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Synth

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.

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"....
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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.
Ludus Pinsky

Ludus Pinsky: Musician, Producer, Maker of Synthesizers

For 5 Magazine's new column focusing on machines and the men and women who love them, we talk to The Analog Session's Ludus Pinsky - "musician, producer, maker of synthesizers". The synth-driven, largely improvisational...

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....
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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...

For the Love of UKG

5 Magazine is publishing 3 straight issues dedicated solely to the music, artists and influence of the genre we love more than most, UK Garage. It starts now.
synthesize the soul

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.
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Soviet Disco: The Tripped Out World of ’80s Communist Exercise Records

In 2010, a label called Secret Stash dropped a record called Soviet Funk Volume 1. It was a previously unheard collection of funk tracks "recorded by Pavel Sysoyev in Abakan" - the capital city...
Tycho

Tycho Announces US Fall Tour

Tycho has announced an ambitious 2016 Fall Tour behind the release of the sweeping new single, Division.
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Alexander Robotnick’s Archives Vol 3

Robotnick is at his eclectic best with this edition of his Archives series; each of the 3 tracks can be readily classified but trying to come up with an overall thread of continuity is...
stilz

Stilz: Starcrash

Sci-fi, neo-retrowave vibes from Stilz for the full-on Starcrash project.
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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.

Trevor Something: Soulless Computer Boy and The Eternal Render

Trevor Something chews, claws and tears apart the firm categories that synthwave albums are usually boxed in.
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Alexander Robotnick: The Italian Mad Genius Digs Into His Archives

Twenty eight years after cutting the proto-electro classic "Problemes d'Amour" - a staple at clubs like the Box, the Loft & the Garage - the Italian mad genius Alexander Robotnick (aka Maurizio Dami) is...

Review: Tycho’s (now Grammy Nominated) Epoch

Tycho's new (and now Grammy-nominated) LP, Epoch is an album exquisitely shaped by and made for live performance.
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Carpenter Brut: Night Stalker

Released in support of the upcoming synthwave documentary The Rise of the Synths.
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Electronic Pioneers The System Come Back on Wax

Four tracks from The System's groundbreaking debut on Romantic Records, which presaged techno, perfected new wave and gave electronic bands a blueprint to follow.

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