Hantasi – ラキア2019

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Hantasi’s ラキア20191 is one of the strangest albums from the vaguely-defined “first wave” of vaporwave. Self-released in September 2012, this album is nearly seventy minutes of psuedo-noise/drone music that primarily utilizes a plunderphonics style of samplism to give each of its ten tracks a texture akin to tribal music. In fact, it pretty much is tribal music: the […]

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Buried Angel – Sleep Tsunami

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Upon first glance, Sleep Tsunami appears to be I Am Chesumasuta Pt. II. They utilize extremely affected vocalizations as melodic leads, feature a preponderance of distorted keyboards, emphasize a theme of self-abstraction, and have pink album artworks! Sleep Tsunami is the first of twelve planned albums to be released as a part of Vault XYO, the third of […]

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☒ – 2612

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ 2612 by ☒1 begins with lo-fi computer music that perfectly aligns with the weirdness that is Swamp Circle. The Chicago label came about in 2012 toward the close of the “first wave” of vaporwave – after Macintosh Plus, 骨架的, and Daniel Lopatin had released their genre-defining works and Midnight Television, Mason Guerrero, and 18 Carat Affair had released […]

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The Soviet Uprising – World War 2020 (Ep. One)

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ The Soviet Uprising is the first chapter in a series released on HVRF that imagines a near-future third World War. It’s great for HVRF (also known as the Hardvapor Resistance Front1), which uses an ultranationalist and far-right aesthetic in its imagery, music, and social media – to the extent of re-tweeting American nationalist figures on Twitter such as […]

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メディカル – Coma

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Coma is the debut full-length by 2047 (co-creator of BLCR Laboratories) under the メディカル1 moniker, which shares thematic similarities with the artist’s Acid Medical label. Anyone who’s heard of メディカル or 2047’s main output may expect similar soporific drone music. The theme of the メディカル albums is sedation – both in the medical aspect and in the sense […]

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