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Music incorporating cyberpunk themes is fairly common across a variety of genres, but until now, I had yet to come across music that’s about the artist’s relationship with the genre. It’s not unusual for artists to cast themselves as cyberpunks or to produce albums with cyberpunk concepts, but it’s much rarer for an artist to think about […]

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It seems like a long time since Power Glove’s EP 1 was released in early 2012. The retrofuturistic feel of tracks like ‘Night Force’ or ‘Streets of 2043’ have reached a level of near ubiquity and birthday cards with the desert chrome font and neon grids receding into the horizon can be bought in chain stores. The neo-80s have […]

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It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment where cyberpunk and the 1980s VHS trash aesthetic became so inexorably intertwined. I’d hazard that it likely stems from the slew of low-budget, straight to video attempts to capture some of the success of the likes of The Terminator and RoboCop with hyperviolent, synth scored, delirious pulp. In addition to a […]

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Although John Carpenter’s excellent recent release of original music Lost Themes is perhaps a little too horrorcentric to be within Neon Dystopia’s remit, the recent video for for lead single ‘Night’ certainly draws on the director’s previous contributions to cyberpunk in Escape From New York and Escape From L.A. in a big way. The video combines the tungsten lit city at […]

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One of the most satisfying things about cyberpunk is that its visions of tomorrow will always be a day away. Wearable tech, hacking scandals, personal drones and other items and occurrences that would once have been part of cyberpunk fiction may now be commonplace, but new futures and possibilities arrive at a rate that feels almost impossible to […]

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The adjective ‘cinematic’ tends to get attached to cyberpunk musical projects a lot, either because the music itself owes a lot to soundtrack composers or is deliberately evocative of film. This is great news for cyberpunk fans and artists as it means that there’s a incredibly rich and highly visual culture to draw upon. Even so, it’s also […]

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The massive surge in music drawing on 1980s genre cinema in the past few years has been something of a boon to cyberpunk fans. Not only does the influence of Vangelis’ seminal Blade Runner score loom large over a lot of artists’ output, but it’s great to see artists like Perturbator and Irving Force show a genuine enthusiasm for […]

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There are very few albums I can recall hearing for the first time. I remember the first time I fell in love with The Clash’s London Calling or Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, but not the specific moments that I first slid the CD into the tray or the parties or the car-rides that I heard them during. Atari […]

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Readers of William Gibson’s Zero History might recall that part of the plot revolved around the search for the origins of a secret clothing brand called ‘Gabriel Hounds’, with the idea of a product with no history and no clear provenance being almost eerie in an increasingly geotagged,  constantly connected world. Originally released in 2012, Black […]

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