Boomkat Product Review:
Minimal Wave compile ten rare, unreleased and precious tracks from around the world circa '79-'85 selected by Veronica Vasicka. 'The Hidden tapes' spans DIY synth music from Japan to Belgrade, from noisy new wave to strobing proto-Industrial dance music. The first side opens to 'Care' by SS-Say from Denmark, full of euphoric '84 arpeggios and epic pop vox from Inge Shannon, before relocating to Yugoslavia for Oskarova Fobija's pert synthpop on 'Beli Dekolte' from 1983 and an immense highlight from 1980 Japan, the ornate vocoder groove 'Polaroid' courtesy of Sympathy Nervous aka Yoshimi Niinuma and Tatsuya Senzaki. And that's not forgetting two standardly darker aces from Belgium thanks to Danton's Voice and Pas De Deux. The B-side includes three tracks from the UK: Rob Lawrence and Mark Phillips' scuzzy, urgent rhythms and distorted on 'Computer Bank', the piquant melody of The Fast Set's 'Kaleidecon', and the cinematic gloom of Kym Amps' 'You Don't Know My Name'. However the highlights here have to be the seductively elegant Belgian electro-pop of 'Destination Pour L'Inconnu' by Reservé, circa 1981 and the uniquely artful 'Microphone Connection', a Belgian/USA tape composition by Tara Cross and Henk Wallays taken from the legendary 'Insane Music For Insane People' cassette series. Highly Recommended.