"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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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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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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Irving Force is a retrowave 80s style synth band whose music calls to memory action scenes from 80s action flicks, many of which were heavily cyberpunk in nature. The Violence Suppressor, released in May 2015, is no exception. It was imagined as a soundtrack for a fictional cyberpunk movie. On the Irving Force bandcamp, they […]

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CASE FILE – 1.0utside We all know by now that David Bowie has died. One could say he had predicted his own future cult status with his final work Blackstar, or perhaps he crafted that future, knowing the inevitable outcome of all life. I would argue that Bowie has been peering into and influencing the […]

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In the world of independent labels and almost never ending amount of music that is available, it’s generally hard for me to keep up and actually sit down and listen to any album in its entirety. When I got a chance to pick up Last One Standing, the latest album from Untitled Project of Maks_SF […]

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I woke up this morning and as I always do checked my social media like the well trained citizen I am. All of my feeds were saturated with the truly sad news that David Bowie had left this world and that his two most recent songs had been a planned farewell to his fans. David […]

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A few years ago, when I was just starting to explore the industrial scene, I discovered an amazing song called Vyperpunk by a band I had never heard of called Dope Stars Inc. I have been hooked ever since. The music captured many things that interest me such as cyberpunk, social decay, hackers, and the […]

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