The electronic pop collection features tracks from Fever Ray, Crystal Castles and the queen of minimal wave, Veronica Vasicka.
Synth Wave 10 highlights 20 artists who Rough Trade consider to be at the forefront of "electronic and new wave pop." Though many of the acts are relatively obscure, big names like Cold Cave, Crystal Castles and Fever Ray also feature. Minimal Wave curator Veronica Vasicka makes an appearance alongside Minus producer Marc Houle as 2vm, with a previously unreleased track called "Ponika." Glass Candy member and Italians Do It Better co-founder Johnny Jewel contributes "Don't Call," a track he released earlier this year on vinyl with the group Desire. Representing the blissed-out genre known as chillwave is American producer Earnest Greene, AKA Washed Out.
Synth Wave 10 will be a CD-only release, with a limited edition version in a varnished sleeve available exclusively through Rough Trade shops. For a sneak peek of the collection, check out Fever Ray's cover of "Stranger Than Kindness" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds over on The Quietus.
01. Ye Olde Maids - Cocoa Cherubs
02. Crystal Castles - Empathy
03. Fever Ray - Stranger than Kindness
04. Blank Dogs - Heat and Depression
05. 2vm - Ponika
06. Led Er Est - Scissors
07. Terror Bird - Shadows in the Halls
08. Zola Jesus - Night
09. Washed Out - New Theory
10. Cosmetics - Black Leather Gloves
11. Desire - Don't Call
12. Cold Cave - I.C.D.K.
13. Soft Metals - The Cold World Melts
14. Void Vision - In 20 Years
15. Xeno & Oaklander - Preuss
16. Factory Floor - Lying
17. S.C.U.M - Ocean of White
18. Design a Wave - Remedy
19. Grimes - Avi
20. Le Syndicat Electronique - On Strike
Rough Trade will release Synth Wave 10 on November 22nd, 2010.