A Square Meal: ‘愛を喜ぶ街’ by 黒魔 / Chroma

- Posted September 17th, 2019 by

The first half of this year was full of extraordinary music releases, and the name that signs this one is a synonym of quality. For those of you that may not be familiar with Chroma’s work, the huge range of styles and emotions he’s capable to express through music have not only been translated into an astonishing combination of techniques, but also into a distinctive fusion of sounds and an incomparable ability to tell stories. Of course, all of this in the form a huge catalog of compositions. All the tracks contained in this album are charged with a strong sense of consistency and are sharpened enough to work along with each other or on its own. So let’s take a look over Chroma’s first full-length album: ‘愛を喜ぶ街’ (Ai wo Yorokobu no Machi – ‘The Town that Enjoys Love’), released through not records.


Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity – Episode I: Building a Foundation

- Posted September 10th, 2019 by

If you’ve already endured the rigorous gauntlet of refining your sound and discovering your creative voice, then you’re in luck! You have already done the most difficult part. If you’re not quite at this stage, don’t worry—writing and production will be touched upon in another article series. If, however, you’re ready to get your music in front of people and take your project to the next level, this series is right up your alley. Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity is a episodic column that delves deep into the fine minutia of topics like how to build a marketing strategy, how to get your music in front of new fans, and how to grow your professional network. In this first installment, we’ll explore how to set the stage for your budding project and, armed with that knowledge, know how to choose an appropriate name.


Rhyphte Reviews: ‘Rebirth’ by Shirobon

- Posted September 6th, 2019 by

What’s up nerds. Rhyphte here, and we got new tunes to talk about. Coming at us straight from London, we’ve got a ripe new release by Shirobon. Aptly titled ‘Rebirth,’ it’s a true return to form for the artist, being primarily based on LSDJ x1. While it’s not the flashiest album Mikey has ever debuted, it’s certainly one that I enjoyed, primarily due to my unbridled enthusiasm for quality LSDJ music. Without further delay, let’s dive right in.

album art by ‘floatvoid


Aydan Appreciates: ‘Rogue Singularity’ by Derris-Kharlan

- Posted September 3rd, 2019 by

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve heard the name Derris-Kharlan, so when Brandon notified me that an indie game with a soundtrack by this seldom-featured artist had been released, I was intrigued. I was quite excited to see what the project is all about, and wanted to familiarize myself with some of his previous compositions prior to this review. In perusing his Bandcamp page, I found the bizarrely comical Sonic Art series, a track released through the GameChops label, and I was reminded of his track on the classic ChipWIN Expansion Pack. Needless to say, his releases are few and occasionally far in-between. The excitement I had for this album spurs, however, from an iconic chipmusic album I love deeply – Ubiktune’s 2010 ‘Wintertunes‘. Derris-Kharlan’s contribution, ‘Reconciliation‘, is a piece that has always been special to me. It would play on my commutes to my college courses, or while I was studying or heading to work when I was just getting into chipmusic. I’m excited to have the opportunity to review ‘Rogue Singularity’, and I’m prepared to see what lies beyond the shroud of the stars!


Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Brick BRKer – ‘The Land Behind’

- Posted August 29th, 2019 by

This month’s review is ‘The Land Behind’ by Brick BRKer (AKA Neil Williams). While this was first published on ‘Chip Bit Sid’, after listening to it plenty of times, I decided to expand my review and include two more tracks. ‘The Land Behind’ is Brick BRKer’s 2nd release, created on LSDJ v6.8.2. According to Brick BRKer, ‘The Land Behind’ is a collection of tracks written over a period of 5 years. They are a record of growth, change and graduation in the Ozark mountains. Being someone who used to live in the countryside, I welcomed the approach from Brick BRKer. I enjoy constantly remembering memories through England’s Northern greenery. So without further ado, here are just a few tracks that I absolutely loved.