- Vox Low — “Now We’re Ready To Spend (1981/91 Remix)”, 2019.
Sexy Parisian anti-capitalist darkwave smoothed out into a warm club embrace. A pleasant enough way to ignite the people’s revolution.
- Double Eyelid — “A Means to an End (Leather Strip Remix)”, 2019.
The good work of Claus Larsen never ends. Here he takes the bones of a decent song and reworks it into a deeply sensuous vibe that is dark, danceable and emotional, a trifecta that never gets tired.
- Antiflvx — “The Last Sun”, 2018.
The luscious beat and bassline are a good start, but the pleading vocals on the refrain pull you heart-first onto the dancefloor, even if that dancefloor is your bedroom at 3 am.
- Virgin Prunes — “Baby Turns Blue”, 1982.
A brilliant flame that burned too shortly, Virgin Prunes bequeathed unto us the fire-breathing mid-range post-punk that made for an uncomfortable tour down dank, dark alleys.
- Panther Modern — “Creep”, 2019.
The sound of the future is here: full-velocity synths riding 23rd century grooves. In an alternate reality, this is where Daft Punk could have gone. Thankfully, Panther Modern are even better at scratching that electro-punk itch.
- Unhuman — “Rapid Body Corruption”, 2019.
Bleak machine beats that peel back the synthetic artifice of society to let us peer at the corrupt machinery within.
- Covenant — “Tour De Force (Com-pass mix)”, 1999.
Haujobb’s frothing club take on one of Covenant’s mid-career highlights was our last glimpse of 90s electro before the world tipped into the ruinous Great Futurepop Depression.
- Blogie Milczenie — “Twarze”, 2018.
This elegant darkwave from Eastern Europe unfolds like a lush Flemish Baroque painting, drenching the listener in velvet synth washes.
- Concavity — “Forget Me”, 2018.
Absolutely delicious electro-goth that slows the game down into a dancing hunt between male and female leads with the listener left guessing who, exactly, the victim actually is.
- Doubting Thomas — “Nagual Tone”, 1991.
From the single best one-off album the scene ever produced. I won’t even entertain argument. Overwhelming evidence to the brilliance of cEvin Key.
- Wingtips — “Deaf Pursuit”, 2019.
Heroes of the new school synth-goth-wave-pop sound, Wingtips bring to bear the retro-future electro we adore with the intelligence of the post-punk scene’s most enduring actors. And yes, the entire album is this good.
- Ghost Cop — “Lay Down”, 2018.
Claustrophobic, punishing, intoxicating, it’s the technoid club soundtrack of slow electrocution in baths of neon and tube amps. Do not sleep on Ghost Cop; they are the real deal.
- Houses of Heaven — “Dissolve the Floor”, 2020.
A fresh, inventive take on EBM-tinged post-punk that hits fast with heavy machinery but doesn’t wait before pulling you into throttling songwriting and compelling sound design.
- Numb — “Dirt”, 1997.
Name one track heavier, darker and more foreboding than this. More than two decades old and it will still turn your hair white.