The Prague promoters behind the cold-wave night RARE, which has gone from strength to strength this year hosting events with Xeno&Oaklander for instance, have given us a good reason to start celebrating New Year’s Eve one day early.
Veronica Vasicka, proprietor of acclaimed New York-based label Minimal Wave, who has unearthed several sonic gems – think stark, dark and stripped-to-the-bone electronics, and one of the founders of the brilliant East Village Radio, will be spinning while in town to visit her Czech family. New Year’s Eve ’11 will start on 30th December at Prague club Carculcah this year with plenty of cool, nocturnal style.
Jan Jiskra has just released Fantas, a minimal wavey offering full of cold-blooded atmospheres and synthy soundscapes. Many of the tracks on the young musicians’ new album feature deadpan vocals both in English and Czech. Tracks like ‘We Dancing’ are slow, lingering and haunting; one could imagine them somewhere in a New York or Berlin dark place in the ’80s as well as today, as the music echoes the current cold-wave-minimal-synth mania.
Moduretik has experimented with various guises of electronic music, from 8-bit to his recent, increasingly dark minimal-wave influenced songs. It doesn’t come as a surprise, then, that he is supporting NYC coldwave outfit Xeno & Oaklander, whose tour schedule also includes Prague on 14 November as part of the minimal synth night RARE.