コンシャスTHOUGHTS – Can’t Get Enough

Recommendation: ☹ Can’t Get Enough doesn’t have “bad” songs, it’s just highly derivative. Minimally-edited French House with vaporwave can only go so far, especially when it’s twenty tracks of the same beats/percussion/etc. コンシャスTHOUGHTS1 falls into the quagmire found by a lot of future funk producers: such heavy focus on dance ends up limiting the music, and there’s only so much […]

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stress. – exhaust

Recommendation: ☹ exhaust is a forty-minute album coming from stress.1 It was released as a part of the Telepathic Data Storage project, which also includes releases such as 103.67FM by Spirit #67 and the reality.wav series. This album is pure ambient noise music, completely bypassing the “vapor-” influences of other Telepathic Data Storage albums. It anticipates the future albums by […]

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prism tv – cryogenesis

Recommendation: ☹ “prism tv” is a reference to the trope codifier of the broken transmission genre, prism genesis by fuji grid tv. cryogenesis is the only album from the prism tv project, and it’s a part of the overarching Telepathic Data Storage umbrella of releases from 2015-2016.1 As with prism genesis, prism tv’s album is a noisy mix of advertisements, […]

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HexagonUnit Group International – This Was Us Once

Recommendation: ☹ HexagonUnit Group International’s1 This Was Us Once is hyper-corporate muzak with all the sterility and saccharin that comes with mallsoft. Each of the album’s thirteen tracks are MIDI ridiculousness. The “Pet” songs are what I imagine what would play in the pet store in Nintendogs, with many sections having a sampled dog bark playing as a beat (e.g. […]

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Contact Lens – MEDIAFIRE KINGDOM

Recommendation: ☹ Contact Lens’ MEDIAFIRE KINGDOM isn’t too different from the rest of the artist’s discography. Like ICE IN THA VEINS, this album is an entirely ironic release of instrumental lo-fi hip-hop with a goofy 90s aesthetic. This work is like-it-or-hate-it; it’s the cheapest-sounding compressed beats mixed with anti-sly G-funk. Its potential charm is in how much one is willing […]

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NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL – NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL

Recommendation: ☹ Yup, that’s the title. The music sounds exactly like what you’d expect. This one-off release as NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL from the Orlando producer Windows 98の is music from the Now That’s What I Call Music! series edited to sound nigh-unidentifiable. But instead of the pitch/tempo-delay and filters that typically accompany such a phrase, this album uses […]

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