Lockbox – Passion Beam

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Passion Beam by Coloradan artist Lockbox1 is an old album – at least by vaporwave standards. This November 2012 album was the forty-second release on Ailanthus Recordings, one of the original standard-bearers of vaporwave and modern cyberpunk music. In addition to availability as a free digital download, the initial release of Passion Beam included a cassette edition that […]

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ダンケ Vibes – Augilio 音楽

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ダンケ Vibes’1 debut full-length Augilio 音楽2 was originally released through Jukai Suicide Forest,3 but later found a home on the Canadian label Lost Angles through a digital and limited-edition cassette release. Early editions did not have eighth track “Waves”, which is now available on all digital editions of this release. Other than a featured track on the 95 […]

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スペクトログラム – ノスタルジア悪夢

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ノスタルジア悪夢1 is one of the few vaporwave releases that can own the descriptor “haunting” without diluting the word. This release comes from Luxury Sky District, a label as pseudonymous as its artists, that claims to be from Bermuda and releases all of its albums with a publication date in the year 1995. The original release came out on […]

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High School Drama Teacher – HEARTWORK.EXE

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ HEARTWORK.EXE is a four-track EP produced by Canadian artist High School Drama Teacher, who also works under the alias Donkey Boy. It’s available through Beer Wizard and was originally released on cassette as well as digital format, the former of which have been sold out for quite some time. This release is classic-style vaporwave/ECCOJAMS that heavily pitch-/tempo-shifts samples […]

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Ecoscraper – Lithium Excel

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Lithium Excel is part of a quirkly microgenre called “metrosong”, which was primarily promulgated by the short-lived label Clear Visions in the summer and fall of 2016. Metrosong refers to a highly polished aesthetic of utopian vaporwave/hypnagogic drift that evokes a hyper-corporate milieu.1 For many of the Clear Visions albums, this involves distinct references to real and imaginary […]

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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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