Posts Tagged ‘fusion’

Glenntai Got: ‘Selfie USA’ by RobKTA

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Many people have different inspirations and perspectives on chipmusic, and the emergence of chip elements in modern production was an inevitable expectation in its rise of popularity. We’ve seen and heard many acts expand and continue making music both in and out of the chip community, and today we’re coming across what I’ve always felt was a gem humbly hanging out. Enter RobKTA with ‘Selfie USA’; released with Hyperwave Records. This album is an album that brings you through a wild laser montage as if you’re walking on and around Dotonbori bridge. If you’re not familiar with RobKTA’s delightfully funky aesthetic, get ready for the middle of your week to get that much livelier.

Cover art by Shirobon
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Glenntai Got: ‘MIN – Vignettes of Self Loathing’ by ZBW

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A lot of chip music is very direct with its presentation and direction of how to enjoy it. It also happens to play safe within the boundaries brought to us by keys and scales. Because of this, many people don’t exactly know what to expect when they hear the term “avant-garde”. ZBW’s latest, ‘MIN. – Vignettes on Self Loathing’, would be a good starting point if you search for something avant-garde within chiptune. If you want an adventure of someone else’s emotions, follow me after the jump. Or don’t. We all go to the same place.


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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Chip Songbook Vol. 7’ by Yoann Turpin

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You like jazz? I sure do. Jazz music is the foundation for numerous music genres nowadays, including progressive, funk, swing, world fusion, and… chipjazz. Of course, the one that’s likely the most relevant to our community is chipjazz, and what would the genre be without one of its greatest contributors, Yoann Turpin? An extremely prolific and talented artist, Yoann has been featured several times on the blog, and for good reason; his music is beautifully composed, catchy, and impressive in every sense of the word. Just last month he released ‘Chip Songbook Vol. 7’; the name alone is a great example of just how much music this artist has put out, and this is just as wonderful an album as the many others that he’s put forth. What aural fables lie in wait for us? There’s only one way to find out!

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Cosmic Diaspora’ by Shnabubula

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One of the first albums I listened to during my transition from a hardcore VGM fan to a chiptune madman was Shnabubula’s classic ‘NES JAMS‘. The album combined many of the elements that I love in music – improvisation, soft piano tones, and a certain sense of nostalgia, even for games that I had never played. Shnabubula had already cemented himself in my mind as one of the most innovative artists I’d heard once I finished listening through the album for the first time. Fast forward to May of this year, five years from the release of this iconic album, and Shnabubula has unveiled his most extravagant work yet, ‘Cosmic Diaspora’, a progressive-fusion suite with heavy SNES-esque instrumentation. Let us witness this journey in all of its splendor together.

 

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Chris Considers: ‘Sunday Groove’ by Vince Kaichan

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It’s an exciting time of year in the chiprealm. We’re in the final weeks of open submissions for ChipWIN Vol. 4; there’s an electricity in the air and one can sense the creative juices flowing at full bore. Of course, that hasn’t detracted from the constant stream of incredible music being released. I was especially delighted to see Cheapbeats release Vince Kaichan’s latest album, ‘Sunday Groove’. Vince Kaichan is an absolute treasure to the chiptune community and beyond, and should need no introduction to regular readers of this blog. He’s no stranger to ChipWIN after all, having contributed gorgeous tracks to Vol.’s 2 & 3, as well as ChipWINter.

For over a year, I’ve frequently returned to the serene melodies and masterful song compositions contained within Vince’s previous 2 releases, ‘Yolanda’ and ‘Ilio’.  Over that time, ‘Sailboat’ from ‘Ilio’ has become one of my all-time favorite chiptunes, period. While those 2 albums have a decidedly tropical and latin flare, ‘Sunday Groove’ showcases Vince Kaichan’s versatility in new and exciting ways. Moving beyond the confines of LSDJ, we are treated to an FM-infused album with a soulful jazz aesthetic and tightly focused, funky grooves.

 

Cover art & mastering by Jimmy Clark

Cover art & mastering by Jimmy Clark

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Glenntai Got: ‘Star Bride’ by Zantilla (‘Tentacle Tea Party’, anyone?)

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There is something that can be said about those who incorporate chip elements into making a larger-scale composition.  Many of these people, such as Marshall Art, Danimal Cannon, Professor Shyguy, and Dunderpatrullen (to name a few) have blown audiences away with their own unique visions of how they want to musically express themselves.

One name comes to mind; and it genuinely surprises me that I had not heard of him before early October of 2014 at a wonderful show put together in the outskirts of Orlando, Florida.  That name is Zantilla. And, much like how I felt when I heard him perform on stage for the first time, get ready to be engulfed through a groove-filled, funky soundscape.  One where tentacles have tea parties that (surprisingly, yet refreshingly) won’t give you the feel of a certain alternative Solarbear album cover.

 

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