Boomkat Product Review:
For the first time, K7SS’s early ‘80s fusions of minimal wave and worldly ambient tones lands on wax, taken from Vinyl-On-Demand’s ‘80s Minimal.Synth.Wave Volume IV (American Edition) boxset.
The duo of Danny Eskenazi (JCA) and James Husted (who also played in Young Scientist with Marc Barrera) coined an expressively sweet ’n sour sound with two cassettes, A 12 Year Old Boy Can Understand and Phantom Sects and a small handful of compilation appearance between 1981-1983.
Tape Recordings 1981/82 collects cuts from all those releases, encompassing the nimble, instrumental synth pops of Phantom Sects on the front, with highlights in the Chris Carter-esque electro bubble of Vanilla Level, their budget Kraftwerk piece Elephant Mambo, and the whacked out electro-dub Ground Zero Lullaby.
It gets weirder, darker on the the other side with the alien shuffle of Hands Across The Sea (Part 2) and the more burned out Punch In Punch Out recalling a prototypical Elon Katz, and an excellent addendum from James Husted’s alias, The Ersatz Planet, called I Ride The Bux (Extended Mix) which sounds a bit like Gerald Donald channelling a munted baritone during a radio phone in.