emperor tangerine – my empire

Recommendation: ✂ (“daisy”) emperor tangerine’s debut album for TKX Vault (formerly known as Tokyo Exchnage) demonstrates the label’s early predilection for not fucking around when it came to the most extreme avant-garde music in sampling, to the extent of rivaling Scolex Recordings in terms of music associated with the vaporwave scene. Released nine days after the similarly-chaotic label debut Y.2089 […]

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AIR Japan – Summer of Love

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ AIR Japan’s Summer of Love extended-play is hyperactive vaporhop – a big difference from the avant-garde side with which TKX Vault is typically associated. This release is a short nine tracks in ten minutes, with ultra-smooth/ultra-light songs that recall the multifaceted instrumental microsong utilized by artists such as J Dilla. There are a couple particular highlights in the […]

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Penthouse Apartment – Y2K Millenium Nightclub

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Penthouse Apartment’s debut for TKX-Vault (then known as “Tokyo Exchange”) is an album of ambient techno that anticipates the ghost tech movement by almost two years. Tracks are skeletally rhythmic and often feature little more than sparse clicks and cuts that evolve into something akin to old-school IDM. It’s an unsettling release, but it’s not disturbing: Y2K: New […]

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C A S I N O ☆★☆★☆ M A S T E R – ☆★☆ ボーナススピン幸運 !!!

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Wow, this hurts my head. ☆★☆ ボーナススピン幸運 !!!1 is as if ▣世界から解放され▣ were about digital casinos instead of… well, whatever it’s about.2 The first of two albums under the C A S I N O ☆★☆★☆ M A S T E R moniker is a plunderphonics exploration of half-minute (and sometimes less) samples of nineties club music and […]

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AOTW | 8 August – 14 August: вовчі особи – вовки тіні

This week’s (admittedly late) AOTW is the creepy-yet-fascinating вовки тіні, or Wolves Shadow by the enigmatic вовчі особи. This album lies in the dank, dreary world of deathdream; a style that utilizes the surreal atmospheres of dreampunk but with a decidedly morbid, dark atmosphere that far surpasses anything else in the genre. вовки тіні is only two tracks, but in […]

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вовчі особи – вовки тіні

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ вовчі особи1 lies in the curious world of “deathdream,” a sub-subgenre of dreampunk that takes the latter’s highly ambient stylings to their funereal extreme.2 вовки тіні3 is two tracks – one fifteen minutes; the other, twenty – that plunge into the cavernous depths of feedback, oscillations, and echoes. There is neither percussion nor beat for the album’s entire […]

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ЖЫ – Huylowave

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Huylowave is part of a sub-subgenre1 of vaporwave called “Ruskevapor,” a highly specific movement that seeks to highlight economic, social, and political issues of the former USSR states through Slavic socialist aesthetic and sampling techniques of experimental electronic music. Most songs utilize a harsh blend of broken transmission, noise music, glitch, and digital manipulation, to create a sound […]

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