The best Synthpop websites (to discover amazing Synthpop music)
Variety is the spice of life. With this in mind, I'd like to showcase other great music websites and magazines with similar, overlapping genres of Synthpop that enrich the scene alongside Electrozombies. I visit these sites regularly because otherwise I would miss Synthpop music videos or important releases here and there for our visitors.
The construct of competitive thinking is completely alien to me. Personally, I see us all more as a big family who share the same passion for dark, electronic music. As I mentioned before, Synth Pop is just one area we share, but each magazine within this list has a different unique and specialised focus. I would like to share this sources with you in this post "The best Synthpop websites (to discover amazing Synthpop music)" and inspire you to visit these sites regularly.
By the way, only international websites were considered for the list.
Best Synthpop websites and magazines (Alphabetical order)
The website Brutal Resonance was launched in 2009 by Patrik Lindström. It started out as a purely Swedish magazine, but quickly went international. BTW: Patrik also programmed the music database Electroracle in 2014. Basically a modern-looking Discogs specifically for electronic music. Definitely worth a visit!
The main person responsible for the content on Brutal Resonance is Steven Gullotta, who joined in 2012. Musically, the guys are a bit more rugged. True Northmen, that is (wink smiley). According to their own statement, they cover the following genres: Harsh EBM/Aggrotech, Electro-Industrial, Industrial, Futurepop, Synthpop, Darkwave, New-Wave, Neofolk/Neo-classical, Martial Industrial, Industrial Rock / Industrial Metal, Dark Ambient, Power Noise, Power Electronics, Rythmic Noise and TBM/IDM.
ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK was founded in 2017. In terms of musical development and history, England and Germany have the same roots, especially in the electronic sector. The Electricity Club's approach is a little different from the usual blogs, but not irrelevant.
The site's manifesto says: "Founded on 15th March 2010, ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK aims to feature the best in new and classic electronic Pop music. It doesn't promote bands or support scenes, it just writes about the music it likes, and occasionally some music it doesn't like…". But don't worry, Electro Pop and Synth Pop are solid pillars in the content here. I visit the site regularly and always find what I'm looking for.
Since 2007 Erick Ycaza (founder) runs the Electro/Dance Music Blog 'Electro Wow'. With the claim 'Discover new music every day' Erick has written big things on the banner. But in fact the site is updated regularly and often.
In his blog he provides his readership with exclusive interviews, song reviews, video clips, dance music news, fashion articles, press releases and more. The music genres covered here are more club and party oriented. In the following these are listed like here: EDM, Electro Pop, Indie Pop, House, Trance, Techno, Tech House, and Dubstep. But I also find some Synth Pop pearls here from time to time.
I don't think it's selfish to list my own website here. This entry only contributes to the completeness of the list. Electrozombies started in 2010 as a pure music video blog and has gradually developed into this magazine. You can find more details on the pages 'The story behind the origin of Electrozombies' and 'About us'. Apart from that, I hope that we have a permanent place in your bookmarks alongside these wonderful other websites.
I Die: You Die
Bruce and Alex named their music blog 'I Die: You Die' after a song by Gary Numan from 1980. So the direction of the march is already clearly set. Since 2011, they have been regularly updating their music blog with new songs, mixtapes and articles from the scene in the fields of Industrial, EBM, Goth, Dark Electro and related genres. For quite some time now, they have also been covering the podcast segment with the name 'We have a technical'. Be sure to listen in here.
By the way, the content is more up-to-date than the visual appearance of the blog. The design has barely changed since the blog was founded. So besides the latest music news, you get the good old blog feeling of the early 2000s.
With the claim 'Art Fashion Music. Made in Berlin', the German KALTBULT magazine doesn't really fit into this list. Since the magazine is very strongly connected to the LGBTQ+ and art scene, I sometimes come across some great music tips from the genres Electro Pop and Synth Pop.
The domain of the site Post-Punk.com has been registered since 2004. Since 2016, however, the site has really taken off. The website says: "Post-Punk.com was created as a central location online for fans of Post-Punk, Goth, Industrial/EBM, New Wave, Shoegaze, and other Avant-Garde music". For me, this site is mainly a source for really cool and fresh Dark Wave bands. I regularly find what I'm looking for here.
The article is called "The best Synthpop websites (to discover amazing Synthpop music)" and that's not what the Post-Punk.com site suggests at first glance, but I assure you that there is an overlap and some good matches.
The ReGen Magazine by Ilker Yücel is an online resource dedicated to creative music, with an emphasis on underground Goth, Electro, Industrial music and other genres that deserve attention. It provides detailed and independent evaluation and analysis to help expose brilliant, visionary, and creative musicians to the audience.
Release Magazine seems to be a dinosaur among the music websites. According to its own information, the first website existed already in 1997! While Release Music & Media was founded in 1986. I have to admit that I haven't known the site for that long. I got to know the site more after the relaunch in 2012. In any case, the look and structure is similar to that of ReGen Magazine. Of course, this may depend on the WordPress theme used. I don't know if there is a direct connection.
If you read the history of the company on the About us pages, it seems that Release Magazine is an established institution in Sweden. Respect and compliments at this point from my side. Good work! Like Electrozombies, the Release Magazine mainly covers electronic Pop music such as Synth Pop, Electro Pop, Future Pop, Dark Pop and similar.
You listen to electronic Pop music that is radio-friendly and drifts a bit more towards the mainstream? Then I'd like to recommend Popjustice magazine to you, because you'll find what you're looking for here. Especially if you're looking for well-curated Spotify playlists, this source is worth its weight in gold. We are musically far more gloomy on the road, but even I find a few musical starlets at intervals, which we then also publish.
The site has been around since 2000, but I only came across this valuable site by chance 2–3 years ago. I don't know how it remained hidden from me for so long. But that's why a contribution to discovering new websites like this one is just right. Besides the usual blog posts, I would like to mention the particularly lovingly designed history of Popjustice, which you can view on the page "Popjustice: Est 2000".
The new kid on the block is Synthpop Fanatic, a website by Chris Brandon. In terms of our personal birth year (not website), we're likely to be in the same league and thus have a similar pool of music knowledge. Created in 2019, the site has grown at a breakneck speed and is developing very well visually, by UX and content-wise. I have to be honest, I would rather have Chris be part of my Electrozombies team as the overlap is extremely large.
However, I love this website because Chris always finds bands and music videos that I don't have on my radar. I think it's the same the other way round. In this spirit, we are "partners in crime". The description of the website is precicely of what you can expect: "Synthpop Fanatic is a blog devoted to dark dance music: Synthpop, Futurepop, Darkwave, Electro. I cover album releases, music news, videos, and reviews.". A visit to the website is highly recommended.
Also relatively new (since 2015) to the online scene is Dutchman John Orie with his blog Synthpoplover. The content is updated regularly and you can tell that John is passionate about it.
The technical environment is a little difficult at some points and still has a lot of room for improvement. But John is also working on that regularly. It feels like the site looks a little different every time you visit it. In any case, I am curious to see where the journey will take us. The website is definitely a good source for Synthpop-relevant music and topics.
The Electricity Club
Don't be confused, this is not a duplicate entry or an error in the matrix. This is the original and originating site of The Electricity Club. The site was launched in 2010, the same year as Electrozombies is established. Paul Browne who maintains the site was also responsible for the official site of OMD until 2010. Now he do maintain the OMD Messages site.
Besides the main site of The Electricity Club, he runs two other niche sites that might be of interest to some visitors. These are J‑Pop Go and Wavegirl. Give them also a visit.
Depeche Mode Covers
Here I would like to briefly introduce the website depechemodecover.com of my digital pal Michael. Are you a Depeche Mode fan and do you love cover versions? Then this website should be familiar to you. If not, then go on, shoo shoo!
This is by far the best database for Depeche Mode cover versions in the whole universe. Unfortunately, Michael stopped maintaining it a few years ago for personal reasons. Even my begging and offering to program him a new website for easier maintenance didn't help to revive the site. @ Michael: The offer is still valid!
Communion After Dark
For me, Communion After Dark is by far the best podcast in terms of discovering new, dark electronic music. The core team DJ Maus, DJ Paradise and DJ Tom Gold are all super sympathetic and produce fantastic weekly podcasts with guest DJs. I can't even begin to list how many brilliant songs I've already discovered for myself as a result. If I ever take a holiday in Florida, which is definitely on the cards, I will 100% come and visit you in person. You can take that as a warning (wink smiley).
The DNA Lounge is actually a nightclub in San Francisco, which of course begs the question: "What the hell is this entry doing here?". Almost monthly, the DNA Club publishes a YouTube playlist called "JWZ Mixtapes", similar to Electrozombies TV. Here I regularly find great music videos for our site. The music genres are very diverse here, mostly alternative and female vocals are preferred here. I have already found one or another Electro Pop song here. You should definitely check it out once a month.
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