Recently there’s been a lot of talk (including from me!) about the score to a recent 80s-throwback horror show on a popular streaming platform. While I do love attention being paid to cool, darkly moody synth music, I do want to point out that there is a ton of cool, darkly moody synth music already out in the world.
To capture the mood I was going for, I tried to stick to a few criteria. I looked for prominent, dark synths, often arpeggiated. I tried, for the most part, to avoid other instruments (especially drums, though some do appear here) and vocals. Reverb always helps, too — in fact, I cheated a bit and drenched one of the drier tunes in reverb myself.
Don’t worry, though — after all that dread, I did allow the last tune to be a little uplifting, so you’ll be able to continue on with your day, a little unscathed.
So, enjoy. Tracklist below.
Disasterpeace, “It Follows: Title” (2015)
Walls/Oram, “Extremely Long Corridor” (196X?/2014)
Daft Punk, “Armory” (2010)
John Carpenter, “Wrong Flavour” (1976)
Johnathan Snipes & William Hutson, “Universal Weak Male” (2013)
This is a mix I made to promote my monthly disco night, Nous Nous Appelons Disco. It’s 80 minutes of stuff I play at my night, meaning Disco (of any kind, but especially space/leftfield/nu-disco), Italo, High NRG, and even some proto-House — basically anything even vaguely related!
The tempo of this mix ramps up from a beginning-of-the-night 109 to a frantic 133 near the end, to mimic the usual pace of the Nous Nous Appelons Disco nights.
Z – Silver Lady Disco (Nous Nous Appelons Disco edit) Hipnosis – Windland Glass Candy – The Chameleon (Johan Agebjörn remix) Gaznevada – I.C. Love Affair Happy Mondays – WFL (Vince Clarke mix) (Autodisco‘s “We Love Mondays” edit) Pink Floyd – Keep Talking (Nelue re-edit) Västkustska Ryggdunkarsällskapet – Vansbro Boogie Beatconductor – Funky Boogie Colonel Abrams – Trapped Ilya Santana – Discotized Soft Rocks – Leave Your Earth Behind Majeure – Teleforce (with samples from Steve Dahl and his disco demolition) RAF – Self Control (Trustus‘ Deeply Existential remix) Cecile & Venice – Rimmel Electric Minds – Pick Me Up (Casual Touch mix) Sisters of Transistors – The Don Trilogy – Not Love (instrumental) Change – Angel in My Pocket Ottawan – D.I.S.C.O. Munich Machine – Space Warrior (DJ Empirical edit) Giorgio Moroder – From Here to Eternity Space – Magic Fly Divine – You Think You’re a Man (Disco Beard‘s Big One edit) Sylvester – Do Ya Wanna Funk Zombi – Sapphire Visage – The Damned Don’t Cry Greg Vandike – Clone A. Hobson – Perpetuum Sylvia Love – Instant Love The Flirts – Danger (Macho mix) Kano – I’m Ready Tantra – Hills of Katmandu (Patrick Cowley mix) Gil Mantera’s Party Dream – Eyes of Blue (DJ Empirical edit)