Best Synth Music 2021


Let’s dive into the electronic world of synth music!


Number Five: Oh Yung – Godless



Oh Yung released Godless in May, and ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ช ๐“ซ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ป it still is! Every song is worthy of praise, but perhaps none so much as “What U Wanna Do” for its complete bonkersness! The only flaw is its shortness!


Number Four: Big Lad – Power Tools


I’ll always remember the time I saw some dude cover a Venetian Snares song on an actual drum kit. I was so impressed by that! Well, Big Lad have turned that energy into the physical world, and play breakcore with a real drummer! Of course, that means you don’t get those inhuman beats anymore, but these human beats are still really great, and the pitch manipulation so typical of the genre remains, which is amazing! Big Lad consistently delivers awesome albums, and this one is no different!


Number Three: Giant Claw – Mirror Guide


Mirror Guide is one of the more “out-there” albums on this list, and it’s so fascinating, with its constantly bouncing rhythms and shifting timbres, that I kept being pulled back to it. One of the best experimental electro releases of the year!


Number Two: Erang – Prisonnier du rรชve


Prisonnier du rรชveโ€”Prisoner of the Dreamโ€”is a true work of love dedicated to the music of one’s childhood, specifically book-record sets, which are the ancestors of audiobooks, but which had music. As such, Prisonnier du rรชve takes you on a nostalgic adventure, and it’s such a heart-warming album, filled with care and attention to detail.


Number One: Rรฏga – Amorphรฉe


Disclaimer: we released this album on our label, but we did it because we truly believed in it!
Rรฏga is no stranger to overdoing things, yet, with Amorphรฉe, he overdid himself! Four tracksโ€”culminating in almost 100 minutes!โ€”of meandering explorations of electronic music meshed with classical percussion and the avant-garde use of microrhythms all throughout this massive opus make for a mind-blowing experience, and a journey for the senses. It’s a one-in-a-lifetime achievement, and the dedication of Rรฏga to musical exploration is on full display here.


Notable Releases

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Friday, 29 January

Occam’s Laser – Odyssey of Noise, Volume โ…ก

41:01
darkwave
England, UK
Independent

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Monday, 15 February

Otto von Schirach & Qebrus – Ottobrus

28:27
breakcore, experimental electro
Miami, Florida
Triangle Earth

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Friday, 2 April

Occam’s Laser – Odyssey of Noise, Volume โ…ข

41:06
darkwave
England, UK
Independent

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Sunday, 11

Neo Geodesia – แŸขแŸฅแŸฆแŸข แžคแžแžผแŸแžžแžถแž—แŸ’แž›แžธแž‹

36:30
experimental electro
London, UK
Chinabot

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Friday, 16

Crown – The End of All Things

45:33
darkwave
Colmar, France
Pelagic

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Tuesday, 20 April

Kyler Boss – Mothership

17:23
jazz fusion
Fort Collins, Colorado
Independent


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Friday, 7 May

Oh Yung – Godless

20:00
experimental electro
New York
Deathbomb Arc

Read our review.


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Friday, 14

Giant Claw – Mirror Guide

38:31
experimental electro
United States
Orange Milk

Read our review.

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Saturday, 15

Rรฏga – Amorphรฉe

95:19
experimental electro
France
Not Music

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Monday, 24 May

Fixions – ็‰น็•ฐ็‚น

45:12
darkwave
Aix En Provence, France
Independent

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Agwamno – Metal Waves

57:46
experimental electro, breakcore
Unknown
Independent

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Wednesday, 1 September

Erang – Prisonnier du rรชve

38:04
synthwave, soundtrack
France
Independent

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Friday, 10 September

Big Lad – Power Tools

37:12
breakcore
London, UK
Hominid Sounds

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Friday, 1 October

Kebu – Urban Dreams

75:26
synthwave
Espoo, Finland
Independent

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Occam’s Laser – Occult 90

42:11
darkwave
England, UK
Independent

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CM80 – The Death of Sleep

24:31
progressive metal, chiptune
Waterloo, Iowa
Independent

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Saturday, 13 November

Ivan Klomp – Magiclick

11:53
electro-jazz
Buenos Aires, Argentina
TVL

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Friday, 17 December

Stridulum – Soothing Tales of Escapism

40:11
darkwave
Poland
Independent

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Best of 2021

01/01 – Best of Afrobeat
01/02 – Best of Atmospheric Black Metal
01/03 – Best of Avant-Garde Black Metal
01/04 – Best of Brutal Death Metal
01/05 – Best of Classical
01/06 – Best of Death Metal
01/07 – Best of Deathcore
01/08 – Best of Doom Metal
01/09 – Best of Folk
01/10 – Best of Grindcore
01/11 – Best of Hardcore
01/12 – Best Improvisation
01/13 – Best of Indie Rock
01/14 – Best of Jazz Fusion
01/15 – Best of Jazzcore
01/16 – Best of Math Rock
01/17 – Best of Mathcore
01/18 – Best of Metalcore
01/19 – Best of Modern Jazz
01/20 – Best of Noise Rock
01/21 – Best of Nu Jazz
01/22 – Best of Nu Prog
01/23 – Best of Pop
01/24 – Best of Post-Hardcore
01/25 – Best of Post-Metal
01/26 – Best of Post-Rock
01/27 – Best of Progressive Metal
01/28 – Best of Progressive Rock
01/29 – Best of Punk
01/30 – Best of Sludge
01/31 – Best Synth Music

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