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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TWAYNG McGRAW – 失望

Recommendation: ☹ As can be gleaned from the name, TWAYNG McGRAW is a novelty vaporwave project that focuses on ECCOJAMS edits of country and pop-country songs. 失望1 is a ten-track mini-album that is available through Bogus Collective, a label run by air jordans™ and TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL that primarily releases uptempo classic-style and hypnagogic drift albums. All tracks are composed via extreme […]

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AIR Japan – Ghost Dragon

Recommendation: ☹ Ghost Dragon is one of the three inaugural releases on Pyramids, a label founded by HKE as a home to ghost tech music.1 It’s the fourth release in the AIR Japan saga, which progressed from classic-style vaporwave to glitchy future funk to HKE’s highly polyrhythmic take on ghost tech. At ten tracks in twenty-five minutes, it’s one of […]

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