I reviewed this album a while back on Chip Bit Sid, and I wanted to share that with my fellow ChipWINners. ‘Galaxy’ is the debut album from ‘Joshquery’, an LSDJ chiptune artist hailing all the way from Mexico City. I’ve been following Josh for a while now, ever since I did a compilation review on ChipWIN and included his stella track, ‘Space Shuttle’. It is also featured on ‘Galaxy’. Since reviewing this way back on Chip Bit Sid, Josh has gone from strength to strength, writing new material as well as consistently pushing his musical prowess in the genre. A good example of this growth can be experienced in Josh’s submission for Format.DF’s latest compilation, ‘Chip ‘o’ muerte’.
This track still holds up as one of his best songs on the album in my honest opinion. The whole song is solid from start to finish, with its structure being particularly good, taking strength from his execution of repetition. I think the instruments are well created as well, with the bass and tone standing out through the mish-mash of music. The main hook stands out in particular, and is created via the WAV channel at around the 30 second mark. It’s given such a swing that it practically bounces around, feeling like like satellite in geosynchronous orbit around the earth. This alone is why the addictive sound of the bass and kicks invade your ears.
Right from thefirst second of ‘Shuttle’ you can tell Josh’s choice of style just by listening to his music. He likes to include heavy selection of techniques relating to hardcore techno and dubstep. You can hear this throughout a number of his tracks, but where this stands out the most is, ‘Broken Dreams’. This is the one of the heaviest songs off the album, but also the most upbeat, with the kick constantly thumping along with the destructive WAV channel. Josh includes several breakdowns in his music where he experiments with rhythm as well as relying on samples and glitching them to the extreme. Due to it’s heavy nightmarish sounds and experimentation, ‘Broken Dreams’ sounds like a monster dial tone on crack (that’s not a bad thing). Look back on this track after listening to songs like ‘Spectre’ and you will really understand Josh’s music style.
Another heavy song which also features prevalent use of techno and glitch is ‘Prismatic Force’. It’s a collaborative track featuring on of my favourite chiptune artists, Chema64. Immediately from the start of the track, Chema’s style is so evident that any fan can hear his influence. From listening to the track, it seems that Chema handled the leads and Josh worked on the rhythm, drums and bass. The noodling leads that arpeggios weaving within each other are clear trope off Chema’s style, where as the thumping beat, complete with good sounding samples, is Josh’s. That’s actually one of Joshquery’s strengths in his music. He can always find a way to make a good beat, and is something I think he should focus on.
The majority of ‘Galaxy’ is a good album, but I think Josh released too many tracks,
and a lot of them I’d heard on his Soundcloud ages ago. In the future, I think he should release a few tracks, but keep the ones he’s really proud for an EP. That way he’ll always knock us dead with new stuff.
That said, some of this review was done last year, and after listening to some of Josh’s releases you can see that’s further refined his LSDJ music style. ‘Spectre’ is a great example of how Josh’s style has improved, showing more in terms of variation, tone and
finally supplying the listener with a great hook. There are vastly more addictive parts like around, ‘2.02’ which includes probably one of the catchiest riffs on the wav channel that I’ve ever heard Josh do!
I’ll finish this with saying that I think he’s still got some room to improve but, given that I’ve been following him from almost the start, he’s probably up there with Mexico’s best chiptuners!