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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Venture Kid’ by Norrin_Radd

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In a word, ‘Venture Kid’ is CLASSIC.

Matt Creamer AKA Norrin_Radd delivers on pouring a 15 year pursuit of recreating near-perfectly authentic NES sounds into the fantastic soundtrack for the Mega Man fan-service platformer ‘Venture Kid’ (the iOS/Android game is out now). Energetic control shifts with each chaotic transition in this retro game microcosm as the album pulls you through all of the tentpole moments of any typical original Nintendo Entertainment System title.

Hook into the album right now with ‘Title Screen’ below!

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4 [Tracks 16 – 20]

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Describing the next five tracks from our 4th compilation album is a lot like plucking five roses from a stunning bouquet, or stacking five bacon pancakes onto your plate from a pile fresh off the griddle: you can’t go wrong, and they taste even better with syrup. (Chiptunes = WIN does not endorse the practice of eating syrup-coated roses. Chiptunes = WIN does, however, heavily endorse bacon pancakes.)

Volume 4 is a gathering of the best from all corners of the community. There are only beacons of chiptune mastery here, and though your personal tastes may steer you toward some songs over others, each track is a curated experience, and all come highly recommended.

Without further ado, I am honoured to bring you Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4’s tracks 16 through 20. Come listen! 

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Sladerfluous: ‘New Adventure’ by Tom Howe

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Intricate simplicity best describes Tom Howe’s latest 7-track release ‘New Adventure‘.

New Adventure by Tom Howe

‘New Adventure’ is the musical equivalent of “The Little Engine That Could“. The 7-tracks of Tom Howe’s latest album does a lot with a little, coming together for a solid collection that illustrates Tom’s creative progression since his release of several singles to Bandcamp in September of 2012. Check out “Semi-Mandatory Sorta Synthpop Edition” for a taste of Tom Howe’s electronic offerings!

There’s appeal in the lo-fi pseudo-grunge bass tones that serve as the foundation for the tracks album-wide, lifting ‘New Adventure’ up beyond the crisp, paint-by-numbers trap chiptune so often struggles to transcend. The music offered throughout ‘New Adventure’ has a welcome off-beat, organic composition that relishes its own experimentation and never outstays its welcome.

0~deleteHistory?” launches ‘New Adventure’ off to a hard-hitting start with that aforementioned bass and layers on a gripping synth melody. Tom’s mindful manipulation of the pan adds significant immersion and freshness to ‘New Adventure’, most notably during “1~doubt“, a track that plays well against its own expectations to hold attention.

‘New Adventure’ as a whole maintains an experimental feel that shoves against the robotic limits of lo-fi chiptune music, infusing organic composition and often counter-intuitive melodic elements with surprising, heartwarming results. ‘New Adventure’ will be a welcome addition to your collection, and will definitely make you keep watch for more from Tom Howe in the future.

Tom Howe has a large discography on his Bandcamp site of over TWO DOZEN additional albums & singles for you to peruse once ‘New Adventure’ hooks into you. “Friens“, “WTF Is LSDJ?!“, and “ok” are highly recommended.

‘New Adventure’ by Tom Howe is deceptively simple, fulfilling, a welcome surprise, and is available on Bandcamp right now for “pay-what-you-want”. Go get it.

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