蜃気楼MIRAGE / Chungking Mansions – Secret Deal

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Secret Deal is one of very few honest-to-god vaporwave albums released by TKX Vault in their initial fifty-album run.1 It is comprised of a fourteen-track split in equal portions featuring 蜃気楼MIRAGE2 and Chungking Mansions, both of which had been active producers in the vaporwave (and related genres) scene for a couple years by the time of this album’s […]

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Darksleep – Obviate

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Darksleep is a household name among fans of early vaporwave for his debut release Identity Ender, an ECCOJAMS album that perhaps got the closest to Daniel Lopatin’s genre-codifying (and naming) album than any other. For most, it stops there, or it’s assumed that Darksleep would continue to explore classic-style vaporwave for the rest of his career. Well, like […]

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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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Somber Rhombus – VR_Sip

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ VR_Sip is a six-track EP from Stoic Parallelogr- I mean, Somber Rhombus. VR_Sip came out in November 2015 on Advanced Materials, a Louisiana label notable for releasing vaporwave, ambient, and drone releases inspired by cyberpunk culture. Most of these albums have a somewhat dark-tinge to them as originally connoted by the work “cyberpunk”- after all, Neuromancer and Blade […]

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Gradient Plaza – PLAZA

Recommendation: ☹ PLAZA by Gradient Plaza come out on 18 October 2016, making it the first album released through Oklahoma label Basement Tapes. This album contains twelve tracks of downtempo vaporhop music. Songs flow into each other, making the whole piece more of a twenty-four minute suite rather than twelve individual tracks. The album alternates between quiet ambient pieces and […]

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