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Belgium’s JJ Funhouse follow up aces by Mittland Och Leo, Milan W. and Gust De Meyer with this archival survey of Hanjo Erkamp’s synth-curious solo work as Dr C. Stein with Selected Works 1983-1988, dating back to his time with minimal wave faves Ende Shneaflet and Doxa Sinistra and their Trumpett label - which has previously been given the V-O-D reissue treatment. Considering that background, the vibe is mostly lush, bright and creamily melodic, just how the vinyl looks.
“Dr. C. Stein is the name Hanjo Erkamp used for his solo work. Being a big part of the Trumpett tapes-family, he was also a member of the industrial outfit Doxa Sinistra and a crazy studio collective called Ende Shneafliet. This band was responsible for more then 70 tracks of minimal wave madness, not bad knowing they existed not much longer than two years.
Trumpett tapes was a tape label operating from the island of Texel and the village of Heiloo in North Holland between 1981 and 1985. They were spewing out releases made by a changing combination of people, all being part of a circle of five like-minded souls: Frank Brinkhuis, Edwin Brinkhuis, Jan Popma, Brian Dommisse and the doctor himself: Hanjo Erkamp. The Trumpett members operated from their homestudio where they managed to create a new electronic sound. Being more close to the North Sea then any dark urban area, their take on the doomy template of New Wave was rather airy and often cheeky, without losing the minimal stomping force and brutalist fun found in home taping. They created tunes that were as strong, if not better, then the ones made by their better known peers.
From 1997 on, Trumpett tapes became the Trumpett label and started releasing CD-R’s filled not only with this old tape-work but also with selections of well kept nuggets from a staggering vault of unreleased eighties recordings. With the new love for early synthesizer music and all things minimal and wavy, Trumpett’s fame was getting bigger and labels like Vinyl on Demand, Enfant Terrible and Treue um Treue began releasing parts of this treasure on limited vinyl.”