"Deadly Weapons"
2. Losing Tracks (In Time)
3. The Well
4. There’s Always Now
5. Nada
6. Not Knowing
7. Deadly Weapons

Fronted by vocalist Samy Birnbach (aka DJ Morpheus, freestyle DJ extraordinaire and compiler of the Freezone 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'. The album was coproduced by Gilles Martin and Tuxedomoon's Peter Principle, and featured contributions by Blaine Reininger & Marc Hollander.

"Deadly Weapons" by Jack Barron

Minimal Compact's 'Deadly Weapons' - a disc of lingering textures- is a confluence where the streams of flair and ideas meet equally. It's an iconoclastic album, a collection of songs which are effortlessly assimilated yet tap normally suppressed emotions. If there is any simple division in music it's between compositions which lubricate the biological instincts -sex and the rest- and those that mine the, uhm, soul. Post Joy Division, I can only think of three rock bands who've successfully penetrated the shadows of existence in their individual ways: Nick Cave, Holy Toy and Minimal Compact. Heavy stuff, eh ? Piss off ! It's as easy as putting a record on a turntable. Though quite why the group should join the shortlist is uncertain: the majority of them are Israeli, so we have no obvious cultural connections on the surface. Compact's approach is harmonically impacted. And even at their most blatantly neo-traditional, like on 'The Howling Hole', the minaret motifs might make for a strange musical geography but the intent is instantly recognisable at some subcutaneous level. (...) Does this make the music 'difficult' ? Not unless you're a paraplegic who can't put a disc on a turntable. So damn well do it now.

This text appeared in UK weekly Sounds in 1984


MINIMAL COMPACT - Returning Wheel
Returning Wheel
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MINIMAL COMPACT - Minimal Compact
Minimal Compact
MINIMAL COMPACT - Deadly Weapons
Deadly Weapons