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Soma Holiday - Shake Your Molecules
I cream over pretty much every Minimal Wave release, because they do such a damn fine job of curating unique 80s snyth driven gems, and releasing them on exquisite quality vinyl. One of their latest releases features this song in all its 80s glory.
Soma Holiday - Shake Your Molecules 12” EP is Ltd to 999 copies on 180 gram oxblood vinyl. Release includes a full color gloss sleeve with two sided insert featuring photograph of Soma Holiday in front of their home in Brooklyn and full liner notes with text by Jean-Marc Vallod. Order now from Minimal Wave.
Minimal Wave is excited to present a remastered reissue of Soma Holiday‘s cult classic, Shake Your Molecules. Soma Holiday was a Franco-American duo consisting of Jean-Marc Vallod (FR) and Jane Honicker (US), based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn back in the early 1980s. They recorded “Shake Your Molecules” along with “Too Many People” and “Art Dimension” in 1984, at Unique Studios in Manhattan. The studio was known for being the first NYC studio with MIDI capabilities. With the help of Eric Dufaure, they had their 12” released on Cachalot Records in France, and later a further pressing was made by Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L’Acier. Whilst in NYC, they worked with Jay Burnett, a protégé of Arthur Baker, who was active in the synth-pop, hip hop and electro scenes. He engineered their 24 track recording sessions at Unique and later went on to collaborate with Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys on a 12” for Def Jam as well as doing a mix of the cult classic I.O.U. by Freeez. That quintessential NYC electro / hop hop sound infused with the French New Wave sensibility is what ended up making “Shake Your Molecules” such a unique dance floor hit. Proudly, we present four beautifully remastered tracks by Soma Holiday, the original “Shake Your Molecules” mix, the unreleased dub version and two other unreleased outtakes of “Too Many People” and “Art Dimension”, all from their 1984 studio recordings at Unique Recording Studios. Soma Holiday’s Shake Your Molecules EP will be pressed on 180 gram oxblood vinyl and limited to 999 copies. Full color gloss sleeve with two sided insert featuring photograph of Soma Holiday in front of their home in Brooklyn and full liner notes with text by Jean-Marc Vallod. Release date: April 30th, 2014.
One of my favorite labels, Minimal Wave, has repressed their epic first label’s release for the 4th time. An EP featuring four tracks from a super rare Oppenheimer Analysis cassette from 1982 (200 copies), recorded at the height of the Cold War and the home-taping boom. The original tapes have been restored and remastered, to bring the best possible results without losing the true analog sound. The EP is presented in loving memory of Martin Lloyd (1950-2013 R.I.P.), one half of Oppenheimer Analysis. Don’t sleep on this one, even after 1500 copies from the last 3 pressings, I haven’t found a copy for less than $60.
Oppenheimer Analysis EP is Ltd to 999 numbered copies on 180g vinyl, with the first 100 copies receiving a double sided 18” x 24” first edition poster insert. Snatch your copy from Minimal Wave here.
I’ve been increasing listening to more cold wave/post punk/minimal wave type of stuff, and if you’re into all of that, then Ancien Régime is top notch. I need to remember to keep a closer eye on Mannequin, seeing as they special in just exactly all of that, and their releases are small and quick to run out. This was Ltd to 300 copies and is long gone. Snatch a digital copy or start hunting discogs if you want the vinyl.
It’s quite unusual for an Italian band to get attention before its first full-length even comes to life. Ancien Régime from Rome might just be the exception to this rule. In fact, the band sole release before 2012 had been the quickly sold out limited edition Split Ep (Mannequin), released together with Brooklyn-based cold wave heroes Led Er Est. Since then, Ancien Régime have been playing all over Italy along with outstanding bands such as Two Door Cinema Club, Is Tropical, The Soft Moon, Clan of Xymox, A Place to Bury Strangers and many others.
Their first album “The Position” evokes new wave and synth-pop memories, delivering epic vintage sounds and wrapping them all with catchy riffs and melodies. Still, despite this fascination with the past, the band’s work stands out as a distinctive, highly personal take on the genre.
The album is opened by the single “Negative”, with its dark gloomy vocals and war-like drumming. “Negative” is, in fact, the quintessential Ancien Régime composition: wave, biting snare, interweaving synths and guitars, reverbs, delays.
“The Position” was recorded and mixed by Alessandro Gavazzi of “Hell Smell” – Rome, and co-produced by Alessandro Adriani from Mannequin Records and Ancien Régime.
Das Kabinette were known mainly for their underground hit The Cabinet, originally released as a 7” single in 1983, and inspired by a the classic silent German expressionistic film, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari(its streaming on netflix if you haven’t had the pleasure). So besides that 7”, they never had a proper release, at least until good ol’ Minimal Wave “…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.”
Spy Killer was originally only pressed to 500 copies on 180g vinyl, and quickly sold out, so I was first introduced to Das Kabinette when The Cabinet was included on the V/A compilation The Minimal Wave Tapes : Volume 1 in 2010. And now apparently due to popular demand, Spy Killer will be released with another 999 copies pressed. Minimal Wave is a gold mine of 80s snyth gems, and besides curating some of the best kept 80s secrets to a new audience, I had no ideal they went to lengths that included tracking down artists and releasing previously unavailable music. My already high respect for the label just went through the roof.
Das Kabinette - Spy Killer LP is available again as a second pressing and Ltd to 999 copies on ultra clear 180g vinyl. The LP is presented in a heavy weight matte die-cut jacket, with printed inner sleeve which shows through the window. Grab yours from Minimal Wave here before they’re gone again.
Collateral is a mixed Parisian trio, polarised between synthetic hints and electric inspirations. Qualified experts in melancholic dance music (majoring in suburbian minimal wave and Italians Do It Better productions), they have remixed artists such as Keren Ann, Arnaud «Blackstrobe» Rebotini, Chad Valley or Tanlines, and recorded a couple of EPs in association with the blazing producer Villeneuve (collaborator of M83, Anoraak, Team Ghost…). First one will be released in April 2012 by desire. Performing live, they can rely on their monomaniac friend Rolande, devoted rhythm machine.
Not surprised to see the connection to Italians Do it Better. These two tracks have a grand atmospheric feel, something sounding in between IDIB & a Minimal Waverelease but more haunting. Track two picks up the beat more, and almost has that electro dance balad sound of Glass Candy. Stellar single through and through, and as a bonus there are super limited (25 to be exact) quantities of curated mixtape to accompany it with an exciting track list featuring many more unknown artists than recognized, at least by myself. Check out the full track list below:
Collateral - Ctrl 5 / Ctrl 312” is on sexy white vinyl housed in a white on white printed sleeve, Ltd to 300 copies and can be pre-ordered here directly
Mixtape tracklisting: Side A: Cöld Kas Product The Knife Ya Ya Choral Deux Det Gylne Triangle Villeneuve Severed Heads Kindness Dark Day Suicide Dawd AraabMuzik Collateral (Team Ghost remix)
Side B: Pop Mathematiques Modernes Glass Candy Gina X Performance Linear Movement Collateral (Aaaliyah cover) Debbie Neon Elli & Jacno Pointer Sisters Ashanti