Run in much the same way as his long-standing online radio show Noise In My Head, Michael Cucyk’s label Efficient Space, reinvigorates, repackages and reissues obscure archival material from Australia. The four releases so far cover wide ground, taking in house, new wave, synth-pop, experimental, post-punk and folk.
Following three compilations in a row, ES005 is a solo release from Andy Rantzen, whose earliest work stretches back to ambient ensemble Pelican Daughters. Following Andy’s feature on Steel Bonus’ Oz Waves comp (ES004) with ‘Will I Dream‘, 1/66 is a collection of four dubs from his turn of the century archives, home recorded above a lawyer’s office and next door to a brothel. Dialling it down a few notches from the monstrous lead track ‘Rock Steady’, ‘Green River’ is an eccentric four minutes, top and tailed with calming notes of running water and filled with bleeps and bloops, sirens and synthetic pan pipe chords in and amongst the dub rhythm.
A fun fact about Andy, that Efficient Space have enlightened us with. He helped guide techno-rave duo Itch-E & Scratch-E through the 90s with Paul Mac. Winning the inaugural Best Dance Release category at the 1995 Aria Awards, Paul thanked “all of Sydney’s ecstasy dealers, without whom this award would not be possible,” while Andy stayed at home. Another interesting figure in Australian music almost lost to obscurity but bought back into our ears thanks to the insight of Efficient Space.
1/66 is released 27th October – buy from Bandcamp.