A look into Chip Bit Day 2017

Yes folks, it’s that time again. I’ve decided to kick off yet another Chip Bit Day, bringing with it some of the best chiptune artists Europe has to offer! To show some of the people playing this year, I thought I’d write an article focussing on each one, whilst featuring a pick song that I think you’ll all like!

Let’s Begin!

Pain Perdu have only just come onto the Chipscene recently, but they’re already well on their way to becoming huge artists in the chiptune community. The duo consists of Maxime & Paul who hail from France. They mainly focus on doing hardcore dance music through Gameboy Advance SP’s, as the console allows them power to both harness & distort samples into their own means. This can be heard in the pick track from Pain Perdu, ‘Artefact’ which begins with a rather beautiful introduction, coveted some fantastic sounds & melodies. On the flipside however, Artefact changes drastically, providing a more hardcore rhythm, through both it’s bass & drums. Pain Perdu is one of the artists I’m really looking forward as I’ve only heard one of them (Paul) play.

2xAA played last year at Chip Bit Day and brought with him a fantastic house set using a gameboy advance & Teenage Instruments PO. 2017 saw the release of 2xAA’s latest album, ‘Flow’ via DATA AIRLINES, a fantastic collection of tracks, several of which worthy of Top chiptune tracks of the year! So it was obviously a no brainer that I had to bring 2xAA back to Manchester to give us another taste of Nanoloop goodness. Check out the Pick track above, ‘Pegnitz’. It’s a recent song from 2xAA, and both a sinister & chilled out track which utilises the fm synth in Nanoloop brilliantly.

Mizkai is a long time gameboy artist who resides in Wales. She is fantastic when seen live as Mizkai comes in full Japanese Fashion attire, complete with mega sugariness & energy. her costume & personality matches her music style perfectly, the high octane energy radiating from her melodies & rhythm. Her covers of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu really show her music style wondefully also, especially the pick track above which is one song the majority of Japan lovers will know very well, ‘Pon Pon Pon’.

I’ve been getting into a lot of hyper pop & crazy music, so who better to have at Chip Bit Day than Space Candy. Hailing from ‘London’, Space Candy has already released an album called, ‘Forest’ with net label, ‘Deskpop’ much to good acclaim. His unique style is filled sporadic, unique rhythm & peculiar melodies. It is something that is refreshing to have at Chip Bit Day, rather than just the usual gameboy jazz. Listen to Polythene Crunch & you’ll see why!

Next up is Alex Lane, originally from Australia but now resides in ‘Southsea’, UK. His rather beautiful yet hard nails style to LSDJ is both inventful & thought provoking. Just listening to the pick track above, ‘Caustic’, you can hear why his music is quite mesmerising. Literally coming out of the park with a rather haunting but carefully crafted melody, it really packs quite a punch.

Oh I’m also playing. Fancy that! I also released a lonely album… Forever Alone.

The dubstep kid of GameFaceShow, DunningKruger has already broken into the chipscene, with his mesmerising performance at ChipBattles’ Champion, but his first live set went brilliantly at Bitnoise’s first event in Manchester. Although this pick track is off his soundcloud is quite old, I implore you to check out the video of is full live set on youtube. It’s pretty epic!

This is just a few of the artists we’re going to be hosting live at Chip Bit Day, as I’ve still a couple more to come! If any of them got you interested, why get a ticket off our crowdfunder. Just check out the info below!

Last year on 23rd April the first outing of Chip Bit Day had a superb line up; HarleyLikesMusic, J3WEL, 2xAA, xX Critical Strike Xx, .Mpegasus, GwEm, Kenobit, Auracle, Jellyatrix, Euan Lynn & Joe Bleeps. Needless to say I got some incredible feedback from people, so I decided to host it again.

This year Chip Bit Day 2017 will be at Whiskey Jar Manchester on 6th May and will feature: Pain Perdu, PROTODOME, 2xAA, Mizkai, Space Candy, Nihilarc, Dunning Kruger, Alex Lane & Jellyatrix. Visual specialist, Idiotbox will also be returning!

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Master Boot Record – C​:​\​>CHKDSK /F

I’m back! This week I’ve been listening to ‘Master Boot Record’s’ latest album, ‘C​:​\​>CHKDSK /F’. For those who don’t know who he is, ‘Master Boot Record’ appeared on the scene back in September 2016, releasing ton of albums within a short space of time. Since then, he’s managed to get himself onto ‘DATA AIRLINES’, with his whole discography available as cassettes!

This mainly due to his style being incredibly unique, using an old Intel computer complete with a i486 dx, to produce heavy metal synth sounding music. You wouldn’t expect this to sound so much like metal, but for the love of Odin it is!

The opening track off ‘C​:​\​>CHKDSK /F’, starts with ‘IO.SYS’, and is known as ‘an essential part of MS-DOS.’ As soon as you begin to listen to this song, you immediately get a taste for ‘Master Boot Record’s’ signature sound. It sounds rather crisp & classical whilst being purely raw & raunchy. It almost feels like I’m listening to the heavy metal version of ‘Phantom of The Opera’. Unlike the majority of ‘Master Boot Record’s’ tracks, ‘IO.SYS’ contains more of structure, focusing more reprisals rather just the melody. It works brilliantly, mainly due to every part being slow & echo-like. This allows for everything to ring out and create tons of atmosphere.

Although it first felt a lot of ‘C​:​\​>CHKDSK /F’s’ tracks sounded the same, once I started listening to the rhythm & melody, I realised there was much to ‘Master Boot Record’s’ music.

His music is definitely for the metal lovers, more so in the third track off ‘C​:​\​>CHKDSK /F’, ‘XCOPY.EXE’, known as ‘a command used on PC DOS for copying multiple files & trees’. This song is a lot more melodic, starting with a fantastic, drony solo at beginning until going into bridge of arpeggios, building up and then reaching the head bagging crescendo. I really loved this part after, namely down to it’s rhythmic style of keys and excessive use of the drum kick. Every time I listened to this part of ‘XCOPY.EXE’ it had me banging my head in time constantly. Definitely a kick ass tune!

There are many more tracks I could talk about here, but I’d just be reiterating the points I’ve made (although ‘CONFIG.SYS’ reminded me of a metal version of the ‘Adams Family’), Instead I’ll say listen to whole album and you’ll get a good dosage of synth metal. Just remember your devil horns.
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 ~ Master Boot Record ~ 
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2xAA – Flow

This week I’ve been ill with man flu so my review is out a little later than expected. However I’ve been sitting on a real banger. 2xAA (AKA Sam Gay4TheWray) has been a huge impact on the chiptune community supplying it with interesting music, intuitive coding, amazing VJ software, Micro collective & finally the almighty Chiptune Bot!

That’s a lot of stuff he’s contributed to the community! So you can be certain that when 2xAA released his highly anticipated album, ‘Flow’ on ‘Data Airlines’, it was a big thing. 2xAA made ‘Flow’ using Nanoloop 2.0 on a Gameboy Advance and has been something he’s working on for a while now. Because much of ‘Flow’ has been recorded and is supposed to be a mix, I’ll be featuring three songs together rather than just two.

The album gets off to a great start, beginning with the party pumping track, ‘Work’. It begins with an incredibly downtempo beat, opting for my staccato melodies & rhythm rather filling the whole scope with sounds. Each sound & instrument sounds tight as hell, both providing a sort cool & elegant style, whist also remaining mysterious. ‘Work’ then morphs into the largely different track, ‘Delta’.

Even though both songs use much of the same instruments & styles, ‘Delta’ & ‘Work’ are totally different. You’re immediately introduced to a pounding tonal sound, until breaking into heavy bassy & soulful keys. To me ‘Delta’ moves better than ‘Work’, mainly due to the keys that seem to take it places, from the epic introduction, to the bassy hook, and finally the rather melancholy lead. It is rather majestic & beautiful.

From ‘Delta’ we go onto ‘Memory’ which begins on a much lowly note, it’s energy used up in both ‘work’ & ‘delta’. This is a good thing though, as it allows ‘Memory to be a completely different track on it’s own, and building up to an eclectic & hook in middle at ‘1:39’, which is both a shock & also highly addictive. It does this by using the pulsating bass & frantic drums to captivate you, whilst the minimalistic keys add a more sinister tone. ‘Memory’ is a very interesting change from what at the beginning with ‘Work’ & ‘Delta’

Overall Flow is ultimately a masterpiece in its own right, giving something that outsiders could definitely get into. I constantly found myself going back to this album again and again, listening to it’s entirety. It’s also a huge milestone for the use of the Gameboy Advance & Nanoloop. Before this I had only seen people use Nanoloop through very minimal House, and not much else. However, 2xAA has shown Nanoloop can be pushed further! Let’s see if anybody follow suit!

(I’d like to add: I’m glad I got the cassette edition of ‘Flow’ before it sold out. It is the only way to enjoy it, without any pausing.)

 ~ 2xAA~ 
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Joshquery – Galaxy

This album has been on my mind for a while, so I thought it best to do a review on it. ‘Galaxy’ is the debut album from ‘Joshquery’, an LSDJ chiptune artist hailing all the way from Mexico City. I’ve been following Josh for a while now, ever since I did a compilation review on chipwin and included is stella track, ‘Space Shuttle’. It is also featured on ‘Galaxy’.

This track still holds up as one of his best songs of the album in my honest opinion. The whole song is solid from start to finish, with it’s structure being particularly good, due to it’s repetition. I think the instruments are well created as well, with the bass & tone being brought out rather well through mish mash of music. It’s because of this why the addictive sound of the bass & kicks invade your ears. 
Right from the second of ‘Shuttle’ you can tell Josh’s of choice style just listening to his music. He likes to include heavy selection of on techniques relating to hardcore techno & dubstep. You can hear this throughout a number of his tracks, but what stands out the most is, ‘Prismatic Processing’. It’s a collaborative featuring on of my favourite chiptune artists, Chema64.

Immediately from the start of the track, you can tell Chema is featured on this song; his style is so evident that it couldn’t hit your ears anymore clearer! From listening to the track, it seems that Chema handled the leads and Josh worked on the rhythm, drums and bass. The noodling leads that arpeggios weaving within each other are clear trope off Chema’s style, where as thumping beat, complete with good sounding samples, is Josh’s. That’s actually one of Joshquery’s strengths in his music. He can always find a way to make a good beat, and is something I think he should stick to focusing on.  

The majority of galaxy is a good album, but I think Josh released far too many tracks, and a lot of them I’d heard before on his soundcloud ages ago. In the future I think he should release a few tracks, but keep the ones he’s really proud for an EP. That way he’ll always knock us dead with new stuff!

That said though, there are A LOT good techniques in his music, that he should be proud of. I’m looking forward to the next album, I’m sure it’ll be good!

 ~ Joshquery ~ 

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