What indie synthpop should I add to this mix CD?
April 15, 2010 5:01 PM   Subscribe

What should I add to a mix CD that has Chromeo, Phoenix, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Junior Boys and The Rapture on it?

Looking for bands that have a similar upbeat, synthy-ish sound -- preferrably current (past 3 years) but older is OK.

I do not like Daft Punk or LCD Soundsystem (too repetitive). Other than that, recommend away!
posted by buckaroo_benzai to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
Fatboy Slim! He's actually got a pretty good variety of tracks if you get into his albums.

Justice would fit very well.

Chemical Brothers perhaps, Bonobo perhaps, DJ Food.

Reach pick: The Epoxies. Synthy, New Wavey, Punky goodness. Might not be exactly what you're looking for though.
posted by Truthiness at 5:03 PM on April 15, 2010

Mars Volta
posted by nzero at 5:04 PM on April 15, 2010

Neon Indian
posted by gyusan at 5:04 PM on April 15, 2010

posted by rhizome at 5:07 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Please name your favorite track(s) if you can. Thanks :)
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 5:08 PM on April 15, 2010

Colder, or perhaps last year's Matmos.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:10 PM on April 15, 2010

Danger might be a sound you dig.

The Ting Tings can be enjoyable, but might be too poppy for you. There is a great music collective called Valerie that has some really great tracks, they have a compilation CD called Valerie and Friends that's pretty excellent

Here's a track from one of the members of the collective (not on the CD) that's pretty good

A song from the CD

Rex the Dog's cd The Rex the Dog Show runs the gamut of sounds, but it's pretty kicking if its your taste.


If you like danger I feel this one stands out. It's all pretty solid though.

I really really like Valerie and Rex the Dog.

Maybe I have horrible taste though. I'm currently wearing a hoodie I made as a tribute to cut copy though!
posted by wooh at 5:12 PM on April 15, 2010

The faint, "southern belles in London sing" and/or "patanoiattack"
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 5:13 PM on April 15, 2010

Also maybe junior senior, "can I get get"
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 5:14 PM on April 15, 2010

Ah names. Well they're in the youtubes but

Danger: Revolte at 22h10, 9h20, 11h30, he has some newer stuff I need to track down

Valerie and Freinds: College feat Electric Youth She Never Came Back (Russ Chimes Remix)

Rex the Dog: Tony the Beat, Circulate, Maximize, Frequency

I will second the above recommendation for Justice as well. Cross is a phenomenal CD, worth a listen.

Honestly I'm looking for more house myself these days. It's not easy to find.
posted by wooh at 5:14 PM on April 15, 2010

MSTRKRFT - "Heartbreaker", "Easy Love"
Justice - "D.A.N.C.E.", "Dvno"
Klaxons - "
CSS - "Let's Make Love and Dance to Death From Above"
Cassius - "Rock Number One"
Simian - "Never Be Alone" (although that may drive you crazy, I'm not sure)
posted by superquail at 5:15 PM on April 15, 2010

Mars Volta - The Host
Mars Volta - Televators
posted by nzero at 5:15 PM on April 15, 2010

Nix Klaxons, I put them on the list, changed my mind, and forgot to get rid of it.
posted by superquail at 5:19 PM on April 15, 2010

The Knife - You Take My Breath Away
posted by King Bee at 5:19 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

washed out - feel it all around
posted by pwally at 5:36 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Delorean -- Deli

Passion Pit -- Sleepyhead

VHS OR Beta -- Night on Fire

Klaxons -- Gravity's Rainbow

Of Montreal -- Requiem for OMM2

TV On The Radio -- Staring at the Sun
posted by schmod at 5:38 PM on April 15, 2010

La Roux - Bulletproof
Passion Pit remixing RaRaRiot
posted by clearly at 5:59 PM on April 15, 2010

Sounds like an awesome mix so far, that's pretty much a list of some of my favorite bands of the past couple years.

Some suggestions:

Breakbots - Baby I'm Yours

Jamaica - Short and Entertaining

Discovery - Osaka Loop Line & Orange Shirt

Klaxons - Golden Skans

Miami Horror - Make You Mine & Don't Be On With Her

Two Door Cinema Club - Hands Off My Cash, Monty & Something Good Can Work

Miike Snow - Billie Holiday
posted by 1901gunner at 6:02 PM on April 15, 2010

activitystory's recommendation of Black Moth Super Rainbow made me think of the band The Octopus Project, which I will totally and readily admit to being a shill for after I saw their awesome show during SXSW. They are really, really good. They're sort of on the rock and experimental side of the spectrum.

I Saw the Bright Shinies is a slightly toned down song of theirs, and Truck is a really frenetic and happy song of theirs.

Other than that, CSS, Justice, Passion Pit, etc., as have been recommended, are really good.
posted by malthas at 6:11 PM on April 15, 2010

Two Door Cinema Club - I can talk

Delphic - Counterpoint

Munk - Down in L.A.

Morgan Geist - Ruthless City

International Pony - Gothic Girl

Golden Filter - Solid Gold
posted by AlsoMike at 6:22 PM on April 15, 2010

house jam or blue nile - gang gang dance (check these guys out, i'm not kidding)

any of these tracks by crystal castles:
untrust us
air war

my girls - animal collective

sorry, i am really crappy at links still
posted by lakersfan1222 at 6:39 PM on April 15, 2010

gang gang dance!
posted by lakersfan1222 at 6:43 PM on April 15, 2010

Edwards Sharpe - Home
posted by axismundi at 6:52 PM on April 15, 2010

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Young Shields
posted by nicepersonality at 7:32 PM on April 15, 2010

This is totally my favorite type of music! I love female singers, though, so YMMV.

Royksopp - Happy up Here or The Girl and the Robot
Goldfrapp - Rocket or Alive (off the new record)
Robyn - With Every Heartbeat
Yelle - Je Veux Te Voir (in French)
Ladyhawk - My Delirium
Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
Little Boots - Stuck on Repeat
Miike Snow - Animal

I'd love to see the track listing when you're done! (My boyfriend just yelled in here "having a dance party in the office?")
posted by alicetiara at 7:54 PM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]

Might be a bit chiptuney but Disasteradio's Awesome Feelings
posted by holloway at 9:01 PM on April 15, 2010

The Knife - Marble House (rex the dog remix)
Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe (also: tits & acid)
Trentemoeller - vamp (also: moan)
dudun dun (MSTRKRFT remix) - para one
Trash - The Whip

- this is all based on the streaming mix that's running right now as I'm reading this that just happens to be full of the very artists you cited in the OP.

Granted it's also lousy with stuff I am positive you'd hate, like Postal Service and Mr. Oizo and LCD Soundsystem and some moldy old 90's bigbeats techno like Fatboy Slim and Crystal Method but that's just because I'm an old broad and thus my techno tastes run to house as much as they do twee young indie bands
posted by lonefrontranger at 9:12 PM on April 15, 2010

posted by josher71 at 7:09 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

seconding !!!
posted by lakersfan1222 at 7:50 AM on April 16, 2010

Holy Ghost!

Sensual Harassment

Warm Ghost (to bring in the mellow)
posted by functionequalsform at 12:21 PM on April 16, 2010

Love and Pain by Clor.
posted by curiousorange at 12:46 PM on April 16, 2010

Response by poster: You guys had some great suggestions. I only needed a few more songs to finish the mix (and I was partial to the bands I listed in the question), but here's what I came up with:

Chromeo - Tenderoni
Phoenix - Lisztomania
Cut Copy - Far Away
The Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
Bat for Lashes - Daniel
Phoenix - 1901
Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Dawn of the Dead
Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
The Rapture - Get Myself Into It
Ladyhawke - My Delirium
Phoenix - Girlfriend
Hot Chip - Over and Over
The Presets - Girl and the Sea
Chromeo - Bonafied Lovin' (Tough Guys)
Ladyhawke - Back of the Van
Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know
MSTRKRFT - Heartbreaker
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 8:51 PM on April 16, 2010

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