5: Harald Grosskopf – Synthesist (1979)
No, I hadn’t heard of him either. Harald Grosskopf released this album of space-travelling synthesizer music back in 1979 and it got a re-release in 2011, complete with obligatory remix album. It helps a lot that Harald is a drummer, so what passed for drum machines in 1979 are nowhere to be heard, instead replaced by beautiful live drums. Most of it sounds way ahead of its time, and the influences on modern electronic artists are abundantly clear. This, the title track, is at the most accessible end, a starry-eyed synth-anthem – listen and beam away into the cosmos!