Posts Tagged ‘Pop’

Chip Bit Sid’s Chiptune Sans Special: Utsuro Spark – Static Electricity

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It’s last review of the year for me and I thought I’d continue the trend by reviewing absolutely no chiptune. Last year was no contest for me and I reviewed one of my favourite ‘Futurefunk’ albums of the year, ‘Watashi No Yume Diary’ by ‘Bigwave Mikazuki’. It was a wonderful release that I continue to listen to this day. This year however has been harder to choose. Originally I was going to review ‘Moe Moe’ by ‘Moeshop’, an awesome release with a variety of singers. Featuring a worldwide collection of artists from Manchester’s own ‘MYLK’ to Kyoto’s ‘Toriena’, ‘Moe Moe’ was full to brim with character.

However, as the year started to draw to a close, I came across another album; ‘Static Electricity’ by ‘Utsuro Spark’ (released by New Japanese Net Label, ‘Local Visions’). Whilst ‘Moe Moe’ was bubbly and colourful, ‘Static Electricity’ managed to instantly hook me, both through its mystical music and passionate vocals. Ultimately it was the heart of ‘Static Electricity’ that won me over, even when I compared both albums vigorously against one another.

Album artwork by Futureflavor.

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6 [Tracks 1-10]

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We’ve hit that magical time of the year where we release 51 tracks of some of the best chipmusic out there today. For the sixth year in a row, the international chiptune community has come forth to present a collection of some of their best efforts. Without a doubt, with any growing international community of badass composers and sound designers, time and dedication have proven to further develop people’s talents. It comes as no surprise to say that this year’s release is even stronger than the last! Without further ado, let’s dive in to the first ten songs of the track list!

Bonus ‘Volume 6’ album artwork by Chronowolf, chronowolfmusic.com

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Paul’s Pantry: ‘Kiss/Corrupt/Kill’ EP by Mizkai

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Hello beautiful people and thank you for reading The ChipWIN Blog! Today let’s steer clear from technobabble, we’re here to burst Techno Bubbles together with the Marvellous Mizkai! Hailing from her northern homeland in Wales, Mizkai has been sort of a missing link between Japan and the Isles for a few years now, channelling Japanese and Internet hardcore-sugar-pop culture into her stage alter-ego, and distilling it into the strongest, sweetest cuppa teas ever brewed on this side of the globe.

Even though Mizkai has been around in the scene for quite some time already, dishing out some truly tasty jams on her SoundCloud, she never was much of a fan of “big” or “official” releases, nor did she seem to need it to ascertain her musical and visual identity as an artist. ‘Kiss/Corrupt/Kill’ is an updated, enhanced and somewhat more mature version of her EP ‘Nintendork’, previously published on Bandcamp and sadly, no longer available.

But long before these releases already, Mizkai had been a driving force in the UK Chiptune scene, and where she shone the brightest was live. Quite literally so, might I add. Having had the pleasure of sharing a stage with her and witnessing her awe-inspiring, relentless performance, I was very excited when I heard about this EP. As you know, good jams go well with toast, so I had to be the one to review it. Here’s a selection of my personal favourite tracks.

Actual real-life portrait of Mizkai, by Mizkai.

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Bit by Bit: Balancing Musical Intuition with Education

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Hello, friends!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I wanted to start of by thanking all of you that have specifically brought your interest and appreciation of this article series to my attention.  It certainly helps motivate me to continue making these, and coincidentally I have the outlines on an article based off of motivation and goals, but that’s for another time.  This article is based on the necessity to balance your musical intuition with education.  Both, from my perspective, are crucial.  Your application of both of them, of course, is all up to you.

When you're paying the Hoodie image tax, but remembered you have to keep it relevant

When you’re paying the Hoodie image tax, but remembered you have to keep it relevant

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Chris Considers: ‘Lumine’ by bansheebeat

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I just can’t quit you, 2015. You’ve lavished us with so much incredible music that even with our thrice-a-week coverage, true gems will inevitably fall through the cracks. I’d like to fix one such oversight by highlighting one of my favorite albums of last year, ‘Lumine’ by bansheebeat (Dylan Browne). This Tucson, AZ based musician has poured his heart and soul into writing, producing and mixing every aspect of ‘Lumine’ for over a 2 year period, and it clearly shows within the finished product. During my dayjob as a mail carrier, repeatedly listening to ‘Lumine’ played an integral role in carrying me through the long, busy holiday season. Read on to see why I will never tire of this phenomenal album.

Cover art by Grant Newbold

Cover art by Grant Newbold

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