Office Hours #9 – Gors

- Posted August 28th, 2015 by

Welcome back to the August edition of Office Hours! My classes begin next week so I need to finish up lesson plans and a syllabus before the big day on Monday. Thankfully, an album came to my attention that serves as perfect background music for work or studying, and I will definitely be recommending it to my students as the semester begins. Put on your sailing caps and don’t forget to pack the vitamin C, because we’re going ’round the world with this one!

Brave New World-cover

The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews: Lo-Fi Night at the Middle East Upstairs

- Posted August 27th, 2015 by

On the night of the 22nd, a bunch of East Coast dwellers got together to perform at The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA. They got together to give the people what they needed for their Saturday night,: and that, my friends, was a night of over the top lo-fi goodness. From the openers to our magical headlinah, the stage was graced by:

Myself, Sam Mulligan, Br1ght Pr1mate, Kris Keyser, and Radlib! Hell. Yes. This article covers the show, what these guys are doing, and how they’re making it happen.



Chiptune EVERYWHERE! (Summer & Fall Chipfestivals)

- Posted August 27th, 2015 by

Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie here, happy to provide you with a handy, dandy list of all the chiptune festivals happening within the next few months! Gonna play this fast and loose – give y’all the fest names, locations, dates, flyers, & links – and let you find out more by clicking away. In chronological order, here we go!


Nonfinite Explores: Pocket Fox – SALTWATER

- Posted August 26th, 2015 by

I’ve been feeling a bit down lately, chip citizens. Perhaps it’s these cloudy, gray skies here in London, England. I’m accustomed to a bit more variation, a bit more sun back where I’m from in the U.S.A. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a little rain every once in awhile, and I like the mildness of the weather here; I’m certainly not a humidity fan. I’m just after a little change from time to time.

I sat down at my tiny hotel desk this dreary morning of Monday, August 24th to get to writing my monthly blog entry for ChipWIN with my current sensibilities, desires, and emotional state in mind. “Something different would be nice today,” I thought to myself as I began to peruse over the several sources I go to when finding my next would-be review.

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Chris Considers: ‘Red Eyes and Gray Skies’ by Laffe the Fox

- Posted August 24th, 2015 by

Since the conclusion of our track-by-track breakdown of ChipWIN Vol. 4, we’ve been having to play catch-up here on the blog. Just a glance at the ChipWINdex reveals that this summer has been chock full of incredible chiptune releases. About 2 months ago, ‘Red Eyes and Gray Skies’ was released by Norwegian artist Laffe the Fox, whose name should ring a bell if you’ve been following our annual compilation albums. The feelgood party atmosphere of her Vol. 2 contribution, ‘Sloth Machines’, will never cease to put a smile on my face every time that I hear it. This trend continues with the release of her second album via the Russian netlabel, BleepLove. ‘Red Eyes and Gray Skies’ is a delicious slice of bitpop with some unique and unexpected flavors thrown into the mix. Featuring collaborative tracks with Rymdkraft, Super Robotic Encounters and Robot Orgy Massacre, these hypnotic hooks and catchy melodies are all set to burrow themselves into your brain.

Relatable cover art by Down Awkward


Stokin’ the Forge – ‘Power Tricks’ by Vince Kaichan

- Posted August 21st, 2015 by

Ahoy and well wishes citizens of the ChipWIN Nation! Up in my neck of the woods, the August sun is burning with a ferocity that will melt the skin off a person’s bones.  Why am I mentioning that random weather related factoid?  Aside from breaking the ice with something we can all understand, that’s the best gauge I can give you folks on how potent Vince Kaichan’s latest release is. CheapBeats has been dropping amazing releases all summer, and ‘Power Tricks‘ earns its place among them in spades.  If you’re looking for some of the best LSDJ work I’ve heard in a long while, you’ve found the right album.