ニューシティ – METROPOLISからオーディオ

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ METROPOLISからオーディオ1 is the soundtrack to an imaginary cyberpunk anime in which our hero arrives in a utopian mega-city of 20XX. The only album by ニューシティ2 3 is a highly cinematic exploration of Anywhere, Japan that thrives in tension; short of vapornoise, this is one of the darkest releases in the TKX Vault discography – and that’s saying something. […]

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サイバー ’98 – corrupted nature

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What is this – vapornoise? Vaportrap? Vapornoisetrap? Vaportroise?1 The corrupted nature extended-play by サイバー ’98 liberally uses all of these tropes, and it’s quite good. “Forgotten Forest” and “LOVE.jp” make use of glitchy R&B in a completely novel way that plays up the corruption to which the title alludes. “Mistrust” is a remix of a Darksleep track, who […]

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Seabaud – 陽光 微笑 Sunshine Smile

Recommendation: ✂ (“system_dream”) 陽光 微笑 Sunshine Smile1 is the eighteenth record to be released on the Cyber Dream Records, a label founded in January 2016. It’s the debut of New York artist Seabaud, who utilizes electronica, underground club music, R&B, and vaporwave sampling techniques to create a hazy, distinctly modernist extended-play. Interestingly, it’s almost entirely written in major progressions, which […]

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§E▲ ▓F D▓G§ – WEAK WAVES

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Do I detect a Minor Threat reference? Probably not, but damn if it isn’t exciting to see anyway! WEAK WAVES is an extended-play by §E▲ ▓F D▓G§ released in the summer of 2014, although it sounds like it came out in 2016. The artist’s utilization of harder electronic/club beats, emphasis on mid-range, and merger of extraordinarily affected samples […]

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t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 – 未来へ

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ 未来へ1 2 is one of telepath’s3 earliest records, his fifth overall, and his first released in 2014; predating his activity with 2814 and the Virtual Dream Plaza project by several months. 未来へ demonstrates telepath’s early attempts to refine his now-signature phaser effect, whereby tracks sound as if they’ve been stuck in the VCR for one year too many […]

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TOYOTAセリカ – COSMIC漂流

Recommendation: ✂ (“恒星間ハイウェイ”) COSMIC漂流1 is a three track extended-play of old-school hypnagogic pop and samplism vaporwave from TOYOTAセリカ.2 As can be imagined from the presentation, each track has a space/car theme. The first – and shortest – track begins as a standard slowed jam but quickly degrades into a computer-twinkle outro. It’s unexpected, and quite pleasant as a listening experience […]

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