Various Artists – [2010] SYNTHEMATIKA TWO

Essential industrial synth-pop compilation from the golden age of netlabels.

In only five years from 2009 to 2014, netlabel Synthematik managed to publish over 30 albums or compilations with a matching style, this being my third review and more to come surely. That style is industrial future pop, so distorted sawtooth synth pads galore and half-shouted lyrics abound.

3. Etage Neun – Tonight

Drawn-out synth guitar riffs render this track a bit cheesy, but the catchy lyrics and straightforward production make this almost-pop song my first pick.

26. Control Alt Deus – Digital Nemesis

Matrix-style intro, cool bass line, rough vocals, almost no harmonies, just one chord for the first two minutes. Well played.

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