Cali-based indie hip-hop label Stones Throw teams up with New Yorkâ€™s Minimal Wave Records to produce the second installment of The Minimal Wave Tapes.
Comprised of rare electronic music recorded by bands from around the world in the 1980â€™s, Volume Two naturally takes the minimalist approach with re-mastered instrumentals crafted from old-school analog synths and drum machines. According to the Stones Throw website, the musicians had an eye toward grassroots production as well: â€œRecording on tapes in their home studios, creating their own album artwork, and often collaborating via postage mail.â€
Like the genreâ€™s humble beginnings, The Minimal Wave TapesÂ is also unassuming, which is to say itâ€™s a simple project with lasting appeal.
Stones Throw, started by DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, has released music by eclectic artists such as Dam-Funk, J Dilla, J. Rocc, James Pants, Madlib, Mayer Hawthorne and The StepKids. The Minimal Wave label, founded by Veronica Vasicka, focuses on the minimal wave genre and releases them on vinyl and digital formats.