Synth

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.

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...
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Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth Disco

Cultures of Soul shines a spotlight on the long-neglected Synth Disco scene of the early 1980s.
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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...
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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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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).
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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...

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.
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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...
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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...

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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JT Donaldson’s 88 Days EP for Nu Jax

There was a time not that long ago that JT Donaldson was a staple on the "circuit" - an informal group of about two dozen or so DJs that seemed to play every city...
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Eat It, Celebrity DJs: Giorgio Moroder to Perform First Ever Live DJ Set

It was one of the strange paradoxes of the disco era that two of the giants - two of the people whose innovations were so breathtaking that you can segment music as it existed...

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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Stilz: Starcrash

Sci-fi, neo-retrowave vibes from Stilz for the full-on Starcrash project.
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Sleazy Bootleggers Cash In On Classy (Legit) Reissues of Italo Classics

Casco: Cybernetic Love BWH: Livin' Up/Stop Blackway With Helene (BWH): Music For Us Decadance: On And On 'Lectric Worker's "Robot Is Systematic"/"The Garden" Thirty two years too late (or too late to save anybody we lost and left...
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Dance Music’s Forgotten Master: Stefano Pulga

Kano: I'm Ready (Emergency Records) Dharma: Plastic Doll (System Music) Gaucho: Dance Forever (System Music) Pink Project: Disco Project (Zanza Records) Ask even a knowledgeable fan of that confusing but utterly exhilarating era of early '80s dance music about one Mr. Stefano...
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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.

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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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...
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Nigerian Synth Godfather William Onyeabor Has Died

Mysterious synth-funk godfather William Onyeabor died Monday in his hometown of Enugu, Nigeria.

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