猫 シ Corp. & Stereo Component – Ocean Beach

Recommendation: ✂ (“離散 Sunsuit Girls,” “Malibu Beach,” “Shanghai,” “初デート”) Ocean Beach is a collaboration/split album between 猫 シ Corp.1 and Stereo Component, originally released in January 2014 on the defunct Fortune 500 label – and re-released several times since on other labels. This album is one of the earlier albums in 猫 シ Corp.’s impressive discography, who – at the […]

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рмнчитто – Tears

Recommendation: ☹ рмнчитто’s1 Tears represents how far the vaporwave genre has come in the past several years since its unlikely beginnings in the depths of the Internet. This nine-track, twenty-one minute album is another addition to the score of hypnagogic pop albums released in the last six years: simple, non-committal samples of smooth jazz and easy listening with little additional […]

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Amun Dragoon – UNLIMITED DREAM COMPANY

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Amun Dragoon was one of the first artists to fully utilize the spectrum of new age music in vaporwave production. Not simply sample new age for some ironic giggles – but to utilize fully the new age aesthetic (stylized however) as a medium for the peaceful, relaxing, and moderately unsettling reaches of sound architecture. UNLIMITED DREAM COMPANY is this anonymous […]

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bl00dwave – NEW VISUALS

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ /r/vaporwave’s “Guide to Vaporwave Subgenres” lists bl00dwave as a part of the “vapormeme” subgenre, which is described as “a derisive term […] [that] tend[s] to take multiple aesthetic styles of vaporwave with no contextual reason […] presenting them in a confused light that has no purpose.”1 Ouch. Is it all deserved? Well, not entirely – at least not […]

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日本航空株式会社 ✈ Japan Airlines – フライトを楽しむ (Enjoy Your Flight!)

Recommendation: ✂ (“FIFA World Cup 94,” “誰が私は,” “Flight Attendant”) フライトを楽しむ (Enjoy Your Flight!)1 is the second album ever released by Dream Catalogue, way back2 in 2014.3 On the surface, this looks like a standard character-clusterfuck classic-style vaporwave album, but フライトを楽しむ (Enjoy Your Flight!) belies a pretty in-depth release that explores several different vaporwave subgenres in the span of ten tracks […]

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王阳明 – 泰 [EP]

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ 泰1 is the first of two extended-plays released in June 2016 by German musician 王阳明,2 a scholar of sinology and philosophy whose works seek to describe the Chinese Book of Changes – to the extent that such a text may be understood in music, much less a lifetime of study.3. In contrast to previous releases that utilized heavy […]

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