VA – Alternative Funk: Volume 1 [PLA023]

Platform 23 launches with the reissue of the seminal Alternative Funk compilation series, presenting a selection of music across 2 volumes. Known for the highly heralded “Folie Distinguee” album in 1985, what is often over looked is the fact there accompanied 2 further “Alternative Funk” cassette compilations that same year. Coming within the Audiologie series on Vox Man Records, these “Various Artist” selections were indicative of labels that sprung up in the early 80s around the DIY post-punk scene. As founders of Vox Populi!, Axel Kyrou and Francis Man, working with close associate Pierre Jolivet’s (aka Pacific 231) VP 231 label, released a number of cassettes, 7″ and LPs between 1982 and 1988, as much to self-release their own music as to push new or contemporary artists. Here then is a snapshot of the Alt Funk albums, selecting songs that avoid recent or upcoming reissues, to dive deep in the series from industrial to cold wave, proto-dub percussion to avant spoken word pieces. Featuring the likes of Son Of Sam, Philippe Laurent, Fist Of Facts – with a long lost first ever recording – and Human Backs, stepping out from semi-cult name dropping to sit alongside unknowns and never heard from again in Scoop!, Kosa, Zoohtee and the wonderful Randall Kennedy. What is apparent is an idiosyncratic nature to the selections. In the same way many independent labels of the time – such as Auxilio De Cientos’ Terra Incognita volumes or Final Image’s Nightlands – created a label snapshot by pulling together far and wide contributions but retaining an overall ‘sound’. The Volume 1 and 2 reissue achieve that, mixing experimental with electro, post punk with noise, to offer more than the sum of their parts – an Alternative Funk.

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VA – Alternative Funk: Volume 1 [PLA023]

Philippe Laurent / Xeno & Oaklander – Exposition 3 [GIR001]

Girouette Records presents tracks selected from the early works of the French Electronic music pioneer Philippe Laurent. “Exposition 3” and “Rapide 1”, these two gems from 1982 are out for the very first time on vinyl, after being remastered from the original tapes by the talented label Minimal Wave. The major cold wave New Yorker duet Xeno & Oaklander brings a second heart to this record, with a wild and breathless cover version of “Exposition 3” taking us with a night driving analogue bass and a surgical eight o’ eight beat to intriguing cinematographic landscapes.

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Philippe Laurent / Xeno & Oaklander – Exposition 3 [GIR001]

VA – The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2 [STH2281]

VARIOUS - Minimal Wave Tapes Volume Two

This is the second volume of The Minimal Wave Tapes series, a collection of rare electronic music compiled from bands around the world.  Most of the songs were recorded in the 1980s and originally released on limited edition cassettes or vinyl by the artists themselves, and only a handful of people knew about them.  Now they’ve been remastered from their analog source tapes, brought to you by Veronica Vasicka and Peanut Butter Wolf.

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Veronica Vasicka interview

VA – The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2 [STH2281]

Philippe Laurent – Hot-Bip [MW028]

LAURENT, Philippe - Hot Bip (Front Cover)

Minimal Wave is proud to present a full length LP by French mastermind Philippe Laurent. The LP is entitled Hot-Bip, a pseudonym Laurent used throughout the 80s and 90s and also the title of his 1983 cassette on Fraction Studio. Hot-Bip features tracks recorded between 1979-1988, most of which have either remained unreleased or only previously appeared on scarce 80s experimental cassette compilations. Laurent’s music can be described as spacey synthpop, containing much depth and range. Hints of classical influences as well as electro influences can be heard.

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Philippe Laurent – Hot-Bip [MW028]