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猫 シ Corp – Palm Mall Mars (2018)

Another fantastic piece of work by Cat System Corp. Perhaps not as iconic as News At 11, but no less enjoyable or brilliant for it, Palm Mall Mars is a solid hour of the chillest of the chill vaporwave, at least in the original form and aesthetic of vaporwave. I’m no expert, but other artists have taken the genre in far more ambient and space-out directions. Palm Mall Mars is similar, but retains the dream-like, treacle-pace of vaporwave and it’s hallmarks such as slushed up beats, TV commercial motifs and just the general feeling that you are looking into a gigantic mall from the past, when times were better and everything was cheaper haha

VHSテープリワインダー – Red Light District (2015)

VHSテープリワインダー – Red Light District (2015)

Smooth, relaxing vaporwave that doesn’t fall off too far into the ether due to the ever-prominent prescence of ticking beats holding everything together like glue. I’m not sure of the album’s aesthetic, being from the UK I have of course been to the red light districts of Amsterdam and Brussels to have a nosey at what goes on, but the IRL vibe at these kinds of places is so much more chaotic than the tunes on display here that it clashes a bit with the atmosphere that the record is trying to build. This is a “me” problem though. All in all, a solid album.

Nmesh – Welcome To Warp Zone! (2014)

Nmesh – Welcome To Warp Zone! (2014)

I was searching RYM on the off-chance it had a listing already in place for Sam Powell’s work on the Sega Genesis Jurassic Park soundtrack when this DJ session came back in the search results (it samples one of the tracks from the Sega JP OST). What a happy little coincidence then, because this opened up an impromptu 4 hour journey that I listened to over the course of the rest of the day whilst working from home. Welcome To The Warp Zone mixes all sorts of things together but primarily consists of snippets of old video game music mixed with that kind of “far away” sampling you get in nostalgic vaporwave albums. Towards the end, the pattern fractures more and more, allowing more ambient / moody pieces of music to take over. This works really well as you get a bit sleepy, and perhaps lose track of time. “How long have I been listening to this thing!?” That is until a sample from the end of Mr. Bungle’s California album snaps you out of your trance lol All in all, I really enjoyed this mix. Great stuff.

Vektroid – Color Ocean Road (2012)

Vektroid – Color Ocean Road (2012)

Vektroid is easily one of the greatest producers in this style. Her style arguably defines the initial vaporwave movement, in not only “just slowing down” 80s pop songs but giving them a whole new life and meaning. It is easy to get caught up in the Floral Shoppe hype and not go further than that, but Color Ocean Road is proof enough that it is well worth doing that. Really cool, laid-back compositions are the order of the day, chopping and changing existing tracks into brand new beautiful journeys.

Eco Virtual – ATMOSPHERES 第2 (2014)

Eco Virtual – ATMOSPHERES 第2 (2014)

Perfect chill and get shit done kinda music right here. As with other folk online, I also thought that this was a Blank Banshee side project, but nowadays I’m not too sure. Either way, shit is great. Real clean production, focussed beats and amazing tunes. Such a shame that it is only 21 minutes long but hey, thankfully there’s more releases from this project. My highlight has to be the reworking of THAT hold music tune, re-done here under track 7, “Noctilucent”. It is, if I may say so, a certified banger. Do note however that this track is excluded from the Bandcamp version of this EP / album. The YouTube uploads of the album still include it at this time, however.

Fuji Grid TV (New Dreams LTD) – Prism Genesis (2011)

Fuji Grid TV (New Dreams LTD) – Prism Genesis (2011)

Disjointed Bliss All over the place, but that’s why we are all here, right? Had the pleasure of hearing the EX version (2016 remaster) rather than the original but all in all, sounds really great and hits all the right buttons that you’d expect such dreamy, fractured styles of vaporwave to hit. I have no profound statement to make, but Prism Genesis is a stunning arrangement of audio clips. The atmosphere that some of these glitchy transmission artists can make is really quite something, and this is a fantastic example.

Windows彡96 – Enchanted Instrumentals and Whispers (2019)

Windows彡96 – Enchanted Instrumentals and Whispers (2019)

Isn’t that art just lovely? You can always count on Windows96 to bring the vibes. Coming on like a cross between a video game soundtrack, an infomercial and a walk through a mall after a few edibles, Enchanted Instrumentals and Whispers showcases just about everything that is wonderful about the vaporwave movement. I’d love to know what drum samples this guy is using, they are really fantastic. Probably not good listening for first thing in the morning, but otherwise, this is the ultimate chill.

Haircuts For Men – 大理石のファンタジー (2016)

Haircuts For Men – 大理石のファンタジー (2016)

Haircuts For Men’s discography can be quite intimidating, and I went into this, which has been on my to-do list for some time, believing it was a fairly recent offering, but it’s actually quite old. This is the problem when all of the album covers are fairly abstract in the same style, all in Japanese, and all, more or less, of the same consistent quality. Even if every record of his was a banger, telling them apart the further I go into the discography, well, that’s becoming harder and harder. 大理石のファンタジー is fantastic however. You could accuse it of rehashing the same old same old, but as for what I primarily listen to vaporwave for, being to chill out and mostly as background music when I’m working and so on, this is just perfect for that. Slow, treacle atmospheres are punctuated by electronic beats and that unshakeable feeling of a past that is now lost forever. I really enjoyed the last two tracks, “彼女のお気に入りのディスコを閉じました” and “家族戻る前に”, and it really felt like the record was looking up before finishing on a high crest.

Eccodroid – Dematerialise (2021)

Eccodroid – Dematerialise (2021)

Yeah this is exactly what I’m fucking looking for out of vaporwave; chill, dense atmospheres, big 80s beats pitched-down to oblivion, and a bizarre mix of relaxation and impending doom. Appealing to both my love of cool beats and love of ominous soundscapes, Dematerialize helps you slip into the backrooms, in particular the recesses of an abandoned mall where the lights are always on and it’s always 3am. Grand stuff.

Infinity Frequencies – Between Two Worlds (2018)

Infinity Frequencies – Between Two Worlds (2018)

Short, fragmented visions into a static-filled future (or past). Each track acts as a snippet into a different world, each world punctuated by its own version of a dreamy or somewhat haunting synthesizer mood or melody (I use melody in the loosest sense of the word). It’s kinda like channel hopping, or band hopping on the radio, and finding nothing but floating synthesizer soundscapes on every channel. One for the small hours. (Also, if that’s not a Twin Peaks reference in the album title than I’ll be a son of a dopplegongah.)

VHS Logos – マントラ (Mantra)(2014)

VHS Logos – マントラ (Mantra)(2014)

On first impressions, VHS Logos’ legendary Mantra record fits right in alongside the other early greats of the vaporwave genre. However, give it chance to develop and you are treated to a smattering of beats and vibes in the hip hop and funk styles too. Everything is wrapped in that warm, fuzzy 90s analogue sound that we all love vaporwave so much for, and I’m sure there’s plenty of re-worked samples and songs going on here rather than flat out original material, but of course that matters not for this kind of thing. A lovely record.

Young Scrolls – Dagothwave (2017)

Young Scrolls – Dagothwave (2017)

It seems almost pointless to write a blog post about a download-only single. But hey, I’ve listened to this thing a ridiculous amount of times so its probably a good idea to go ahead and commit it here to the archive of forever. This is unreasonably catchy. For someone who enjoys both vaporwave and TES III: Morrowind, this is a match made in heaven. Hey, April 1st seems a good a day as any to post about this.

MindSpring Memories – Gateway 2000 (2019)

MindSpring Memories – Gateway 2000 (2019)

Very old school, early-days style vaporwave, but which didn’t come out until 2019. It’s nice to see folk still making good shit in this vein and not have it become derivative or what have you. That being said, Gateway 2000 is intensely treacle-like in its pace and runtime, and I find myself nodding off or drifting away, even in the middle of the day whilst working from home and drinking black coffee. Unsure if that is the desired effect, because its quite nice to have this kinda stuff carry you away on a pillow of winds, but if not… lol

VHS Dreams – North Point Mall (2014)

VHS Dreams – North Point Mall (2014)

Considered a classic of the vaporwave genre, I was surprised to find the original version of this “album” is only 19 minutes long. North Point Mall falls under the initial, original arm of vaporwave, where 80s classics are warped and moulded into reimagined versions of themselves. North Point Mall, I believe, is from one of the Grand Theft Auto video games, which is a perfect vibe for this kinda shit that’s going on here. There’s only so much I can say about slowed down 80s tunes – give this a go, its class!

世界は80年代に終了しました – ムーンライズ (2019)

世界は80年代に終了しました – ムーンライズ (2019)

Intense, blocky old-style vaporwave is the order of the day, although there is an extra sense of mystery to this project. I’m starting to wonder when bad 80s music slowed down and warped beyond recognition will start to get old for me? But hey, whilst the neon sun shines, right!? I have absolutely no idea what the name of this project is, but I love the vibes, and I love the production, which is fairly clear for all the broken-VHS vibes you get coming from this thing. Lovely.

H A Z E – Internet Explorer (2019)

H A Z E – Internet Explorer (2019)

H A Z E uses the vaporwave feel and aesthetic as ground work for building excellent and chilled out electronic offerings. However, like many modern entries into the genre, calling Internet Explorer simply vaporwave does the record a disservice. There are many forms of electronic meandering present here, and I’m reminded a lot of the more spacey and ambient stuff Mick Harris did in the 90s with Scorn, specifically here in the tracks “Connected” and closer “Flashback”, which have a much more urgent, driving beat structure than the others. A great record.

Eyeliner – Buy Now (2015)

Eyeliner – Buy Now (2015)

This has to be one of my favourite vaporwave / future funk releases. I’ve always shyed away from using the term future funk but I think it certainly applies here more than vaporwave. Specifically, I think, because there seems to be zero repurposing of existing artist’s work; Buy Now appears to be entirely original compositions that are absolutely gorgeous in capturing that late 80s / early 90s synthesizer sound. There is also a prominent funky bass line, which has that future funk tag popping to the front of my brain every time. Just listen to the opening track here; its an total pleasure and evokes so much nostalgia, but that isn’t the only reason to check this thing out. Honestly, the compositional skill is second to none and the production is clear and incredibly well balanced. None of this would be out of place on the soundtrack for the Sonic 2 or Sonic 3 video games, or some sort of documentary from that era (How Its Made, perhaps?). Stunning, stunning stuff. I want a cassette and a vinyl, please!

Haircuts For Men – 共振 (2015)

Haircuts For Men – 共振 (2015)

Ah, Haircuts For Men, can this project be faulted? It’s very prolific, yet the bar of quality remains consistently high. 共振 is no different, taking you on a vapor-tinged journey of old school electronics and introspective beats. Like watching infomercials at 3am whilst stoned off your nut. Banging.

아버지 – Reflection (2016)

아버지 – Reflection (2016)

This gets thrown around a lot online for being idk, spooky or moving or dense or atmospheric or just fucking great. Reflection is all of those things, but its also a very, very slow burn. Its another one of those things that falls loosely under the vaporwave banner when in reality, its a million miles away, aurally at least. Dense atmospheric textures all round.

Vaporwave Aesthetic – Neon Love (2020)

Vaporwave Aesthetic – Neon Love (2020)

Vaporwave Aesthetic is probably the most uninspiring name for a vaporwave project that I have ever come across. Neon Love is a… compilation? Regular full length album? Who the fuck knows. Good friend and LIW contributor Gareth linked me this on Spotify, but with such a generic name I can’t find out anything about it at all. Its not bad per se, but its not for me, and I love this kind of shit. This is like, low effort shovelware of the vaporwave scene.

Gudang – Nostagli Gaius (2018)

Gudang – Nostagli Gaius (2018)

I’ve been coming back to this one on and off for a few months now. I’m unsure why it failed to grab me, I love this treacle-paced darker side to the vaporwave movement. Anyways, I finally got through the whole length of Nostalgi Gaius in one sitting and I have to say that I’m glad I committed and in the end I thoroughly enjoyed the record. I bet it would sound fantastic on cassette.

Lost Cascades – Crystal Sun (2020)

Lost Cascades – Crystal Sun (2020)

On Crystal Sun, Lost Cascades conjure an atmosphere as lush and as relaxing as the cover art promises. Heavily drawing from vaporwave, but without becoming trapped in the style, Crystal Sun is a uplifting and positive listen. Perfect working from home music, or even to unwind to. Brilliant stuff.

Death’s Dynamic Shroud – 失われた時Regret (2014)

Death’s Dynamic Shroud – 失われた時Regret (2014)

Deaths Dynamic Shroud are a really interesting duo (trio?). Regret When It Was Lost, which I believe is the full translation, from my limited vaporwave knowledge, appears to be the most well known release from the band. There’s a sort of morose quality coursing through these electronic compositions, which are, truly, vaporwave only in name (its a genuine album, not just 80s pop songs slowed down, for example).

Chuck Person – Chuck Person’s Ecco Jams Vol. 1 (2010)

Chuck Person – Chuck Person’s Ecco Jams Vol. 1 (2010)

Eccojams is considered a classic of the vaporwave genre, or least the initial movement. This makes sense as it has a lot of the tropes of the original projects, and can be compared in many ways to Macintosh Plus’s Floral Shoppe with its choppy, repetitive sampling and use of 80s pop songs playing at half speed (thereabouts). I’m unsure if there ever was a Vol. 2, but Vol. 1 is a fairly lengthy record. There has been a lot more vaporwave out there that I have heard that I prefer, but I appreciate where this sits in the time line.

Cryosauna – Misty Eyes (2018)

Cryosauna – Misty Eyes (2018)

Stunning, hypnotic electronic synthesiser soundscapes in the vaporwave aesthetic, however you could say this kind of thing borrows just as heavily from Berlin School and more traditional forms of electronic experimentation. Misty Eyes in the story of a man reflecting on the past 100 years (unless I have misunderstood that) and brings up all those powerful feelings of nostalgia and loss that reflection can touch upon, whether sad, bittersweet or even in a heartwarming way. I love this record. It’s the second Cryosauna album I’ve listened to, and its really struck a chord with me.

George Clanton – 100% Electronica (2015)

George Clanton – 100% Electronica (2015)

What a trip! What a mood! Bringing nothing but good vibes through the medium of electronic music, George Clanton excels in this gorgeous and snappy synth pop outing. I only ever stumbled across this due to Pad Chennington’s 107 vaporwave albums you must hear list, and whilst this is not strictly lodged in that genre, there are a lot of tropes from that world, including nostalgic synth sounds and the occassional wobbles as if you were listening on a worn cassette deck. Blissful!

t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 ‎– 現実を超えて (Beyond reality) (2014)

t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 ‎– 現実を超えて (Beyond reality) (2014)

This was a special listen. I’ve come across Telepath a few times in my forays into vaporwave, but this is an earlier record. I had the pleasure of listening to somebody’s glorious double cassette upload, which contains a number of additional bonus tracks. All in all, this is a lo-fi journey through dense atmospheres (similar to genre-mate HKE) and chilled out, laid back beats and sampled tracks. It’s 90 minutes long, but its worth every second.

CD – Nagasaki Phone Matrix Translucent Beginning (2021)

CD – Nagasaki Phone Matrix Translucent Beginning (2021)

I picked this up from a self-promoting post on Reddit. In what the artist describes as their 5th album, CD cobbles together chopped and scratchy Japanese samples in the true vaporwave / plunderphonics style. I’m not really clued up on Japanese culture at all, so I am not sure what the sources are for these sounds, in my ignorance I could take a guess at TV shows, commercial themes, and fuck knows what else. All are fractured here, often multiple times in the same track as it blends and blurs, and offer a strange listening experience. It’s like you’re out in the middle of the Pacific ocean twiddling with a long-range radio.

Disconscious ‎– Hologram Plaza (2013)

Disconscious ‎– Hologram Plaza (2013)

Ultra pitch-shifted, slow and reminiscent of a bad acid trip. Disconscious is the soundtrack to wandering that abandoned mall in the recesses of your mind. Think of any mall today, and compare it to the glory days that you remember for that mall in the 80s or 90s. This is the soundtrack to those thoughts, which is a lot darker than its palm tree and classy car covered artwork would make it seem.

MACマイナス ‎– Updated Floral Experience (2019)

MACマイナス ‎– Updated Floral Experience (2019)

This is just glorious in every conceivable way. The legendary Floral Shoppe by Macintosh Plus is “re-imagined” in this recent reworking from the (I’m sure intentionally) similarly-named MACマイナス. That may undersell this record however; this is not just a re-hashing, although some themes from the original do get a reprise. This is much more, this is a record with its own life and its own vibe, although I have to agree that it does carry the same lifeblood as the original Floral Shoppe. Really great.

猫 シ Corp. – NEWS AT 11 (2016)

猫 シ Corp. – NEWS AT 11 (2016)

News At 11 is now something of a legendary release in the ever growing and evolving world that is vaporwave. Evoking somewhat more of a sad nostalgia rather than the warm yet melancholic lost futures of regular mall vapor, News At 11 treats us to a treacle-paced retrospective back to a morning when the world changed forever.

Tower Of The Sun幽霊の次元 – Anomalous Planet未知の (2018)

Tower Of The Sun幽霊の次元 – Anomalous Planet未知の (2018)

I look at the sleeve art for this record and I look at the name of the project and all I get are intense Annihilation vibes. Which is furthered by the project’s Bandcamp, where each release is augmented with a cryptic message for its listeners. Similarily, the music too has its own fractured, futuristic feel. Discogs has this classed under vaporwave, but I would class it as such in the loosest sense; Anomalous Planet sounds like it belongs to no era or generation of electronic music. It stands apart with its own unique atmosphere and vision. I look forward to checking out the other releases from this project.

runescape斯凱利 ‎– runescape.wav2單戰利品的戰爭 (2019)

runescape斯凱利 ‎– runescape.wav2單戰利品的戰爭 (2019)

This bizarre project has been on my to-do list for a very long time. Today I finally listened, and was taken away on a wonderful musical experience. Chanelling aspects of both dungeon synth and vaporwave (my favourite niche electronic subgenres no less) and filtering them through the worship of an old RPG, we have some glorious low-key compositions that creep and crawl with the right amount of emotional leads over the top. Like, that sounds ridiculous I’m sure, but this is one of the best things I’ve heard in a while. Gutted the cassettes are long sold out. I’m looking forward to going back and hearing the first record too.

HKE – HK (2015)

HKE – HK (2015)

HKE’s HK record lies somewhere on the more spaced out, introspective end of vaporwave. Few and far between are the tropes of nostalgia and the repurposing of 80s and 90s music (at least, any that is immediately recognisable). Instead we have swathes of crushing ethereal ambience; soundscapes that seem to live their own life with analogue flutter. Its deep, moving stuff, and a listen that I would strongly recommend.

Haircuts For Men – 必要 (2017)

Haircuts For Men – 必要 (2017)

Haircuts For Men are one of the most consistent projects that operate in the vaporwave style. Their records are more than that though, truly. Even so, I would go on to say, that they are often more than the sum of their parts, and 必要 is of no exception.  The music here invokes heavy nostalgia, a morose longing and a sense of the unknown. I’m reminded in part of Evanescence era Scorn with the slight sprinkling of industrial feeling brought over this “80s music played through treacle” trance. Stunning.

Windows彡96 – 	 †Nematophy (2017)

Windows彡96 – †Nematophy (2017)

Cool, calm, relaxing vapor. Ah, its the musical equivalent of valium. †Nematophy has been in my online playlist for about a year, and I must have played it through now a number of times. Its time to delete it and let some other stuff shine instead, so here I am committing it to the site and filing it away. †Nematophy is another fantastic Windows 96 album, further cementing this project as one of my favourites in the genre.

Macintosh Plus ‎– Floral Shoppe (2011)

Macintosh Plus ‎– Floral Shoppe (2011)

Floral Shoppe is the oddity that defined the genre (or shall I say movement?) of vaporwave, which is still passed off as a meme by some. But hey, it’s their loss. Floral Shoppe hosts – or birthed? – many tropes of the style; pitchshifted beats and vocals, fluttering synths, a treacle-like atmospheric consistency, and a distorted window into the realms of either the past or the future. Am I dreaming about a past that I miss or a future that never happened? Through the darkness of futures past…. Of course, the second track here is world-reknown for being a meme in of itself, but how fucking good is it? Arguably it is the definitive vaporwave track. The original may have been removed from YouTube due to dinosaur record labels (your doom awaits you) and their copyright claims, and physical copies at an affordable price may now be impossible to find, but you should endeavour to listen to this at some point in your life if you never have. A part of electronic music history. Floral Shoppe by Macintosh Plus

Blank Banshee – Mega (2016)

Blank Banshee – Mega (2016)

What Mega seemingly has over 0 and 1 is the instant glossy hit of electronic shine. Out of nowhere the record is in your face, all colours flashing, and from then on out you are enraptured in the world of the Blank Banshee, and have no choice but to go on the ride. Is it possible to improve on the cult status and legendary electronic work of the first two records? The answer, of course, is yes. Where Mega may be dialled back somewhat in the vaporwave stylings (despite what the artwork may advertise), we find instead tracks and passages of sounds that are much more introspective, more sombre even, and there is a sadness permeating this record that admittedly not only took me a few goes to catch onto, but also struck me as something unusual and special. Why has there been no more albums from this guy? This stuff is too good. MEGA by Blank Banshee

Blank Banshee – Blank Banshee 1 (2013)

Blank Banshee – Blank Banshee 1 (2013)

Blank Banshee is another one of those projects that gets lumped in with vaporwave when in reality the sound reaches across several styles of electronic music. I’ll admit that 1 often gets overlooked by me, either by the sheer gloss of Mega or the instant classic status of 0. The compositions are glorious however, ranging from banging 80s pop to drawn out ambient soundscapes and synths. Lush. Blank Banshee 1 by Blank Banshee

猫 シ Corp. & t e l e p a t h – Building a Better World (2019)

猫 シ Corp. & t e l e p a t h – Building a Better World (2019)

Pulsing, gorgeous, ethereal soundscapes are the order of the day. I’d barely say that this even fits into the genre of vaporwave, having more in common with ambient or even the trippier side of the psytrance movement. A million miles from invoking nostalgia, Building A Better World instead seems to look forward to the future in all its dreamy, hazy synth meandering. A fantastic collaboration and recommended to any fan of electronic music.

PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises ‎– Home™ (2013)

PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises ‎– Home™ (2013)

With a name like PrismCorp (is that a Watchmen reference maybe?) Virtual Enterprises, and of course the artwork displayed above, one surely could not be accused too harshly of heavily assuming what kind of tunes that are in store on Home(TM)? Think 80s television mixed with The Sims or that weird upbeat music you’d get over porno on VHS, and you’re on the right track. Home(TM) meanders in its own way, sometimes to jazz, sometimes to the most obtuse, blocky 80s synthesizer music, all without losing that overarching vaporwave aesthetic that we know and love so much. 

Diskette Park – Stray (2018)

Diskette Park – Stray (2018)

Just look at that art! Despite the heavy nostalgic tones, Diskette Park instead wallows in oceanic waves of moody, melancholic synth work, rather than your more [ t y p i c a l ] vaporwave. In fact, as time goes on, and whilst I agree that the genre does have its own solid base, I find that these days it is more of a marker for a starting point; a pointer as to the possible aesthetic or thematic intention of the artist. This is such a beautiful electronic record, and I fear marking it entirely as vaporwave would maybe turn off listeners who are not so heavily into that genre. 

HOME – Odyssey (2014)

HOME – Odyssey (2014)

Odyssey is… well… a near 50 minute odyssey (I can only apologise) through vaporwave style and gorgeous electronic production. HOME doesn’t seem to fall as hard into the trappings of the genre, for better or worse, and the music just sounds more original and inspired, rather than “hey, this is just slowed down 80s infomercials!”. I was building my home work rig (an overstatement if I ever wrote one) whilst listening to this and I have to say it was the perfect soundtrack to do so.

Windows彡96 – One Hundred Mornings (2018)

Windows彡96 – One Hundred Mornings (2018)

I love all this fucking mental vaporwave / nostalgia stuff. If I was a billionaire I’d buy a townhouse in Amsterdam and spend my days building a library of rare vinyl pressings of stuff like this, along with a sub-basement full of dodgy goregrind tapes. One Hundred Mornings is glorious, chilled-out, laid-back, takes-you-way-back brilliance. I’ll be running out of ways to describe vaporwave soon, but this shit is fantastic. Sold out as fuck on vinyl, but I hear a repress is coming…

Young Scrolls – Neon Vivec (2019)

Young Scrolls – Neon Vivec (2019)

Playing heavily on nostalgia (both of 2002’s Bethesda Softworks epic, TES III: Morrowind, and that of the vaporwave style of music), Young Scrolls dropped this absolute banger. Not as silly as “Dagoth Wave” or Sheogorath’s rap record, “Neon Vivec” instead showcases the project’s serious musical chops. Neon Vivec by young scrolls

Blank Banshee – Blank Banshee 0 (2012)

Blank Banshee – Blank Banshee 0 (2012)

I might be a bit late to the Blank Banshee party, but that doesn’t stop me from chaining the entire discography a few times on a night shift or two. It definitely got the ol’ chair reclining; it was actually quite pleasant working away to the busy-yet-lucid tunes in a 2am caffeine haze. What stood out to me the most out of the Blank Banshee records was this one, the first one. There’s just something about this one that seems much more precious. It is hard to be original at all in electronic music, and whilst I’m not claiming that Blank Banshee has in any way re-invented the wheel, this is an extremely refreshing take on several different layers of the electronic world. I know I’m playing catch up, but this is amazing stuff.  Blank Banshee 0 by Blank Banshee

Hong Kong Express – This (2015)

Hong Kong Express – This (2015)

Perhaps it is because I find myself more and more nocturnal, with my life seemingly spent basking in the constant glow of some sort of screen or interface, but I find myself becoming one with the [ v a p o r ] ((( a  e  s  t  h  e  t  i  c ))). Yes, this is the only logical reason I can think for my sudden interested in what is referred to as vaporwave. I am still a little bit unsure if it is actually a legit genre of music, or just a strange meme of some sort. Either way, Hong Kong Express is here and This is very fucking real (sentence construction entirely intended). Hong Kong Express is easily one of the more ethereal and ambiance-based vaporwave artists I have come across. It is almost as if this entire thing was designed to be consumed in the small hours; it is simultaneously relaxing yet uplifting to hear. Strongly recommended listening!