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So, have you ever heard of Vaporwave? It’s a very exciting and relatively new genre of electronic music that emerged in 2010. I’ve listened to literally at least a hundred artists in the genre and I’ve only found 6 artists/releases from all those that I think are worth hearing.

You might be wondering why I am writing about something that has produced so few gems and so many duds? Well, my taste is discerning and I inherently dislike many of the fundamentals which Vaporwave is based on (cheesy samples, lame funk stylings to name just two elements). I’m not going to go any further into the background on the genre because there are wikis out there for that. Also, even though I have a problem with the fundamentals of a genre doesn’t mean there isn’t anything good being offered. In fact, from everything I’ve heard, 2014 and 2015 is finally producing Vaporwave worth listening to. It’s offering substance.

My words might seem like sacrilege to those deeply interested in the genre. “You mean you didn’t like Floral Shoppe?!” is what I am thinking someone might ask me. My answer is no. I think Macintosh Plus’s music is utter garbage to be completely honest with you.

So without further ado, I present to you what I consider to be the best of the best in the genre, and I look forward to discovering new artists that are offering exactly this tier of quality, if not more.

  • Hong Kong Express – 2015 – HK

  • Chungking Mansions – 2015 – ShowView

  • Telozkope 2014 – Cloud Isles

  • Telozkope -2014 – Frozen Prism

  • Telozkope – 2014 – Into the Future

  • be____all – 2012 – Light Heart, No Mind