Minimal Compact
Minimal Compact
Label: Crammed
Genre: Electronic
Online: Artist Website


Fronted by vocalist Samy Birnbach (aka DJ Morpheus, freestyle DJ extraordinaire and compiler of the excellent Freezone compilation series), Minimal Compact were one of the most inspirational bands of the '80s. They blended funky rock rhythms and incisive guitars with flavours from their native Middle East. They had a large and fanatic following all across Europe and the USA, where some of their tracks became underground club favourites. Originally released in 1984, "Deadly Weapons" was their breakthrough album, and contained their club hit 'Next One Is Real'.

20 years on, it's happening all over again, as several leading DJs (such as James Murphy/LCD Soundsystems, Playgroup, Ivan Smagghe & more) are raving about 'Next One Is Real', 'Statik Dancin' and other Minimal Compact vintage favourites. Fifteen years after the band's split, Minimal Compact got together again in the fall of 2003 to play a short series of concerts. The first-ever compilation of their work (6 studio albums and 1 live album, all originally released between 1981 and 1988) has been released on Crammed along with a collection of brand-new remixes by top electronic music producers, selected -naturally- by DJ Morpheus.