Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2017

Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2017

Greeting synthpop fans! Welcome to the Pansentient League’s Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2017. To end this year there will be few words here, because 2017: bloody hell! So mostly just let the music speak for itself and hit the Spotify buttons below. Because there was some truly fine synthpop and electronic music released in the past 12 months. Here’s our 20 favorite synthpop albums! Note: unlike previous years, this time “album” [...]
HYPERBUBBLE – Western Ware

HYPERBUBBLE – Western Ware

Last summer, San Antonio Texas duo Hyperbubble got on their electric horses and moseyed on down to Nashville, Tennessee to record their new country moog album WESTERN WARE. With No Strings Attached, synth cowboy Jeff and cowgirl Jess recorded the album in the home of Country and Western for good reason: WESTERN WARE is a full album of classic country songs, some very familiar (Rhinestone Cowboy, Jolene) and others more obscure (although [...]
Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2016

Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2016

Synthpop releases in 2016 came thick and fast, with thousands of songs and singles being released throughout the year.  This exceptional quantity of course meant a lot of mediocrity and clone bands with nothing really new to say: in 2016 I listened to a lot of so-so synthpop. But amongst all the electropop noise, some fantastic songs and albums emerged –  new music with that special something that made me want to listen again. [...]
Introducing AIVIS

Introducing AIVIS

AIVIS are Aidan and Travis, a brand new electropop duo from Scotland/USA. They’ve spent the past couple of years writing and recording songs, culminating in the release today of debut single “The Wilderness”. I totally love it: it’s catchy and modern and a wee bit world-wise. Glasgow-boy Aidan Smeaton’s vocals command this post-breakup tune, with its metronomic rhythms and intricate percussion; I’m sure [...]
Is That The 12″ Remix? – New Book featuring Pansentient League!

Is That The 12″ Remix? – New Book featuring Pansentient League!

Rob Grillo (author of “Picture This” and “Anoraknophobia“) has just released his new book Is That The 12″ Remix? Originally released in 2010, “Is That the 12″ Mix?” returns in this newly expanded edition for 2016 (and an appropriate moniker tweak). With an exclusive introduction by Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), “Is That the 12″ Remix?“ narrates the history of the twelve inch mix [...]
RIP New on Spotify

RIP New on Spotify

Unfortunately, Spotify have switched off their Metadata API meaning that our New on Spotify page will not work without a rewrite. I currently do not have the time nor skills to do this – if you feel up to the challenge, please get in touch and I can send you the sources. Alternatives There are a few possible alternatives: http://www.spotifynewmusic.com/ http://spotifyreleases.com/ http://everynoise.com/spotify_new_releases.html If [...]
Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2015

Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2015

So that was 2015 then: what another great yeat for synthpop! But I nearly didn’t manage this year’s Pansentient Top 20 Synthpop Album rundown, as I was busy writing a book- please check it out, it’s a geeky techno-savvy modern fable (with embedded Spotify playlists 😉 ) While writing my book, I of course listened to A LOT of music – and a lot of that was NEW SYNTHPOP. I have a Top 20 for you below the fold, [...]
PSL 1993: May Bee Mix (Redux 2015)

PSL 1993: May Bee Mix (Redux 2015)

PSL 1993 – May Bee Mix – Extended and newly mixed for Spotify/YouTube playlist, originally mixed 1992/1993 in Falkirk on Fostex 4-track cassette tape. Contained samples from UHF, The Lawnmower Man and others. Spotify playlist created 2015. For the May Queen.   Featuring: Babble, Billy Mackenzie, Deee-Lite, Finitribe, The Future Sound Of London, The Grid, Orbital, S’Express, Senor Coconut, The Shamen, Transglobal [...]
Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2014

Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2014

2014 has been another bumper year for synthpop releases, but it’s also been a year where quantity has often ruled over quality: 2014 saw many, many decent synthpop singles and albums released throughout the year, but only a small handful have had that “wow” factor. The big-hitter artists – old-school classic bands who’ve seen such a resurgence in the past few years – were largely absent this year (with [...]
Why I Love Spotify and Think You Should Too

Why I Love Spotify and Think You Should Too

A couple of years ago I was helping out at an electropop night in London and got chatting with Rusty Egan, DJ and maestro behind 80s synthpop legends Visage. I mentioned that I wrote a blog about Spotify and he was perplexed. Not because he didn’t know what Spotify was – the music-streaming service had already started to enter the mainstream psyche – but he couldn’t see how someone could dedicate a blog to it. “Well, [...]
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