fuji grid tv – prism genesis

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ prism genesis is better viewed as a nineteen-minute gestalt than it is a collection of seventeen individual tracks. This record is one of the first of the broken transmission scene – by which tracks are sampled from old commercials, soundtracks, and similar media in microsong format in order to create the impression that one is listening to a […]

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esc 不在 – midi dungeon

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Other than being from the same artist behind Macintosh Plus, fuji grid tv, and Vektroid – Ramona Xavier – there really isn’t much that separates esc 不在1 from the rest of the pack. midi dungeon (and its sister album black horse) is a basic classic-style vaporwave half-hour-long release of sound compilation and minimal editing. Tracks begin and end […]

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Infinity Frequencies – Computer Death

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Computer Death is the first of the Computer trilogy by Infinity Frequencies. The Japanese producer is one of the most prolific (and well-known) artists within “signalwave,” a loosely-defined subgenre of vaporwave that combines the listening appeal of hypnagogic pop with the cut-up microsong format of broken transmission while utilizing samples from old media. Like most of Infinity Frequencies’ […]

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Cobalt Road – Venetian Blinds [EP]

Recommendation: ✂ (“Venetian Blinds”) Venetian Blinds is a five-track extended-play of scintillating electronic music by Cobalt Road, a producer from the armpit of Florida, also known as Tallahassee.1 This is a downtempo future funk album – one that’s beat-driven, but without the FM-radio-on-adderall vibe of Saint Pepsi and similar artists. It’s a thoroughly unironic outlook on adult contemporary, eliciting nostalgia […]

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王阳明 – 屯蒙

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ 王阳明 is a music producer based in Beijing, China; whose albums revolve around the concept of Chinese traditional philosophy and literature as described in the Book of Changes. There are sixty-four hexagrams within the Book, which are either “broken” or “unbroken” (a parallel to yin and yang) and are divided into an upper and lower trigram. Each trigram […]

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zoal – humans [EP]

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ humans is the debut release by zoal, a Los Angeles artist who produces a unique blend of industrial-electronic music and vaporwave. Similar to The Darkest Futures on Dream Catalogue, zoal’s modus operandi is to make samples as unrecognizably distorted as possible, with nods to the beat-tastic styles of Skinny Puppy and The Prodigy. A short four-track, ten-minute release. […]

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TOYOMU – 印象III : なんとなく、パブロ (Imagining “The Life of Pablo”)

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 28 April 2016.] [Editor’s note: although not strictly vaporwave, we feel there are enough parallels to the scene that this album should be discussed.] 印象III : なんとなく、パブロ (Imagining “The Life of Pablo”) is the perfect metaphor for the cultural zeitgeist of 2016. Produced by Japanese producer TOYOMU in response to […]

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