Darksleep – Obviate

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Darksleep is a household name among fans of early vaporwave for his debut release Identity Ender, an ECCOJAMS album that perhaps got the closest to Daniel Lopatin’s genre-codifying (and naming) album than any other. For most, it stops there, or it’s assumed that Darksleep would continue to explore classic-style vaporwave for the rest of his career. Well, like […]

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Wasn’t – Validations in Discord

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Validations in Discord1 made its rounds on several labels in 2016 including Question Records, & Options, and Aloe City Records. Produced over a six-month span from 2015 to early 2016, this is a three-track EP from Wasn’t that incorporates acid techno into the vapor aesthetic. It’s billed as the twenty-fifth release on Question Records, and it includes a […]

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R0x4ry – Empire

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Empire is the culmination of two years of work by Norwegian artist R0x4ry, the co-owner and creative force behind the Asura Revolver label. Released in May 2017 following Asura Revolver’s five-month hiatus, Empire was described by R0x4ry as “get[ting] trapped inside of a maze or a concrete jungle, [where] everything gets bigger and more oppressive”.1 Additionally, Empire was […]

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Somnus – Sleep

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Somnus is an alias of Pyravid, a well-known producer who’s tried their hand at several strains of vaporwave and its related genres over the years. Starting with Googleplex Bionetwork on the Dream Catalogue label, Pyravid released a couple pure vaporwave albums and had tracks included on high-profile compilations such as The Eternal Dream System, Abstract Memories 3, and […]

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Qebaxugon – ��▀̿▀̿▀̿ �☐ � ☐� ▀̿▀̿▀̿��

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ ��▀̿▀̿▀̿ �☐ � ☐� ▀̿▀̿▀̿�� is easily one of the most enigmatic releases thus far on HVRF (much less hardvapour), and I’m fully aware of the gravity of such a statement. This sixteen-track album comes from the equally incomprehensibly-named Qebaxugon. The release is described in the HVRF accompanying release as a “an alien album transmission” that is the […]

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