Quite a beautiful full-length project by Oh Woe, released by HoloJamz – drifting somewhere between alternative ambient and dream pop, At the End of the Rainbow There’s a Sunset Without Regrets is a masterpiece of melancholy beyond classification. I was hooked the moment I heard a washed out Debussy floating my direction over the airwaves – lots of plunderphonic goodness drenched in a thick haze of nostalgia. Feelings of soggy summer nights, you can almost smell it the atmosphere is so potent….
Blissful plunderphonics and vapor wanderings from VYLTER brought to us by Tapewurm.fm. I’ve really been enjoying this labels output and this release is no exception – a tight and satisfying 4-track EP with tasty riffs and thick atmospheres. Any Change is a true jam, making the whole project worthy of repeat listens – and the track lengths are beefy enough to leave an impression without overstaying their welcome. Nice sounds for reflection or slow travel…
Hop on board the next train out of the city and deep into the countryside – take your Walkman or your Panasonic for a long walk through the forest. YOUR forest! You will wander for 24 hours, the soundtrack following faithfully along. As you microdose the atmosphere around you via the hourly tracks, you are presented with quite a diverse array of sounds and influences – lo-fi hip hop churned together with mysterious plunderphonics makes for quite the unique and experimental flavor of vapor. Quite a satisfying journey indeed…
Diskette Park returns with a premium collection of late-night slushwave Dark Bandwidth. This tight 8-track project is packed with super lush long playing tracks with proper grooves that don’t let you go! In typical Diskette Park style, the chopping and riffs featured are absolutely hypnotic and addicting, easily making this one a double playthrough candidate.
Diskette Park has recently dealt with a natural disaster of sorts and has seem some equipment fried! This is a great time to support the artist and throw some coffee money into that bandcamp pay-what-you-want box…
The ever-lovely Cats Corp brings us another mix of mallsoft tunes as relaxing as any trip to your local shopping center. Usual culprits here of blissfully chambered sounds, tons of soulful solos and brilliant progressions. Enjoy this 6-track project now at the price you choose via the artists Bandcamp page.
Released November 29th, 2016
Commercial Dreams Ltd brings us another project of lo-fi vapor sounds from procuder TANE IS LOVE. NET FORCE is a satisfying 10-track released in August, but tastes fresh as if it came right off the shelf! Lots of soft-vibes and emotions going in this one, with TANE more concerned about shaping the atmosphere than some other musical prowess. It’s a blast to sit through this one and let yourself drift away…
Nyetscape is one of my favorite producers and a long-time friend, this time he brings us this twisted little tape World Edit. Its a 2-track project (or 2 mini-mixes, standard tape format). Lots of depth and room to swim around in here, with enough melodies and textures to satisfy the most picky listener. Highly recommended listen, goes great with a morning coffee!!
RØBØTAISEN has dropped the followup to one of my favorite albums of last year ROBOSAVIOR with ROBOEMPIRE! Building on the conceptual foundation laid in the previous ROBO-series entries, EMPIRE is an enlightening culmination of past efforts and future dreams. Full of awesome future-funk grooves, the project is full of interesting twists and turns laid on top of solid beats. I love this series and this entry is no exception, I will definitely be listening to this one countless times…
Favorite Track: 5. Endless Institute
Here is a quick weird one from THE LAST FUNFAIR records, a vaporwave label from So-Cal. ONNIE is a project by producer SEOUL which is a heavy combination of mallsoft and vaporwave. Though quite melodic and at some times quite catchy, SEOUL does a great job washing the sounds into a sonic blur. It’s dense, at times abrasively so, but it definitely works towards its advantage. At a cool 4-tracks it is not overwhelming either, encouraging me to enjoy multiple play-throughs actually! You can stream/download the project now via bandcamp.
Favorite Track: 2. FREE STREAM 620
Had this one recently recommended, Lumine by bansheebeat. Released by Galaxy Swim Team, Lumine is an ambitious melting pot, packed full of inspirations from all corners of the globe. It’s an impressive listen from start to finish, 9 tracks altogether, ranging from relaxed melodies to pulsing dance arrangements. There is a little something for everyone in here, as bansheebeat fuses future funk styles with j-pop emotions he creates something quite unique and satisfying!
I personally loved this album from start to finish. Maybe it is my own love of things like Japanese culture, vaporwave and good electronics, but for other fans of the same they will find this project to be a well-crafted and enlightened listen.
You can download the album now via bandcamp, the CD’s are sold out but you can still pick up a tape for now!
Favorite Track: 3. Rainy Love
All tracks composed, arranged, produced, and mixed by bansheebeat
All tracks mastered by Noah Hafford, with consultation from bansheebeat, Mike Vallejo, and Calvin Hansen
Everything recorded and sequenced in my bedroom while watching endless episodes of The Eric Andre Show and Parks and Recreation, in and around Mike and Joy’s apartment, and from other various places around Tucson, AZ where working on an album is probably inappropriate.
All songs written by bansheebeat, except track 2, composed by bansheebeat and Ivy Hollivana, and track 5, composed by bansheebeat and Patrick Sovereign
Artwork by Grant Newbold
please listen kindly.