Transmission's Top Tracks of 2016

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Transmission's roots are in the worlds of punk, post-punk, new wave, synth, power and dream pop, shoegaze, psych, mod, space and Krautrock. Here are songs released in 2016 that fit that mold — listed in no particular order and occasionally accompanied by a very simple description of genre or feel.

David Bowie "Lazarus"

Iggy Pop "Gardenia"

Leonard Cohen " You Want It Darker"

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds "Jesus Alone"

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein (Survive) "Stranger Things" theme (synth)

More Top Tracks:

Radiohead "Daydreaming"

The Last of the Shadow Puppets "Miracle Aligner" (modern sophisti-pop)

The Kills "Doing It To Death" (indie / rock)

Temples "Certainty" (psych)

Nice As F*ck "Door" (post punk)

Savages "Adore" (post-punk)

Trentemoller "River In Me" (synth)

New Order "Tutti Frutti"

Underworld "I Exhale" (art rock / dance)

Blood Orange "Augustine" (indie / dance)

Cate Le Bon "Wonderful" (indie with a great Welsh accent)

Wild Nothing "TV Queen"

Wire "Internal Exile" (post punk legends sounding as great as day one)

Japanese Breakfast "The Woman That Loves You" (atmospheric indie)

Yumi Zouma "Catastrophe" (atmospheric indie)

Kristin Kontrol "(Don't) Wannabe" (synth)

Charlie Hilton "Something For Us All" (synth)

Failed Flowers "Dawn Patrol" (indie pop / twee)

Com Truise "Sunspot" (synth)

Factory Floor "Ya" (electronic / dance)

Paradis "Toi Et Moi" (house / French)

Contact "Dawn Star" (synth / ambient)

Video Age "Regulars" (for fans of Real Estate)

Brave Shores "Surfs Up" (indie pop / synth)

Kishi Bashi "Say Yeah" (synth)

M83 "Moon Crystal" (the '80s TV theme song you never heard … until now)

Softer Still "New Age" (atmospheric indie)

Ice Choir "Unprepared" (synth)

White Lies "Is My Love Enough?" (synth)

Black Marble "Frisk" (synth)

Tycho "Glider" (electronic)

Teen Daze "Carmel" (atmospheric indie/dance)

Diiv "Out of Mind" (atmospheric indie)

Lush "Out of Control" (dream pop)

The Radio Dept. "Committed To the Cause" (indie/dance)

TOY "I'm Still Believing" (indie / psych)

Chorusgirl "Girls of 1926" (indie / twee)

Jay Arner "Crystal Ball" ('80s influenced power pop)

Mood Dye "Still" (Cure- / New Order-influenced indie)

OMNI "Afterlife" (post-punk)

Plums "Parking Lot" (atmospheric indie)

Steady Holiday "Under the Influence" (atmospheric indie pop)

Spirit Lobby "These Times" (indie / shoegaze)

Nothing "Vertigo Flowers" (indie / shoegaze)

Flyying Colours "Long Holiday" (indie / shoegaze)

Primal Scream "Mantra For a State Of Mind" (psych)

Flaural "Nonnie" (psych)

Anteros "Ring Ring" ('80s influenced pop)

Chairlift "Crying In Public" (synth / art pop)

Pet Shop Boys "The Pop Kids" (synth)

The Faint "Young & Realistic" (synth)

Santigold "Rendevouz Girl" (synth)

Angel Olsen "Shut Up Kiss Me" (indie)

The Claypool Lennon Delirium "Cricket and the Genie" (psych)

John Cale "Close Watch" (art rock)

Suede "No Tomorrow" (Brit rock)

The Stone Roses "Beautiful Thing" (Brit rock)

Eagulls "Ullages" (post-punk)

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