Minimal Wave is proud to present Teenage Tapes, an LP of selections from the early tape archives of Felix Kubin. The recordings span his adolescent years, when he was between 11 and 15 years old. He actually began playing music at 8 years old, when he studied piano, organ, and glockenspiel. In 1980, he acquired a Korg MS-20 synthesizer and his recordings took off from there. He began experimenting and recording a variety of tracks, adding his own bizarre lyrics to them. In 1982, he formed a band with Stefan Mohn called Die Egozentrischen 2. In 1984, they played a legendary live show at the Möbel Perdú in Hamburg, a small multifunctional gallery founded in the early 80s by a.o. Claudia Schneider-Esleben, who happened to be the sister of Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk). They were only 15 years old. Although Alfred Hilsberg of the notorious ZickZack label (Palais Schaumburg, Die Toedliche Doris, Einstuerzende Neubauten) had planned to release Felix Kubin’s early music in 1985, it took another 20 years until the French label SKIPP and the German label A-Musik put out a selection of tracks for the first time. The press was raving about Felix’s music which gave rise to an increase in his popularity:

Who could fail to be impressed by the mostly unheard cassette rebellion of this slightly nerdy looking pre-teen, nicely dressed by his mum with not a safety pin in sight, the only difference between his and a 100 other synthetic pre-pubescent bedroom outbursts that must have been occurring right across Europe is two words ‘mad’ and ‘genius’. (Matt Wand, The Wire, 2003)

Immensely strange lyrics rough it up with hyper-active electro-pop-punk backing, sometimes like the work of an advanced Raymond Scott, sometimes sounding like an Adult wet dream. (Boomkat, 2003)

No problem with an extra dosis of stress and keeping the tempo fast. The lyrics and their sharp, pleasingly arrogant and latent crazy intonation declare a certain trust into the German language. (De:Bug 2003)

These days, Felix Kubin is still very active, recording new music, writing and producing radio plays and running his label Gagarin Records.

Details about the release: the Teenage Tapes LP will be pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, printed on a heavy matte sleeve and presented with an innersleeve of all lyrics both in German and English text. Six of the twelve tracks on this album have never been released before. Available on the 21st of August 2012.

More about Felix Kubin:

Felix is a man—a former 13 and a half year-old genius—with amazing talents, excellent taste and a dry, quirky sensibility. (Momus, 2007)

In this bizarro, berserker realm, music is just one component in a multi-tiered aesthetic that is simultaneously arch and subversive, off the cuff and highly detailed. (Tony Herrington, The Wire, 2010)
Dada-Humor is the cherry on his cake, NDW and Kraftwerk his rearguard as he rushes to meet the future, a whirlwind on the manual, a futuristic ambassador of light, a hammering fist in the garden of fear. (Club Transmediale Festival Catalog, 2006)

Felix Kubin is a not-entirely „identified“ club-culture object. He calls himself a „child living in Juri Gagarin’s body“, and he has characterized his work as „psycho-sci-fi-pop“. Kubin’s performances are true madness – an energy boost in doses that can be dangerous. (Jazzga Festival Catalog, 2008)

Felix Kubin is one of electronic music’s most dynamic and versatile performers. A lovechild of the home recording era, his activities include futuristic pop, radio plays, electroacoustic music, and works for chamber orchestras. Kubin’s music is saturated with enthusiasm for disharmonic pop, industrial noise, and 20th-century avant-garde music. In the last 20 years, he has released a diverse array of albums and played over 80 electronic music festivals. As well as working on a number of projects including theatre and film scores Felix also lectures at art institutions and universities all over the world. His latest project is an offshoot of his label Gagarin Records which is called Apolkalypso, dedicated to the 7“ format.