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Hardvapour is an offshoot subgenre of vaporwave created in 2015. Created as a tongue-in-cheek antithesis to conventional vaporwave (considered as "softvapour" in the so-called larger "vapour" spectrum), hardvapour takes musical influences from genres such as fast-paced rave music and gabber, compared to vaporwave's utilization of slowed-down jazz and muzak samples, post-apocalyptic themes compared to the capitalistic utopia portrayed in most vaporwave, and taking visual influences from Eastern European imagery compared to vaporwave's usage of Japanese characters and 80s aesthetic.


The earliest known hardvapour release was put out by Canadian producer Matthew Seth Lupovich, under the name wosX (formerly known as Wolfenstein OS X), with the 2015 album End of World Rave on Dream Catalogue. The album was described as "hardvapour", distinguishing itself from "softvapour" in the larger "vapour" spectrum. Later that year, Dream Catalogue founder and co-owner David Russo, also known as HKE (formerly known as Hong Kong Express), released the album Vaporwave is Dead under the pseudonym Sandtimer.

Lupovich would later go on to found the label Antifur, releasing music under a number of different aliases on the label such as Flash Kostivich, Dan Windows, and Vladyk Predovitch, the so-called actual founder of Antifur.


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