Sup, ChipWINners, and welcome back to Quick Shots! This month, I have two very cheerful, funky albums from two very different parts of the globe to help kick off your summer right. One is from an artist who’s ready to go out with a bang, the other is from someone whose career is like a juggernaut: it just can’t be stopped! With that in mind, I cordially invite you to sit back, relax, and join me as I review music by veterans Super Robotic Encounters and Svetlana.
Hey there, all you ChipWINners! Rather than do a typical album review this time around, I thought I’d try something new and showcase some of the freshest talent in the scene. Very recently, an individual known only as OISHII (Oishii Chan on Facebook) was added to the ChipWIN group, and posted a few of their pieces, which were met with an extremely positive reaction from the community. While there are only four tracks on their SoundCloud at the moment, each one is polished, sweet, and energetic in its own way. Let’s hop right to it, and check out these delightfully delectable songs!
Hey, ChipWINners! Welcome back to Quick Shots, the album review column in which I break down some of the latest albums the scene has to offer then give a numerical tl;dr to help you determine if they’re worth your time. For this month’s edition, I have two highly intriguing records that are more subdued than anything I’ve reviewed this year. One is a short debut EP from an artist best known for his illustrations on tumblr and Youtube. The other is from a musician that combines traditional instrumentation and stirring vocals to craft somber, heartfelt folk music. Both offer work that’s rather converse for the time of year, as introspection is not often an emotion associated with the summer. This divergence from the norm, however, is what made me check them out, and I think you’ll find yourself wanting to, as well, as I was quite surprised with what I found. Let’s not waste any more time. Sit back, relax, and join me as I take the time to review music from newcomers Rod-Scorpion and Three-Year Day Job.
Of the many unique bullet hell shooters available to players of this niche, arcade-style genre, none are more iconic than ZUN’s completely self-published, long-running Touhou series. Lovable characters, simple controls, and phenomenal boss fights are just a few things that make these games so popular among their thousands of players. However, almost more iconic than the characters themselves is the music. Over time, many tracks have made their rounds through the ears of countless listeners and have become beloved by many. Chiptuners such as Kommisar and HertzDevil have covered a large amount of Touhou music on LSDj and FamiTracker to great success. However, +tek takes these covers to a new realm by porting the music over to an FM synthesis chip and putting their own twist on it. So let’s see what all the fuss is about this phenomenal new release!
Let it be noted that these tracks all loop once; at about the halfway point of each song, you’ll notice that the song restarts smoothly. I suggest that the tracks be listened to in their entirety. During boss fights in the Touhou series, the music would continue looping until the very end of the stage. Keep that feeling and hold it close!
Reimu poses for ‘Highly Responsive to FM’s’ album art…how sweet!
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
Hey there, ChipWINners! In case you don’t recall their Chiptunes = #SRSBSNS track ‘Forever Alone‘, Here Between You Me is a hype-fueled chiptune/rock/pop group whose releases are generally few and far between. Over the years, they’ve released tracks to the public through their Bandcamp in the form of singles, or on Soundcloud in the cases of covers, rough cuts and demos. Now, with the release of their first EP, ‘Phantom Beach’, the polish that these Los Angeles based champs have put into their music really shows, and this has quickly become one of Brandon’s and my favorite releases of this year thus far. So what’s all the fuss about, anyway? Let’s dive into this sonic ocean of a release and find out!