(T-T)b – Slimy Quagmire

Having released their full length album, ‘Good Talk’ earlier this year, (T-T)b are back with another EP. If you haven’t heard (T-T)b, then check out my other review of ‘Good Talk’. (T-T)b’s newest album, ‘Slimy Quagmire’ is a lot more different than ‘Good Talk’, sounding more like music from the band, ‘Pavement’, with the welcome addition of funny vocals.

You can really hear this in the 2nd Song, ‘Knuckle Head’, a great sweet track. It features some real pulsing bass & guitar, further back up by the bass of their old NES, whilst also supplying bendy leads. The lyrics go on about describing the dad of the singer, Joey, on how he was nick named, ‘Knuckle Head’ and the adventures both of them got up to. ‘Knuckle Head’ is also a track which doesn’t entirely focus on the chiptune & gameboy too much, allowing the guitar more room to for a cool solo.

All these tracks are extremely short but deliver a clear & cool message, whilst acting goofy and funny at the same time. ‘Drained’ is a good example of this.

One other good track which sets itself from the rest is, ‘Better’ and features guest vocalist, ‘Shannon Keelan’ who takes the lead. It’s a nice change of pace and allows the track to be unique with a female singer. The guitar & bass are also more reserved and relaxing, allowing Shannon to be heard more clearly. The lyrics are simple, basically speaking about how the singer is better than you, and even though their ‘cliche’, they’re ‘okay’.

‘Slimy Quagmire’ is a fantastic progression in (T-T)b’s next step if music, with the voclas & lyrics being a big welcome to the style. Even though ‘Good Talk’ allowed (T-T)b to work on their music style of ‘college rock’ & ‘chiptune’, ‘Slimy Quagmire’ allows more of the masses to connect with the band, more so with the incredibly relatable & goofy vocals.

All proceeds of ‘Slimy Quagmire’ go to American Civil Liberties Union for the month of December, so be a good person and buy the album! 

 ~ (T-T)b ~ 

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Tune To Listen To: Tenkitsune – Windmill Island (Side B mix)

Not a soundcloud song this time, but something bandcamp, I found this awesome track whilst digging through finding new chipmusic. Tenkitsune is an artist associated with both chiptune & hyperpop, showing huge promise in style & energy.

This can be especially seen in this week’s T2L2, ‘Windmill Island’ (Side B mix), which brings together a wide variety of different styles, from chiptune to dubstep, hyperpop & EDM. I love the mash up of this mix, especially with it being a side B version. Tenkitsune seems to really manage getting the pop in the squarewaves of chip, whilst the dubstep is handled expertly and not being overly assertive, unlike most dubstep.

 ~ Tenkitsune ~ 

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Tune To Listen To: Mega Ran x Doug Funnie x Mr Miranda – Tokyo Hands


Instead of doing a full review, I was given the privilege to review Mega Ran & friends latest tune to his EP, ‘To Japan With Love’, released via We Are The Future! Records 

The whole EP was written about Mega Ran, Doug Funnie & Mr Miranda journey as they tour across the whole of Japan. Tokyo Hands focuses primarily on their escapades, with Doug & Mr Miranda Rapping about how it’s their first time in the far eastern country, compared to Ran’s third time. Tokyo Hands also justifies just how splendid Japan really, pointing some of the cites in places such as, Shibuya & Tokyo and fantastic locations like Studio Ghibli, whilst indirectly comparing the memories to back home in USA.

Tokyo Hands ultimately serves as a great postcard track, declaring how great Japan is, and why I should be going right now! Tokyo Hands is free to download & listen to from Soundcloud.

Preorders To Japan With Love have already started on itunes & its release date is 16th December:
Check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/aiwo-rumete-ri-benhe-ep/id1174274913

 ~ Mega Ran ~ 

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 ~ Doug Funnie ~ 

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 ~ Mr Miranda ~ 

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Disclaimer: I help out We Are The Future Records & was asked to do a remix for this EP. This entire review however was based on my own opinion.

Tune to Listen to: Game Genie Sokolov – Down Under Zone

I get a lot of people sending me chipmusic, so here’s the best of the most recent. Game Genie Sokolov is a FM-synth based artist who uses the style of the Sega Genesis for his music.

GGS has only just come onto the chip scene, but with his latest song, ‘Down Under Zone’ he shows some promising energy, through his use of wobbly kick, snare work & finally use of shiny leads. I especially like his focus on variation, using the fills as breaks into each bit of the track. In the future however, I’d like to see more focus on the bass with some cool dance titles from GSS. Here’s hoping!

  ~ Gelidine ~ 
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