Staff Picks: Xeno & Oaklander - Hypnos

For fans of: Stylish and intelligent minimal synth-pop.

What they're saying: The Chicago reader praises the oddball dance-pop of Hypnos, while The Quietus virulently defends their devotion to overtly retro synth tones, saying “X&O is an unashamed musical lovechild of a bygone and beloved era”.

What we say: We’ve long been fans of these two. If the darker moodier corners of 80s synth pop are for you, definitely tune in. For the last decade they have been some of the most engaging synthesizer devotees working. If anything Hypnos finds them doubling down on their tendencies to explore the sounds of the instrument. Listen in the dark.