"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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The journey is long and arduous, but you don’t know what that means because you’re seven years old. Your mother said the word earlier and it stuck with you. You’ve been repeating it silently to yourself ever since. In your hand is the worn but well-loved audio player that jiiji gave you. You fiddle with […]

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We were first introduced to the Night Driving Avenger in March of 2012 with the release of Perturbators first EP appropriately titled, Night Driving Avenger EP.  Since then, the helmet-clad vigilante has taken to the streets in Terror 404 (May 2012), Nocturne City EP (August 2010), I am the Night (Decemeber 2012), Dangerous Days (June […]

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When you are ready for a run you put on Wouter Visser’s M A I N F R A M E D. A band from the Netherlands, it puts you in the mood. The run was flawless – you barely even stretched your fingers. But then as runs go it was fairly standard: enter, retrieve, […]

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diamondstein the ridges
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Reader, consider yourself blessed. Hot on the heels of HKE’s Omnia (reviewed here), comes The Ridges by Diamondstein, a perfectly complimentary audio experience for the discerning cyberpunk dreamer. Listeners with a taste for moody and intelligently crafted electronics will find a rewarding multi-layered experience awaiting them. The tracks ruminate on re-emerging themes, pulsing and intensifying […]

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level -1
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The music of Level -1 is cyberpunk inspired 80s style synth. It wouldn’t seem out of place in an 80s science fiction video game or a retro-style cyberpunk game today. The VR Trilogy, comprised of VR Dystopia, VR Revolution, and VR Apocalypse, is a great series of albums which leaves us excited to see what […]

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neuromantic
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Testament to the popularity of 80’s aesthetics and those dark digital futures that so many are fond of, the synth and retrowave movements just keep growing and growing. As with any scene, it doesn’t take long for a point of saturation to be reached, the music fast becoming formulaic and safe, which makes it all […]

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A few weeks ago a friend asked me to look at the music video for Grendel’s Timewave Zero. As a cyberpunk fan, and a fan of my sci-fi works, he wanted to know what I thought, and if it had any realistic merit. So, I did, and I thought I’d take a few minutes to […]

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Trinity
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Busy day at MegaCorps? Need a palette cleanser after those fraught hours hacking mainframes? Well look no further. France-based cyberpunk, Lueur Verte has just released ‘Trinity’, the perfect tune for your Kawasaki commute home. Highway speeding and mirrorshades are entirely optional. This is a quality slab of retrofuturism, hooky, evocative synth leads over a 4/4 […]

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Love it or loathe it, there’s something inescapably cyberpunk about vaporwave. It’s the sound of skewed future-capitalist dreams transmitted through in-ear filters and grainy Betamax retinal displays. It’s a snail-paced haze of mall muzak smeared into the soft perversions of a counter-culture. It is, for all it’s sexy buzzwordery, recycled, repackaged and generally a bit […]

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