"The music flows through the earphones into you. These vibrations bring a shiver to your spine as you are engrossed by the sound. The lyrics bring a swell to your chest as you are inspired by their content. As the song winds to a close your eye darts to the clock at the bottom of your screen. It has been hours since you began. Where has the time gone?"

In this section, you will find review and analysis of cyberpunk music that is inspired, influenced, or overlaps with the genre.

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HKE is a slippery fella. No sooner have you pinned him down than he’s gone again, lurking somewhere in the ether behind a vaporous cloud and a double-dozen masks. With countless releases under his belt and an endless list of pseudonyms, he’s something of an enigma in our digital times. He’s also a very busy boy, […]

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“Press play,” says a youthful digital voice. A VST choir begins to sing. A gentle melody chimes. This is our introduction to James Ferraro’s Human Story 3, a “dialectic on the discord between technological advancement, human folly and human progress” (in his own words). Ferraro has been doing the rounds for some years now, operating somewhere in […]

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One of my favourite things about electronic music is how well it lends itself to concept work. Whilst many a good concept album has been created in a more traditional band setting, electronic music is better suited to removing the player(s) from the equation, instead leaving a body of sound that stands apart from the […]

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Cyberpunk is intrinsically linked with electronic music and synth experimentation. For a movement so interwoven with digital tropes and hyper-technologies it makes a lot of sense. Sometimes, however, you really crave some rocking guitars in your life, and California’s Erase Negate Delete bring just them to the table. The three tracks on the Disconnect EP […]

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Victor Love is a cyberpunk musician who is best known for his work with the band Dope Stars Inc. In recent years, Love has been working on solo projects like Hacking the Wave and his self-titled project Victor Love. We last spoke with Love following the release of his EP, The Network. You can read […]

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Vagrants cluster around an oil drum fire with their backs to the cold night of the city. Environmental sensors that ought to sniff out smoke and flame dangle above, the all-seeing eye of the city put out by the criminals that filter through this district. You walk on by. Judicator by Stilz As I’ve previously […]

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Pour yourself a soycafe from the jug in the breakroom, detective, and do it quick. The lieutenant’s looking for you, and the rumour is that it’s bad news. Police Heartbreaker by Absolute Valentine Police Heartbreaker is the latest release from Absolute Valentine, a retrowave artist from Marseille, France. It’s a melange of sun-drenched synth sounds […]

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Technomancy is the newest album from Victor Love, and his second solo album. If you aren’t familiar with Victor Love, you might know him as the lead singer for Dope Stars Inc. We have spoken with him before, and you can read about him, his music, and his philosophy here. Technomancy is an album that […]

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Whilst scouring Bandcamp for new music, I stumbled across The Night Wars ‘Cardiac Cats’, a fantastic piece of ambient electronic futurism (review coming soon). I was unfamiliar with the label, Hacktivism, so I did some delving. What I discovered was a solid label with a varied yet cohesive output, and a strong emphasis on low-budget 80’s […]

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