断片化された友人 – Fragmented Memories

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fragmented Memories is six hours long. That’s ridiculous. 断片化された友人1 is marketed as a supergroup of seven high-profile vaporwave artists, but it’s not. Only twenty-one of the sixty-nine tracks are collaborative, and almost none of them feature every member. The tracks are rarely any different from what any artist puts on their solo albums, giving this album the impression […]

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zoal – humans [EP]

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ humans is the debut release by zoal, a Los Angeles artist who produces a unique blend of industrial-electronic music and vaporwave. Similar to The Darkest Futures on Dream Catalogue, zoal’s modus operandi is to make samples as unrecognizably distorted as possible, with nods to the beat-tastic styles of Skinny Puppy and The Prodigy. A short four-track, ten-minute release. […]

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アドブロック+ – 私はライトゼロを感じている

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ アドブロック+1 puts the “noise” in “vapornoise” – harsh noise, that is. In contrast to vapornoise artists whose amusicality is rooted in the usage of television samples and chopped-and-screwed production while still being listenable, 私はライトゼロを感じている2 is Merzbow software-destruction at its purest form. This album is better viewed as harsh noise influenced by vaporwave: the connection to the vaporwave scene […]

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「fluence」 – elemental

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 21 April 2016.] After dropping several tracks on streaming services,「fluence」released the downtempo vaportrap album elemental on the Dream Catalogue label – one of the foremost in professional vaporwave marketing and production. Sporting one of the prettiest album covers in the whole genre, elemental forewent the silliness of Blank Banshee for […]

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BALENTSバランス – HUMAN MUSIC脂肪豚

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ HUMAN MUSIC脂肪豚1 is the first proper album by BALENTSバランス,2 a producer who later went on to found the Beer Wizard record label. Produced in a span of 24 hours,3 HUMAN MUSIC脂肪豚 mostly consists of samples from old video game soundtrack.4 Each song is heavily reverbed and resampled, with a murky aesthetic that sounds like as if a tape […]

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