- Polytechnic Youth / Emotional Response / PY23 / ER37CD
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Here is a much needed compilation which collects together all those hopelessly limited edition, impossi-buy records released by the London micro label Polytechnic Youth. The label focuses on the kind of minimalist synth pop that was in vogue between the years of '78 and '83 and has become highly collectible. You won't get these tracks anywhere else now so this will appeal to collectors and newbies alike.
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- PY23 / LP on Polytechnic Youth inc. Detox Twins, Middez, Volume Groop, Groupuscule, XYZips etc. Mustard vinyl 2nd pressing!
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They used to say if you want to get ahead get a hat but if you want to get ahead in what is left of the music industry then you'd do very well to release esoteric music on very very very limited editions and have a fantastic concept behind you.
This is what micro label Polytechnic Youth has done by releasing limited edition of the sorts of electronic music you might have once found being made between the years ’78-'83. I have to admit that despite all the musical treats on offer I’m more interested in the photo on the back sleeve which shows men erecting something mysterious on top of a rooftop. What is it? A radar perhaps? While I’ve been figuring all that out the bleeps and bloops of the minimal French language pop of Groupuscule has faded into the slightly less minimal electronic instrumental pop of the Home Current. Even though the label have released record by the likes of Listening Center and Colin Potter, this compilation concentrates on the less well known outfits they’ve released such as the minimal instrumental bliss of Volume Groop or the eerie repetitive calculator pop of the Freq Design.
Their aesthetic is very clear and if you are looking for variation you’ve come to the wrong place, however if you are eternally fascinated by the primitive pop of Fad Gadget, Trio, DAF and early the Human League you have successfully found a rich seam of music which sounds like Kraftwerk on Kasio’s where legally all vocals must be sung in a Germanic accent and if you don’t use a vocoder you are persona non grata. This is a glimpse into the world of how the future might have sounded when viewed through a viewpoint of 1978.
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