Vektroid – Color Ocean Road

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Color Ocean Road may not be vaporwave in the strictest sense, but as a part of the Vektroid project by Ramona Xavier, it’s one that would not be fair to skip in the discussion of the genre and its evolution. This was the final album released under Vektroid, before the mid-2016 triple-release of Big Danger, RE•SET, and Vektroid […]

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bl00dwave – NEW VISUALS

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ /r/vaporwave’s “Guide to Vaporwave Subgenres” lists bl00dwave as a part of the “vapormeme” subgenre, which is described as “a derisive term […] [that] tend[s] to take multiple aesthetic styles of vaporwave with no contextual reason […] presenting them in a confused light that has no purpose.”1 Ouch. Is it all deserved? Well, not entirely – at least not […]

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computer slime – ミスト

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ ミスト1 is best viewed as a spiritual successor to 骨架的: just look, there are pyramids in the album art! The antiseptic microsamples feature the same crystal-clear production of Holograms, occasional effects screw notwithstanding, and even the track titles are all lowercase in the original download. But the similarities are more than just topical: computer slime (an alias of […]

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Halo Acid – Days of Night

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Fancy a bit of four-on-the-floor stylings with your ghost tech/dreampunk? Halo Acid has you covered. Days of Night is that-meets-Autechre – specifically, Amber/Garbage-era, and it’s one of the nighttime raviest albums in the scene. Think of Hong Kong Express with the beats of “PIOBmx19” from the aforementioned IDM band’s latter-listed album, and you’ve got the jist. Speaking of […]

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Employee#6817 – Eulogy

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Eulogy‘s connection to the vaporwave scene is tenuous as best – one that is due more to the circumstances of its release and glitch-aesthetic than any large connection to the scene. It’s the first album by Jonathan Burgess of the New Jersey label Scolex Recordings under the thoroughly big-business moniker “Employee#6817,” the sterility of which is unsettling. Now […]

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Infinity Frequencies – Computer Death

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Computer Death is the first of the Computer trilogy by Infinity Frequencies. The Japanese producer is one of the most prolific (and well-known) artists within “signalwave,” a loosely-defined subgenre of vaporwave that combines the listening appeal of hypnagogic pop with the cut-up microsong format of broken transmission while utilizing samples from old media. Like most of Infinity Frequencies’ […]

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Nmesh – Nu.wav Hallucinations

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Nu.wav Hallucinations is vaporwave’s remix album. A nigh eighty-minute suite by Alexander Koenig (presenting here as Nmesh), this album utilizes the characteristic recognizable sampling of the ECCOJAMS subgenre and imparts each track with the body-moving atmosphere of dance music. Just check out the Smiths-screw of “Soon Enough,” which wouldn’t be out of place in an eighties nightclub in […]

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