Yo, wassup, ChipWINners, and welcome back to Quick Shots: the monthly album review column where I take aim at the latest the scene has to offer and determine if it’s worth jamming out to or if you should just walk on past it. This month, I’ve got music from an exciting Swedish composer who imbues all his music with radiance and positivity, as well as introspective, complex arias from an artist who’s new to the scene. Both producers bring records to the table that are worth dissecting, so let’s not waste any more time. Sit back, relax, and join me as I pick apart new releases from veteran chip artist nanobii and neophyte Taylor Eruysal.
Imagine for just a moment that it’s 1993. Electronic music is still in its early stages, with house, trance, and breakbeat hardcore being some of the EDM movement’s most popular genres. Suddenly, happy hardcore bursts onto the scene; with its characteristic piano usage, spacey synths and stabs, up-tempo and upbeat style, the next phase of this music’s evolution has begun. Now, fast forward to 2017. Numerous happy hardcore labels have shut down and many of the genre’s most popular artists have retired. The scene remains alive through the DDR community, raves, and numerous individuals and collectives in Europe and Asia. One Swedish happy hardcore musician, nanobii, is known for fusing elements of chip into some of his music, and is one of the more active happy hardcore producers to this day. His latest EP, ‘Love Songs’, released on Valentine’s Day, made Bandcamp’s top 40 best-selling albums on release. Let’s dive in and see what this EP has in store for us!
Greetings, ChipWINners! It’s good to be back on the blog with a phenomenal new album to review. While others may ponder what future 2017 has in store, we chiptune fans have a particular proclivity to maintain a strong sense of reverence and respect for the past. There is no other recent release that exemplifies this ideal better than ‘Out Of Memory’ by Zalza.
‘Out Of Memory’ is a tribute to humanity’s achievements through the exponential growth of technology, focusing on the exciting period of time from the late 70’s to the early 90’s when the personal computer rapidly grew from a compelling oddity into an essential, multi-billion dollar industry. Throughout the album, Zalza makes use of vintage computer documentaries reporting on “something referred to as technology”, guided programming tutorials, and giddy new PC owners who “just installed the Internet on their computer”. It’s a thematic construct that is at times humorous, but always intensely inspirational. This theme is all the more authentic coming from an artist who tinkered and toiled his way through those halcyon days himself. Let’s take a closer look at just a few of the excellent tracks from ‘Out Of Memory’.
These past couple of weeks I’ve been listening to GOTO80’s latest album, ‘80864’, released via ‘DATA AIRLINES’. This was the first release from GOTO80 that I have listened to. Honestly, I never really got into his distorted, glitchy style of music, however with ‘80864’, GOTO80 brought the iconic ‘Roland 808 drum machine’ into the mix, so I thought I definitely should pick this up and give it a listen.
Greetings to you all, fans of chiptune! The last few weeks have been an exciting time in the chiprealm, as we’ve seen the triumphant return of some beloved artists within the scene whose next releases have been hotly anticipated: Tri Angles, Electric Children, and Meganeko, just to name a few. I first discovered the supremely talented Swede, Meganeko’s, music through the Chiptune + Charity Bundle #4 back in early 2014. The included album was his debut, ‘Robot Language’, which remains one of my favorite and most impressive debut albums to this day.
Meganeko’s music hooks you with the perfect hybrid blend of hard-hitting drum & bass and beautifully carefree melodies that you didn’t know you needed until the moment they hit your eardrums. I can remember Meganeko posting at the time that bundle was live how thrilled and honored he was to be featured in a bundle alongside artists such as Shirobon, and here we are a few years later and he’s just released ‘Technokinesis’, his most killer EP yet, on Shirobon’s netlabel Hyperwave Records! Continuing in the ChipWIN tradition of always moving onward and upward; seeing and hearing these artists collaborate, grow and inspire one another is what makes me love this music scene so much. Hit the jump for a few examples of why ‘Technokinesis’ is a cyberpunk thrillride that deserves your attention.
Cover art by Ilya Kuvshinov. Click the image above for more of his gorgeous artwork!