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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Unwanted Nostalgia Destroyer – Corrupted Memories

Recommendation: ☹ Corrupted Memories is a five-track EP from Unwanted Nostalgia Destroyer. With a name like that, you can expect some classic-style vaporwave or ECCOJAMS that samples from popular media. You would be correct in this expectation. Corrupted Memories starts off with an ECCOJAMS track of “Sk8er Boi” by Avril Lavigne1 that speeds up and slows down at somewhat random […]

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LOGICAL CRASH – OASIS

Recommendation: ☹ LOGICAL CRASH is a project of Californian artist Dave Space, who is also the man behind Bonus Fruit and is a significant contributor to Pizza Beast.1 OASIS is twelve songs in twenty-six minutes, and it was originally released in August 2016 on the Clear Visions label. As with the rest of the Clear Visions albums, OASIS was a […]

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Arthur Yamamoto – No Sleep

Recommendation: ☹ Arthur Yamamoto’s debut release came out on Fantasy Deluxe in February 2016. No Sleep consists of lo-fi instrumental hip-hop beats that are laid over jazz and other source material with the sample curation aesthetic of early classic-style vaporwave. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect: simple progressions and a laid-back style of compressed beats. The production inconsistently varies […]

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Mr. Hideyoshi – 地平線

Recommendation: ☹ Mr. Hideyoshi is from Pennsylvania, and 地平線1 is his third overall release and third from 2016. It’s also his first through Sunset Grid, a label from Australia that primarily focuses on classic-style vaporwave with some releases that touch vaporhop, sample curation, and hypnagogic drift. 地平線 is pure classic-style, with edited and pitch-/tempo-shifted samples from pop, R&B, and adult […]

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