DUNE F∀NGS - CH∀RTS
This album is pretty old by internet standards—nearly two and a half years. It’s in sort of a weird spot when it comes to genres ending in -wave. The sounds are very analog synthesizer-sounding, so you could easily call it synthwave and be done with it, but there’s the vestigial pop and Boards of Canada elements of chillwave drifting in the background, and the growing devotion to new age/ambient that characterizes today’s vaporwave keeps poking up through the pleasantly heavy beats. It’s no surprise that Alfred English (as the person behind DUNE F∀NGS is now known) is making beats for rappers and talking about his love of A.G. Cook and PC Music. Still, this album is more than just a genre exercise or archeological artifact; several of the songs are perfect summer driving music.