Channel 505 – 日本の天気と気候

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 日本の天気と気候1 belongs to the microgenre of “weathersoft”, which seeks to evoke the feeling of watching weather services on public television. Despite etymologically deriving from “mallsoft”, weathersoft has little in common with that subgenre since weathersoft lacks the empty production and PA-system effects associated with mallsoft. Instead, weathersoft is closely related to classic-style vaporwave in production – and if […]

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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 Apocalypse. 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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