Elemental 95 releases “INITIATION PACKAGE” by PEARL CITY HOTEL

INITIATION PACKAGE is some more classic-style vaporwave, out on the similarly-themed label Elemental 95, which is co-owned by Phoenix #2772 and Baconwave. This album is actually from a Baconwave side project called PEARL CITY HOTEL, and it’s all groovy but with that faint hint of sterility that comes with a corporate hotel package. It’s hyper-equalized, so expect songs that are […]

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Advanced Materials releases “Retail Endeavors” by Budget Crisis

By the sound of the title, you’d think that Retail Endeavors by Budget Crisis would be a mallsoft album – and you’d be right. This release is deranged ECCOJAMS-influenced mallsoft that’s looping out of the never-fixed speakers in some nameless mom-and-pop convenience store on South Street. It’s a bit darker than most mallsoft albums, with more focus on drone and […]

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Seikomart releases “CLEANING STAFF” by Love Hotel究極

A love hotel? Bow-chicka-wow-wow.1 CLEANING STAFF is five tracks of mallsoft out on the Seikomart label. It sounds like what might be played in the seediest, weirdest, back-alley brothel that you know. Tracks pretty vague and dark; the ten-minute opener “ROOM 612” is vaguely reminiscent of “Strugglin’” by Tricky off of Maxinquaye, except without the oppressiveness of the latter. “ROOM […]

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AOTW | 31 October – 6 November: Nyetscape – Nyetscape 4

Nyetscape 4 is a mallsoft album by Nyetscape. As with many mallsoft releases, Nyetscape 4 seeks to enhance and elicit the feeling of being inside of a mall – abandoned or otherwise. But where Nyetscape 4 differs is the strange, foreboding darkness that slowly creeps in upon the album’s progression. “Fever” and “AgenciesXL” may be lively-ish muzak tracks, but nobody […]

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cereaʟ – Opening Soon

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Opening Soon is a five-track extended-play by cereaʟ, one of only two releases ever put out by this Australian artist. This EP is mallsoft, but with a twist: rather than produce what would come from the PA speakers in a mall or make the soundtrack to an empty and soulless shopping experience, Opening Soon is a field recording […]

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Adhesive Sounds releases “Shops at Sky Mall” by SoKool

New music out from the reliable “Adhesive Sounds”! Here’s something that’s a bit different from their usual output: it’s a mix of mallsoft, ECCOJAMS, and hypnagogic drift from SoKool, titled Shops at Sky Mall. It’s quite varied: the beginning song crosses some old-school classic-style vibes, and the immediate follow-up is straight easy listening/smooth jazz music. The presentation is set up […]

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