Greetings all! It’s Chip Mom’s turn to introduce your ears to five more delicious musical morsels cooked up for you by the artists of Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 2!
Track #32: NEStonic by Decktonic
With Decktonic’s entry your ears are immediately delighted with tribal beats melded with the bevy of futuristic sounds that are Decktonic’s signature sound. While these two textures may seem mutually exclusive, the artist blends them masterfully. If your booty isn’t moving by the 45 second mark, you’re doing it wrong! Now, as a chiptune newb I can’t regale you with an in-depth analysis of the techniques used to create this composition. What I can tell you, however, is this: If Ayla and Robo got together and had a dance party at the End of Time, it would sound – appropriately – like ‘NEStonic’.
Track #33: Take a Look by The Flight Away
Full disclosure: I am that girl at the bar that “squees” and then sings at the top of her lungs when she hears ‘Take on Me‘. ‘To Be With You‘ is also in my regular karaoke rotation.
With that in mind, if you think back longingly to a time when music was made up of sharp drums, synth-laced keys, reverbed vocals, and puppies, then this song is right up your alley… and mine! In this song, The Flight Away has managed to capture the spirit of the 80s with a chiptune twist. Keeping with skrunchie-laden tradition, ‘Take a Look’ melds melancholy content with upbeat music ultimately producing a track that is joyful, endearing, and sinfully sing-alongable.
Track #34: Reasons by Dire Hit
And now for something completely different: Dire Hit’s ‘Reasons’. From the first moment of the track, the layering and panning of different elements is engrossing. While the sexy grooves and dirty beats would beg anyone to get on the dance floor, for me it’s the hook. Something about that melodic hint crawls into your ears, down into your gut, and lands in your hips. Before you know it, you’ve grabbed yourself a partner and are riding the electric wave out into the universe.
Track #35: By the Bit by Ayoshutduff
Ayoshutduff’s entry to the compilation is a cool respite from some of the more blistering dance tracks of Volume 2. When I first heard ‘By the Bit’, I thought of an overnight trip I spent in a cave when I was young. The smooth, rhythmic patterns of this song, punctuated with the heartbeat like thump of the bass, carries with it the same sense of anxiety and wonder I felt while I was there. It is almost as if I’ve become lost in the depths of that deep cave, and, as the layers of the song change, I am discovering new mysteries around every corner. But will I ever find my way back?
Track #36: The Longest Distance by Talkboy Arcade
If ‘By the Bit’ conveys the depth of a cave, then Talkboy Arcade’s ‘The Longest Distance’ is the emergence from that cave into the bright light of victory. The high energy and bright sounds make you want to dance with wild abandon. Unlike some of the compilation’s dance-y tracks, this song is not sexy, but celebratory. The feeling it evokes is indicative of the carefree joy of a time when life was simple, the good guys beat the bad guys, the Cheerios were honey-nutty, and Mr. Rogers was your favorite neighbor. Listen to it whenever you need lift!
Thank you all for your kind attention. Each of these artists worked their butts off to give you their best, and they deserve it! Until next time…
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