"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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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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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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