"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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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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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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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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