b l u e s c r e e n – 毛唐

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 毛唐1 by bluescreen (typeset as b l u e s c r e e n) is a four-track EP available through Australian label Sunset Grid. This release is entirely classic-style vaporwave that is constructed from pitch-/tempo-shifted samples of adult contemporary music. The production is fairly standard according to classic-style music, with a moderate emphasis on mid-range frequencies and […]

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L/S Disorder – Sub World Unknown

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sub World Unknown by L/S Disorder is a hodge-podge of heavy metal, dubstep, hip-hop, and drone as interpreted by plunderphonics. Along with Geoflesh’s self-titled album, it’s the most avant-garde release on Dublin label Smirk Sounds. Sub World Unknown was the second release by the label, demonstrating an early predilection for experimental sounds that need not conform to one’s […]

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GOLDBOX – OFFSHORE

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Elemental 95 is one of the most prolific sources of vaporwave music, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s one of the original labels in the scene when considering its massive, varied, and successful catalogue. In fact, the label started up in May 2015 as a co-ownership between baconwave and Phoenix #2772 (the latter of which is […]

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Penthouse Apartment – Trump

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Believe it or not, TKX Vault once had a late night lo-fi vaporwave release – and one themed around Donald Trump! Trump was released on 8 August 2015 through the Dream Catalogue imprint, which primarily catered to experimental works that weren’t entirely fitting on the parent label. By this time, classic-style vaporwave was on its way out for […]

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Zenkraft – COLD NIGHTS 1 2 MANY

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ COLD NIGHTS 1 2 MANY is the third album out of four released through the short-lived label Retrotech Sounds, from which nothing has been released since October 2015.1 It comes from the Australian artist Zenkraft, who utilizes a mix of hip-hop, adult contemporary, and new age (or slowed-down enough to sound new age) sounds in a seven-track mix […]

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ASCEND – ANOMALY

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ANOMALY is one half of a two-part release1 by the artist ASCEND that was released on 29 February 2016 through Question Records. Each of its twelve tracks is designated as a new “episode” (as with its sister album). ANOMALY is full of discursive ECCOJAMS that applies varying amounts of pitch-/tempo-shifting, gain, and reverb to even more varied samples […]

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