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The excellent Minimal Wave serves up a long-awaited LP here that features unreleased treasures from the influential UK duo, Vicious Pink, who first met at The Warehouse night-club in Leeds in the late 1970s and went on to reshape synth-pop. They notoriously lent their backing vocals to friends Soft Cell but went on to have success as a duo with avant-garde singles that defied norms and climbed the UK dance charts between 1982 and 1986. Now, Unexpected offers glimpses into their creative process and is packed with pop experiments recorded on the fly, some of which are with Dave Ball of Soft Vell/Grid fame. A true collector's gem.


Mine says: If I had to describe the perfect song it would probably contain the words catchy and weird. This compilation of previously unreleased Vicious Pink tracks is full of songs that match that description - some are more catchy than weird, some more weird than catchy, others find the perfect balance. Can't wait for this to land and annoy everyone by playing it to death.


Side 1
So You Want To Love Me
Alien Patience
South Side
Chaos 303
Move Up Closer

Side 2
Not Your Kind Of Girl
Slightly Ahead
Night Drive

Initially released in 2010, Minimal Wave's retrospective of obscure French '80s outfit Deux remains one of the label's most sought-after compilations. Here, it gets a deserved re-press, allowing a whole new generation of listeners to fall in love with the quirky works of the Lyon-based duo. The album's ten tracks, which were drawn from various obscure cassettes and seven-inch singles, effortlessly join the dots between moody electro, cold-wave, new wave and eccentric synth-pop, reflecting the pair's esoteric approach to wayward electronic pop. This second edition comes in a hand-numbered edition of 999 copies, with Minimal Wave's usual attention to detail present on the weighty packaging.


Side 1
1. "Game & Performance"
2. "Felicita"
3. "Decadence"
4. "Dance With Me"
5. "Le Couloir"

Side 2
1. "Paris Orly"
2. "Sex & Trouble"
3. "Ministry Of Love"
4. "Minimaliste"
5. "Le Camion"

Oppenheimer Analysis

New Mexico: The Complete Collection

For fans of minimal wave and DIY electronic pop, Oppenheimer Analysis's self-released 1982 debut cassette, New Mexico - little more than an extended demo cassette - has become something of a collector's item. While it has been reissued digitally since, it never received a vinyl release. In tribute to Martin Lloyd (the other half of the duo, alongside Andy Oppenheimer), who passed away, Minimal Wave has decided to make New Mexico available on wax. While the sound quality is appropriately dusty (it was badly recorded in the first place, of course), the music remains magical - bubbling, evocative, left-of-centre leftfield pop created with home-made synthesizers, modular hardware and little else. It's no wonder many consider it a classic album (even if was never officially released first time round).


Mine says: A must have for any minimal wave / synth fan. Truly addictive!


Side 1
1. "The Devil's Dancers"
2. "Radiance"
3. "Martyr"

Side 2
1. "Cold War"
2. "Don't Be Seen With Me"
3. "Modern Wonder"

Side 3
1. "Subterranean Desire"
2. "Scorpians"
3. "New Mexico"

Side 4
1. "Behind The Shades"
2. "Men In White Coats"
3. "You Won't Forget Me"

Martin Dupont

Hot Paradox - 2023 Reissue

Martin Dupont was a French collective of immense talent originally founded by Alain Seghir in Marseille in 1980. Seghir called upon several different collaborators across the collective's career including the likes of Beverley Jane Crew, Brigitte Balian and Catherine Loy and all of them managed to tune into the same creative frequencies while serving up music that was colourful, enthusiastic, delicate, melancholy, and mysterious. Their seminal 1987 album Hot Paradox now arrives via a first-ever reissue on Minimal Wave and is one that transcends a tag as simple as new wave with its vibrant and emotive, sombre yet bright sounds that have made it something of a modern cult classic.


Mine says: Goth pop at it's finest. Very excited about this one!


Full Moons & Mouths
Hot Paradox
My Analyst Assez
Berlin Wall
He Saw The Light
Inside Out
I Never Tried
Where To Find It
Like A Lion

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