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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Dallas Raines – 天気予報官

Recommendation: ✂ (“M E G A d o p p l e r メガドップラー”, “Dew Point 露点 • 圧力変化 Pressure Change”, “Moderate Visibility 適度な可視性”) “Weathersoft” is a small but rather vibrant sub-subculture within mallsoft. Practitioners make art that serves to evoke services such as the Weather Channel and local meteorologist networks. Songs generally feature smooth jazz samples and tunes that […]

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Datavision Ltd. – NIGHTWAVES

Recommendation: ✂ (“[untitled]”, “Get Lifted”) NIGHTWAVES is a mixtape by Datavision Ltd., an old-school vaporwave duo that consisted of Robin Burnett of INTERNET CLUB and Leonce Nelson. This mixtape consists of “booty-poppin malljams” of existing songs, sort of like ECCOJAMS but using the whole song rather than an earworm sample (with a couple exceptions). Each track consists of one song […]

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luxury elite – III

Recommendation: ✂ (“into the great unknown”, “check it out”, “last moments of life”) III is a misnomer title: it’s actually luxury elite’s fifth album but her third in the main line of releases. This “babewave” record follows a split with Mensa Group International. It’s filled with sample curation: each track is one or two minutes in length and features little […]

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starsculptor – thunder carnival

Recommendation: ✂ (“tiger striped cat”, “epsilon, pt. II [Mukyu Nyan remix]”) Whereas killkore and UNDERDOSE are entirely based in drone music, thunder carnival represents the “kid” part of Acid Medical’s “kidcore” aesthetic. This six-track EP is like listening to the thoughts of a child with ADD who watches way too much anime.1 Spoken word samples come out of nowhere on […]

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luxury elite – moods

Recommendation: ✂ (“hurt”, “sweetness”, “rain”, “bayside”, “elegance”) To many, luxury elite is the figure of vaporwave, equally if not more so than Vektroid, HKE, and Daniel Lopatin. Although the slowed-down jazz thing was pretty well disseminated through vaporwave by the time she came around, luxury elite is mostly responsible for inserting other sources of old media into vaporwave production and […]

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VentureX – Together

Recommendation: ✂ (“Together”, “All That You Got”, “Get It (feat. Saint Pepsi)”, “Homecoming”, “Hot”) Together: a catchy example of future funk out on the Stratford Ct. label. As with future funk pioneers/popularizers such as Yung Bae, マクロスMACROSS 82-99, and Flamingosis, VentureX combines French house with the sampling aesthetic of vaporwave music. Basically, if you’ve ever been curious how vaporwave would […]

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