We’re into the final week of The Pansentient League’s special feature where some of our favourite bands, DJs, and music personalities tell us about their Top 10 Songs. Each article includes a Spotify playlist so that you can listen in to the selection while reading the guest’s commentary.
Flux are Finnish trio Asta, Ville, and Vesa. I thought their début album Safe + Sound was so good I placed it in my Top 3 Synthpop Albums of 2009. Professionally-trained vocalist Asta has a gorgeous ethereal quality that offsets Flux’s darker synthpop sound perfectly: check out the brilliant song No More Than Alive for example. New single Claws And Teeth is due next month: one I’m really looking forward to. I asked the band for a list of their 10 favourite songs: synthmaster Ville replied with a list that includes the Stray Cats, Suede, Laughing Lennie and more. Check it out!
This is the first pop song I remember from my childhood and it still sounds good.
2. Suede — Animal Nitrate
Another song which brings back memories. Animal Nitrate hasn’t aged a bit in almost 20 years.
3. Leonard Cohen — First We Take Manhattan
4. Laika — Girl Without Hands
The vocal arrangement on this one is simply amazing.
5. Depeche Mode — Everything Counts
I have to include at least one Depeche Mode song to my list. Everything Counts is my current favourite.
6. Kraftwerk — Electric Café
The lighter side of Kraftwerk.
7. Sinead O’Connor — Troy
Troy has to be the most powerful song ever. When I first heard the part where she shouts “THE PHOENIX FROM THE FLAME, I HAVE LEARNED, I WILL RISE” (3:43), I nearly crapped myself!
8. New Order — Vanishing Point
A classic tune by a classic band.
9. Massive Attack — Teardrop
Teardrop proves that less is more. I could listen to this on repeat for hours.
10. Tears For Fears — Mad World
When it comes to song-writing, Tears For Fears are in a league of their own.