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  • Audio CD (22 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angular Recording Corporation
  • ASIN: B0036BDQRY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Figures - Absolute Body Control - Absolute Body Control
  2. Twinkling Stars - Nine Circles - Nine Circles
  3. Night in June - Linear Movement - Linear Movement
  4. Ills S'eloigent - Opera Multi Steel - Opera Multi Steel
  5. Palais D'amour - Bal Pare - Bal Pare
  6. Watching Trees - Eleven Pond - Eleven Pond
  7. Babylon - Vyllies - Vyllies
  8. End of Data - Dans Votre Monde - Dans Votre Monde
  9. Lights - Actor - Actor
  10. Consumer - Ausgang Verboten - Ausgang Verboten
  11. A Gift of Tears - Jeunesse D'Ivoire - Jeunesse D'Ivoire
  12. Anyway - OTO - OTO
  13. Polaroid/Roman/Photo - Ruth - Ruth
  14. Somewhere in the Night - Stereo - Stereo
  15. The Fashion Party - Neon Judgement - Neon Judgement
  16. Cannibal Dolls - Land Of Giants - Land Of Giants
  17. Travel - Days Of Sorrow - Days Of Sorrow

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BBC Review

Utter the words “cold wave” to most individuals and you’ll end up discussing meteorology. Say it to a select group of normally black-clad individuals, though, and you’ll get an answer that has little to do with the weather.

Cold wave (or minimal wave) was music made by early 1980s, predominantly European, suburban youth who were suddenly able to get their hands on newly affordable synthesisers. In thrall to British post-punk and Germany’s synth pioneers, they formed bands with austere names like End of Data and Ausgang Verboten, creating stark, DIY electronic pop filled with sparse kicks and icy vocals steeped in Robert Smith-style romanticism.

A powerful combination, yet without today’s digital support network, most cold wave groups recorded a few singles at best, gaining little exposure before fading away. 

Introduced to cold wave by a friend a few years ago, Angular co-founder Joe Daniel was struck by the near-forgotten genre’s use of analogue electronics and the “impossible romance” of its obscurity. Inspired, he went in search of more. But it wasn’t until a chance encounter in New York with Pieter Schoolwerth – a collector of cold wave releases and founder of the Wierd club night and record label – that Daniel’s imagined document of the initial era finally started to take shape.

The result is Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics Vol 1. With many of the bands featured on CD for the very first time, the compilation doubles as an act of preservation and a gateway into the genre’s chilly world. Nothing on this collection has lost its dark sparkle, even after long years spent at the back of the shelf. So instead of falling into the trap of historical curiosity, Neon Judgment’s The Fashion Party and Nine Circles’ haunting Twinkling Stars emit a gleaming modernity that also serves as a reminder of a time when electronic music could do nothing but look boldly forward, instead of glancing backwards, a trait that tarnished numerous synth revival acts in the last decade.   

Cold wave’s story is far from over. A new generation of cold wave inspired romantics are now coming of age. And with bands like New York’s Cold Cave and Xeno & Oaklander, and club nights like Schoolwerth’s Wierd, London’s Reeperbahn and Berlin’s Brave Exhibitions continuing the work of their early 80s predecessors, it looks like Days of Sorrow’s cries of “give me more” on Vol.1 closer Travel are finally being answered. --Charles Ubaghs

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Musical revisionism and historicism continues to excavate nuggets able to be grouped under a single, new rubric. In this case it's "cold wave", the unheralded, forgotten musics of the first wave of bedroom artists using the new, affordable synthesizers.
Having grown up in several 80s households of bedroom djs I can confidently assert this is the real deal: this is raw, melodic music which could only have come from a particular time and set of circumstances.
To say that it's an eye opener is an understatement - Cold Waves sounds like the music we need NOW. It's fresh and direct in as much that today's overproduced pap is flat and lifeless.
Great compilation for anyone interested in electronic music.
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Anyone having grown up in the 80s with fond memories of anticipation ahead of each new piece of synthpop/wave/postpunk goodness from (insert your favourite outfits from that era) and even those interested in electronics in general and that key early 80s era when analogue synths burst the bank in particular for more than nostalgia reasons only should really be able to appreciate this sweet collection. Included are bands most of which you have never heard of before from a range of obscure contemporary, mostly continental European labels. What counts are ideas, melodies and that cool futuristic attitude mingling with heart-rending innocence of pop reborn in waves and sines as a new means of expression. The pieces included range stylistically from very early Model-cut Kraftwerkian sounds through mid-era Cab Voltaire light industrialisms to Visage-style complex arrangements, with live instruments added (sax of course), and everything in-between, with sequencers galore but not always ruling them all, sung in cute English, brussels and parisian French, some German and a couple of other regional dialects. Especially memorable tracks include the two opening compositions, pieces nos. 4 to 8 with the wonderfully naive and hilariously ominous girlish voice over a quirky harmony in contribution no.7 by the certain Vyllies, and a blatant rip-off of Fade to Grey complete with the original's synthesizer colours and stoptimes in the form of Stereo's Somewhere in the Night, but somehow strong on its own merit nevertheless. Yet really everything is worth a listen and more except perhaps the weaker tracks 9 through 12, with some early forms of EBM distorting the otherwise clear and compact picture. The last track fades off to some clearly more rocking, contemporary gothic-tinted guitar noises. Full score even despite the few weaker tracks for one competent and lovable compilation.
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Fantastic compilation, every track is a cracker. Shame these artists were largely undiscovered. For fans of early Human League, Kraftwerk etc.
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HASH(0x8cb51b40) out of 5 stars Well worth it. 4 Jan. 2016
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This is my second copy. Got it so I could keep one in the car. Can't tell you how much I love this. If you are an early Human League/Cabaret Voltaire/Chris & Cosey/Depache Mode fan, you will enjoy many things on this. Not commercial style electronics, but alternative and sometimes edgy tunes. Worth it alone for the Eleven Pond song, should have been a huge dancefloor hit.
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HASH(0x8cb5c294) out of 5 stars Synth Heaven!! 24 Jun. 2010
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Wow..This cd is chock full of rare coldwave/minimal synth gems! There isn't a bad tune to be found on this disc! Get em' now before there gone! You will love it...... I sure hope there will be a volume 2.
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