We here at the Chiptunes = WIN Blog are EXTREMELY happy to be presenting a new guest writer, Aydan Scott, speaking this week about chipbreak gigamoth Kola Kid.
So everyone put down your ‘Get Lucky’ vinyls and give your most raucous and welcoming of applause! Take it away Aydan:
Russian chipartist Kola Kid transforms ideas and themes from numerous genres to create an extremely unique and incredible sound. I discovered Kola Kid through StepMania. Songs by Kola Kid in the game include ‘Can’t Hide Your Love’, ‘Purple Drank’, and ‘Spaceman’, all stepped by chiptune prodigy Kommisar. His first release, ‘Rave to the Grave’, is fast, hard-hitting, and extremely aggressive – the essence of chipbreak. His music calls breakbeat artists such as Venetian Snares and The Flashbulb to mind; it also calls to mind Sabrepulse‘s album ‘Chipbreak Wars’, which is, to me, the defining album of the chipbreak genre.
However, ‘Rave to the Grave’ is not the album that I’m interested in for the sake of this review; I’m going to be reviewing ‘Afterparty’, a much calmer album compared to its predecessor. The drum patterns are reminiscent to those of Sabrepulse, but the melodies used are far less harsh and aggressive in tone. ‘solar flux’ is the opening to the album, and its soothing melody flows extremely well against the static drum samples. The second track, ‘square spooner fisher pusher’, transitions well from the previous track; the fluidity of the transition is one of the highlights of this album.
The third track, ‘like a robot’, takes on a darker tone, whilst still remaining fairly calm. The rhythm and melodies in this song are particularly memorable, and the choppiness of the vocal sampling is a fantastic addition. ‘0909’ follows, returning to the previous, upbeat tone. The repetition in the beginning sets the listener up for a nice change in the rhythm, and as the melody repeats itself, more and more is layered over it until it climaxes with a somewhat abrupt end.
The final track, ‘lucky 13’, is the most interesting to me. It opens with an incredibly aggressive tone, and once the melody is introduced, the drums back off completely before the two of them join together. I feel as though ‘lucky 13’ could have expanded on its theme just a little bit more, and it could have ended less suddenly; Kola Kid’s intent, however, may very well have been to instil this kind of feeling onto the listener. ‘Afterparty’ is an excellent example of “how to chipbreak”; if you enjoyed Kola Kid’s second release, you can download it in the embed below.