Cyberpunk Synthwave (Cybersynth) – The Playlist

It is the year 2043. Synthwave cities now lie in ruins, and a new music genre rules the streets. This is the future. This is cybersynth.

Listen to the Cyberpunk Synthwave playlist here.

The Cyberpunk Synthwave (Cybersynth) playlist is built around retro synth music with a heavy incorporation of hard EDM and sci-fi and cyberpunk themes. In many cases, it would be difficult to classify the artists in the list as synthwave, with creators like Astral Tales, Neon Droid, and 3Force creating music that is dramatically different from the house and disco-based sounds of outrun electro and other traditional forms of synthwave.


This genre was pioneered on albums like Mega Drive’s 198XAD and OGRE’s 195 and has been growing steadily over time. Although early cybersynth was grouped in with darksynth, the rapid evolution of the two styles has made the split between them more apparent with each passing year.

In contrast with the highly experimental and rhtyhmic sounds of modern darksynth, music in this list focuses on clear, articulate melodies and rhythms. The Cyberpunk Synthwave playlist includes dark and aggressive tracks, ambient space pieces, and brighter creations including those with chiptune melodies, and it is a more direct spiritual evolution of the original synthwave sound than darksynth is in 2018.

Of course, the best way to appreciate this new evolution of synthwave music is to dive into the playlist and listen to the best songs the emerging genre has to offer.


For more info on cybersynth and other styles of synthwave music? Check out What is Synthwave? 2018 Edition

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