Pixeltune – For A While

This week I’m looking at Pixeltune’s latest album, ‘For a While’. Pixeltune is an incredibly sophisticated chiptune artist who focuses in using extensive LSDJ layering, as well as including other elegant sounds & styles.

The first track to really entice your ears is the 2nd song, ‘Gemini’. It starts off as a very chilled out tune, through its use of sawtooth bass, keys & elegant lead, that go together like cheese & ham. It’s a beautiful introduction to a truely powerful song with still more to show off. Once the drop hits at ‘01.33’ ‘Gemini’s’ real hook hits you, taking elements of EDM & Dubstep, to make a heart pounding sound, whilst shimmering through the noise of LSDJ. It also features some cool little licks & fills under the use of the drums & wobbles of dubstep. ‘Gemini’ truly shows how technical you can be with LSDJ.

Whilst there are a lot of tunes that have been created to perfection, the best track off the album however has to be, ‘Half Awake’. It’s a seriously cool tune, which both has incredibly chilled out styles as well as being balanced with some carefully crafted EDM. The one thing that obviously stands out is ‘Half Awake’s wonderful piano pieces which fantastically fit alongside with harsh 8bit dubstep dance & edm. ‘Half Awake’ also contains strong progression throughout, from beginning vastly atmospheric, to sharp & quick. One beautiful tune that goes through so many motions.

‘For a while’ is a great album is huge amount of brilliant songs to get into & dance. It almost makes me feel bad that I didn’t get into his Cheapbeats release, ‘A Coherent Fix’. I think I’ll re-listen to it and do a review in future. At any rate, this is one great chiptune album for 2016.

 ~ Pixeltune ~ 

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Galaxy Wolf – Detonating Star System

I’ve been having some weird scheduling trying to get into Mondays, but now hopefully it’ll be fine. This week I’ve been going back into my catalogue of old music and have been listening to Galaxy Wolf’s album, ‘Detonating Star System’, released via Cheap Beats Music. I bought it a while back and though I didn’t have the time to listen to it before, I thought I’d give it a try now.

To start off Galaxy Wolf’s style is incredibly unique in terms of chiptune. He opts for tracks with slow & lingering beats, allowing for the rhythm to take control of the music. 
‘Detonating Star System’ opens up with the song, ‘Tenfold’, a track which starts off with such a mesmerising arpeggio, the sound flickering up and down like a twinkling star. From there the slow drums & bass accompany the main riff, their sounds seeming so ripe & bright. Big changes happen at ’01:43′, when a break down begins, allowing the drums & and sawtooth bass to be heard clearer, until the bass takes over as lead. Although ‘Tenfold’ doesn’t deliver an impact as big as some of tracks on the album, it’s serves as a great introduction to GW’s music & style.

This is made up for by the raw & powerful track ‘Epsom’, through the use of its hallowing bass and use simple yet effective leads. It’s main riff is both beautiful & incredible, delivering a powerful sound through the excellent pacing of ‘Epsom’. It’s bridge also packs a punch, the wobbles & shakes serving up as a great accompaniment to some killer dance moves. It would safe to say that ‘Epsom’ would act perfectly as a window wobbler. 

In fact I would probably say that almost the whole album is a window wobble on its own, particularly through GW’s rhythmic use of squarewave leads, as they seem to roll through arpeggios almost perfectly.

I thought I’d add one last track, because it really caught my fancy (and I thought I was done with the album review haha). ‘The Slickest’ seems to be one track which both the leads & rhythm work impeccably, with it’s structure following as one amazing track, from start to finish. I especially loved its main riff where the twinkling leads weave within the traplike drums, samples peppered all around. This then leads a fantastic build up of a sweet & crazy lead at ’01:50′, swaying & noodling and taking over the song.

‘Detonating Star System’ is a heart pounding with plenty of sweet tracks.

 ~ Galaxy Wolf ~ 

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Tune To Listen To: Slient Bomber – Give Me Acid

This weeks pick tune is on Shirobon’s new project, Silent Bomber and his first ever released track, Give Me Acid.

This was brought about when Shirobon started experimenting outside of his style. The end result of ‘Give Me Acid’ is an incredibly dark techno track filled with so much acid, it’s sharp to the point. The new style also gives ‘Give Me Acid’ yet, retaining the progression of a great track. Here’s to Shirobon’s, Silent Bomber project and what it brings next in the future.

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Tune to Listen to: SHADY ☆ MONK x Toasty – Star Mountain

For a while on T2L2 I’ve been reviewing a lot of hyperpop & glofi. Well, I think I’ve found a track that has raised the bar on happy & energetic tunes, and it’s called, Star Mountain by SHADY ☆ MONK & Toasty (the latter whom I’ve reviewed in the past).

Star Mountain begins with a lovely upbeat, jazzy introduction on the piano, slowly progression through the keys, until it hits the drums. This entire tracks goes all over the place, both slowing down & speeding up, whilst keeping the unique charm to the whole track. I immediately linked the track to certain music from Super Mario & Kirby, which in my opinion have fully inspired this track. Love the artwork as well!

 SHADY ☆ MONK 
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