Jamatar – Journeys

Just over a few months ago I reviewed Jamatar’s first release (via Hyperwave), ‘Space Sounds’, and it was a fantastic, fresh style blending chiptune with ambience & electronica beautifully. Well, Jamatar is back again and now with a new release called, ‘Journeys’.

Journeys first opens up with the its signature song, ‘Interstellar’, a nice mixture of drum and bass whilst rolling out chilled gameboy leads. Even though it’s been a few months since Jamatar released ‘Space Sounds’, I feel he’s already progressed in his skill with chiptune & music, and it definitely shows in ‘Interstellar’. The whole track plays beautifully as one, with different instruments & layers taking centre stage, from the tight drums, to the digitally delayed guitar leads. It also feels as if Shirobon has rubbed off on Jamatar, especially in the drumming department, reminding me of certain progressive songs such as, ‘Out Of Love’.

Although ‘Interstellar’ is the signature track off Journeys (released a month earlier), there’s one track which really stood out for me off the whole album; the 2nd song, ‘Lepus Rising’. I just love the keys throughout this track, twinkling & shining whilst the snares of the drums subtly compliment the melodies, setting the scene as if it was a dream. Just from the beginning of ‘Lepus Rising’, it really sets the mood for the entire song, a rare quality only seen in some songs such as, Jan Hammer’s ‘Crokett’s Theme’.

Jamatar has been doing fantastically this year, already releasing two incredibly amazing albums. I didn’t think he’d be able to produce something better than Space Sounds within a small space of Time…Well, he’s proved me wrong haha! 😀

 ~ Jamatar ~ 

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Tune To Listen To – Yoko Kanno & The Seatbelts – Tank! (Gelidine Edit)

Hi everybody! I’m back with another tune! I got a little burnt out from this, so I’ve decided that I’ll post it whenever I can.

This weeks tune is a remix from Gelidine of Cowboy Bebop’s theme song, ‘Tank’ (originally created by Yoko Kanno & The Seat Belts). I’m a sucker for Bebop’s music, so listening to this edit from Gelidine was a breath of fresh air, mainly from use of chaotic drums & splendid bongos from the get go. Check out more of Gelidine’s music below!

 ~ Gelidine ~ 
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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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