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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.

Block35 featuring Thane: Carolina Blue

Carolina Blue is an LP existing somewhere at the intersection a Billy Ocean TV special and the credit roll of a Cinemax erotic thriller.
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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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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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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...

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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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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Lost Inside of Mitch Murder’s Fever Dreams: The Real Deal

Listen to the album so '80s that even the '80s had nothing like it.
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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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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.

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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The Northern Lights: Caroline EP

The Northern Lights is apparently just a guy, making soundtracks and music in search of a movie best suited for his soundtracks.

Anthony Nicholson Releases Night-clubb-ing on Bandcamp

Anthony Nicholson releases a record of twitchy, synth-driven dance that owes much to House Music's Italo, New Wave and Krautrock roots.
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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...
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Retouch: Light Years LP

Retouch is a(nother) Russian savant I've found on Bandcamp, inhabiting a world of what you might dub "progressive retro-futurism" if every word in that phrase didn't contradict every other one.

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.

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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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...
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...

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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