Top 30 Synth Albums of 2017

TOP 30 Synth-Based Albums/EPs from 2017!

This list was very hard to do. There were so many amazing albums, EP’s, and singles released in 2017. In order for an album to qualify, it had to be in my library. I get music a lot of ways. A lot of times promoters, record labels, and artists send me their music so I can play the music. A lot of times I have to buy the albums. Sometimes the artists offer the albums up for free on their web page, Bandcamp, or other sources.

All those sources resulted in having 4,396 unique album/EP/single entries from 2017 that I had to go through. That’s a daunting number and it should be noted that there’s no way I have all the new music released in 2017! There is no doubt in my mind that I missed some new music that may have ended up on this list if I had it in my library.

Narrowing the list down:

In order for an album to qualify it had to be new material from the musician/band. So the first thing I did was remove any remix albums. The second thing I did was remove any compilation/best of/greatest hits albums. The third thing I did was remove any singles where the song was part of a later or earlier album. Doing those three things dwindled the number of unique entries to 3,477. Still a daunting task.

Next step was to go through each of those almost 3,500 entries and rate them from 1 to 10. Then I deleted everything that I rated 8 or below. Entries required a 9 or 10 to make it to next round. This processes narrowed the unique entries to 76.

I then re-rated the remaining 76 entries with a much stricter ear. After the re-rating I removed anything below a 9. That left me with 47 unique entries. Then I had to do it again until I got down to 40 entries. At this point, removing anyone from the list physically hurt my heart. The amount of awesome goodness on that list of 47 and 40 was painful as I removed one after another.

Now that I had it down to 40, I had to remove 10 more, who are the honorable mentions. As hard as it was getting down to 40, removing those 10 more was even more difficult!

The Caveats:

  1. Music is subjective. There is a really good chance that your list would be completely different from mine. I did not use any criteria like record sales, listening stats, or anything that would require me to hire someone with a Master’s Degree in musicology.
  2. My criteria for the initial rating and re-rating was asking two simple questions:
    1. Do I want to listen to this album on repeat or just once and listen to a different album?
    2. Are the majority of the songs on the album listenable? The more I wanted to listen to an album on repeat and the more songs on it that were listenable, the higher the rating it got (weighted for singles and EP’s of course). Narrowing those down to just 40/30 was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be for sure.
  3. I am sure that I will get a lot of “But what about Band A and album B? How could you not list those?” See #1. Music is subjective to the listener.

There was a lot of amazing new music put out in 2017. Let’s hope 2018 is just as awesome!

2017 TOP 30 SYNTH-BASED ALBUMS (alphabetical order):

3FORCE — Resistance
3Teeth — _shutdown.exe_
AM Tierpark — Trashy Luxury
Angelspit — Black Dog Bite
Arian 1 — Signals
Blakk Glass — Trial EP
Christopher Anton — Connected
CRYSEHD — EP III
deZeption — Mature
Drab Majesty – The Demonstration
Elektrostaub — Birthday And Death
Funker Vogt — Code Of Conduct
Gary Numan — Savage: Songs From A Broken World
Grendel — Age Of The Disposable Body
Hexheart — Midnight On A Moonless Night
Lorelei Dreaming — Banshee
ManMindMachine — Point Of Departure EP
Missing in STARS — Echo Point
Night Drive — Night Drive
Priest — New Flesh
Reflection — Lumen EP
Schwarzschild — Radius
Stilz — Starcrash
T.O.Y — Pain Is Love
Telekon — Hope for Believers
Torul — Monday EP
Wiccid — By Design
William Control — Revelations: The White EP
Xenturion Prime — Humanity Plus
Zynic — Neon Oblivion

2017 SYNTH-BASED HONORABLE MENTIONS:

C-Lekktor — Out Of My Way
Crüxshadows, The — Astromythology
Dav Dralleon — Depths EP
Forces Of Light — Darklights
New Division, The — No Pride In Paradise EP
Orange Sector — Endzeit (Deluxe Edition)
Slave Republic — Songs For Sinners
Sonic Reunion — Turning Point
Vainerz — Patient
Watch Clark — First Week of Winter

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Synthentral 20170901

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by The Cruxshadows, Twisted Destiny, Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark, Cosaquitos en Globo, Neon Valley Kvlt, Riot Kitten, Crash Dump File, Chris Narvali, Alpha Boötis, Monody, Studio-X, Protera, Neonsol, Shiv-R, Machinista, 00tz 00tz, Stilz, VDevil, OctoLab, Kounter Mezhure, Kontradikshn, Keith McCoy, Ten Cent Toys, Paperkite, AEX, Mei Ohara, and The Presets!

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!

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Synthentral! 20170301

New episode of Synthentral, a stream of synth-based music, is now online!

Today’s episode features music by Vector Hold, Trench Run, Electric Dragon, Stars Crusaders, FoxxyNewport, Makeup And Vanity Set, Def Neon, A Pale Moon, NordarR, Factory Acts, Hollywood Burns, Jäger 90, Trash80, Neon Droid, EKKOES, HexRx, 5TIMESZERO, The Rorschach Garden, Inertia, Blaqk Audio, The Crüxshadows, We The North, B! Machine, Bleep Attack!, Encephalon, Children Within, Sono, and Aktivity 512

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen to the stream!

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Music Time! 2016 New Music, Volume 2

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My theme this time is “2016 New Music!” I put all the music released in 2016 and sorted it alphabetically by album. This is Volume 2, with album titles F through O. Some bands put out more than one album in 2016, so you may see them twice in different volumes. 2016 was a fantastic music year if you like synth-based music! It was also a phenomenal year for concerts for me. I got to see some amazing artists in concert, from Assemblage 23 to the Pet Shop Boys. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as magical!

It’s music time again! Why do I do this? Well, in the hopes of introducing people to new synth-based music (EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop, Synthwave, Darkwave, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Electro, etc). So give the bands a listen and if you like what you hear, then go and pay for their album and support the bands!

NOTE: I own (as in paid for, or was gifted) all of the music that I feature. I also attend as many local shows that I can to support bands when they’re on tour. Please do the same and support music!

 

ARTIST: Sin.Sin
SONG: Moving Sands
ALBUM: Fairytronics EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Day Twelve
SONG: Lie In Wait
ALBUM: Fin
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Killing Machine
ALBUM: For a Better World
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: A Covenant of Thorns
SONG: Resurrection
ALBUM: Forgotten EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Tolerance Is Freedom
ALBUM: Fractured Sign
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Clicks
SONG: Take Control
ALBUM: Glitch/Machine
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Eloquent
SONG: Mixed Emotions (Nórdika Remix)
ALBUM: Global Remix Extravaganza
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: THYX
SONG: Don’t Get Alive
ALBUM: Headless
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: The Crüxshadows
SONG: Helios
ALBUM: Helios EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Dismantled
SONG: The Hero
ALBUM: The Hero EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Voicecoil
SONG: Screaming To The Sky
ALBUM: Inertial Fault
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Mesh
SONG: Paper Thin
ALBUM: Kill Your Darlings (CD Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Aesthetic Perfection
SONG: LAX
ALBUM: LAX (Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Magic Sword
SONG: Legend of The Keeper (Extended Mix)
ALBUM: Legend EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Body Of Light
SONG: Come Down
ALBUM: Let Me Go
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Mesh
SONG: The Traps We Made
ALBUM: Looking Skyward
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Timecop1983
SONG: Come Back
ALBUM: Lovers, Pt 1 EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: X-in June
SONG: Love Made Of Wax
ALBUM: Magus
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Vanguard
SONG: They Are Watching
ALBUM: Never Surrender
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Saft
SONG: Aldrig Som Förr
ALBUM: Norrbacka
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: The KVB
SONG: Night Games
ALBUM: Of Desire
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Twisted Destiny
SONG: Let’s Play
ALBUM: Offline
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Information Society
SONG: State Of The Nation
ALBUM: Orders of Magnitude
YEAR: 2016