Quick Looks!

Looking at albums, quickly!


We’re no strangers to waking up with hundreds of Bandcamp emails in our inbox. Sometimes, vaporwave moves at such a breakneck pace, it’s nigh impossible to keep up. And what better place to uncover diamonds in the rough? When we find them, it’s our civic vapor duty to share the news when something great comes along. These are quite a bit easier to produce than a full-length review, so when we have a few quick thoughts, look no further than a Quick Look.

 

Jul
11

Quick Look: Merced Mall [Virtual Tour 2004] – Color Advance SP

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Quick Look Merced Mall [Virtual Tour 2004] BY: Color advance sp Written by: Gbanas92  Published: August 8th, 2022      Album Release May 5th, 2021     While most mallsoft albums try to recreate the experience of visiting a mall in real life, what would happen if a release strove to recreate the experience of […]

Feb
10

Quick Look: mitsuki ep – Cat Barbers

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Quick Look mitsuki ep BY: Cat Barbers Written by: C A S I N O  Published: February 10th, 2022     There is a certain sub-genre of vaporwave that you play in the bedroom for when you want to set the right mood before you make sweet, sweet love to your significant other. These tracks […]

Jan
21

Quick Look: Chrome – Sport3000

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Quick Look Chrome BY: Sport3000 Written by:  analogue cometa  Published: January 21st, 2022     Finding a home at Tiger Blood Tapes, vaporwave hero S p o r t  3 0 0 0 delivers another collection of timeless pieces: Chrome — instrumental gems with vintage attitude. Boasting a broader retro character, the opening track “c […]

Nov
27

Quick Look: “Live” At Lowe’s, May 6th 2015 – Holographic Technologies

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Quick Look “Live” At Lowe’s, May 6th 2015 BY: Holographic technologies Written by: Gbanas92 Published: November 27th, 2021     Maybe mallsoft still has room to grow after all. All it took was departing the concourse. And that’s what we get with “Live” at Lowe’s, May 6 2015: a mallsoft album that feels fresh and exciting […]

Nov
16

Quick Look: Not all birds fly – Happiness

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Quick Look すべての鳥が飛ぶわけではありません (not all birds fly) BY: Happiness Written by: Matsu  Published: November 16th, 2021       Drowned out beneath a thick, delicately placed layer of fog, すべての鳥が飛ぶわけではありません evokes a sound that pulls at a deep sense of longing, evoking a sense of hollowness using both tracks that edge between the more mournful side […]

Nov
11

Quick Look: Music to Mood Boards By – Dopes Ov Air

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Quick Look Music to Mood Boards By BY: Dopes Ov Air Written by: GBanas92    Published: November 11th, 2021 Music to Mood Boards By offers a chameleonic variety of sounds. As the opening track samples Anna German, you’d be forgiven for expecting a mellower release, but what we have here is an album absolutely jam-packed with hip-hop […]

Oct
12

Quick Look: Luxury Simulator – Luxury Simulator

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Quick Look Luxury Simulator BY: Luxury Simulator Written by:  oracle fm   Published: October 13th, 2021 Creating a cohesive narrative in a listener’s head using only audio is a difficult task. Blended in that classic vapor style with slow, melancholic samples and seamless loops dripping with fuzz, Luxury Simulator has no problem with this. And the name […]

Oct
05

Quick Look: Ghosts In Long Halls – Looking Through Sheets

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Quick Look Ghosts In Long HallS BY: Looking Through Sheets Written by:  Matsu  Published: October 5th, 2021 Wrung of their bass and left to dry in idle wind, the sounds used to construct Ghosts In Long Halls are strung together in a way which elicits an atmosphere that is simultaneously haunting, yet inviting. To contrast with […]

Sep
22

Quick Look: TERRA ATLANTIS OST – BABEFAKE & SAMSUNG W4ṪER

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Quick Look TERRA ATLANTIS OST BY: BABEFAKE & SAMSUNG W4ṪER Written by:  Gbanas92 Published: September 22nd, 2021 You’ve been driving on this road for hours. Some of these signs look familiar. Haven’t you driven by that gas station before? No clue where to go next, you refer to your map, a whirlwind of directions that loop […]

Aug
16

Quick Look: “…Is This It?” – Valet Girls

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Quick Look “…Is This It?” BY: Valet Girls Written by: Matsu  Published: August 16th, 2021 Constructed with seamless loops and a love for the classic compositions of early vaporwave, Valet Girls’ “…Is This It?” manages to evoke a sound that feels both longing and haunting in its tone. With a mixture of subtly crushed vocals […]

Jul
13

Quick Look: Twisted Metal 5 – POLYMONO

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Quick Look POLYMONO – Twisted Metal 5 Written by: ≋ABYSSYALL ≋◯≋ SEA≋ Published: July 13th, 2021 Strap into the red plastic driver’s seat in this seven track race to the finish. Despite the Gameboy Advance album artwork, the sound of Twisted Metal 5 gives you the experience of playing an old arcade racer with some […]

Jun
25

Quick Look: Atmosphere Absorbency – Mick Rudry

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Quick Look Atmosphere Absorbency by: Mick Rudry Written By: Matsu Created by combining the sampling choices and ethos of a climatewave album with the type of production that one would find most commonly in a slush piece, Atmosphere Absorbency manages to create an interesting and fresh sound by combining two styles that listeners will find […]

May
13

Quick Look: Pleasure of Conformity – Executive Sound Producer

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Quick Look Pleasure of Conformity by: Executive Sound Producer Written By:Matsu Similar in its sound to many of the litany of aliases that DMT Tapes head Vito James has stashed under his belt, Pleasure of Conformity contains a choice selection of loops paired with a heavy use of distortion techniques, making the sound feel as […]

May
08

Quick Look: Sunsets – Paradise of Yesterday

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Quick Look Sunsets by: Paradise Of Yesterday Written By:Matsu Album art by Mimi B. Similar in prose to the more exuberant, rhythm-driven ethos of mid-2010s vapor, Sunsets is a short run of tracks that run akin to the type of sound that 猫 シ Corp. (Cat System Corp) presented in the earlier stages of his […]

Apr
28

Quick Look: Morning Appointment – TV2

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Quick Look Morning Appointment by: TV2 Written By:Matsu   A collection of mellow loops, just occasionally dipping into more driving beats to add to the atmosphere. Each track is composed from an excellent selection of hold music, waiting room tunes, and general jingles that are often present within climatewave albums. A heavy layer of static […]

Apr
22

Quick Look: Red Twilight – Gavriel

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Quick Look Red Twilightby: Gavriel Written By:Stuad^Dib   Twilight, by nature, is a transitional state. For many in our extended community, change is often met with anxiety – either mourning what it has taken or dreading what it may bring. But considering that each of life’s lived moments are themselves transitions between the past and […]

Apr
22

Quick Look: Familiar – ForgottenSignals

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Quick Look F o r g o t t e n s i g n a l s by: F a m I l i a r Written By: Matsu Lit up with a heavy layer of static and simple tunes illuminating its foreground, Forgotten Signals presents a collection of tunes that feel extremely relaxing […]

Apr
20

Quick Look: Prime – Office WRKR

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Quick Look Prime by: Office WRKR Written By: Gbanas92  A sprawling, meditative excursion to Tallon IV, the famed planet Samus Aran explores in Metroid: Prime. With music that brilliantly mixes the familiarity of one of Nintendo’s greatest series with that of a relaxing ambient album, Prime is a hypnotic aural excursion across an alien landscape. […]

Apr
05

Quick Look: Heart And Reel – P U D E R P O L L I

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Quick Look 마음과 릴 (Heart And Reel) by: P U D E R P O L L I Written By: Matsu     With multiple releases under their belt and a surge of popularity since the release of 2018’s 都市のバマー (City Bomber), P U D E R P O L L I has been consistently releasing […]

Mar
28

Quick Look: I think, therefore I am – desert sand feels warm at night

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Quick Look 我思う、ゆえに我あり(I think, therefore I am) by: desert sand feels warm at night Written By:Matsu Album art By: l u n i t a s Anyone who has listened to a desert sand album in recent years will go in knowing what to expect from this one. His style of longform, phaser-heavy, high reverb […]

Mar
21

Quick Look: Places for People Volume 5 – Places For People

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Quick Look Places For People Volume 5 by: Places For People Written By:Matsu Composed mainly of muzak and easy listening to construct its atmosphere, Places For People Volume 5 seems to be a classic sort of Utopian Virtual piece from the ground up, making use of slight bits of noises from the world to add […]

Mar
19

Quick Look: LATE NIGHTS & TRANS RIGHTS – Nanami Blitz

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Quick Look LATE NIGHTS & TRANS RIGHTS by: Nanami Blitz Written By: Voiture <3 Nanami Blitz’s debut project shows off a style that speaks to the artist’s skill as a producer. Future funk may controversially be considered by some to be low-effort (a discussion for another day), but this musician makes it clear that the genre […]

Mar
17

Quick Look: autogrill – tiny dumpsters inc.

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Quick Look Autogrill by: Tiny Dumpsters Inc. Written By: Gbanas92  It’s late at night. There’s not a car on the road, and all you have to keep you company is the radio. But why can’t you get a signal? Surely there must be something coming in clearly, right? And that’s when it happens. A confounding […]

Mar
15

Quick Look: close but no cigar (deluxe edition) – P-Body

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Quick Look close but no cigar (deluxe edition) by: P-Body Written By:Voiture <3  Album Art By: D This album is a breath of fresh air in a sea of overrated, uniform, synth-laden sound sculptures reading from the same anti-capitalist scriptures. This album stands out as a release that can be called “innovative” within the vaporwave […]

Mar
14

Quick Look: Liminal Spaces – Hantasi

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Quick Look Liminal Spaces by: Hantasi Written By:Voiture <3 Proto-vapor and related pre-genres are always the coolest of the bunch when it comes to the endless varieties of music that fall under the vaporwave umbrella. The vaporwave progenitors of yore carry a uniquely mysterious atmosphere that sometimes matters more than the music itself when listening. […]

Mar
13

Quick Look: Brand New Lifestyle Center Two – Looking Through Sheets

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Quick Look Brand New Lifestyle Center Two by: Looking THrough Sheets Written By:Voiture <3 Half sound-texture charcuterie board, half sample-riddled mallsoft goodness, Looking Through Sheets’ latest release wraps you in a warm envelope of sound and takes you back to the days of consumerist mega-monuments, and doesn’t stop until the very end of the tracklist. […]

Mar
03

Quick Look: Unbottle // Fangs – eventual infinity & Fake Fever

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Quick Look Unbottle // Fangs by: eventual infinity & Fake Fever Written By: Gbanas92 The debut of a collaboration between eventual infinity and Fake Fever, Unbottle // Fangs offers a great glimpse of what’s to come between these two artists. This release showcases the first two songs in what is being described as a “series […]

Feb
28

Quick Look: Plastic Garden – Tribe x CHOP!

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Quick Look Plastic Garden by: Tribe X Chop! Written By: Voiture <3 &Gbanas92  DISCLOSURE: The album art for this release was designed by Priestess, a member of the Utopia District team. To celebrate the premiere of the newest release through Bogus Collective, we’ve decided to take a bit of a special approach. We have not […]

Feb
26

Quick Look: Ultraviolet – Sport3000

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Quick Look Ultraviolet by: Sport3000 Written By: Gbanas92  Chock full of tasty rhythms, this intense, woefully short-lived EP from Sport3000 is downright infectious. Despite weighing in at five total tracks, Ultraviolet nonetheless showcases an impressive array of rhythms, with no less than a dozen memorable melodic moments. But the real star is percussion. The opening […]

Feb
23

Quick Look: AFFINITY – iacon

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Quick Look Affinity by: iacon Written By:  Stuad^Dib Nigh uncontrollably funky, this re-release of iacon’s first album 並列処理 P A R A L L E L I S M sounds as fresh as ever. Lowering the overall audio level, the remastering also opens up room so that the tracks feel less flattened than in the […]

Feb
02

Quick Look: Love Languages – Premium Value

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Quick Look Love Languages by: Premium Value Written By: Brian Duran-Fuentes Premium Value has everything you need to pull at your heartstrings without emptying your wallet. Love Languages is made up of 7 tracks of unadulterated vapor, ready to pop and jam to while you drive, work, or stare at dim lights in your bedroom […]

Jan
27

Quick Look: Thank You! Private Suite!

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Quick Look Thank You! Private Suite! A Compilation by: First Class Collective Album Art By: Sheepy For those who might not know, Utopia District comprises quite a few former members of the Private Suite Magazine team. As such, we thought it would be interesting to share our thoughts on the magnificent and humbling release from […]

Nov
21

Quick Look: Sports & Leisure – Home & Office

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Quick Look Sports & Leisure by: Home & Office Written By: Gbanas92   When thinking of ‘90s corporate videos or training tapes, odds are you have a distinct idea of how they sound. But what happens if the video is preparing you not for a cushy desk job, but how to hit better home runs? […]

Nov
08

Quick Look: In Search of Eternal Bliss – E U P H O R I A 永遠の

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Quick Look 永遠の至福を求めて(In Search of Eternal BlisS)  by: E U P H O R I A 永遠の Written By: Gbanas92 An hour-long excursion into a calm circuitous spa of, uh, euphoria. A concise, calming drone track opens the album before descending into a brilliant slushwave title that hearkens back to the days when there was […]

Nov
08

Quick Look: Seeking A Way – coldvenice

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Quick Look 方法を求めて (Seeking A Way)  by: coldvenice Written By: Gbanas92 A frigid slushwave title, Coldvenice’s latest clues the listener in on what to expect from the second you see the album art. The color palette perfectly matches that of the music. A pouring sheet of icy rain envelopes the whole affair, from the opening […]

Nov
08

Quick Look: I Am At Home Alone, This Is All I Can Do – Death Channel

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Quick Look 我一个人在家,这就是我所能做的 (I Am At Home Alone, THis Is All I Can Do) by: 死亡頻道 (Death Channel) Written By: Gbanas92  Album Art By Lyndon Wier What a ride this album is. Dream Channel’s darker, more ominous side-project delivers a titan of texture and melodicism. Rather handily bouncing back and forth between somber piano tracks […]

Nov
04

Quick Look: Satanic Panic 3: Hell House – Vacation Bible School

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Quick Look Satanic Panic 3: Hell House by: Vacation Bible School Written By: Gbanas92  The 3rd entry in the Satanic Panic series, Vacation Bible School delivers another autumnal feast for the ears. Littered with fear-mongering news snippets playing over ominous, Carpenter-esque soundscapes, Satanic Panic 3 brings the goods. The album provides a fascinating mixture of […]

Nov
04

Quick Look: Sanctuary – Soulvapor

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Quick Look Sanctuary by: Soulvapor Written By: Gbanas92   Album Art By Skylark With just the right amount of reverb and static interfering with things, you would swear you were watching old footage of a mall. Soulvapor’s most recent release offers their unique spin on mallsoft, that includes a fresh new ingredient: voyeurism. This release doesn’t […]

Nov
04

Quick Look: Promises For A Better Life – S.a.x.

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Quick Look Promises For A Better Life by: S.a.X. Written By: Gbanas92  The album title and subject matter here sure feel timely, no? With America completely a shambles in some regions, and a certain little pandemic interfering with many facets of life that were once taken for granted, the album doesn’t exactly seem to be […]

 

 COMING SOON

mitsuki ep cat barbers

mitsuki ep – Cat Barbers    

Written by:

 

Self-Released December 21st, 2021

 

 

 

 

    Sport 3000 Chrome

Chrome –
Sport3000   

Written by:  analogue cometa  

 

Released by Tiger Blood Tapes
June 25th, 2021

 

 

Live at Lowe's Holographic Technologies

“Live” At Lowe’s, May 6th 2015 – Holographic Technologies

Written by: Gbanas92

 

Released by Occasionally Tapes
April 4th, 2021

 

 

 

   

     

 

    Music to Mood Boards By Dopes Ov Air

Music to Mood Boards By – Dopes Ov Air  

Written by: Gbanas92 

 

Released by Mind Sailor Records   
June 11th, 2021

 

 

  Luxury Simulator

Luxury Simulator – Luxury Simulator  

Written by: oracle fm

 

 

Released by  DMT Tapes 
July 10th, 2021

 

     

  Looking Through Sheets Ghosts In Long Halls

Ghosts In Long Halls – Looking Through Sheets  

Written by: Matsu

 

 

Self-Released     
March 27th, 2021

 

 

 

    

TERRA ATLANTIS OST – BABEFAKE & SAMSUNG W4ṪER 

Written by: Gbanas92 

 

Released by B O G U S // COLLECTIVE  
June 14th, 2021

 

 

    

“…Is This It?” – Valet Girls 

Written by: Matsu

 

 

Released by DMT Tapes
April 3rd, 2021

 

 

  

 

    

Atmosphere Absorbency – Mick Rudry

Written by: Matsu

 

Released by Global Pattern 
April 2nd, 2021

 

 

ForgottenSignals
-Familiar 

Written by: Matsu

 

Released by 夜間視力NIGHT VISION.Corp 
March 14th, 2021

 

 

  

Executive Sound Producer 1

Pleasure Of Conformity – Executive Sound Producer

Written by: Matsu

 

Released by DMT Tapes
March 14th, 2021

 

 

 

 

    Paradise of Yesterday Sunsets 1

Sunsets – Paradise of Yesterday

Written by: Matsu

 

Released by Gulf Audio Company
February 17th, 2021

 

 

TV2 Quick Look

Morning Appointment – TV2     

Written by: Matsu 

 

Released by FOTOSHOPPE CO.
February 3rd, 2021

   

   

  Gavriel Quick Look 1

  

Red Twilight – Gavriel    

Written by: Stuad^Dib

 

Self-Released
February 26th, 2021

  

 

 

 

  Office WRKR Quick Look 1

Prime – Office WRKR

Written by: Gbanas92 

 

Released by FOTOSHOPPE CO.
January 30th, 2021

 

 

  Puderpolli Quick Look 1

마음과 릴 – P U D E R P O L L I

Written by: Matsu 

 

Released by Bogus Collective
March 8th, 2021

 

   

  desert sand therefore i am 1

我思う、ゆえに我あり- desert sand feels warm at night

Written by: Matsu

 

Self-Released
February 26th, 2021

 

 

close but no cigar 1

 

close but no cigar (deluxe edition) – P-Body  

Written by: Voiture<3

 

Released by   Kanga Corp.
February 5th, 2021

  Places for People Volume 5 1

Places for People Volume 5

Written by: Matsu

 

Self-Released
March 2nd, 2021

 

  Nanmi Blitz 1

LATE NIGHTS & TRANS RIGHTS – Nanami Blitz

Written by: Voiture<3 

 

Self-Released
January 11th, 2021

 

 

tiny dumpster inc. 1

 

autogrill – tiny dumpsters inc. 

Written by: Gbanas92 

 

Self-Released
January 17th, 2021
Released by Bogus Collective
February 8th, 2021

    Hantasi 2

 

Liminal Spaces – Hantasi

Written by: Voiture <3

 

Self-Released
January 7th, 2021 

 

Brand New Lifestyle Center Two 1

Brand New Lifestyle Center Two – Looking Through Sheets

Written by: Voiture<3

 

Self-Released
November 23rd, 2020

 

 

 

Unbottle / Fangs 1

 

Unbottle // Fangs – eventual infinity & Fake Fever

Written by: Gbanas92 

 

Self-Released
February 18th, 2021

 

Tribe x CHOP! 1

 

Plastic Garden – Tribe x CHOP!

Written by: Voiture <3 & Gbanas92 

 

Released by Bogus Collective
February 27th, 2021

AFFINITY iacon

 

iacon – AFFINITY

Written by: Stuad^Dib

 

Self-Released
January 23rd, 2021

 

 

 

Ultraviolet Sport3000 

Ultraviolet – Sport3000

Written by: Gbanas92 

 

Released by Bogus Collective
J
anuary 17th, 2021

 

Love Language Premium Value 

Love Languages – Premium Value  

Written by: Brian Duran-Fuentes 

 

Self-Released
January 17th, 2021

 

 

Thank You! Private Suite!

 

Thank You! Private Suite! 

Written by: Utopia District Staff

 

Released by First Class Collective
November 11th, 2020

 

 

 

Home & Office Sports & Leisure

Sports & Leisure – Home & Office

Written by: Gbanas92

 

 

Released by Bogus Collective & Self-Released
September 21st, 2020

 

 

 

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Hell House – Vacation Bible School

Written by: Gbanas92

Self-Released
August 7th, 2020

 

Sanctuary – Soulvapor

Written by: Gbanas92

Self-Released
August 25th, 2020