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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GRΔP☰ T☰QUILΔ – BATTLE_FRONTIER

Recommendation: ☹ GRΔP☰ T☰QUILΔ1 joins the ranks of artists such as STΛQQ ƟVERFLƟ who make use of (questionably accurate) Greek letters in their monikers. This album is titled BATTLE_FRONTIER, and it was the first ever release on California label Midnight Moon Tapes, which would one day be home to a diverse roster that includes Reef Frequent, Tech Noir, Chinese Hackers, […]

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J Sanders – Shape Drifter

Recommendation: ☹ Shape Drifter is the third release from J Sanders, a vaporwave artist who’s been creating music since mid-2015. This particular album came out via the label VK 250, which partially shares its name with the Russian social media site VK – although VK 250 purports to be from Taiwan. It was the twentieth overall release through VK250, which […]

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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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