The 3rd time is a charm. Depeche Mode was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017 and 2018, but did not get enough votes. 2020 is different. The band was voted in to the Hall Of Fame along with Nine Inch Nails.
DJ Mikey presents some his favorite synthpop, electronica and dark wave tracks from 2020. This is a great way to hear a ton of new releases and familiarize yourself with some up and coming bands
Pet Shop Boys have released the 3rd single off their highly anticipated new studio album Hotspot. The single, Monkey Business, has a bit of a disco feel to it. Monkey Business is currently released as a “radio edit”.
a-Ha have released a 4K remastered video for their iconic hit Take On Me. Watch the new version below and see if you can spot any differences.
This weeks compilations feature the latest new releases in Synthpop and Electronica. Some of our favorites include the tracks from PVRIS, Honey Beard, Chromatics and The Boxer Rebellion.
Noah clothing has created a new line of clothing featuring iconic Depeche Mode graphics. The collection includes outerwear, tees, hoodies and scarves. The collection is mostly inspired from the Violater era and features the Depeche Mode rose and imagery from World In My Eyes, Personal Jesus and Enjoy The Silence
When Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark returned in 2010 with History of Modern, the band reignited a career that has remained strangely under appreciated by mainstream fans of 80s synth-pop. The band’s balance of art and commerce has occasionally danced too far in one direction (Dazzle Ships) or the other (Crush) but the albums that strike the right balance, such as 1981’s Architecture & Morality, are essential to the genre. Their last two albums, English Electric (2013) and The Punishment of Luxury (2017), are stunning works of pop from the packaging to the songs. In fact, they might be the band’s two strongest albums from start to finish. And then there is 1991’s Sugar Tax. Somewhat lost between their imperial phase of 80s hit singles and their glorious return, Sugar Tax has faded from memory.
Just as we were finalizing our year end Best Of playlists, the Chicago synth band EchoDroides released a new EP called In Shadows that is causing us to rearrange our top 25. In Shadows is a 5 song EP that packs a strong synth punch. There sound lies somewhere in between the melodic vocals of Depeche Mode and the dark full sound of Gary Numan.
The Toronto synthwave band, Honey Beard, have just released a brand new EP called Whispers Of Light that has blown our socks off.
The Swedish twee pop group, Club 8, have returned with their first new single since last years Golden Island album. The track is called The Hospital and the band seems to have abandoned their traditional twee sound in favor of a more aggressive synth sound similar to Ladytron.
Swedish electro-pop artist Daybehavior is no stranger to Strangeways Radio. We have been playing them for almost 10 years featuring several of their singles, albums and EP’s. Today the band released their 4th studio album “Based On A True Story”
This weeks playlist features our favorite songs from the entire catalog of a-Ha. This playlist contains almost 50 songs and close to 4 hours of listening