"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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Stefan Poiss and Markus Hadwiger, the men behind mind.in.a.box
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Futurepop has been an amazing music genre to create sci-fi atmospheres. As an outgrowth of electronic body music (EBM), which was very popular in the 80’s, futurepop had its peak mostly in the 90’s, when the lead singers of VNV Nation and Apoptygma Berzerk coined the style. Since then, many other bands have been producing electronic […]

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The massive surge in music drawing on 1980s genre cinema in the past few years has been something of a boon to cyberpunk fans. Not only does the influence of Vangelis’ seminal Blade Runner score loom large over a lot of artists’ output, but it’s great to see artists like Perturbator and Irving Force show a genuine enthusiasm for […]

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There are very few albums I can recall hearing for the first time. I remember the first time I fell in love with The Clash’s London Calling or Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, but not the specific moments that I first slid the CD into the tray or the parties or the car-rides that I heard them during. Atari […]

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Black Rain
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Readers of William Gibson’s Zero History might recall that part of the plot revolved around the search for the origins of a secret clothing brand called ‘Gabriel Hounds’, with the idea of a product with no history and no clear provenance being almost eerie in an increasingly geotagged,  constantly connected world. Originally released in 2012, Black […]

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It’s a Friday night in the harbor area of Aberdeen, Scotland and the sky above The Moorings Bar is the color of dirty tungsten. Beyond the dock’s tangle of ship’s radars and aerials, purple and green neon from the riverfront’s office developments is defused through the night. Inside the venue, there’s a girl with blue […]

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Last year’s Dangerous Days  by Perturbator might not only be one of my favorite cyberpunk themed albums ever, but one of my favorite albums period. It was certainly one of the best I heard in any genre last year. With this in mind, I’m pretty excited to learn through Perturbator’s Facebook page that his previous full-length I Am The […]

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A link between hip-hop and cyberpunk may not initially seem like the most obvious musical connection. Industrial’s cybernetic fusions of organic instrumentation and machinery, rave’s dayglo futurism or, more recently, synthwave’s re-imagining of 80’s kitsch and the video store synths of Vangelis and John Carpenter might be more obvious candidates for the ‘cyberpunk music’ title. […]

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The Cyberpunk Community Soundtrack project has celebrated the completion of its fourth year with the release of its new 2014 compilation. Comprised of a massive 47 tracks from 19 artists, the compilation contains a great range of tracks indicating that fans of cyberpunk music are in for a very healthy 2015 indeed. Listeners will find an […]

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The cyberpunk music scene in 2015 is off to a great start with Stockholm-based producer Irving Force’s recently released debut, the Undercover EP. The EP’s six atmospheric tracks not only invoke clanking cyborg factories in tracks like ‘Constructing Androids’ or neon-lit back-alley gang fights in the crushing ‘Meat Grinder City’ through the medium of pulsing bass […]

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