Störung – Europe Calls 7″
Martin Dupont – Lost And Late LP
Linear Movement – On The Screen LP
Stereo – Somewhere In The Night LP
Bal Pare – Best of.. 
Bal Pare – Untitled 7″
Moderne – Moderne / L’Espionne Aimait La Musique (2LP)
Circuit 7 – Video Boys LP
Das Ding – H.S.T.A. LP
Turquoise Days – Alternative Strategies LP
In Aeternam Vale – S/T LP
The Minimal Wave Tapes: Volume 1 CD/LP
Deux – Decadence LP
Futurisk – Player Piano LP
Martin Lloyd – L’Amant Electronique 7″ EP
Ruins – The Art Dance LP
V/A – The Tear Apart Tapes 7″ EP
Autumn – Synthesize LP
Philippe Laurent – Hot-Bip LP
V/A – The Hidden Tapes LP
In Trance 95 – Cities Of Steel And Neon LP
Pas De Deux – Cardiocleptomanie LP
Sympathy Nervous – Automaticism LP
Hard Corps – Clean Tables Have To Be Burnt LP
Schedelvreter – Hunker 10″
In Aeternam Vale – Dust Under Brightnless LP
In Aeternam Vale – Dust Under Brightness / Highway Dark Veins 12″
Innergaze – Mutual Dreaming LP
The Minimal Wave Tapes: Volume 2 CD/LP

Also check the J. ROCC Minimal Wave Tapes EDITS Volume 1 and Volume 2 out now (vinyl / digital) on Stones Throw Records.


MW038 Ohama – The Potato Farm Tapes LP
Sympathy Nervous – Plastic Love LP
DeuxGolden Dreams EP
In Aeternam Vale – La Piscine / Calling Somewhere 12″
MW042 Sandra Plays Electronics – TBA 7″
CITI007 Streetwalker – Future Fusion LP


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