Phoenix #2772 – Experience

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Experience is the eleventh overall release1 and first of 2016 for Miami, Florida artist Phoenix #2772, a Dream Catalogue alumnus who for some time was a co-owner of the Elemental 95 label. It was co-released in June 2016 by Elemental 95 and No Problema Tapes. The Elemental 95 release was solely on digital format, whereas the No Problema […]

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Vitamin.D – POWERBOOK ONE FIFTY

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ POWERBOOK ONE FIFTY is Vitamin.D’s third full-length release and first for the Wave Rebel label. It comes with the caveat “headphones recommended”, and that is no advice to be ignored for this eclectic vaporhop/vaportrap release. POWERBOOK ONE FIFTY is a nine-track album that incorporates a variety of vaporwave samplism and hip-hop techniques similar to those used on Blank […]

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Sandtimer – 808 Hate Suite

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Vaporwave Is Dead gets most of the attention as the trope-codifying hardvapour album, but there’s another release by Sandtimer that predates the artist’s (in)famous take-that by a couple months. 808 Hate Suite is the bass-heavy Ur-example1 of hardvapour music, back when the tags were “XXXX”, “XXXX”, or even “dark vaporwave”. Although its association with hardvapour is more in […]

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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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仮想夢プラザ – TKX Vault series

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ With the exception of the self-titled release (which is better viewed as a proof-of-concept album), the 仮想夢プラザ (Virtual Dream Plaza) series by telepath received its proper start with a series of three releases on TKX Vault over a span of ten days in May 2015. Dropped quietly and somewhat out of nowhere, these three albums were the inauspicious […]

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Henry Wong – H Trials 7.2: Slurqpe+

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Henry Wong is a… actually, that’s a good question. Who the fuck is Henry Wong? Along with Keito Shimuguchi, it’s likely that Henry Wong is an alias of HKE (or another close collaborator), but “alias” is a bad way to put it. The characters of Henry Wong, Keito Shimuguchi, Television Experience, etc. are better defined as just that: […]

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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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