MACFLUORESCENT – Honey Port

Recommendation: ✂ (“Oh Honey”) Honey Port1 was originally released through Verbatim Consciousness Recordings (an imprint of DMT Tapes FL) in July 2016 as the label’s fourteenth album and was reissued six months later at the beginning of 2017 by Cyber Dream Records.2 Both issues are the same in terms of content; the only differences are that the former has “EP” […]

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トリニティー無限大 – BLUE 光

Recommendation: ✂ (“DON'T LET GO”, “セックス PASSION”, “愛しています”) トリニティー無限大1 is a project from nothing less than the master of slushwave and ambient vaporwave (arguably the founder of at least one of those) himself: telepath. BLUE 光2 is this project’s debut album, released in January 2015 and given a cassette run of 100 by No Problema Tapes a year later. It […]

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midnight王朝 – 自己満足

Recommendation: ✂ (“血の後の人生”, “太陽のかけら”) This is some midnight music.1 自己満足2 by midnight王朝3 is ambient vaporwave that sounds like it was produced for the setting depicted in the album artwork: late hours of the night in the middle of an urban parking lot where a lone fluorescent lamp provides the only source of light. Released in June 2016 through The Library, […]

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lukepi / methyr – Ocean Dreams

Recommendation: ✂ (“Brisk Wind”, “Snake / The Bowl of Rice and the Bamboo Tree”, “Someone, Anyone, No-one”, “Seaweed”) Ocean Dreams1 is a split release between lukepi and methyr that was released through Smirk Sounds. lukepi2 released his first EP at the ripe age of 17, then took a few years off until dropping No Wonder on Neetspeak in 2015. He […]

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R0x4ry – Descent

Recommendation: ✂ (“Mindcolony”, “Pacific Union”) R0x4ry’s Descent mixes classic-style vaporwave with lo-fi hip-hop. It’s the third release on Irish label Smirk Sounds, demonstrating the label’s predilection toward experimental sounds that are rooted in the tropes of vaporwave and modern cyberpunk music. Songs have a bit of a chiptune and video game feeling with simple repeating melodies that might be found […]

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アロエ波 – アロエ波

Recommendation: ✂ (“Aløe / アロエ波3”) The self-titled album by アロエ波1 is chiptune and classic-style vaporwave straight from STC Records, an Illinois label. This EP is four tracks in seven minutes. It utilizes a bit of glitchy, hyper-compressed percussion that gives a hint of a future funk vibe without going into the all-out danciness that future funk proscribes. The third track […]

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الوهيم – ♦☼♦

Recommendation: ✂ (“Cleopatra’s Ascend”) ♦☼♦ is an unlikely addition to the Seikomat/Sud Swap Audio Brewing/Botanica1 family of labels, which generally focus on uptempo and positive-affect vaporwave in classic-style and hypnagogic drift forms. In contrast, this album is entirely vaporgoth. Released in September 2016, ♦☼♦ is an eight-track mini-album that implores the listener to “gather your limbs, shake the earth from […]

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