Category: Discussion

  • VNN’s Vaporwave Best of 2023… So Far!

    VNN’s Vaporwave Best of 2023… So Far!

    Hello readers out there in FutureSounds Land! I’m Alyx (aka TrucksPassingTrucks) and I run a podcast called Vaporwave News Network: a bi-weekly podcast about the contemporary Vaporwave Scene. We feature News, Reviews, History, and Current Trends as well as reporting on upcoming releases and events in the vaporwave, future funk and adjacent communities. I’m so…

  • Hang on, did Songtradr just kill Bandcamp?

    Hang on, did Songtradr just kill Bandcamp?

    There’s a lot of fear and anger out there following the news of Songtradr’s acquisition of Bandcamp, and what it might mean for independent music. As someone who runs a business that very much relies upon Bandcamp, I can admit that it is causing serious concern – not just for my labels, but for the…

  • Right on Target – Patrick Cowley, his evolution of disco and a lasting legacy.

    Right on Target – Patrick Cowley, his evolution of disco and a lasting legacy.

    Fakeman took some time to reflect on the legacy of one of the key influencers in the history of the electronic music scene. The pioneer, Patrick Cowley. Disco. Say it with me – Dis-co. What comes to mind when you say the word? Glitter balls? Movie stereotypes with flares and epic shirt collars? Sure… disco…

  • #Synthfam and its influence on the future of Synthwave

    #Synthfam and its influence on the future of Synthwave

    Fakeman is back with some reflections and thoughts on the phenomenon that is #Synthfam, and asks whether it’s doing all it can to secure the long-term future of the genre. The synthwave scene has some quite strong consistencies. The aesthetic being the most obvious of these. The source material has, up until recently, also been…

  • The Story of ‘That’s Not Vaporwave’

    The Story of ‘That’s Not Vaporwave’

    Arguments about the definition of Vaporwave show the scene is “active and alive” – Thom Hosken explores the limitations of genres and the role of the gatekeeper. Late this Summer, there was an explosion in social media Discourse™ that coincided with the ElectroniCON 3/Groove Continental events, the production of the Nobody Here documentary film, the…

  • The Numbers Game… Or, how I learned to hate the algorithm!

    The Numbers Game… Or, how I learned to hate the algorithm!

    Joe Ward casts aside his “self-inflicted” obsession with ‘monthly plays’ and discovers something exciting and new.  I don’t do it as much as I used to, but every now and then I’ll set aside some time to trawl through the vast catalogue of Spotify, for fear of missing out on something delicious.  It’s only recently…

  • ‘Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?’ – High Fidelity at 21

    ‘Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?’ – High Fidelity at 21

    Patrick Fakeman takes us through Top 5 musical and life reflections from the 2000 hit movie, High Fidelity. I was out last weekend taking a long drive. Peter Frampton was being interviewed and after the chat came the inevitable… The DJ played the timeless live version of ‘Baby I Love Your Way’ from Frampton’s 1976…