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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Babble, Billy Mackenzie, Deee-Lite, Finitribe, The Future Sound Of London, The Grid, Orbital, S’Express, Senor Coconut, The Shamen, Transglobal [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
To follow on from my retrospective article about Schmoof over on The Electricity Club, here is a brand-new interview with Schmoof!
Lloyd and Sarah Schmoof: it’s great to hear from you both again! When I interviewed you last you were just about to release your second album, The Glamour and preparing for a UK tour to promote it. That album turned out to be my favourite release of 2007, but I think a lot of your potential [...]
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.
Iamamiwhoami – Bounty
Marnie – Crystal World
Pet Shop Boys – Electric
Slave Republic – Quest for Love
Zynic – Blindsided
Nine Inch Nails – [...]
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 [...]