1883 Magazine
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If anyone knows their synth, it’s Mister Sushi. This Yorkshire born DJ has been on the UK DJ circuit for close to fifteen years and in that time, shared the stage with such powerhouses as a Guy Called Gerald, Pantha du Prince, Luke Abbott and Ewan Pearson. Not only that, but he has also won multiple awards including Vestax DJ of the year at the 2003 Academy of Contemporary Music and the dance category at the globally recognised Diesel-U-Music awards in 2004.

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So we were more than excited when the DJ put together this synthpop playlist just for us. He took time out of his busy schedule, including his new - and already infinitely popular - monthly radio show Synthesize on Radio Cómene, to carefully select these tracks (click on the name to listen).If you like what you hear, catch out Mister Sushi doing what he does best at this year’s Glastonbury Music Festival.

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Felix Da Housecat - Ready 2 Wear 

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“More known for his house and electroclash musical excursions, Ready 2 Wear has synthpop written all over in. Takes me back to some well spent nights on the Nag Nag Nag dance floor.”

Kraftwerk - Computer Love

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“Completely alien and otherworldly, yet an emotional pop song if ever there was one. Lifted from their incredible Computer World album, Computer Love is probably my favourite Kraftwerk track. I can only imagine what hearing this in 1981 must have felt like. Kraftwerk were mapping out the future of electronic music and this is still head and shoulders above it’s rivals.”

Suicide - Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne

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“Something a little off the grid from Suicide here. Their track, Dream Baby Dream, cemented this NYC synth punk duo in every DJ’s consciousness. Suicide tore up their rule and stuck their necks on the line musically with the DIY New York scene.”

John Foxx - Underpass

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“A fellow Yorkshireman, John Foxx carved a name for himself as lead member of Ultravox but departing to explore solo synthesizer experiments. This recharged version of his 1980’s single Underpass is John at his best.”

Human League - The Things That Dreams Are Made Of (Original Dub)

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“I’ve been doing my best to slip this version of The Things That Dreams Are Made Of into my DJ sets over the past couple of years. If unleashed at the right time, it really causes a frenzy. Synthpop perfection.”

Bat For Lashes - Daniel (Live on Later with Jools Holland)

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“For me, Natasha Khan is one of the finest song writers of the last ten years. Aside from crafting timeless pop songs, she cuts a fine live show, as you’ll see on her Jools Holland appearance here.”

A Flock of Seagulls - Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)

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“A favourite here from A Flock of Seagulls. Though I ran has always been their go to track, it is Wishing that has always had the bigger draw for me. The synth work on this track has me coming back time and time again.”

Depeche Mode - It’s no Good

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“Synthpop would be a very different place without Depeche Mode. There was quite a bit of head scratching before I settled on a track, but It’s no Good won the race.”

Zoot Woman - Information First

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“Stuart Price (Jacques Lu Cont) is on fine form here. Alongside Adam Blake and Johnny Blake, he lead the electroclash wave and Information Firstby Zoot Woman is synthpop top to bottom.”

When Saints Go Machine - Kelly (Copenhagen Jazzhouse Session)

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“This jaw-dropping live version of Kelly is a recent discovery for me. The band’s album Konkylie was on constant rotation in my house during 2011 with Kelly being the track that has me reaching for the repeat button.”

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Words by Mister Sushi

Photography Jolanta Valeniece

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