Resident Efficient Space archivist Steele Bonus has curated another compilation for the Melbourne label. It’s been 4 years since Bonus compiled Oz Waves, but meeting the lofty expectations set by its predecessor, this followup was well worth the wait.
Pulling together radio archives, cassettes and forgotten studio recordings, Oz Echoes: DIY Cassettes and Archives 1980-1989 spans everything from synth-pop and psych-electronics to random tape samples. Our selection, the third track of this compendium, sees the Ash Wednesday-fronted Modern Jazz revisiting the same proto-techno blueprint heard on their 1986 album, The Nude.
Previously unreleased, ‘Zoom Dub’ is a prime example of that boundary blurring DIY sound so synonymous with the 1980s.
Oz Echoes: DIY Cassettes and Archives 1980-1989 is out March 26th on Efficient Space | Pre-order here