Last March I wrote that “…we should be so lucky to get a follow-up album in the future” from Marissa Hapeman after reviewing her chiptune debut ‘Pretty in Pixels’. Forget luck. Marissa Hapeman returns with explosive fervour with her second major chip-release ‘Solstice’.
Tease your musical palette with ‘Waiting For Good News’–
–then dive into the full ‘Solstice’ review continued below!
Boy oh boy, it’s only February, and 2017 has already been an amazing year for music! For this share, I have a very special release that comes from Planet Zaxxon! Back at this most recent 8Static Fest, Chrome Cobra made his live debut showing off some really impressive LSDj jams, and now he’s released his very own EP on Bandcamp. Let’s take a listen to see how it fairs!
I decided to take a break from writing reviews and instead do a guide on how to do a chiptune event, based on my previous experiences. This is an opinionated piece and obviously everyone will have their own way of setting up their own events. If you have a different way of doing things please voice your opinion below, or on the twitters. Let’s discuss!
In light of this guide, I am also beginning yet another Chip Bit Day event! Details can be found at the bottom of this article.
So for the first time ever in my short 30-odd years of life I have gone camping in February! This peculiar event happened because it was 75 degrees with a breeze all weekend long and Senior Presidente and I have a tendency to keep our camp gear permanently packed just in case. Since it was a perfect weekend to camp, I decided to bust out this simple but perfect camping treat:
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!