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

Advertisements

Synthentral! 20170319

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by Plike, Animal Bodies, Syntec, Kindest Cuts, Soulimage, Candy Flip, Lucid Dementia, Cosmicity, Les Berrtas, Red Storm, The Sweetest Condition, Another Green World, Negative Format, Signal Aout 42, Necro Facility, Sally Dige, Brigade Werther, U-Tek, Torul, Second Decay, Massiv In Mensch, Brave New World, Anodic8, Zanias, Austerity Complex, Neon Lines, Human Decay, and Miss Construction

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!

synthesizer01

Synthentral! 20170308

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

Today’s episode features music by Out Of Sphere, TekknoKraft, Dear Strange, Silly Joy, We The North, Nitro/Noise, Loewenhertz, Mildreda, Pakt., Pegasus Asteroid, Berlyn Trilogy, Plastic Autumn, Blue Images, Absurd Minds, SAM, The Psychic Force, Torul, Xperiment+, Brain Over Dust, Platform One, Noisuf-X, Point of View, Psy’Aviah, Lazerhawk, Blitzkids mvt, The Rain Within, Plasmodivm, A Flock of Seagulls, and Universal Poplab

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

synthesizer01

Synthentral! 20170127

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

synthesizer01

Music Time! 2/10/16

Time to put MediaMonkey on shuffle again and see what comes out. Maybe you’ll find a new band you like! If you do, go and support them by buying their CDs or MP3s and gong to their concerts!

Damn, flashbacks to Italy in the early 90’s singing this in the Discoteca!

ARTIST: Voice of the Beehive
SONG: Just Like You
ALBUM: Honey Lingers
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Pet Shop Boys
SONG: Music for Boys
ALBUM: Alternative
YEAR: 1995

ARTIST: Solitary Experiments
SONG: Pale Candle Light
ALBUM: Mind Over Matter
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Regenerator
SONG: Bombs Away
ALBUM: War
YEAR: 2001

Man, this album got me through a couple years in the Navy! Sitting in my rack with it on full blast, drowning out the noise of the ship.

ARTIST: OMD
SONG: Sailing on the Seven Seas
ALBUM: Sugar Tax
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Torul
SONG: Difficult to Kill
ALBUM: The Measure
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Covenant
SONG: It’s Alright
ALBUM: United States of Mind
YEAR: 2000

Well, well… look who came up in shuffle! Shout out to Breye, the lead singer of Provision!

ARTIST: Provision
SONG: Chemistry
ALBUM: Visualize
YEAR: 2004

BAND: Romeo Void
SONG: Six Days and One
ALBUM: Instincts
YEAR: 1984

Interesting note, the song sampled in this is Sun Rising by The Beloved.

BAND: Green Court (feat. De/Vision)
SONG: Shining (Sunshine Club Mix)
ALBUM: Shining (CD Single)
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Incubite
SONG: Collision Course
ALBUM: Collision Course EP
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: They Might Be Giants
SONG: Twisting
ALBUM: Flood
YEAR: 1990

Some serious California memories here…

ARTIST: The Jesus And Mary Chain
SONG: Hardest Walk
ALBUM: Psychocandy
YEAR: 1985

ARTIST: Van She
SONG: Survive
ALBUM: Van She
YEAR: 2005

Did you know 80’s Synthpop legends Blancmange put out a new album in 2015? No? Well, you should check it out. It’s amazing Synthpop!

ARTIST: Blancmange
SONG: Paddington
ALBUM: Semi Detached
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Diamond Rings
SONG: (I Know) What I’m Made Of
ALBUM: Free Dimensional
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Sero.Overdose
SONG: My Pain
ALBUM: Serotonin
YEAR: 2005

So many memories with this song and this album!

ARTIST: Depeche Mode
SONG: Stories of Old
ALBUM: Some Great Reward
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: Evil’s Toy
SONG: No Life
ALBUM: Human Refuse
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Diary of Dreams
SONG: But the Wind Was Stronger
ALBUM: Bird Without Wings
YEAR: 1997

Did you miss Berlin’s new release, Animal, in 2013? You should go listen and buy it!

BAND: Berlin
SONG: Pleasure Victim
ALBUM: Pleasure Victim
YEAR: 1982

New Order is still putting out amazing music! 2015 saw the release of Music Complete. Go check it out!

ARTIST: New Order (feat. Billy Corgan)
SONG: Turn My Way
ALBUM: Get Ready
YEAR: 2001