The ever-prolific Whettman Chelmets has just released a synth and sample-laden smorgasbord of atmospheric and vapor-riffic goodness. Doesn’t Remember takes the listener back to a time both eerily familiar and perplexingly unfamiliar.
R∞ - "000"
It seems like a lot of difficult-to-categorize music falls under the vaporwave banner these days. Unique electronic artist R∞ brings us 000, which is just the sort of music I was referring to. In this work, R∞ is giving us everything and nothing all at once. Tantalizing us with intricately detailed cover art, but using the most minimal, numeric track titles as possible, R∞ is loading the release with expectations, realities, and the mystery in between.
000 is a rhythmic journey through a lush, untamed world with hypnotic synth loops, ambient fills, and perhaps an occasional referential audio sample. All of these things blend together to create a cocktail of heady, psychotropic entertainment, both compelling and peaceful, like lucid dream. What’s it all about? I have no idea. I’m not sure I care. Each movement of the work brings a new interest, while maintaining focus with repeated sounds and motifs that punctuate the forward motion of the experience.
Churning with natural sounds, swirling lines of electronica, and overgrown with mystique, 000 delivers a satisfying ride through the tangled, shadowy jungles of imagination - full of enigmatic ancient ruins and untold dangers.
French 75 - "French 75"
(Power Lunch Corporation)
Set your seat into the reclined position and order another martini. It's time to take a flight on the Power Lunch Corporate jet. Your destination?
No wait! Don't go! Not our actual future! A perfectly groovy future full of funky vibes and endless vacations. Prepare yourself to be transported to the sunny shores of French 75, a resort for your troubled soul. This is vaporwave of the highest order - with plenty of chopped and screwed vintage vibes waiting to caress your mind like warm tropical breezes.
As the jetliner lands on the runway, beats drop with impossible thump, samples converge in an intoxicating mixture of sun, sex, and sleaze. It's like being in a perpetual dream where a mop-headed, tweed wearing secret agent fires one-liners at every villain as he drives classic foreign sports cars and buys mixed beverages for freckled French beauties.
The successful team-up of Danger.ファルコン.1989 and METAPRISE APPLICATIONS brings us this exploitave escape. Rich samples lock in with overpowered beats in all the best ways as dense distortions wash each audio channel with countless layers of disintegration, making this one of my favorite vaporwave releases of the year so far.
B e g o t t e n - "Hushwave"
Smooth, dreamy vapes from waver, Begotten, will transport you to a place where dead pop stars sing forever in a foggy purgatory.
With an entertaining focus on dreadful spookiness, this release is like finding the perfect Halloween decoration on clearance long after the holiday has passed. My favorite track on here is "Hidden," which has a super fun suprise at the end.
Lots of gleaming, skating rink style jams here with just the perfect mix of vintage vapor velvet and skeleton fashions. All await you in this fine, upstanding creepshow known as Hushwave.