Your Ultimate Guide to the World of Synthwave

What defines the Synthwave music genre? What are the origins of Retro art style?

Welcome to Retro Synthwave, your digital gateway to the electrifying universe of Synthwave (also known as Retrowave or Outrun) and its distinctive visual culture. This website is a celebration of the Synthwave style, a homage to its roots in the vibrant 80s era. Here, you’ll unearth comprehensive insights into both the music and the visuals that define this genre, alongside nods to the 80s-themed movies, TV shows, and video games that fuel our nostalgia. We shine a spotlight on the trailblazers of the Synthwave scene, encompassing both the pioneering musicians and the avant-garde designers.

Prepare to immerse yourself in a curated selection of essential Synthwave tracks, the latest and greatest releases you can’t afford to miss, freshly minted mixtapes, and news categorized for your browsing pleasure. And for the art aficionados, our site boasts stunning artworks and exclusive interviews with the icons of the Synthwave world. Retro Synthwave isn’t just a website; it’s a vibrant community where the spirit of the 80s is reborn and reimagined through music and art.

Have a great visit and feel free to reach out to us anytime.

Two of the leading MUSICIANS in our catalog

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Two of the key DESIGNERS in our encyclopedia

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Background Video Created by Gareth Wood

Long Play

The Essential Synthwave Albums

Extended Play

The Must-Have Synthwave Maxi-Singles
Kavinsky - Reborn

Release date: March 25, 2022
Style: Synthpop, Electro Clash

Mega Drive - Neuroframe

Release date: May 5, 2021
Style: Darksynth, Cyberpunk

Power Glove - Throwback

Release date: October 25, 2019
Style: Darksynth

The Midnight - Nocturnal

Release date: October 13, 2017
Style: Dreamwave, Synthpop



Logos in motion, stunning Lights, wild Design, and dreamlike Music!

Sunglasses Kid - Venice Beach

Retro Music Beats / Outrun

Seth Ickerman - Filmmakers

Retro Designers / Filmmakers

In the background, a video montage featuring 50 great sci-fi movies, by Dixel Art.

CYBERWAVE 86 - The Must-Hear Anthology

Keep your ears open and have a nice Trip into Cyber Space!


We’re thrilled to share that our First Compilation is now out everywhere! Big thanks to Lazerdiscs Records for making this dream a reality. We’re so grateful for their support. We hope you love it as much as we do! Get ready for an amazing journey into Cyber Space with Castroe, Power Glove, Absolute Valentine, Vondkreistan, Bloodpanic, Wice, Kn1ghT, NEUS, Douze, Tommy ’86, Christine, and Hyboid. We’re honored to feature these incredible artists in this fantastic project. Enjoy our First compilation!

Two Landmark Interviews

Exclusive Interviews with Artists from the Synthwave Realm


PAUL SHIPPER / Illustrator

Musician: Carpenter Brut
Real Names: ⛧
Label: No Quarter Pod
Date: June 10, 2017

Designer: Paul Shipper
Studio: PS studio
Specialty: Illustrator, Painter
Date: April 06, 2018