MW042 Sandra Plays Electronics – Her Needs 7″

Minimal Wave is very honored to announce a 7″ release of primitive D.I.Y. electronics by Sandra Plays Electronics a project founded by Karl O’Connor (Regis) whilst he was a teenager living in Birmingham, England in the 1980s. O’Connor, mostly known for his pioneering work in the techno field (as Regis, Sandwell District, British Murder Boys, Ugandan Methods and various other entities) as well as his Downwards label, began playing and recording his own music when was 16 years old. He collaborated with friends performing in short-lived bands such as Family Sex and also recorded on his own as Sandra Plays Electronics. He was heavily influenced by D.A.F., Liaisons Dangereuses, Cabaret Voltaire and Soft Cell, to name a few, and would eventually collaborate with Robert Görl and also Chrislo Haas in the late 90s. The tracks we are presenting here are two versions of the same song, “Her Needs”, both recorded in Birmingham, England. The first was recorded in 1988 during soundcheck at the College of Food And Domestic Arts and the second was recorded in 1999 (from the Man Has Responsibilities session) at the Ice House. Pressed on heavy weight 70 gram ultra clear vinyl, the 7” is housed in a matte double sided printed fold-over sleeve. Limited to 999 hand-numbered copies. Purchase here$10. Sound samples linked below.

1 Her Needs
2 Her Needs

MW010 Das Kabinette – Spy Thriller LP (2nd Edition)

Due to popular demand, we have decided to do a limited repress of our tenth release by Blackpool band Das Kabinette. They were known mainly for their underground hit The Cabinet, which was originally released as a 7” single in 1983, and in 2010 appeared on V/A The Minimal Wave Tapes : Volume 1. The song is inspired by the 1920 classic silent horror film The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, a highly influential film of the German expressionistic era. The film is themed around: the madness of society, the inner workings of the human mind and the paranoia of a country in the aftermath of a war. Fascinated and inspired by both the themes and visuals of the film, Das Kabinette wrote the song The Cabinet during their second visit to the studio in 1983, and self-released it later that year on their own Klosette Records label. They also created a primitive video whilst at art college, to go along with the song. “The Cabinet” was aired on BBC Radio 1 on several occasions and was a solid underground hit. Unfortunately the band dissolved several years later. We made contact with them in 2007 and aside from remastering the 7” single tracks, culled together a collection of unreleased studio tracks. Those were then released in January 2008 as Spy Thriller. The record sold out quickly soon after. Finally, we present to you a repress of Spy Thriller on 180 gram ultra clear vinyl, limited to 999 hand numbered copies complete with a heavy weight die-cut matte jacket, with a printed inner sleeve which shows through the window. Lyrics included on the innersleeve. Out now, purchase here, $22. Digital release to follow.

1 Carousel
2 The Cabinet
3 Passionkiller
4 Somethings On Your Mind
5 Next In Line
6 The Evil Of His Kiss
7 Spy Thriller
8 Fudge It

MWZ00 Futurisk – T-Shirts (ultra limited)

Futurisk was a pioneering South Florida electro-punk group that recorded and performed in the pre-midi era of the early ‘80’s. They had two vinyl releases that sold out, a legendary live show and some videos, but for a number of reasons by 1984 Futurisk was history. Eventually the main core of Futurisk would be the Kolosine/Hess/Howard line up, but in ‘79 when a teenage Jeremy Kolosine won studio time & money in a competition with his drum-machine triggered guitar-synth act called ‘Clark Humphrey & Futurisk’, he decided to form a band around the name to record a more punk release The Sound of Futurism 1980/Army Now. It was an ambivalent anti-war anthem, with Jack Howard on drums, Frank Lardino on synth and Kolosine on vocals and guitar synth. In ‘81, Kolosine, who had gotten absorbed in a new synth/sequencer replaced Lardino with synthesist/recordist Richard Hess who had a myriad collection of Moogs, Oberhieims and KATs,etc. and the line up for the Player Piano EP was cast. The EP, like the live show, was a strange blend of punk/minimalist/disco influenced electro pop, with drum-machine triggered synths and often frantic real drums all led by Kolosine’s schizophrenic Bowie/Ferry/Foxx adulations (and about 20 seconds of punk-funk guitar). It was recorded by Rich and the band in the rooms of Ron K’s house.The drum sound, gotten in a bathroom, rocks, even today. Reportedly, Futurisk may have been the 1st synth-punk band in the American South…or something, and 1981’s track ‘Push Me Pull You (pt. 2)’ was an early pre-‘Rockit’ excursion into electro-funk. In 2010, Minimal Wave compiled ‘a best of’ Futurisk LP entitled Player Piano. Vinyl is long sold out, but digital is available here. Purchase your Futurisk t-shirt here, $20.


MW044 The Actor – Unreal Personality Flexi
MW045 Polyphonic Size – TBA LP
MW046 Five Times Of Dust – TBA 2LP
MW047 The Fast Set – TBA LP
MW048 Minimal Wave – T-Shirts (late March)
MW049 Daily Fauli – Faulit Til Dauli (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) LP
MW050 V/A – TBA LP
CITI009 The KVB – Immaterial Visions Remixes EP featuring RegisSilent Servant, In Aeternam ValeShifted, + Worn(April)
CITI010 Facit – TBA EP


MW043 In Trance 95 – Shapes In A New Geometry cassette (just a few copies left !!!)


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