Boomkat Product Review:
Minimal Wave haul up one of their favourite releases for reissue: Robert Lawrence and Mark Philips (Five Time Of Dust) as The Dadacomputer. Created via tape swaps over the summer of '81 between their home studios in Bristol and Cardiff and issued on their own Quick Stab label, it's more or less an archetypal minimal wave moment; drily monotone but saturated with the nattiest melodies and conducted with that inimitable mixture of playfulness and seriousness inherent to the era's underground DIY scene. You may well have stumbled across their killer anthem 'Computer Bank' on MW's excellent 'Hidden Tapes' compilation (and also included here), which understandably triggered Veronica Vasicka's attention some years back. And ahead of a full blown compilation of their finest moments culled from 15 hours of original early '80s recordings, this tape gives the real deal shot of fizzing rhythms, fax machine melody and deadpan vocals, also taking in the honking madnezz of 'Automation', and Ballardian wave constructs such as 'Punchcard Sex' and 'Girl With A VDU'. RIYL The Normal, Thought Broadcast, Fad Gadget.