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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Phoenix #2772 – The Dream Catalogue

Recommendation: ✂ (“Summer’s Love”, “Corporate System Reboot”, “Loading Virtual Mall 9000”, “Virtual Break-Up”, “Dreamers”, “Lovewave”) For classic-style vaporwave, Phoenix #2772 is more or less *the* artist to check out. The guy has been featured on numerous high-profile labels from Business Casual to – you guessed it – Dream Catalogue, in addition to founding Elemental 95 with fellow artist Baconwave. Phoenix […]

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2047 – NEXUS_DAWN

Recommendation: ✂ (“REBOOT”) If there’s one thing that TKX Vault always had in its first run, it was some killer album artwork. Regardless of one’s feelings on NEXUS_DAWN, it’s unequivocally one of the most beautiful (and vaguely despondent) covers to any dreampunk release – and this is a genre that revels in exquisite renders of life in a cyberpunk world. […]

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emperor tangerine – find me lady

Recommendation: ✂ (“rescue me”) From the harsh noise of my empire to the static soundscapes of saltwater creek to the computer drone of find me lady, emperor tangerine had quite a progression in their works. find me lady was the final full-length album by emperor tangerine until the release of slaves on Acid Medical just ten days before the writing […]

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회사AUTO – -Q-

Recommendation: ✂ (“tropic [memories in coral]”, “phantom”, “palm [cruise with me]”, “hyperdrive [lift thine eyes to eternity]”) 회사AUTO1 is a chillwave, vaporwave, and future funk producer, and -Q- is a 2015 album self-released and put out on the Illuminated Paths label. -Q- is tropical chillwave; all of these tracks – but especially “tropic [memories in coral]” absolutely beg to played […]

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