Boomkat Product Review:
This one feels as if it's been a long time coming - Soul Jazz collect tracks from the new wave of cold wave: bands and artists influenced by chilly '70s and '80s synth music, from early electronics and new wave to post punk and beyond. Featuring Kriedler, FIT Siegel, Céline Gillain, Krikor Kouchian and more.
There's an enduring thrill of early DIY synth music that's seen records that, at the time, were barely heard beyond a few heads hit cult status in recent years. This has caused a surge of interest in "cold wave" music, from record labels like Minimal Wave and artists like Cold Cave, to club nights and even festivals prioritizing dry, edgy Euro synth sounds that sound as if they were released on limited cassette in 1982.
Soul Jazz has assembled this bumper comp to celebrate the resurgence of interest and the existence of a new generation of artists who owe as much to techno and hip-hop as post punk and Krautrock. Most of the artists here are European, but FIT Siegel's standout 'Wayne County Stomp' at least reaches out to Detroit with jagged, wiry synth lead and bubbly sequences that remind as much of Carl Craig as Visage.
Elsewhere, German band Kriedler tangle with doom disco on 'Kannibal, Céline Gillain impresses with the eerie, percussive 'Fight or Flight' and Violent Quand On Aime sound as if they've never left the late '70s with their chugging self-titled anthem. It's nostalgic material, that can't be ignored, but it's high quality throughout.