Well hello, boys and girls! It’s your resident Chip Mom here to chat about the next slew of excellent tracks! While I am in no way a chiptune aficionado, I do, as they say, “know what I like”. And, my dear chiplets, I love these tracks!
Track #40: Sleepwalking In Tennessee by Temp Sound Solutions
I wasn’t familiar with Temp Sound Solutions before this compilation (I know, I know, I iz newb), and this track got me excited to seek out more. Sleepwalking in Tennessee is composed of a variety of tones and textures that seem like they shouldn’t play nice together. The track is a juxtaposition of rough rhythmic patterns, groovy bass lines, and smooth, almost oboe-like melodic themes. While this seems disjointed on paper, the song is in fact a head bobbing, booty moving tune for your soon-to-be-pleased ear-holes!
Track #41: Dreaming Machine by Thorazine Unicorn
Then comes the driving beat of Thorazine Unicorn’s Dreaming Machine. One of the few tracks on Volume 1 with vocals, it stands out among the rest. There is an 80’s flavor to this track, and it conjures to mind images that could be pulled right out of a Philip K. Dick action scene. Bleeps and bloops and heavy drum sounds are coupled with vocals that are reminiscent of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (this, of course, puts it right in my 80s-woman-rocker-loving wheelhouse). Throw this one on next time you sit down to a tabletop Shaddowrun.
Track #42: Columbia by Space Town Savior
WARNING: this track will and can cause bootys to shake! If you hear this track blasting at ChipWIN HQ, you will probably find me and Hoodie, stocking footed, grooving on the kitchen floor. Then again, that’s not all that uncommon of an occurrence. In any case, Columbia is one of those tracks that starts with a low, thumping beat that crawls into your ears and down your spine, so by the time the spacey melody hits you’re already either chair dancing or out on the floor. As the song fills out, you’re lost in the groove and grinning, flying through a Cosmos cut-scene. Even if you’re not someone that busts a move in front of others, do yourself a favor and let lose in your living room to this song at the end of a long day. I promise you won’t regret it!
Track #43: Ecstasy by Obtuse
Uhm… sexy much?
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not one for brevity, but that short phrase sums up my impression of the song quite well. Ecstasy is gritty, deep tones that start low and slow and gradually build up to a relaxed, steady pace. The inter-splicing of the odd minor and diminished chord just adds to the musical tension. I mean, c’mon~! Ok, ChipMom needs a moment…
Track #44: Button Mash by Snesei
When I think back to those few short weeks of my childhood before I rage quit Mario forever, this is the song that plays over the gaming montage. Button Mash is bouncy, upbeat, happy, happy, joy, joy that provides a needed tempo change after a string of more intense tracks. What I love most about this track is that all the sound choices really do push up the nostalgic factor. I almost feel like if I could listen to it just enough times, that I could identify all the source games for the sounds. I’m sure I would end up with quite a list.
Track #45: Jambo by Cheapshot
Cheapshot’s feel with Jambo seems as if its something that Jean M. Auel’s characters would appreciate (I’ve been rereading that one lately). The infectious, tribal rhythms are sure to get your toes tapping, head rocking, and booty wiggling. And while it has a bit more of the “down and dirty” like some of the previous tracks, it manages to keep the upbeat feel pushing forward into the next run of tracks.
Speaking of those, check back with us next week to catch Mr. Rob Remi-PK‘s Volume 1 block write-up!