RETRIEVAL CORPORATION – DESTROY THE OHD

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ RETRIEVAL CORPORATION is a British artist who came on the scene with 2016’s Memetik Apocalyse. DESTROY THE OHD is the artist’s second EP, released through Hardvapour Resistance Front (a.k.a. HVRF). This five-track release is… chillwave? On my HVRF?! Yup, the five tracks here are moderate-bpm chillwave songs with relatively upbeat synth lines – something that might surprise listeners […]

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Lasership Stereo – Soft Season

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Soft Season is a brief five-track EP from Lasership Stereo that was released on 3 September 2011, making it part of the initial wave of vaporwave releases. It’s notable for being the third release ever on Ailanthus Recordings, one of the longest-running vaporwave labels with a practically uninterrupted release schedule since 2011. As with most early vaporwave, Soft […]

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Enylobe – サイエンスフィクション /// ファンタジー

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Come to downtown with サイエンスフィクション /// ファンタジー1, a mini-album from Californian artist Enylobe that’s heavily inspired by dreampunk and cyberpunk aesthetics. Available through French label Elemental 95 (via digital download and currently sold-out cassette), Enylobe’s debut release is indebted to the film Blade Runner, from which it heavily samples. It opens up with a minute of Vangelis’s famous […]

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Ninjitsu Princess – BlackICE

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Owing to the nature of cyberpunk music, there are quite a few shadowy labels out there, one of which is VK 250. Named in part after the Russian social media network (despite claiming residency in Taiwan), VK 250 released a variety of vaporwave and hardvapour within what’s best describe as an “aggressively eclectic” milieu. BlackICE by Ninjitsu Princess […]

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チェスマスター – NIGHT DRIVE

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ NIGHT DRIVE is the second full-length from the enigmatic チェスマスター,1 2 whose conceptual journey through cyberpunk music has apparently chronicled an existential breakdown concerning man’s relationship with technology. These and the other early releases give little hints as to what would happen. They’re mostly classic-style vaporwave and hypnagogic drift with some hints toward the romantic; it wasn’t until […]

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Holographic Technologies – Edit / Delete

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Edit / Delete is notable for being the first album ever to be released on North Carolina label Occasionally Tapes, coming out on 7 August 2016 on digital download and cassette format. This twenty-three track1 album consists of classic-style vaporwave that’s edited together into two cassette sides of pretty much continuous music. The album makes use of very […]

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