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HYPERBUBBLE – Western Ware

HYPERBUBBLE – Western Ware

Tweet 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 [...]
Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2016

Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2016

Tweet 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 [...]
Introducing AIVIS

Introducing AIVIS

Tweet 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 [...]
Is That The 12″ Remix? – New Book featuring Pansentient League!

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

Tweet 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 [...]
Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2015

Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2015

Tweet 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 (Redux 2015)

PSL 1993: May Bee Mix (Redux 2015)

Tweet 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

Tweet 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 [...]
Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2013

Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2013

Tweet 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 [...]
Schmoof Interview 2013

Schmoof Interview 2013

Tweet 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 [...]
Even More Favorite Albums of 2013

Even More Favorite Albums of 2013

Tweet 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 – [...]
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