Posts Tagged ‘chiptune netlabel’

Aydan Appreciates: ‘Lonely Idiot’ by Imaginary

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Hey ChipWINners! I’m excited to kick off the year here on the blog with an article about an artist whose work I’ve reviewed a few times in the past – Imaginary! Released under the fledgling Catskull Records label while I was in Italy on my honeymoon, ‘Lonely Idiot’ initially flew under my radar, but an email from the artist alerted me to its presence. I’ve listened through the album a few times, and am excited to share a few choice tracks with all of you! Let’s get started!

Album artwork by heartsl0b.
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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 7 [Tracks 31-40]

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Hey there, familia. How’ve you been? Myself, I’ve been digging these here tracks on this compilation.

I, too, am going to go ahead and skip what could be a wordy introduction, and delve into tracks 31 through 40 of this simply amazing volume.

A more minimalistic, yet super cool approach to V.7 album artwork from Karl Ericksen.

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Clover Chain Reacts To: Tuxic – ‘Oblivion’

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Tuxic’s riveting concept album ‘Oblivion’ was released through Russian netlabel BleepLove in June 2018. Featuring some fantastic LSDj chops, low-fi drum’n’bass grooves, and hostile progressive metal, this music stood out to me from the moment I first heard it for its strong drive and dynamic execution. Making use of some really interesting pacing decisions alongside active melodies and uneven rhythms, the tight composition creates an intriguingly mechanical feel with incisive focus. This is balanced out nicely by the more free-spirited sound, full of surprises, where even the vocals display quite the stylistic range – composite instrumentation with a penchant for harsh qualities and sudden appearances. The most natural aspects of this album are presented through an artificial texture. The result is engaging, self-contained, expressive, abrasive, and GREAT.

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘started commuting’ by Ello Costello

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Hey there, ChipWINners. It’s been a few months since I’ve written an article due to some extremely time-occupying life events, but I’m happy to be back now! At the end of May, Cheapbeats released an EP showcasing a new artist in the community named Ello Costello. This artist certainly isn’t a stranger to producing music; he’s released a few EPs independently prior to this, such as the freely composed ‘Just For Fun‘ and the environmentally influenced ‘Small Windows‘. With influence and assistance from DonutShoes, an artist who’s been featured on ‘ChipWIN: Volume 5‘ and on ‘Volume 6‘, Ello Costello makes his stunning debut in our niche with ‘started commuting’. Throughout this EP, Ello Costello draws influence from morning cityscapes, the excitement of travel, and his own musical interests. Let’s see what this release has in store for us!

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Clover Chain Reacts To: Tenfour – ‘Wish Book’

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When it came out, Tenfour’s “Wish Book” marked something wonderfully new for Cheapbeats. A popular label for chiptune and lo-fi music, this is the first time in my memory they’ve released something so distinctly modern and inspired more by videogame music than the chip scene. Soundtracks, and VGM in general, were my entryway to taking an interest in composition, which led me to the Chiptunes=WIN community, so I’m going to take this opportunity to try something new myself and write out my thoughts about it. Because this isn’t just a phenomenal album, it’s also *right* up my alley. Let’s dissect why it works so well.

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ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: ‘PLAYROOM VOL 6’ from Toy Company

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It’s time to turn the spotlight this month to the far frozen northlands of Canada – Toy Company has put out volume six of its compilation series and let me tell you, if you’re not already sitting down to prepare yourself for this I’m going to need you to do so. I’d try to use modern parlance and say things like “this album slaps, my guy” or “this album is full of bangers” but I’m officially old enough to be out of touch with modern slang, let alone to know if what I consider modern slang actually is or if it’s already old by the time it reaches my ears. But look – sit down, put your overpriced headphones on and get ready for a ride.

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