Hey guys! Welcome back to Quick Shots! I hope this New Year is treating you well and that you guys are pumped and prepped for the upcoming slew of events starting next week! Whether it’s MAGFest or PAXSouth, Frequency or Rockage, the next few weeks are looking fantastic! But if by some chance you aren’t feeling the power of upcoming events surging through your veins, perhaps these two albums up for review will help turn that around! Let’s get started!
Hey Frank here with another edition of “Inside The Daякcнip Mind!” [BACK FROM A HIATUS!!] To talk about an album that has all elements I truly love about an excellent chipthrash album that never tires while looping. The album I’m talking about is ‘Swallow Razor Blades‘ by Optimus Chad. It’s another Datathrash Recordings release so you can already tell its going to be a hard hitter, but now its time to cut to the chase!!
Good afternoon ChipWIN nation! I’ve dared to show my face amongst you more than once this month to indulge in another one of our plethora of shared interests…alcohol! Now, our fearless leader already has the beer market expertly covered here, so I’d like to take a look at sources of inebriation that are equally delicious, but not quite often as covered.
To start us out, I opted to mesh an experiment I’ve been wanting to try for some time, a fine liqueur made from Eugene’s many sources of locally roasted coffee. Something dark, with just a hint of sweetness, that pairs well with a bit of Chipthrash. To prepare you, I’ll borrow the classification system of ChipWIN’s own resident Master Chef, Chip Mom.
A bright and cheery April to one and all fellow netizens of the ChipWIN nation. Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it brought a veritable cornucopia of fresh and interesting new music. I am opening the Forge this month for an EP that has really burrowed into my auditory nerve, brought to you by a longtime scene veteran, Nestrogen!
According to at least one source, Nestrogen may in fact be some sort of unrepentant face melting cyclops kicker commanding a legion of golden panthers. Being relatively new to the scene (and sympathetic to the plight of my monocular brothers and sisters), I followed up with the artist directly to learn more about who he really is, and to ask a few questions about the album.
I suppose that my music has changed greatly (Nestrogen) since 2009. This is my eighth release to date. When I first started sequencing/tracking I really wanted to take more of a modern, gritty, and bombast(sic) approach to VGM type tunes without making them sound like cheesy dance music. After my 3rd or 4th release is REALLY when I “hit my stride”, musically– so to speak. I got heavy into Famitracker and LSDJ…which meant less sampling and more emphasis on instrument creation and seeing if I could put together the sound design that I heard in my head. Today, I am consciously remaining a bit more quiet in the “CHIP(LOL) SCENE.” I work a lot and have been pursuing the formation of a band.
Hey everyone! Frank Angotti aka UnderCover DisOrder here, making my debut on the blog! I’m joining the crew to try and highlight the “darker” chiptune releases that come out every now and then. Some people label them as chipthrash, but the genre label that has always come to my mind is “Darkchip“. It’s an extremely grimy, grainy, hard hitting, “in-your-face” form of chiptune; it just makes you wanna move. And I love it.
Thus this article is about both a similarly styled musician and his latest album that’ve really caught my ear. ‘NEVERMIND’ by DESUMATE was released by Datathrash Recordings, and it fits the bill quite well.
This fall album stuck out a lot to me, so much so that I’ve personally played it about once a day since it released. ‘NEVERMIND’ is one of those chipthrash/darkchip albums that’s extremely grimy & dark in every good sense; it covers all the fields that I enjoy so very much. My favorite characteristics of this album have to be the hard-hitting/grimy darkness; they really morph into their own unique blend of darkchip on this release. The album’s flow is great as well. Simply because you think it’s one big mix, and then suddenly, you hit the intermission and unexpectedly realize you’re only about halfway through it!
One of the songs that sticks outthe most would have to be ‘WAKE UP’. It follows the slow and gloomy ‘RAIN (INTERMISSION)’, and suddenly launches into a hard-hitting chipthrash track around the 1 minute mark. Needless to say, it’s only one among many good tracks on this album. For instance, ‘GATSU’ has those grimy wubs we all know and love. And then there wasthe “sneak peak track” that was featured on Kitten Paw Recordings newest compo ‘KP Compo Issue#1’ called ‘BAGHEERA’.
I liked this song from the first time I heard it. It starts off mellow and gloomy and then just gets darker from there. The low subs kick in at :45, and it keeps building up from there to some pretty sweet, dark-ass, grimy chip that I personally love so much.
The dark overtones of this album are pure genius and they really set it apart in my mind from the other fall releases. It surely suits the cold climate and the early onset of darkness this time of year. If you want to get “the feel” more, try this: go for a walk while listening to the album with your headphones on. The mood matches the cold muggy weather that we tend to have in the Midwest this time of year perfectly. ‘NEVERMIND’ is a must for all darkchip enthusiasts and I think any chip fan could dig this. It’s certainly one of my favorite releases by DESUMATE thus far, hands down.
To help peer even more directly into a fellow darkchip mind, I interviewed DESUMATE & was able to ask him questions about ‘NEVERMIND’ and what’s in store for the future!
Frank Angotti – So how long have you been playing chiptune, and what where your major inspirations that got your started in a sense?
DESUMATE – Ive been interested in it since about 2008. I got a cart in 2011, but I didn’t start making music until last year. The reason I got into it was because I started listening to KOOL SKULL and I knew instantly what I wanted to make.
Frank – What’s your musical background, & did you play any instruments before discovering chiptune?
DESUMATE – The recorder in elementary school.
Frank – How do you feel about the chiptune community in general? Has it played any significant roles in meeting people or finding new artists that you never heard that now inspire you?
DESUMATE – I love it! Totally, I have met quite a few people because of it, online and in real life. One of my good mates i met through cm, and he definitely inspires and teaches me all the time. You know who you are brah.
Frank – So what was your main “drive” for going with darker chiptune? What are your favorite platforms to use to write & play live with?
DESUMATE – I don’t know really, I’m generally a light hearted guy. Something about chipthrash just intrigues me, maybe it’s the high energy and obscurity that drew me in. It’s very different from the “Mario at a rave” that a lot of people do.
I think the GB will always be my main bitch, but I plan to use other consoles in the future.
Frank – Do you have any plans in the future? Any shows or other projects?
DESUMATE – I really want to dabble in Amigacore, but that might not be for a while. They’re kind of hard to get in the US, as you know. One of my buddies wants me to play a show in NY but i have to get the money to make the trip from RI.
Other than that, I might be in some compos coming out in 2014 and a collab with Optimus Chad.
Frank – Thanks for the interview, and I can’t wait to see what you release in the future.