Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Aydan Appreciates: ‘Love Songs’ by nanobii

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Imagine for just a moment that it’s 1993. Electronic music is still in its early stages, with house, trance, and breakbeat hardcore being some of the EDM movement’s most popular genres. Suddenly, happy hardcore bursts onto the scene; with its characteristic piano usage, spacey synths and stabs, up-tempo and upbeat style, the next phase of this music’s evolution has begun. Now, fast forward to 2017. Numerous happy hardcore labels have shut down and many of the genre’s most popular artists have retired. The scene remains alive through the DDR community, raves, and numerous individuals and collectives in Europe and Asia. One Swedish happy hardcore musician, nanobii, is known for fusing elements of chip into some of his music, and is one of the more active happy hardcore producers to this day. His latest EP, ‘Love Songs’, released on Valentine’s Day, made Bandcamp’s top 40 best-selling albums on release. Let’s dive in and see what this EP has in store for us!

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What’s On Tap – chibi-tech

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Hello and welcome to the February edition of ‘What’s on Tap?’ After a work-related hiatus of a few months, we are back and ready to brew up a review for the ChipWIN blog! This month I have an excellent pairing of the earthy, spicy saison style with a brand new EP ‘The Mutual Promise’ from chiptune legend chibi-tech. Here w-

*record scratch*

Yep, that’s me. Bet you’re wondering how I got into this spot, huh? Reviewing new music by chibi-tech, chiptune mad scientist and compositional hero to anyone who has even considered installing Famitracker. Well, that’s an interesting story and I’ll try to keep it short – I called dibs.

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Kuma’s Quick Shots #22: SuperStranger and Ryuichi Nitta

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Hey there, ChipWINners! Welcome back to Quick Shots: the album review column in which I pick the latest and greatest the scene has to offer, and dissect it to help you determine if it’s worth your attention.  This time around, I have two EPs for you from two names that should be very familiar to you.  The first is from an artist I’ve featured previously on the blog who has upped their game considerably, and has fully embraced the simplicity of the Game Boy as a synthesizer. The other is a certifiable legend who has composed music for titles that helped define childhood for a generation the world over. Let’s not delay any longer.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy as I take the time to review the latest from SuperStranger and Ryuichi Nitta.


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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Paradise’ & Interviews DBOYD

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It’s been a minute since I’ve published here on the blog, and it’s good to be back. I return with the news of an incredible release by none other than an Oklahoma native that you might all know by the name of DBOYD (Don’t Blink Or You’ll Die). ‘Paradise’ was released on January 27th, 2017 via Galaxy Swim Team and the EP consists of music from straight out of Game Boy. Listening to releases so cleanly recorded and intricate really made me want to sit down and devour everything Little Sound Dj can do and I suggest you all buy the record to feel the same inspiration that I’m feeling.

‘Paradise’ album art, taken by Nathan Reed in Monet’s Garden

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The Download on… Jellyatrix – ‘E Numbers’

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Anyone in the UK chiptune scene will probably know the author of this album, if not by the name Jellyatrix then by his music blog moniker ‘Chip! Bit! Sid!’ Based in Manchester, he runs the Chip Bit Day festival as well as featuring in a couple of GameFace’s ChipBattles shows. ‘E Numbers’ marks Jellyatrix’s first formal release using LSDj, and it’s a very solid start!

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Fives and Nines: Tuberz McGee reviews ‘The Life and Times of Whiskers Mahone’ by Hoffy

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Editor’s Note: looks like we’ve got our first new blood of 2017! Everyone, welcome Callum Kennedy aka Tuberz McGee to the blog!

Hoffy is by no means a newcomer to the Chiptune scene and it is my pleasure to review his seminal work ‘The Life and Times of Whiskers Mahone’ released through our good friends at Cheapbeats. Hoffy hails from Edmonton, Alberta, wielding a mighty laptop running 0CC-Famitracker in one hand and a calculator generating random time signatures in the other [citation needed]. Most of you may know me as Tuberz McGee and after spending the last year writing an Honours Thesis on Chiptune I’m really itching to get into this. Let’s roll.

I think the album is about a cat. A cat who probably listens to Rush and Genesis a lot.

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