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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Solstice’ by Marissa Hapeman

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Last March I wrote that “…we should be so lucky to get a follow-up album in the future” from Marissa Hapeman after reviewing her chiptune debut ‘Pretty in Pixels’. Forget luck. Marissa Hapeman returns with explosive fervour with her second major chip-release ‘Solstice’.

 

Tease your musical palette with ‘Waiting For Good News’–

–then dive into the full ‘Solstice’ review continued below!

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘FAMILY SWING’ by YMCK

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Welcome to 2017, ChipWINNERS! What better way to break into the new year than with some quirky chip-swing tunes delivered from their hearts to your ears by none other than the legendary YMCK!

‘FAMILY SWING’ by YMCK is a deliciously unique chip-swing album packed with heart, quirk, and unabashed adorableness. This bright album takes swing and runs with it, folding the classic genre into the chip-sphere with a level of polish that will make you wonder how you’ve never heard music quite like this before.

Check out ‘Glory in my hands…’ and fall in love with a little chip-swing with YMCK!

The full ‘Family Swing’ review continues below!

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Spacesounds’ by JAMATAR

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Great chiptune music is evocative. Incredible chiptune music is cathartic. ‘Spacesounds’ by JAMATAR will draw you into a world of raw, uninhibited emotion and enrapture you from start to finish.

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Hit play on ‘Gravity’ and once JAMATAR hooks you, delve into the full album review below…

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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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