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Three Progressive Rock Albums That Changed My Life

Three Progressive Rock Albums That Changed My Life

Here are three albums that had a big impact on me growing up. Ostensibly all progressive rock, each album played a big part in my early music listening pleasure. ALL THREE are now on Spotify, so you can check them out right away.
Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2013

Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2013

So 2013 then: what another great year for music! Especially if you’re a fan of synthpop, electropop, new wave and the like. From classic-era heavyweights releasing career highlights (OMD, Pet Shop Boys, Alison Moyet) through to expectation-defying returns to form (Depeche Mode, Covenant) and dynamite debuts (CHVRCHES, Vile Electrodes), this past year has shown that the long-form album is still king. You can listen to what I thought [...]
Even More Favorite Albums of 2013

Even More Favorite Albums of 2013

While waiting for albums from CHVRCHES, Covenant, Northern Kind, Vile Electrodes, and VNV Nation (all due this year!) here’s another selection of excellent electronica from the past month or two.   SYNTHPOP   Iamamiwhoami – Bounty Marnie – Crystal World Pet Shop Boys – Electric Slave Republic – Quest for Love Zynic – Blindsided     ELECTRO-INDUSTRIAL   Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation [...]
Five Years of Top 20 Albums

Five Years of Top 20 Albums

I’ve been posting “Best Albums of the Year” lists for some years now, originally on MySpace then on this site. Feeling all retrospective, I thought I’d put together a quick “list of lists” to help keep track of them all. Unfortunately some of the older lists have gone AWOL: Wayback Machine has a few snapshots of my old MySpace homepage, but alas the blog posts were not archived. Google’s cache does [...]
Pansentient Synthpop 2013

Pansentient Synthpop 2013

Pansentient Synthpop 2013 is our latest annual Spotify playlist containing an ever-expanding collection of the best new synthpop and electropop releases of the year. Featuring over 100 songs from over 100 artists, this playlist is the ultimate modern sampler for every discerning synthpop fan! Updated weekly with additional suggestions from The Electricity Club, Brutal Resonance, Electronic Magazine and Bop 2 Pop.     Featuring: Alison [...]
More Favorite Albums of 2013

More Favorite Albums of 2013

Here’s another selection of great new albums on my Spotify rotation. These dozen or so slabs of prime electronica made the cut and should keep you going for a few weeks!   SYNTHPOP BEF – Music of Quality & Distinction Volume 3 – Dark Feathers – If All Here Now Ghost Capsules – Ghost Capsules Noblesse Oblige – Affair of the Heart Social Ambitions – Hunger Vaylon – Primus   DARK/MINIMAL [...]
Some Favorite Albums of 2013 (so far)

Some Favorite Albums of 2013 (so far)

Here’s a selection of new albums I’ve been enjoying this year, mostly synthpop but a few others in the mix too. Karl Bartos – Atomium Depeche Mode – Welcome To My World Marsheaux – Inhale Kavinsky – OutRun OMD – English Electric Space March – Mountain King Little Boots – Nocturnes Alison Moyet – The Minutes K-X-P – II KMFDM – KUNST
42: SINTHETIC SOURCES for ANALYSIS v1.x

42: SINTHETIC SOURCES for ANALYSIS v1.x

New Spotify playlist! 42: SINTHETIC SOURCES for ANALYSIS v1.x features a range of Favorites In Selected Electronica Sub-Genres, spliced together with brutish determination and saving grace. Contains 10 million volts in the form of: electro-industrial, psytrance, industrial metal, hauntronica goth, hybrid krautrock, Neuromancer dub, soundtrack, glitch and a whole load more. This is a live snapshot of 42 reference points (possible variable [...]
New New on Spotify

New New on Spotify

Just to let you know that I’ve updated the New on Spotify page (which lists new releases added to Spotify over the last 7 days) to include the following countries: Ireland Italy Portugal Poland Just select the corresponding country code in the drop-down menu and click away. I’ve also doubled the number of result pages and made a few other minor bug fixes. Enjoy!
Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2012

Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2012

2012 has felt very much like a transitional year for electronic (and in particular synthpop) music: the 2nd golden age of synthpop drew to a close, and its former key players took leave to write new material and make way for a new new generation. Consequently there weren’t quite as many stunning albums this year compared to previously, and this list of my 20 favorites fell into place relatively easily. The quantity and quality of [...]
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