It has been said that Vaporwave is the first truly global music genre, developed by artists from around the globe. In addition, Vaporwave music is also extremely accessible. Often created from samples and drum beats, the music can be created by anyone with a computer, some basic software, and enough creativity.
Artist Yarink Collucci, who hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, is no exception to this rule. Collucci recently released the song “XIMER ROTAREPO HTOOMS” on Bandcamp, which can be listed to below.
Drawing heavily upon the Vaporwave aesthetic, “XIMER ROTAREPO HTOOMS” remixes Sade’s 1984 classic “Smooth Operator” to create something different from the original. Besides reordering and sampling the original piece, Yarink Collucci slows and lowers the vocals. This gives the new song a dream-like quality commonly seen in Vaporwave music.
Yarink Collucci isn’t new to creating music. In fact, this artist has been fairly prolific in posting music since at least early 2013. One of their earlier and most popular songs is “Rolling Dolphins” which is actually more Seapunk in aesthetic than Vaporwave.
Vaporwave was born out of the Seapunk genre. And, as the popularity of Seapunk has stalled in recent years, more ocean imagery and sounds have made their way into Vaporwave. For example, Telan Devik’s recent album Reinventions often references the ocean, palm trees, and boats.
With Vaporwave taking over where Seapunk left off, it’s really no surprise that artists like Yarink Collucci are coming along with this transition as well. “Rolling Dolphins” is an upbeat, club piece, while “XIMER ROTAREPO HTOOMS” has a chill nightclub feel. Both of these show this artist’s range of musical ability.
That said, while “XIMER ROTAREPO HTOOMS” is a good listen, it does sound like this artist is just beginning to explore the Vaporwave genre. It’s, therefore, fascinating to consider what Yarink Collucci might create by applying the upbeat sounds of “Rolling Dolphins” with the low and slow vibe of “XIMER ROTAREPO HTOOMS.”
Could this be the next step in this artist’s evolution?