Laptop Salam – Sonata I

Recommendation: ☹ Mary looks downright Satanic in the mirrored album artwork to Sonata I by Laptop Salam, available through 404Jackpot. This three-track EP of a mix of vaporhop and classic-style vaporwave from November 2013. All three tracks are titled after Italian cities. “Verona” is a somewhat glitchy, uptempo mix of repeatedly sampled vocal samples in a manner similar to that […]

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PINK AND YELLOW – V01D23

Recommendation: ☹ V01D231 is the second full-length release by PINK AND YELLOW and the second overall by the artist for STC Records – the first being 2015’s Cloud Blanket EP. Released midway through January 2016, V01D23 has some of the best glitch art as its cover artwork released by a vaporwave label, even earning a shout-out by Sunbleach in our […]

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ph.2003 悲しいです – LUISMIWAVE 太陽 EP

Recommendation: ☹ The LUISMIWAVE 太陽 EP1 by ph.2003 悲しいです2 is an eight-track release out through Latinwave, a label based out of Ecuador that was established in mid-2015 to cater specifically to the Latin American vaporwave community.3 The EP consists of memetic classic-style vaporwave, primarily being composed of Hispanic pop and adult contemporary tracks with FLORAL SHOPPE screw effects. Each song […]

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日本語の文字 – 何も は リアル

Recommendation: ☹ 日本語の文字 is a sneaky parody of vaporwave; the name translates as “Japanese characters”. The album title 何も は リアル is related; it translates as “Nothing Is Real”, which might be a snipe at the thematic focus on emotional emptiness that permeates many vaporwave (especially classic-style) releases and message boards. Or perhaps I’m overthinking it all.1 Musically, 何も は […]

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secondsun – spirits/flowers

Recommendation: ☹ spirits/flowers is a seventeen-minute mini-album of lo-fi hip-hop released through Vice ’98, a vaporwave label from Washington State that began to release music in September 2016, making it a relatively new addition to the fold. This album from secondsun was one of two debut releases for the label alongside DREAM VISION by I Am Adam, Of Eterna. In […]

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TΞLΞVIZOR – Cable Ghoul

Recommendation: ☹ Released through Unchill Records in 2016, Cable Ghoul is a sixteen track classic-style vaporwave album in about as many minutes. Taking cue from like-minded artists computer slime, ghosting, and luxury elite,1 TΞLΞVIZOR composes songs with short track lengths with a hard focus on sample curation. Each track is constructed from instrumental adult contemporary/muzak or from television samples, which […]

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