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 20170827

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by LCD Soundsystem, CTRL, The New Division, Canal Pop, Philip Oakley, Synapsyche, Glass Candy, NITE, bOUNdLEZZ, K-Bereit, SoftWave, Esselbon, Prager Handgriff, AccroGeist, Synthonation, Adoration Destroyed, Lorelei Dreaming, Oceanside85, The Static Architect, Eurotix, William Control, Stoneburner, Blind Faith And Envy, Hands Of Blue, Conmutadores, Mechanical Cabaret, Alphamay, Stockhaussen, Superikone, and Ray Noir!

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!

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Synthentral! 20170419

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by Mergel Kratzer, Authentic Impulse, A Brilliant Massacre, Fake The Envy, Daybehavior, Nina, Silica Gel, Metavari, Project Pitchfork, Black Heaven, Panzer AG, Electro Sensitive Behaviour, In-A-Sense, The Dust of Basement, Carnival Of Dreams, Mirror Kisses, Decence, The New Division, Soil & Eclipse, De/Vision, Missing Witness, Carol Masters, Seabound, Essence Of Mind, Declaration, Moderns, Asmodeus X, Cylab, and The Ironic Sweden

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!

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Music Time! “Saturday” Edition, 4/30/16

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It’s Saturday Night! What am I doing? Not a damn thing. I’m sitting at home processing and editing music because I just don’t feel like going out! I wonder what I have with “Saturday” in it…

ARTIST: BAK XIII
SONG: Saturday Night
ALBUM: Ibi Deficit Orbis
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Crowded House
SONG: Saturday Sun
ALBUM: Intriguer
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: 10:15 Saturday Night
ALBUM: Boys Don’t Cry
YEAR: 1980

ARTIST: Cut Copy
SONG: Saturdays
ALBUM: Bright Like Neon Love
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Equatronic
SONG: Saturday In Silesia
ALBUM: Unreleased
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Erasure
SONG: I Love Saturday
ALBUM: I Say I Say I Say
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: The New Division
SONG: Saturday Night
ALBUM: Shadows (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 1994

ARTIST: Pet Shop Boys
SONG: Saturday Night Fever
ALBUM: Bilingual – Further Listening 1995-1997 (Special Edition)
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: rational youth
SONG: Saturdays In Silesia
ALBUM: Cold War Nightlife
YEAR: 1982