Ataxon – Beautiful Melancholy

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ If Beautiful Melancholy came out a year after its 1 September 2015 release date, it’d probably have been associated with the “ghost tech” subgenre – a type of cyberpunk music influenced by dreampunk and hardvapour that artist Halo Acid once called “dance music for introverts”. This hour-long release incorporates the aesthetics of house music, vaporwave, chiptune, and IDM […]

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Asura Revolver releases “Sacred Code (Encrypted)” by HKE

The seventh and final release of HKE’s Sequence 777 is finally out on Asura Revolver. Sacred Code (Encrypted) was originally to be released on Halo Acid’s Tekres label, but unforeseen circumstances shelved the release with little other information. All of the releases within Sequence 777 were made to reflect the individual styles of the label as interpreted by HKE, and […]

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Ephemeral Dream releases “LED” by Yokohama Neonsain

Ephemeral Dream’s second release is a strange bit of dissonant dreampunk and ambient music that calls to mind the “futurevisions” style of vaporwave music in the sense of being an evocative, imagery-filled album. LED by Yokohama Neonsain is nine songs that feature distorted synthesziers, slow-to-moderate tempos, and a firm “cyberpunk” aesthetic akin to Vangelis or HKE. Choice track is “Hyaline […]

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SHUT_INS releases “Brain Slave” by Sleep Reprieve

Brain Slave by Sleep Reprieve is a new record influenced by the “ghost tech” trend born out of hardvapour, which Halo Acid described as “dance music for introverts”. It was released on SHUT_INS, which features a variety of cyberpunk-influenced dance music with influences from jungle, breakbeat, and IDM. Brain Slave is five tracks that are recommended for fans of recent […]

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SHUT_INS releases “REFLECTIONS” by MALK

SHUT_INS is a fairly eclectic label, and REFLECTIONS is a fairly eclectic release. This new album by MALK combines lo-fi hip-hop (“Zero Gravity”), ghost tech (“Amber Leaf”), and hardvapour (“1 Note Samba”) with some extremely high-quality production. It fits in well among other releases from SHUT_INS including last year’s release from New Shoppe and this year’s releases from Des Une […]

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