The Best of 2020 list and an accompanying Spotify playlist from Mikael Kahrle, Editor-in-chief, Release Magazine.
A strong debut album with a perfect balance between EBM and other influences.
Surprisingly fresh, catchy and snappy body music from sweaty Phonix, Arizona.
Linea Aspera: “LP II”
Coldwave for a cold year. Alison and Ryan have inspired numerous synthpop acts to stay away from the sunlight.
Carpenter Brut: “Blood Machine OST”
Epic soundtrack tunes boosted by mighty machines. Franck Hueso channels Bladerunner, Jarre and Zimmer.
Black Nail Cabaret: “Gods Verging on Sanity”
Adds some well-needed drama and variation to the repetetive electropop genre.
She Past Away: “X”
Everyone from Boy Harsher to Front 242 add welcome variation to the Turks irresistible sound.
They don’t have rollercoasters in Iceland but this is a musical one.
Christian Gabel: ”Mikrofilm”
Inspired instrumental synth tunes take me back to my youth.
Like Wulfband has escaped from the madhouse. Excellent, detailed and powerful production.
Dive: “Where Do We Go from Here”
Dark like 2020.
Carpenter Brut feat. David Eugene Edwards: “Fab Tool”
A powerful fusion of bombastic electronics and ritualistic folk.
Indochine: “Nos Célébrations”
French new wave-perfection with heart and brain.
Showcases Rein’s ability to master EBM, hard electronic dance and pop.
A unique, futuristic digitalised take on darkwave.
Portion Control: “Claw and Scrape”
A slab of English raw body music power.
Empathy Test: ”Empty Handed”
The soft and emotional is balanced by heavy and driving drums.
Kårp: “Left Handed”
Advanced melodic beauty on the first song to be released after their magical debut album.
Ashbury Heights: “Spectres from the Black Moss”
Revealing confessions in a beautiful gothpop setting.
Twice a Man: “Naked”
Both Anna Öberg and my teenage favourites Twice a Man delivered strong albums in 2020. Karin My is next up.
Annie: ”American Cars”
She returned with her first album in 11 years, full of dreamy synths and nostalgic melodies.
Fresh EBM made in Phoenix, AZ. I took Route 66 through Arizona in 2000 and the music on the radio sounded nothing like this.
A hyped and hypnotic Brooklyn artist that builds her own synthesizers – and delivers.
His heavy and instrumental electronic soundscapes kept me moving at the underground club Delirium in February, my last club night before we all switched to remote partying.