Urbaniax: Burning Circuits


Format: 7″

Label: Sonet (SON 2271)

Country: UK

Year: 1984

Price paid: $5

Purchased at: Needle Drop Records, Rochester NY


Not sure if this one’s strictly ‘New Wave’ or not, in the most literal sense of the phrase. The single comes with a  handy insert that tells you everything you could possibly want to know about Urbaniax (aka Michal Urbaniak.) He was a jazz musician by trade, but decided to dabble in the then hot experimental/synth market.

The result? Herbie Hancock with a slight disco tinge to it. I can literally just see Mr. Urbaniax standing at a bank of keyboards manically twisting knobs with a big energetic grin on his face, sweat dripping from his brow as his head bobs manically to his ‘groove.’

Whether this is a good or bad image I’ll leave up to you.

There’s a connection with the Mute Records label here too. Not confident what it is, but it was important enough that the whole back side of the insert was dedicated to the topic. Near as I can tell Sonet approached Mute to distribute some of Mute’s product in Europe.

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