Early ’80s Germany wasn’t all about Kraftwerk and Can. Bubbling up from the urban underground was a new strain of punk-infused new wave known as Neue Deutsche Welle, a movement co-opted by mainstream influence as quickly as it had emerged.
Digging deep to unearth its early DIY-synth pioneers, Dark Entries’ Josh Cheon introduces 10 essential 7″s from a forgotten, fertile scene.
Ti-Tho Traumtänzer (Zickzack, 1982)
One of my favorite singles from the Ziczack label based of out Hamburg released in 1982 from this boy/girl duo. The A-side is an upbeat circus ride of a song that features a jerky synthesizer line and what sounds like an accordion. But the B-side wins with deranged pulses and bratty vocals from singer Christina.
Xmal Deutschland Schwarze Welt (Zickzack, 1981)
Debut single released in 1981 featuring heavy use of synthesizers that would become less prominent in their future recordings 4AD. The b-side has 2 short songs, “Die Wolken” slows the pace ushering you to an Arctic atmosphere and “Großstadtindianer” is more playful with rudimentary Casio keyboard solos.