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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Four Elements’ by uraboroshi

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The name uraboroshi should be relatively fresh in the minds of us ChipWINners; their ChipWIN debut was on Volume 5, with the explosive and frenetic ‘Greed Palace’. The track essentially defies genres and embodies chiptune music. A little longer than a year later, esctrax, a chipmusic label based in Japan, has released uraboroshi’s ‘Four Elements’. This EP consists of four compositions depicting earth, air, fire, and water in addition to a piece symbolizing the unity of the four. Today, we’ll be looking at several aspects of this brief aural venture. Let’s check out what this up-and-coming artist’s work has to offer!

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Glenntai Got: ‘Confessions’ by Windfallen

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When most people uninitiated to the world of chiptune hear of the concept, one of the things I’ve commonly heard were about its perception of being upbeat, faster-paced, or joyous in nature. I’m sure there are endless examples of popularized chipmusic that fit this description (such as Anamanaguchi’s album “Endless Fantasy”.) A great example that goes against this perception would be Windfallen’s latest release, “Confessions”. This EP sounds more like a journey through one’s regrets and the tensions built from around it. After the jump, you’ll see why this album should go into your collection for when you need that change of pace.

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Guérin’s Dissections: ‘Jumper’ by Foxx + [BONUS] ‘solo’ by Je Mappelle

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Sometimes, you just need a good album to play in the background of your daily tasks. Sometimes you need a lowekey song to just relax in bed with. Sometimes you need to listen to ‘Jumper’ by Foxx. His style has always been some brand of chill with a few hectic songs thrown in for good measure, but this album turns the dimmers low and lights the fireplace for you to stretch out and unwind to. Let’s just sit and chat for a bit about this adorable album.

ヽ̶͈̼͒͋͌ͅ(̷̨̰̟̮́´̸͍̺̿̇̚ὠ̸̗̟̲̃͑̎`̸̛̛̞̝͆̊○̴͙̈́͌̈ͅ)̶̢͎͉͇̽ノ̵̣̪̗̃́̈́.̵̫̗̰̿̌+̷̸゚̢̮͔̮͎͔͖̍̂̈́͝*̵̨̰̣̜́̿̑͑。̵͚̹̓͂̉̓:̸̸゚̩͚͔̋͋̾́+̵͓͍̟̎͜∩̵̩̌̄̉(̴̯̐̀͝ ̴̳͆̐・̶͍̯̇͗͛ω̶̢̼̳͑・̴̫͈̅̉̈)̵̢̀͛̀∩̷̢͆o̸͔͗͋̇́(̴͚͚̖̈́͂̃́(̶͖͖̳͂̀͊*̶͓͉̯͚͌̔̄͝^̴͖̭͊▽̴̹͉͖͙͑̄^̶͔͚̋̓͒͝*̴̪̲̇͂͌)̵̠͔͓̋̈́̈́͗)̸̭̜̥̎̃͝ỡ̷͈͕̫ͅ《̴̟̬͆《̷̨̻̮͖͠ơ̶͜(̸̨̢̜̙̀≧̶̩͎̹̹̑̊̏◇̴̖̗̍́̕≦̴̤͚̽̈́̕)̷͚̈́o̷̼̜͍̓̾》̴̢̧͎̮́̃̇̇》̴̯̾̐∩̴̼̱̾͛̿ͅ(̸̙̍ ̶̝̫̓・̷̱̘̓̈́͘ω̷̨͔̟̤̿͒̚・̵̹͓̝͘)̶̧̐̑̅̕∩̶̯̳͚̩̃͘o̴̱̫̖͌̆͆͗(̶͖͋̃́(̶̨̟̭̌̐̈́̽*̶͍̟̗͝^̴̲̿̈́͝▽̴̨͖̉̇͝^̶̲̙̦̹͌*̷̭̙̦̳͑̊̑)̴̞͓͆̌͛͘)̵̡͉͕̐ö̵̲́̓̽《̸̠̭͕͚͐《̶̭̻̻̅͋o̵̡̻̖̒̄͋͠(̷̥͚̏≧̵̱͕͌͗◇̴͈͒̿≦̵̭̇̈́͘)̴̜̦̞̈͑͒͜o̸̮̟̾̐》̸̙̲̟̀̽͠》̸̙́̅̂ͅ(̷̗͂۶̵̬̰̺͌̽͗*̵̛̖͓͕̖̒ ̷̮̪̽͝‘̸͕͎̓̀̚̚͜ꆚ̴͔̼̅̒͠’̷̥͗̌)̴̟̠̋۶̴̡͚̙̎̕”̵͕̝̌ͅ

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ChipWIN & DESKPOP Present: The Volume 6 Expansion Release!

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As of today it’s been exactly one month since we unleashed the colossal compilation that is Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6‘ upon the cyber realm. At this point in the game, do I really need to spell out what that means? ಠ‿↼

OKAY. FINE. I WILL.

IT’S VOLUME 6 EXPANSION RELEASE TIME, BBY! ٩(^‿^)۶٩( ‘ω’ )و٩( ᐛ )و

Album artwork by the multi-talented and multi-limbed Brazos.

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What’s On Tap – Jellica

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Welcome to the fall edition of What’s On Tap! Cooler weather pairs nicely with cool tunes and the first fall seasonal beers this month – let’s rock!

Cambridge-based musician Jellica is a veteran of the chip scene, having released 14+ EP/LP online, running the Kittenrock netlabel, and performing live both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Jellica’s style is somewhat fluid between releases, moving deftly between various genres of electro-pop oriented sounds.

Released on August 31st, Jellica’s newest offering ‘Retrotech Romance’ is a masterclass in SID sounds, with dual Commodore 64 chips pumping out waves of intense textures and funky rhythms. An interesting aspect of this album is that it takes time – each track is at least 4:00 long and all evolve organically rather than using a standard verse/chorus approach. In the style of the American minimalist composers Philip Glass/Terry Riley/John C. Adams, musical events unfold over a series of minutes rather than seconds. Sometimes these are small nudges to the musical orbit rather than colossal impacts; the addition of a higher set of accompanying blips or a 7-tone melody that unfolds over twenty seconds. In our current environment of 140-character snippets, ‘Retrotech Romance’ closes out the summer with a marathon session of electronic jams.

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Swim’ by Laser Life

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Happy August, folks!

Shortly after this post becomes published, August will come to a close, and I will be taking September off to wrap up some work of my own. Before I go on my short break, I wanted to shape everyones’ attention towards a synthwave release by an artist that I found via the ChipWINdex (a great resource brought to you by ChipWIN folks full of relevant releases that you’ll most likely adore).  I present to you: Laser Life, and their album, ‘Swim’.

Before I even hit ‘play’ on track one, I could tell an overload of care went into this indie release. Laser Life has a memorable logo that is both unique and simple, and the album art (created by Everything Studio) is intensely thought provoking: It gives off a sense of silent surroundings but loud thoughts, and transporting oneself to someplace else.

Created by Everything Studio

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