What’s up, avid chip blog readers! Ya boy Rhyphte here. If you’ve come this far, you already know what to expect. I’m excited to report that the last ten tracks are at least as badass as the ones you’ve already read about and I’m pumped to dive into this final set with you. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got going on here!
Hey, ChipWINners! Long-time fans of ChipWIN may remember, on our very first compilation, a track called ‘Button Mash’ by a Detroit-based chipmusician named Snesei. With its high-energy percussion and cute melody, the track has cemented itself as a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the earliest days of my chipmusic blogging career. Every time I hear it, I can’t help but feel emotions rush over me as I recall my college years and the friends that I so cherished during that period. When I saw just four short days ago (as of the publication of this post) that Snesei released a short, 3-track EP with a guest remix included titled ‘Digression’, I was intrigued. Each track on this EP feels as though it’s been written from the heart, and with the central theme of growth, one can tell that a truly personal, loving touch is present throughout. But, I digress… let’s see what we have here.
Hello everyone and thank you for reading The ChipWIN Blog! Today we’re going to review ‘Titan’ another great Cheapbeats release, and the second full-length album by Austral-English chip legend Alex Lane!
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Alex two years ago at Eindbaas, in Utrecht, NL. We were set to play the pre-party open stage, it was our first ever show abroad, let alone in such an important event, and we were super stressed out. Then, this round-faced guy comes up with a BEAMING smile and says hi. Stress was lifted. We hit it off instantly. Alex has the reputation of being the Nicest Guy In Chiptune™ and to be honest, I couldn’t fault anyone for thinking that. My point is, don’t be surprised if this review comes off as a little ♥biased♥. I like Alex a lot as a person. But holy moly do I love him as a musician.
I saw a comment on the Chiptunes = WIN Facebook group this week that really got me thinking; it was a thread discussing people “ditching” chiptune and moving on to other ways of making music. Somebody noted that lately, LSDj seems to be a contest of technical skill and worried that pushing the software’s limits was taking priority over writing great music. This week, I’ve been listening to an artist who very deliberately keeps a ‘less is more’ attitude towards her music. Released on July 20th, ‘Zenzoo Pop’ is a 5-track EP that fuses cutesy pop melodies with a hint of punk and even industrial flavours.