8 recent gems from the dark spectrum, from dark wave to cold wave and from minimal synth to post punk, and everything in between as long as its “bleak”. Essential for every “creature of the night”!

The title track from Super Passive’s debut EP ‘Radio’ is a smashing dark wave gem that will set the goth clubs on a frenzy, dancing mood! Extremely catchy!

Captain Frederickson is “the band the Sheriff warned you about!” We could describe their sound as post punk, with a punk attitude, a Scratch Acid noise rock ethos and lo-fi rock coolness…. ‘Quite Likeable’ is ‘quite loveable’! 

Electronic music group formed in 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. Hatif prove more than brave to decompose a single that could have the most superb chorus in the vein of ‘The Point At Which It Falls Apart’-era Mesh. Naaahh, these chaps are far from predictable, and ‘Repetition’ is an unorthodox, new wave/synth-pop/experimental electro opus! 

Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, NLP deliver the goods with ‘Maker’, an intense, dystopic dark wave treasure, with a massive, driving bassline and a larger-than-life chorus…. Old-school!

Våro’s ‘Ghost In The Machine’ is an upbeat indie electronic/new wave hybrid unleashing tons of sweet melancholy, and according to its creators “is perfect for the times when you’re feeling like a “nobody” and are questioning where you belong in the world”.

Pol’s (Dutch siblings Ruben Pol and Matthijs Pol) ‘Comme Ça’ is a more “Visage than Visage” compelling single with big red Duran Duran pop heart! They are on a “mission” to bring back new wave in 2022… Fingers crossed!

Heavily inspired by the 80s, American artist Paul Blaak’s ‘Slow Motion’  is among those ear-candies that directly seep into your brain. Super catchy, emotive, neo-romantic in a “loveless” era, with well balance vocals and syrupy lyrics, but above all divine synths that ill lift you to synth-pop heaven! Spotless…

Finishing this Dystopia round-up with new wave heretics The Hit Singles who sound like an atypical mix of Dead or Alive, with the shameless 80s pop of great Boy George’s Culture Club (both sound-wise but also regarding aesthetics) and elements of witch house culture… Bewitched!

Christos Doukakis