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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Catlights – Triangle

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Take home some hardvapour, throw it in a pot, add some dreampunk and a bit of a vaporwave – and baby, you’ve got a stew going. But wait a second… This was made in 2010. Before all of that. Before any of it was really a concept, honestly. What??? Triangle is the debut release from Catlights, a project […]

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Arthur Yamamoto – No Sleep

Recommendation: ☹ Arthur Yamamoto’s debut release came out on Fantasy Deluxe in February 2016. No Sleep consists of lo-fi instrumental hip-hop beats that are laid over jazz and other source material with the sample curation aesthetic of early classic-style vaporwave. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect: simple progressions and a laid-back style of compressed beats. The production inconsistently varies […]

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Sour Gout – Transformations

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Along with Hantasi, Sour Gout is one of the most prolific and varied artists within the vaporwave and cyberpunk music scenes today. Through the first nine months of 2017, Sour Gout released at least seven full-length albums on labels as varied as HVRF (hardvapour), Antifur (hardvapour), Elemental 95 (classic-style vaporwave, hypnagogic drift), and Sud Swap Audio Brewing (various […]

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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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