Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Classic Mistake – ‘Geothermal’

- Posted September 25th, 2018 by

For this month I’ve been really busy with a variety of different chiptune projects, and so I’m doing a reblog of an Article I wrote back in early 2018.  ‘Classic Mistake’ is a an artist I’ve only recently come across, beginning with a cover of 0F Digital’s, ‘Mesh’ and featured in ‘The Great Australian Barbecue Bash’ compilation. What I liked about ‘Classic Mistake’ is that he almost exclusively uses ‘Nanoloop 2.0’, creating some fantastic hooks which are reminiscent to early techno. ‘Geothermal’ is Classic Mistake’s first album released under ‘Cheapbeats’. Below I have selected three tracks that stood out for me of ‘Geothermal’.

We begin with Classic Mistake’s opening signature track, ‘Geothermal’. The song starts very strong, featuring eclectic beats complete with tantalizing a snare & cymbal combination. The drums are complimented with a colourful group of keys & bass that shimmer and shine as the track continues forward. Both the percussion and keys also are Classic Mistake’s strong points, feeling creative and effective through tone and volume.  A good example of this in ‘Geothermal’ is during the build up at around the 1:00 mark. It features a fantastic, tight fill of the drums as the keys slowly build up in volume until hitting the crescendo. It really gives off the that late 80s / early 90s techno vibe and continues throughout the track. ‘Geothermal’ is a smooth, tight track that uses strong foundations and builds upon perfectly.

The second track that stood out for me, was ‘In The Zone’, coming in straight after ‘Geothermal’. Although not as colourful as ‘Geothermal’, ‘In The Zone’ instead focuses on the tightness of every instrument. This can be heard in mainly in the drums, which ultimately feels like Classic Mistake’s greatest strength. Both the kick, snare & cymbals feel incredibly tight in tone and depth, with every sound making it count. Right out of the gate we immediately have strong tight kicks and percussion from ‘Classic Mistake’, using the kicks, ride and light snares to make the most impact on the intro. Ultimately for me this feels like the strongest introduction off the ‘Geothermal’, providing a solid hook into what is already a captivating song. Whilst I’ve said a great amount on the drums, I can’t possibly forget about the bass line, which like the percussion is tight and on point. The melody rolls and bounces through its run time, each note full of tang and funk. As well as that the bass perfectly compliments the drums, acting as a counter point to balance out the groove.

Whilst ‘Geothermal’ is more about building around the piano keys, my next pick, ‘Loose Unit’ focuses upon tight bass lines that slightly remind me of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’. However, unlike Blue Monday’s funky attitude, ‘Loose Unit’ is more darker in its tone and nature. Its main hook -the bass line- feels more heavier than anything else off the track listing, yet the minimalistic tone makes ‘Loose Unit’ the most catchiest tracks off the album. Again Classic Mistake’s drums are on point, tight as hell, complimenting the minimalism of ‘Loose Unit’, but sizzling on it’s own as well through unique instruments such as its cymbals and rides.

‘Geothermal’ was a great listen for a new chiptune album of 2018 and I loved Classic Mistake’s tight style using Nanoloop 2.0, so much so that I ended buying the CD version of the album (it’s constantly on rotation in my stereo). It’s similar to 2xAA’s however, ‘Classic Mistake’ relies on using the piano, along a mixture of major and minor melodies. ‘Geothermal’ was a great introduction to ‘Classic Mistake’, and after seeing his venture into ‘Nanoloop Mono’, I’m looking towards his future material!

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This has been a blog post from Chip Bit Sid, a UK based Chiptune Blogger. Along with monthly features here on The ChipWIN Blog, I post once a week on my own blog. To get in touch, please message via the social media links below! I also do my own music under the banner as ‘Kojin’.

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