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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 [...]
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 [...]
Pansentient Synthpop 2012

Pansentient Synthpop 2012

Pansentient Synthpop 2012 is a Spotify playlist containing an ever-expanding collection of the best new synthpop and electropop releases from 2012. Featuring over 100 songs from 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: 3 Cold Men, Agent Side [...]
My Ten Favorite Albums of the 1990s

My Ten Favorite Albums of the 1990s

Most electronic music aficionados think of the 1990s as “the dark ages” after the explosion of electro bands in the 80s. Post acid house, good electronic pop music saw a huge decline in the face of grunge, Britpop and the like. But there were some superb releases in this decade. The 1990s saw the electrofication of goth and industrial music to create electro-industrial, a genre I consumed with rabid passion and still love to this day. [...]
My Ten Favorite Albums of the 1980s

My Ten Favorite Albums of the 1980s

The 1980s is the most important decade for me, musically speaking. It’s when I was a teenager so – as I’m sure is true for you too – music from my teens will always have an extra special resonance to me. Unlike my best of the 1970s list, pretty much all of the albums below I heard at the time of release. So many great albums dropped in the 1980s, but there’s only room for a dozen or so of them here. So sorry to exclude [...]
Coldwave and Minimal Synth on Spotify

Coldwave and Minimal Synth on Spotify

Coldwave is minimal post-punk analog synth music that’s seen a huge resurgence in the past couple of years. While I knew and loved the likes of Fad Gadget, Hard Corps, Joy Division and The Future, I had little knowledge of the many lesser-known bands who’d self-released a vast amount of this chilled, sparse synth music on the back of the first wave of synthpop and industrial music in the early 1980s. Now several new labels have [...]
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