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What We're Listening To

This fall, we’re diving into the dreamy world of synth-pop.

Written by: Jillian Eckert

Given the recent trends in fashion and TV, it makes sense that modern music draws influence from and embraces the 80s. In a more literal sense, contemporary artists are also sampling songs from the 80s in their music, a recent example being Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl,” which is built off of Rick James’ 1981 hit “Super Freak.” The following playlist is an eclectic blend of popular 80s music and modern songs in which the era’s influence is evident. The sound of the 80s is everywhere, and this playlist explores some of the various ways musicians are paying homage to the decade. Djo’s new album DECIDE was a significant inspiration for this playlist—the album features driving bass, ethereal vocals, and sharp, electronic instrumentals, all of which tie these songs together. Each song has a different flavor, but they all loosely fall under the category of synth-pop. This genre originated in the late 70s and featured a synthesizer as the primary instrument. As we approach fall, give this mix of dreamy and energetic synth-pop a listen—hopefully, you’ll discover some new music for the new season!

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Djo - Runner

Nicki Minaj - Super Freaky Girl

Duran Duran - Come Undone

Ky Vöss - Thank You, Sorry

The Aces - I Can Break Your Heart Too

When In Rome - The Promise

Magdalena Bay - Secrets (Your Fire)

INXS - Never Tear Us Apart

Omar Apollo - So Good

Djo - End of Beginning

KAYE - Next Life Around

Rina Sawayama - Holy (Til You Let Me Go)

The Brummies - Cosmic Space Girl

Fake Dad - How Do I Cry?

Nuclear Daisies - Heaven in Your Head

Magdalena Bay - Unconditional

Royaljag - Put You On

NoSo - Honey Understand

Gothic Tropic - Drunk on a Rhythm

TOPS - Pirouette

Daffodils - A Leo Underwater

Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence

Caroline Kingsbury - Kissing Someone Else

Hot Flash Heat Wave - Sky So Blue

Benét - Killing Eve

Choir Boy - Eat The Frog


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