midnight王朝 – 自己満足

Recommendation: ✂ (“血の後の人生”, “太陽のかけら”) This is some midnight music.1 自己満足2 by midnight王朝3 is ambient vaporwave that sounds like it was produced for the setting depicted in the album artwork: late hours of the night in the middle of an urban parking lot where a lone fluorescent lamp provides the only source of light. Released in June 2016 through The Library, […]

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Ailanthus Recordings releases “RichL​@​nd W​@​ltZ” split by Chi}} Wi$$ard / Bichhaelモルトン

Chi}} Wi$$ard and Bichhaelモルトン have released a new split album called RichL@nd W@ltZ on long-time vaporwave label Ailanthus Recordings. The Chi}} Wi$$ard side is mostly classic-style vaporwave with elements of vaporgoth; the tracks frequently dip from moderate engaging classic-style samplism into the depressing, mired hypnagogic drift. The Bichhaelモルトン side samples lo-fi soundtrack and classical music scores to a somewhat unsettling […]

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Parasite – Dreams That Cast the Deep Web

Recommendation: ☹ Dreams That Cast the Deep Web comes from Parasite, an anonymous artist who – according to the RKM Records blurb – submitted this album with no further information. It’s two tracks of vaporgoth music that consist of extraordinarily pitch-/tempo-shifted samples taken from a Japanese promo for the Sega Dreamcast.1 There’s almost nothing in the way of standard musicality […]

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Seikomart releases “fear effect” by Black Ant

Seikomart continues to branch out into vaporwave/cyberpunk genres outside of their original focus on classic-style/mallsoft with fear effect by Black Ant. This ten-track full-length is something of a mix between trip-hop and vaporgoth music. Imagine Nearly God by Tricky and Psyence Fiction by UNKLE combined with the music of Chinese Hackers, and you’ve kinda got what this album is about. […]

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Midnight Moon Tapes releases “Black Mesa Research Facility” by 猫 シ Corp. & Mezzaluna

Black Mesa Research Facility is a split between 猫 シ Corp. & Mezzaluna out on Midnight Moon Tapes. The album is a mallsoft (mesasoft?) and vaporgoth release that explores the titular Black Mesa Research Facility of the Half-Life series of first-person shooter games. Each track explores a different aspect of the facility, ostensibly before the incident around which the first […]

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الوهيم – ♦☼♦

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ♦☼♦ is an unlikely addition to the Seikomat/Sud Swap Audio Brewing/Botanica1 family of labels, which generally focus on uptempo and positive-affect vaporwave in classic-style and hypnagogic drift forms. In contrast, this album is entirely vaporgoth. Released in September 2016, ♦☼♦ is an eight-track mini-album that implores the listener to “gather your limbs, shake the earth from your flesh”. […]

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