From humble beginnings on local radio in Melbourne to a bi-weekly slot on NTS, Noise In My Head has emerged as a go-to resource for leftfield electronics. Masterminded by Michael Kucyk, the show has hosted everyone from Bill Breswter to Luca Lozano since making the switch. The seeds for a NIMH label were sown when Suzanne Kraft scored Kucyk’s partner’s show at Sydney Fashion Week in 2014, but rather than resting on their laurels, the launch of retrospective-focused imprint Efficient Space came shortly after.
Curated by András, Instant Peterson, Julien Dechery and DJ Sundae, previous Efficient Space retrospectives documented everything from folk pop to new wave, art music and Australian avant-pop. Now passing the baton to “odd wave anthropologist” Steele Bonus, the label is preparing a 10-tracker of Antipodean DIY recordings from the 1980s for release early next year. Arriving in February 2017, Oz Waves compiles music extracted from hard-to-find cassette releases and unreleased gems sourced from the artists’ personal archives. If you ever needed “definitive proof that inhabitants of the Down Underground were links in a global network of creative kooks,” you’ll find it here.
Oz Waves is out February 3rd – pre-order direct from the label.