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Synth includes all synthesizer-based music from 1970s Synth Pop to modern Synthwave and Vaporwave, and including New Wave, modern takes on Italo Disco, Post-Punk, Electropop, Electro, Dance Pop and Alternative Dance.

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Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988

Ostinato's latest compilation profiles the world of electronic music developed by immigrants from Cape Verde and its influence on the wider European music scene.

Eternity: 거룩한징조 (Sunset Recordings)

Sunset Recordings drops a new release every Friday at 5pm, and as far as I know all or nearly all of them have a free/pay-what-you-can price point.

Alexander Robotnick’s Snapshots of a Happy Time – 2.5 Hour Italo Disco Mix

Here's a two and a half hour DJ mix from 2012 of maestro Alexander Robotnick playing Italo Disco classics.
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Soul Clap Edit of Benjamin Ball’s I Just Keep Dancing on Wax

Soul Clap's choice remix from the South African '80s synth-disco project Boogie Breakdown gets served up.
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Satin Jackets: Panorama Pacifico

A year ago I walked into a club. A year ago less five hours I walked out of that club enamored with what I'd heard. A Satin Jackets performance is one of the best...

Marvel83′ Releases Roller Coaster EP

Spectacular retro vibes that get better and better with every Marvel 83' release.
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Feature: Carl Bias of Master C&J

Get outcher Number Two pencils and a clean sheet of paper, and at the end we'll be having a quiz. Quite a few of the classic House artists of the late '80s have been...

Marvel83′: Downtown Sunset EP

In less than three months, Marvel83' has released five EPs of glistening, groovy synth-heavy records that sound like they fell off the soundtrack of Cobra, or at least Drive.
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Stealing Sunrise 2: Malibu Trail (Night Runner)

A synthwave soundtrack for an actual movie, Night Runner's scored pieces and various additional tracks powerfully evoke the mid-1990s American landscape.

Carpenter Brut is Swinging Through the US

French electro-synth suspect Carpenter Brut embarks on the US leg of his tour in April featuring dates in LA, Coachella, Chicago and wrapping up in New York in May.

Various: Midwest Collective Vol 7

Enduring a sad hiatus, one of the best synthwave labels returns with a new compilation for 2017.

Kraftwerk Headlines Movement 2016 Phase I Line-Up

Phase I of the Movement 2016 festival line-up was announced today. Among the Detroit pioneers and DJs and producers representing the breadth of electronic music today, everyone is talking about the headliners. German electronic music...
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Tim Zawada: The 312 Mix Vol 19

5 Magazine's Chicago-centric podcast series features half (Side A!) of a new cassette tape mix and interview from our town's Tim Zawada (Tugboat Edits, Star Creature).

Alexander Robotnick Weeps for the Conformity of Your iPhone

Now this is not your usual free download - the "track nobody wanted to sign and I don't feel like improving" or, my personal favorite, the "additional remix that sucked too bad to sell"....

Carpenter Brut: Night Stalker

Released in support of the upcoming synthwave documentary The Rise of the Synths.

S U R V I V E Releases RR7349

Two members of S U R V I V E scored Netflix's summer blockbuster Stranger Things, and come through with a dynamite LP.
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IndiGhost: Dreamwalker Part II

IndiGhost's entire discography is immersive as all hell and a joy to splash around in.

Louis and Bebe Barron: Forbidden Planet at the Dawn of Electronic Music

Editor's Note: This was originally published in May 2012. In honor of Women's History Month, 5 Mag has decided to republish a substantially revised version of this piece to highlight the (far too often...

A Lost Italo Album Finally Gets Some Play

To call this record a pleasant surprise is an understatement the size of Vesuvius. House of Music was the greatest Italo Disco label ever, and it's not really up for debate in my eyes....

I-Robots Is Your Future

In a time of universal mediocrity, an obsession with quality is a revolutionary act. A man of the same sentiment, Chez Damier, lit the fire in me with an introduction to the music of...


Duke Shin and 5 Years of Bringing The Goods

Exclusive mix and interview with Duke Shin, purveyor of fine beats and impresario behind The Goods Thursday nights, celebrating their 5th anniversary.




12 Years of Breaking Records

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