We use cookies on our website to provide you with the best experience. Most of these are essential and already present.
We do require your explicit consent to save your cart and browsing history between visits. Read about cookies we use here.
Your cart and preferences will not be saved if you leave the site.


10% Off our entire stock. From now until Monday, at Midnight. As easy as that... and head this way for the Special Membership Campaign.

Various Artists

Dutch Wave: A History of Minimal Synth & Wave in The Netherlands (LP)

Label: OnderStroom Records

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

In stock


The first chapter of Onderstroom digging into the history of Dutch minimal synth and wave. Who needs a big, expensive recording studio with all those fancy high-tech machines that only make your weary head spin when you can do it all by yourself at home in your (teenage) bedroom? Way back in the early eighties all you really needed was an idea, quite a bit of guts and some rudimentary equipment. You could basically do whatever you wanted. The means were limited, yet the sky was unbounded. It was the time of the Cold War nuclear threat, social unrest and mass unemployment but at the same time it was an era of infinite possibilities. The future was just around the corner. A lot of music that was being produced sounded just like that: a brave new world of sound and rhythm. Music was simply put on cheap cassettes, easily duplicated, and swiftly distributed in limited quantities into the big world outside. Tracks recorded in Amsterdam, Arnhem of Heiloo ended up in unimaginable destinations such as Brisbane or Buenos Aires. Prolific international underground scenes were informed of this new wave of Dutch electronic artists by means of word of mouth, fanzines, devoted underground tape traders, and sometimes that tiny bit of luck. As their predecessors of the (in)famous Dutch East-India Company (now cult) acts such as The Actor, Ende Shneafliet, Das Ding, Störung, S.M. Nurse, Nine Circles, Beatnik Love Affair, and Van Kaye + Ignit all explored their own paths. Some went straight into oblivion, others had a brief taste of modest upper-ground success. Mind: the names presented here are but the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Some of these early tapes became much sought-after collectors' items; others gathered dust. The rest, well, is history. Now, decades upon decades later, Onderstroom digs again in history and surfaces with a selection of tracks that illustrate the rich past of electronic Holland. Call it minimal wave, synth-pop, or experimental electronics. Onderstroom call it the real Dutch treat. Features Nine Circles, Beatnik Love Affair, The Actor, Störung, Van Kaye + Ignit, S.M. Nurse, Ende Shneafliet, and Das Ding. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with metallic finishing; 180 gram vinyl.

Cat. number: OS 036LP
Year: 2018

More by Various Artists

Frijazz Mot Rasisme (2LP)
2LP | €28.80 €32.00
Midnight Massiera (LP)
LP | €22.41 €24.90
Alien Parade Japan (2LP)
2LP | €27.00 €30.00
Those Shocking Shaking Days (3LP)
3LP | €33.30 €37.00
Vanity Sample
CD | €12.60 €14.00
Busy Is Good (LP)
LP | €26.91 €29.90
The Music Of Armenia (7CD box set)
7CD box set | €73.80 €82.00
Beat Vol. 2 - Lounge At Cinevox
CD | €13.95 €15.50
Beat Vol. 1 - Lounge At Cinevox
CD | €13.95 €15.50
Horror Films Of The 1970s (Tape)
Tape + artworks | €13.05 €14.50
Lampo Folio (Book)
Book | €34.20 €38.00
A Cloudy Dawn (Tape)
Tape | €13.50 €15.00
The Music Of Bali (3CD box set)
3CD box set | €32.40 €36.00

More from OnderStroom Records

Rituals (LP)
LP | €16.11 €17.90
Closely Watched Trains (LP)
LP | €16.11 €17.90
Leading Stolen Horses (LP)
LP | €13.41 €14.90
The Early Days (2LP)
LPx2 | €22.41 €24.90
Sister Age (Lp)
LP | €18.90 €21.00
Drilling Backwards (Lp)
LP | €18.90 €21.00
The Ritual (LP)
LP | €13.95 €15.50
In the Grassfield
LP | €15.21 €16.90
Dance Remotion
Vinyl LP | €15.21 €16.90
The Factory Scream
Vinyl LP | €14.85 €16.50
In Silence
LP | €17.91 €19.90
CD+DVD | €17.91 €19.90
Vinyl LP | €14.85 €16.50
The Ultimate Edition 1980-1984
Vinyl LPx5 deluxe | €62.99 €69.99
Early Tapes
CD | €13.49 €14.99
Music For Fireworks
Vinyl LP | €13.49 €14.99
Eddy Merckz
Vinyl LP | €13.49 €14.99
Vinyl LP | €13.49 €14.99
TV Scape (LP)
Vinyl LP | €14.31 €15.90