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satellite cult 39.39
telesextrance, crystal cities, trans web history
welcome to this week’s satellite cult dispatch. i’m so glad you’re here. i hope the artifacts i present you with will lull you into a nightmare trance that summons scraps and fragments of items sold by Hot Topic in 2008. an invisible force stitches them together before you, building a patchwork mallgoth goliath about to transition into its scene era. the beast lumbers towards you and chants “fer sure maybe, fer sure not, fer sure eh, fer sure bomb.”
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𝙍𝙪𝙣𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝘿𝙪 𝙅𝙤𝙪𝙧
out on TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL’s B O G U S // COLLECTIVE label, this quintessential slushwave by【ＮｅｗＮｅｗＮｅｗ】pays homage to the reign of the supermodel throughout the 80s and 90s. these murky, jazzy eccojams bring in a taste of elevated late night lo-fi and are perfect to sway to on a late summer night.
another future funk album trading kawaii aesthetics for deep blue nighttime neons, Cyanotype by CyanBlue has one foot planted in French house, another in new jack swing—the results are cool, fresh, and oh so danceable, but never straying too far from the genre’s vapor roots.
blending vaporsynth with ambient drum and bass, smokey64’s new EP builds a high-poly 3D paradise awash in the rays of an ice blue sun and the purple-magenta waves of an ocean lapping at the sands of a snowy beach. enjoy your swim.
Telesextrance // Vol. 1
the more i hear by ␡ ␡ ␡ ␡ ␡ ␡ ␡ ␡ ␡ ␡ the more i like—the anonymous California-based producer’s hard hitting alternative trance fits within the growing paradigm of sextrance, post-hardvapour,1 and nightcore revival. there is a spirituality around the net and technology present in their music, a relentless charismatic type of worship culminating in acceptance: we will all die spectacularly one day when the world has decided it’s done with us, and what will we have until then except the web to hold us together.
on an EP composed of tracks from an old SoundCloud account, j222777 brings us intense, blown-out bitcrushing and relentless hard trance beats that will remind you how it feels to scream.
EDENA SEXTRANCE TALES (ON THE HUNT FOR PLEASURE)
released through Solid Keef, a collective from Granada, Spain, this album by EDENA blends hallmarks of sextrance with plunderphonics, disco, 2000s autotune pop, and chiptune. at times, it even makes me nostalgic for crunkcore (how dare it).
a history of the transgender internet
i have yet to pick up my copy, but Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet by Avery Dame-Griff, available this month, is next up on my to read list. in the meantime, if you’re interested in the history of trans communities online, you can check out this conversation between the author and Jamie Lauren Keiles in The Baffler.
thank you for joining me. until next time.
hardvapour emerged as an ironic response to vaporwave in the mid-2010s—instead of slow, echoed, and slushy, it leans more into gabber and hard techno. like most genres that start off as jokes, it eventually became serious.