Minimal Wave is one of the most interesting record labels going right now, with their specialty lying in digging up the forgotten treasures of yesteryear. This primarily consists of releasing European cold wave and various European underground electronic oddities. In Aeternam Vale consists of Laurent Prot, Pascal Aubert and Chrystelle Marin, and when this was released for the first time last year, the project turned thirty years old. Apparently, these tracks were recorded in 1990 which is quite significant because the B-side “Ultrabase” is unabashed dub techno – Maurizio (aka Moritz von Oswald) wouldn’t release what could be regarded as the first dub techno record, Ploy, until 1992. Crazy, eh?

“Machine à Laver” (which translates to Washing Machine), the A-side, is an electronic whitewash with heavy cold wave influence gripping its bass. “Ultrabase” quite frankly sounds like something that could’ve been released among the Basic Channel repertoire – it even sounds like the three are sampling Basic Channel and Maurizio on it. The reverse couldn’t have happened because these songs haven’t seen the light of day until now… although, the YouTube video I have below has the song uploaded in 2008… The genre is already ahead of its time, but with this coming out it is a bit mind numbing if all of the facts are true. Check out both songs below via the YouTube streams and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Minimal Wave is proud to present a third 12” single from our French favorites, In Aeternam Vale. This one is in the same vein as the Dust Under Brightness / Highway Dark Veins 12” and the La Piscine / Calling Somewhere 12”. The single features two more epic, pioneering masterpieces. Machine à Laver (Washing Machine) sounding much like its title, is 12 minutes of pure electronic hypnotica. And the flip side is a more straightforward 127 bpm 11 minute number entitled Ultrabase – which is an unashamed slab of innovative dub techno from 1990, existing completely outside of its genre. Neither of these tracks have ever been released before. The pressing is limited to 999 copies, all pressed on 160 gram clear electric blue vinyl, accompanied by a hand-numbered matte printed sleeve. Release date: November 12th, 2013.

Price $16





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