Ruth are the featured artist on the snazzy new Minimal Wave Records site. You can buy their 25th Anniversary Deluxe Special Edition Reissue of Polaroïd/Roman/Photo from Minimal Wave by clicking the image of Dan Devine above…
E.Gold (feat. Alexis) - ‘Separate Our Hearts’ (Chris Flatline ‘Distance’ Mix)
This synthwave song was released on Angular last summer, and this mix of it is something special. Here’s what was said at the time:
"A classic dance single, influenced by early house music and cold synth sounds, this release goes some way to documenting a burgeoning new clubland ‘scene’.
Helmed by clubs such as Defunkt, Reeperbahn, ECC/Offset Circles and Endurance and defined by the sounds of Coldwave, Italo, EBM, and New Beat, East London’s streets are thrumming to a new sound and this E.P. is an artefact of our times. Each track is a different feeling, by turns euphoric, downbeat, nervy and dreamy, Separate Our Hearts envelopes you, holding your hand whilst you close your eyes.
This release features some impressive remixes too. Chris Flatline is the other half of Alexis Mary’s new group Plus Ultra and his reworking is like a hymn to classic synthesizer soundtracks, Jan Hammer’s ‘Crockett’s Theme’ from Miami Vice is one that springs to mind in particular. The Horrors remix recalls the glitchy post-no wave electronic experimentalism of New York’s Crash Course In Science, and the EP is rounded of by Ghosthunter’s blissed out post dubstep comedown.”
My favourite bit is the Madonna ‘Holiday’ reference at 3.55. Look out for that..!
Pas De Deux - ‘Manimeme’
These guys were Belgium’s offering for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1983.
When introducing them Terry Wogan actually used the words ‘CRYPTO PUNK’.
What if Bucks Fizz had been into synthwave..?
Uncut Magazine, Dec 2010
Minimal Synth scene report inc. releases from Angular, Minimal Wave and Mannequin Records.
"Dolorous" - what a great word :-)
RUTH - ‘Polaroïd/Roman/Photo’ (25th Anniversary Deluxe Special Edition Reissue)
After the acclaim and success of the ‘Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics’ compilation earlier this year, we are proud to announce the release of a 25th Anniversary Deluxe Special Edition reissue from one of the artists featured on this collection. Ruth’s ‘Polaroïd/Roman/Photo’ was consistently noted as one of the standout tracks from the comp, which received glowing reviews across the board; e.g. Pitchfork – 8.2, NME – 8/10, Vice – 9/10.
This wasn’t the case the first time around though. Originally released on Paris Records in 1985 Ruth’s LP sold just 50 copies and was relegated to obscurity until the track “Polaroïd/Roman/Photo” started appearing on bootlegs and compilations in the early 00’s, slowly becoming the cult synth pop classic it is nowadays. An original copy goes for upwards of £300 on ebay and Ruth are a shining light from an oft forgotten music scene that is becoming increasingly influential today.
The deluxe limited edition - on transparent scarlet heavyweight vinyl - features a 12 page booklet of lyrics and photos plus download codes for a digital version of the album which includes six bonus tracks.
Released 22nd November. Click the picture to pre-order!
I’m DJ’ing at the fantastic Offset Festival next weekend in the Experimental Circle Club tent after the mighty Charles de Goal. Click on the above picture for a taste of what cold guitar and/or minimal synth pop delights might be played.
Charles de Goal - ‘Exposition’
Taken from their 1981 debut ‘Algorythmes’. Enjoy!
Fall Of Saigon - So Long
In true minimal synth fashion Fall Of Saigon had only one release, a 12” EP in 1983. Fall Of Saigon sounded minimal even by minimal standards, combining softly spoken vocals, toy instruments, low key drum machines and loosely sprinkled bass and guitar to create a very close and private sound reminiscent of Young Marble Giants and their recent heirs The xx.
Marquis de Sade - Back To Cruelty
In a recent interview with The Quietus Wierd’s Pieter Schoolwerth talks about the origins of Coldwave. He explains…
"Coldwave was a guitar-driven form of ‘Wave Music’ that was early on quite informed by the icy razor blade guitar sound and high-end heavy drumtracking of the legendary producer Martin Hannett who created Manchester’s Factory Records sound. In 1978 the first great French group in this tradition, Marquis de Sade, released their debut album and two years later journalists trying to describe their sound came up with ‘La Vague Froide’"
La Vague Froide translates directly as The Cold Wave. And Martin Hannett is responsible for many beautiful things, like ‘11 O’clock Tick Tock’ by U2, their second single and a great track, to my ears not unlike La Vague Froide.
U2 met Hannett when he was recording Joy Division, and (this is great trivia!) they were actually present in the studio when ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ was being recorded, presumably looking on in silence wondering whether to bother carrying on. Thank god they did! <3 u Bono
Fantastic music website 'The Quietus' has compiled their list of the best compilations, re-issues and live albums of the year so far. And guess who’s at number one?
Yep, keep it cold kids…
Click the above link for an interview with Wierd Records’ Pieter Schoolwerth. Words by Kev Kharas.
”Earlier this year, London’s Angular Recording Corporation released a compilation album entitled Cold Waves And Minimal Electronics. Profiling an analogue (rather than digital) synthpop music conjured into being by an obscured, disconnected constellation of young people living largely in the suburbs and small towns of 1980s continental Europe, the story of the record, of the acts whose music features on it and the contrasts it draws when set against today’s new music are all, I think, hugely interesting.
These are not tales I intend to tell myself, however - for that I have enlisted the help of Wierd Records owner Pieter Schoolwerth, who - in tandem with Angular’s Joe Daniel - gave much sweat to the cause of its compilation. His answers here are similarly exhaustive, dedicated and erudite, and are voluminous enough without the weight of my musings, though it’s worth asserting at this stage that Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics exists and so impresses largely because other things no longer do.”
Another great mix for Self-Titled by Minimal Wave Records founder Veronica Vasicka. Pitchfork say:
"One of the coolest things that Minimal Wave Tapes accomplishes is how nicely it frames the current synth-pop renaissance, reinforcing the idea that there’s room in the garage for sequencers and Korgs as well as guitars and drums…"
Go ahead and GO >