Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Future Funk Review: Japanese Disco Edits

Japanese Disco Edits by YUNG BAE is a simple, fun little Future Funk EP.  There's not much to it, just some upbeat feelgood Future Funk Beats sampling obscure J-Pop/City Funk songs.

And, because of this, there isn't much to dislike about it.  If you enjoy Future Funk you'll enjoy this.  YUNG BAE is a master of nostalgic summer vibes, and this early release of his is no exception.

My favorite track has to be Bae City Rollaz.  With a funky beat, nice vocals, and a nice sample break in the middle, it makes you feel like your dancing in some retro-futuristic Japanese dance club.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Internet Findings: Vaporwave shop, Vapor 95

If you're looking for vaporwave merch, Vapor 95 seems to be the place to go.  While I haven't personally bought any of their stuff, and therefore can't give an opinion on the quality, it seems to do quite well, and it seems most people are happy with it.

Additionally they have a blog section titled "Darknet" where they have artist spotlights, album reviews, and other things you'd expect from a Vaporwave blog ;)

So yeah, if you're looking for vaporwave shirts, hoodies, pants, and more check out Vapor 95.  And be sure to let me know what you think if you end up buying anything :)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

News: Late Night Delight Vinyl Sells out in two Hours!

Saint Pepsi and Luxury Elite's album Late Night Delight had a vinyl reprinting yesterday, and it sold one thousand copies in an astounding two hours!  I was lucky enough to see the email from My Pet Flamingo (the label doing the reprinting) a few minutes after it went live and pick up a copy for myself.

I must admit, I'd never heard Saint Pepsi before I bought the record, but boy am I glad I did.  I downloaded and listened to the digital version just after I purchased the vinyl, and whew is it good!  I'll most likely do a full review of it some time in the near future.

Anyway, I hope everyone who wanted a copy got one, because boy did they go quick!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Vaporwave: The First Ever Vaporwave Song?

Arguably the first vaporwave song to ever be created was "nobody here" by sunsetcorp.  It was uploaded to Youtube on July 19, 2009 with the original upload still up as of the date of publication.  This means, one could argue, that we are approaching the tenth year anniversary of the vaporwave music genre.  Whether people will see it that way or not, I don't know.

The song itself is an eerie, reverb-filled loop of one line from "The Lady in Red" by Chris De Burgh.  Accompanying it is an an old 90s computer graphic of a curvy, never-ending rainbow road.

While the song only goes on for two minutes, it seems like hours when you listen to it for the first time.  I remember the first time I heard it I was filled with a feeling of hopelessness, like I was stuck inside this endless loop of a song for eternity.

So with the tenth year anniversary of this song, if not vaporwave as a whole, coming up, go and check it out.  I guarantee you won't regret it ;)

A link to the original Youtube upload: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RFunvF0mDw

Mallsoft Review: everything must go

everything must go by chicagopalmsコンピューター has to be one of my favorite mallsoft albums out there.  It's simple, easy to listen to, and uses a great selection of commercial samples to really transport you back to a 90s mall experience.

This album is slightly more upbeat than a lot of mallsoft albums, with a few tracks being more traditional and elevator music-y.  The second track, "executiveパワーランチ", is by far my favorite.  I find myself actually moving with the music to this one, which is something you don't find often in mallsoft.  Additionally, I love the Microsoft and AOL commercial samples in "executiveパワーランチ" and "ようこそstay" respectively.  These really drive home that 90s feeling, and compliment the groovy beats even further.

Another thing I enjoy about this album is the song titles.  Titles such as "ヨットinterior", ".arcade", "airconditioning_scented_autoON", and "foodcourt brunch" really compliment the entire aesthetic of this album and extenuate the mall feeling still further.

The last point I'd like to touch on is that I have a bonus song on my downloaded album that doesn't seem to be available anymore.  On the bandcamp page it lists seven songs, but my version has eight.  Additionally, it has a different album cover than the current bandcamp page.  I'm not sure why this is as I honestly forget how I came across/downloaded this album in the first place.  Anyway, the final track, "crush", is another groovy track to add to the list.

So in conclusion, I highly recommend this album to any mallsoft fan, or even anyone looking to get into the genre.  It's an upbeat, groovy trip through a classic 90s mall that I don't think anyone could regret.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Internet Findings: A Beginner's Mega Guide to Vaporwave

I've been around the r/vaporwave subreddit for a while now and one of the best things I've ever found on it was u/CatholicGuy77's vaporwave guide.  He does a great job of describing all the main sub-genres of vaporwave as well as making an easy to understand guide that's fun and simple to navigate.  He hits all the great artists/albums and it's a great guide for helping someone new to the genre find an album they'll like, as well as veterans trying to find something they've never heard before.

The guide: https://i.redd.it/oohi8n74xei21.jpg

Monday, May 20, 2019

Broken Transmission Review: 現在の地域条件

現在の地域条件 by 天気予報 was the first broken transmission album I'd ever heard.  I originally heard of the genre from a top 5 video on Youtube and decided it sounded interesting enough to check out, but I didn't expect to like it.  I honestly thought this would be the limit; this is where I drew the line.  This would be where vaporwave went too far for me.  I was wrong.

The album is 23 tracks long and consists mainly of short songs (generally under a minute long) comprised of looped commercials and jingles.  A few tracks feature voices and humming, but most of  them are strictly instrumental.

So what do I like so much about this album?  Honestly, I can't put my finger on what it is exactly.  There's just something truly captivating about the seemingly infinite loops of commercials, jingles, and sounds that make up this album.  I think the artist does a good job making you feel like you're in the moment.  He captivates the feeling of sitting in front of the TV watching the morning news in a very interesting way.  Additionally, the looping that's used makes you feel like you're watching all this on an old broken CRT.

So in conclusion: I'd say check it out.  You may like it, you may not, and that's fine.  This genre definitely isn't for everyone, but for those weird people like me out there it's a channel surfer's paradise.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Internet Findings: Vapor Memory

Vapor Memory is a Youtube channel dedicated to uploading full "vapour, ambient, experimental, and electronic" albums and music.  They describe themselves as a "YouTube music library", and I honestly love what they're doing.  They upload modern and classic music and act as an archive of sorts.  They're really useful because they upload many unknown and obscure things that would most likely never make it on Youtube if it weren't for them.

Additionally, you can find all their Youtube videos neatly ordered by date in the archive section of their website along with the description, release date, and external link of that album.

Like I said, I love what these guys are doing so definitely go and give them a look.

Archiving: More Archived Vaporwave

Archive.org has an entire section dedicate to archiving vaporwave.  At the time of publishing it has 437 albums/songs archived, and it's very easy and convenient to listen to them right through the site.  Additionally, you can help out by uploading any vaporwave songs/albums you have to the site to help preserve the genera we all love.

If you're interested you can find the archive here or on the external links page of this site.

Happy archiving! :)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Internet Findings: Nightwave Plaza, an Internet Vaporwave Radio Station

I often stumble across interesting little places in my internet travels, and this is no exception!  Nightwave Plaza is a "online vaporwave radio station" where you can just tune in, sit back, and enjoy the music.  With a windows 98 style and plenty of different backgrounds to choose from, it guarantees a pleasing visual experience to compliment the music.  They also have a Youtube live stream if you're into that sort of thing :)

Site link: https://plaza.one/
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWlIvOwEek-OFt_GZbdFtxQ

Archiving: Lots o' Vaporwave

Over 100 GB of Vaporwave all archived for our listening enjoyment: http://files.sq10.net/music/vaporwave/list/

Most of this is from around 2015, so don't expect any newer stuff on there ;)

Meta: Welcome to Vaporscapes!

Welcome to Vaporscapes!  This is my own little corner of the internet focused on discussing, archiving, and sharing vaporwave and other "wave" (e.g. Synthwave) music genres!

I'm not sure of the scope of this site yet, but I guess that'll come with time.  Anyway, have a look around, and enjoy yourself!