Akuma II is a new full length album from NRW Records (short for NewRetroWave.) The album features a few different artists, mainly “Alex” and “Tokyo Rose.” The sound is similar to 80s vaporwave…with a deep, hypnotically intense electronic ambiance and Japanese late night metropolitan vibes. Song titles like Mean Streets, Danger City and Unleashed correlate with the dark tone and “edge of your seat” suspense which permeates the music. It’s a powerful achievement whenever you can compose music which is capable of conveying something without words, and this album does just that. Even if you were just driving around aimlessly late at night while listening to this, Akuma II evokes a sense of mission and urgent purpose. It definitely put me on heightened alert.
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