computer slime – ミスト

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ ミスト1 is best viewed as a spiritual successor to 骨架的: just look, there are pyramids in the album art! The antiseptic microsamples feature the same crystal-clear production of Holograms, occasional effects screw notwithstanding, and even the track titles are all lowercase in the original download. But the similarities are more than just topical: computer slime (an alias of […]

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ЖЫ – Huylowave

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Huylowave is part of a sub-subgenre1 of vaporwave called “Ruskevapor,” a highly specific movement that seeks to highlight economic, social, and political issues of the former USSR states through Slavic socialist aesthetic and sampling techniques of experimental electronic music. Most songs utilize a harsh blend of broken transmission, noise music, glitch, and digital manipulation, to create a sound […]

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音 LIGHT システム – Buy Milk

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Buy Milk succeeds where many vaportrap albums fail: it’s charming. It’s not obnoxiously in-your-face like most of bl00dwave’s discography, not poppy/peppy like Blank Banshee, and certainly not aggressively hyped-up like most of 2016’s output thus far. Not that any of that is bad, of course! No, 音 LIGHT システム’s1 seventh full-length release is lively and free – and […]

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Drip-133 – ‘♡’

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Drip-133’s ‘♡’ received some unlikely mainstream1 attention upon release via Tiny Mix Tapes,2 possibly owing to the album’s presence on the established AMDiscs label. This artist was one of the first to follow in Blank Banshee’s footsteps, coming roughly seven months after the vaportrap founder’s Blank Banshee 0. Drip-133 quickly set himself apart from his peers through the […]

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豊平区民TOYOHIRAKUMIN – MUSIC IN THE AIR

Recommendation: ✂ (“PLAZA,” “MIDNIGHT TALKING,” “NAKANO BOTANICAL GARDENS,” “TOMORROW, TOYOHIRA”) MUSIC IN THE AIR doesn’t know what kind of album it wants to be. On one hand, there are future funk bangers like the four-on-the-floor “MIDNIGHT TALKING;” on the other, there are comfort food classic-style vaporwave jamz such as “RENAISSANCE HOTEL.” There’s even mallsoft, brought to you by “VERTIGO.” The […]

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チェスマスター – 真の愛

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ チェスマスター’s1 debut album bares some hints to the experimental production style with which the moniker is now synonymous. Although mostly a standard 骨架的-esque release of narcotic soundtracks, 真の愛2 also utilizes PA-speaker vocal samples (e.g. “を作成中”), blissed-out percussion (e.g. “サマーナイト”), and understated washes of haze (e.g. “ナイト”). Each チェスマスター features a long, winding closing track, and 真の愛 is no […]

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コンシャスTHOUGHTS – Lonely Nights

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ If one were to judge a book by its cover, they’d probably think Lonely Nights were to sound like a dreampunk or ambient album with regards to those soft lights and nigh-empty sidewalk except for an embracing couple. That couldn’t be farther from the truth: コンシャスTHOUGHTS’1 2015 extended-play is nothing but booty-moving future funk and vaportrap – and […]

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