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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Blank Banshee – Blank Banshee 0

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ [Originally posted at the SongSavers music blog on 25 March 2016.] The “vaportrap” subgenre of vaporwave probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Blank Banshee, who – erroneously or not – tagged his debut release Blank Banshee 0 as “vaporwave” on his Bandcamp page back in 2012, setting off an entirely new development within the subculture. Perhaps it’s […]

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ECO Virtual – Atmospheres 第2

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 9 February 2016.] In the mid/late-nineties, Sony used a 49-second clip from Kerry Livgren’s Odyssey into the Mind’s Eye to advertise the processing power and video card of the VAIO line of desktops. The video utilized full-motion computer graphics that demonstrated the burgeoning world of home computer graphic capabilities; it showed […]

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