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Quick Looks

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. 

It’s our civic vapor duty to share the news when we uncover something great. 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.

Physical Reviews

One of the coolest corners of vaporwave lies in it’s physical media. And collectors love shoving their wares off.

And what better place to show off that passion? The physical section will explore some of the best cassettes, records, and more, from some of our favorite labels on the scene. We only hope we can put even half as much passion into our writing as these labels do with their incredible work. 

Classic Reviews

Some albums are worth talking about no matter how long it’s been. We don’t plan to do these too often, but when we do, rest assured, they will be albums our writers are passionate about. Yes, we’ll talk about Floral Shoppe. Eventually.

Got an album you’re dying to learn the story of? Shoot us a message on Twitter or Discord and let us know! We love vaporwave research!

Feb
10

Quick Look: mitsuki ep – Cat Barbers

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

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 […]

 

Apr
05

Physical Review: I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky – Equip

Physical Review I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Skyby: Equip Written By: SlimeHand Published On: May 18th, 2022 Album released October 11, 2016     “Graphics So Real, You’d Swear You Were Dreaming” So begins the promise of Equip’s debut album, I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky. Thanks to 100% Electronica, we […]

Oct
30

Physical Review: 猫 シ Corp. Double Cassette Box: Palm Mall & アウディAudi

Physical Review 猫 シ Corp. Double Cassette Box: Palm Mall & アウディAudi Written By: Gbanas92 No Problem Tapes are one of the founding fathers when it comes to physical vaporwave media. Getting started all the way back in 2013, they are the progenitor of such classics as Palm Mall, the Fragmented Memories boxset, and夢の国 —and that’s […]

Jul
01

Classics Review: I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky – Equip

Classics Album Review I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky by: Equip Written By: SlimeHand Published On: July 5th, 2022 Album released October 11, 2016     How far can you break down a video game, into its bare essence? To the point that it can be reassembled and played inside your mind with nothing […]

Feb
14

Classics Review: prairiewave – FREECULTURE.API

Classics Quick Look prairiewave by: FREECULTURE.API Written By: ≋ABYSSYALL ≋◯≋ SEA≋ Published On: March 14th, 2022 Album released July 24, 2020     When people think about vaporwave, they often think about neon lights, busy malls, and city streets filled with rushing cars. The sounds of vaporwave often reflect our feelings about industrialism and commercialism, but […]

 

 

 

What Is The Point Of Reviews?

Some of you might be thinking to yourselves, what’s the point of all this? Why review music anyways? It’s all subjective! Well, sometimes it’s just really nice to read about an album you might not have known about or given a chance earlier. And it’s for the sake of the artists themselves of course. So many of these artists wear themselves ragged bringing us some of our favorite music. Our reviews will never be hit pieces. We want to celebrate the vaporwave scene as much as anyone else!

What’s more, hopefully as you start to familiarize yourself with our writing and writers, we’ll be able to start creating trust between you, the audience, and we, the staff. If an article is written by someone you find you share similar opinions with, it’ll be easier to trust and take their recommendations to heart. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll find a new favorite album just because you gave one of our lovely writers a few minutes of your time!

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 Full Length Reviews 

Sometimes a Quick Look’s not gonna cut it. Sometimes we have too many thoughts, or they’re simply too complicated to convey in one paragraph. This is where traditional reviews come in. We do our diligence, listen to the album on repeat, and share with your our thoughts on the experience, score and all.

 

May
21

Album Review: Zero-G – Sev

Album Review Zero-Gby: SEV Written By: C A S I N O Published: May 22nd, 2022     My doctor says that I need to stop getting so bothered by the little things. He says it is bad for my health, but all I feel when looking at the cover of Sev’s latest album Zero-G […]

Mar
04

Game Review: Isle Of Jura – EM Games

GAME REVIEW             Isle Of Jura by: EM Games Written By: Zack Published: March 4th, 2022 Editor’s Note: This review was completed using a pre-release version of the game, so some features and experiences may differ from the final release.  A few times a year my family would venture up […]

 

 

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