Boomkat Product Review:
Minimal Wave filter the best of Ohama's early '80s DIY synth-pop onto 'The Potato Farm Tapes'. Hailing "from a potato farm in western Canada" The cult outsider has marked up some of our favourite moments on the reissue label; namely the deadpan intro and rugged robo-techno of 'The Drum' (recently re-edited by J. Rocc), the wavy funk of 'T.V.' and the eerie synth-popper 'My Time (Midnite News Version)' which all appear here alongside five more obscure gems from the archives. From his first cassette 'Midnite News' (1982) we also discover his Depeche Mode-like croon on the darkly dramatic 'Julie Is A T.V. Set', and from his first LP 'I Fear What I Might Hear', there's the Bowie-esque vocal to 'Of Whales', the emotive digital melody of 'Midnite News III' and the David Sylvian-like vocals on 'Sometimes', but perhaps the biggest attraction is the uptempo dancefloor ace 'Mushin No Shin', which, as far as we can tell, is previously unreleased. For lovers of hi-tech early DIY synthpop, this is a must check collection.