Ataxon – Beautiful Melancholy

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ If Beautiful Melancholy came out a year after its 1 September 2015 release date, it’d probably have been associated with the “ghost tech” subgenre – a type of cyberpunk music influenced by dreampunk and hardvapour that artist Halo Acid once called “dance music for introverts”. This hour-long release incorporates the aesthetics of house music, vaporwave, chiptune, and IDM […]

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hotline – nights

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Miami? No, nights! hotline is Chase Randall, whose other aliases include Cyberport, Digitalage, and 回声广场. The hotline alias has been active since early 2016, and its discography includes releases on Evaporated Sounds, Adhesive Sounds, Floyd Records, and Sunset Recordings – a pretty diverse group within the contemporaneous scene. nights is the forty-first release for Verbatim Consciousness Recordings and […]

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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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