Have you ever wondered what chiptune music fused with drumstep, dubstep, house, or EDM in general sounds like? Well, look no further than chibi-tech’s (technically) debut album, ‘MoeNES vol.1: the idol composer’s groove’! chibi-tech, also known as Jaelyn Nisperos, has been making chipmusic since at least 2006, and was first seen with a submission to a competition called Famicompo Mini. The submission marked the beginning of a long-running, successful career as a chiptune artist. chibi-tech is known for her high-energy live shows all around the world; she’s played gigs at Blip Festival Tokyo and, more recently, at 8static Festival in Philadelphia. While the album can’t give you the live experience, it’s definitely an incredible piece of work.
Every track on the album is danceable. Period. From the fast, hard-hitting chiptune drumstep that is ‘Lolitazia SEASON’ to the melodic, house-inspired ‘Love is Insecurable’, each track has something different to its name. chibi-tech is very talented as a composer, and it really shows throughout ‘MoeNES’. One of my absolute favorite tracks on the album is ‘Brosef COMPLEX’, a heavy track with a clear influence from the ever-growing electro scene. The kick and snare used throughout the song helps perfect an already near-flawless bassline, and the ‘break’ in the middle of the song is indescribably excellent.
The most recognizable tracks – especially to people who are already fans of chibi-tech’s work – are the two parts of her famous ‘Moe Moe Kyunstep’. The first half is an exciting, blissful-sounding piece that’s hard to describe in terms of its genre; it almost sounds like happy hardcore. That is, until about two minutes into it. chibi-tech manipulates the sound chip of the NES to the point where it sounds almost identical to human speech (MOE MOE KYUUUUUUUUUN), and then…the second half of ‘Kyunstep’ drops. chibi-tech produces a massive, growling bass via Famitracker and a few add-ons. ‘Moe Moe Kyunstep (PART II – キュン -)’ is heavier than any other piece of chipmusic I’ve ever heard, and that’s definitely not a bad thing. It’s something that you have to listen to in order to fully understand how incredible it is.
In addition to the glory that I’ve described over the last few paragraphs, chibi-tech included DJ Bouche’s awesome remix of ‘Love is Insecurable’ and original mixes of six songs from the album for the aspiring DJ. Overall, this is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard in my lifetime, and I admire chibi-tech for her phenomenal work.