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Painted Palms, Saint Pepsi, Airiel Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Fri., June 27, 9 p.m. 2014

Vaporwave was the creation of a tight-knit online community of producers, who built it from samples of chintzy 80s music that they’d chopped and screwed to sound like syrupy R&B; a year and a half ago they declared the genre dead, eulogizing it at the second installment of the Internet-based festival series SPF420. Since then, though, the vaporwave sound has had a second life outside their circle. Long Island producer and recent Carpark signee Saint Pepsi, aka Ryan DeRobertis, has helped transform what used to be headphones music into something more suited for the dance floor. The title track from Gin City, which he self-released in February, starts with its most typically “vaporwave” elements—a hodgepodge of outdated video-game music and bland, twinkly synths that sound like the audio wallpaper on an early-90s late-night infomercial—and then transitions into a less dated-seeming mix, with diced-up samples of singing strung together and punched up with aughties dubstep percussion. With its stuttering keyboard melody, “Baby” could be a cousin of Gold Panda’s “You,” and its massive crescendos—which somehow get clearer and more spacious even as they build in volume and size—would make it perfect for blasting in a nightclub with a panoramic glass dome looking out on the stars. —Leor Galil

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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