Chronowolf – Meet At The Gazebo

Hello all, it’s good to be back after a long hiatus. The reason for this was that I had to divide my time up between Chip Bit Day, work & video games (haha) and I couldn’t give any time to the blog. So I took a break. But I’m back and have a whole load of reviews to get through. Let’s start with one that’s been on my list for a while.

I reviewed Chronowolf’s previous album, ‘Genesis’, last year and while it was a well produced, I felt it focussed too much on the orchestral aspect. However his latest release, ‘Meet At The Gazebo’ feels more rooted down to his chiptune style. This 7 track album was both written and performed during Magfest, with the title taking inspiration from the iconic gazebo, situated at ‘Gaylord National Resort’ in ‘National Harbour, MD’.

‘Meet At The Gazebo’ is a great album, however whilst each track packs a punch, I can only pick two, so here they are!

Starting with my first pick, ‘Meet At The Gazebo’s’ self titled track is by far one of the songs that strikes a chord with me. It feels like a the perfect balance of Chronowolf’s chiptune style and his orchestral style. Whilst the majority of the tracks feature a blend of tight & fast solos, as well as heap load of arpeggios, I feel with the track ‘Meet At The Gazebo’ proves that less is definitely more, certainly in this case. The longer sustain on each note allows other elements to speak more, with a good example being the break fill made through the sound chip. The epitome for me however, has to be it’s heart pounding hook, which first begins after the ‘1.00’ mark. It seriously brings ‘Meet At The Gazebo’ into a song of it’s own, upping the ante and standing apart from the rest of the songs in this album.

Next up is a track, which a few people heard before, ‘Singularity’. I talked about this track previously in my ‘Chiptunes=win compilation review’ a long while back (just under 2 years if I’m not mistaken)! Immediately from the start of this wonderful track, you’re greeted with a heart pounding hook which quickly serves as the crux of the whole track, being used quite often to link parts from one to another. However it’s not just the hook that’s enticing, it’s also the amount of face melting arpeggios & racing snares which keep pushing this track to the unique delight that it is.

‘Meet At The Gazebo’ by Chronowolf is wonderful surprise that made my long hour car journey from Manchester to London and see Hyperwave that much more enjoyable. His style is both bright and refreshingly unique, whilst making each part of the album extremely enticing to listen to.

 ~ Chronowolf~ 
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Pulsing – Skyrunner

This week I was given Pulsing’s latest EP ‘Skyrunner’ to review via uk based net label, ‘Pterodactyl Squad’. Pulsing is an artist who is based in Cedar Falls, Iowa and has been new to the chiptune music since September 2016, with his first single ‘Beach House.’ His music style tends to be centred around, punk rock & EDM, featuring tight melodies & heavy bass grooves. Ultimately however Pulsing’s music is really about having fun, much like Mizkai’s & x Crtitical Strike x’s style.

Getting to the mix of things, The opening track, ‘Moonside’ sets the happy tone for the EP. It immediately kicks things off, featuring a whole array of crazy, noodling melodies upon each other. It’s gives it a great touch of personality and suitable to Pulsing’s overall style. The groove at the start however, feels a tad too early for me, and I can’t hear the kick’s come through due to the focus on melodies. This all changes however at ‘0.45’ when an fantastic lead comes in, kicking ‘Moonside’ further into the stratosphere. The track also really reminds me a lot of ‘Skybox’s music’, due to the use bright arpeggio’s, as well as it’s creative use of the pulse channel. ‘Moonside’ is a very energetic & crazy track, but I feel it’s slightly let down by the intro. I think it could use a bigger drop, but that’s just me.

The track that really picked my ears up however was ‘Attack Slug’. It really peaked interests thanks to it’s extremely intuitive use of LSDJ’s pulse, WAV & noise channels. The intro alone is proof of this; it feels like a mixture of easycore & dubstep, and the pulse channel serves as it’s strength in fills & texture. The breakdown however at ‘01.35’ is even more incredible, down to the heavy focus on the WAV channel, whilst the pulse & noise channels plays 2nd fiddle, providing fills & further sporadic mania, to what is already an stand out track.

Although Pulsing’s ‘Skyrunner’ is very creative in its use of melodies & the pulse channel, I feel it can be quite overbearing at times, when I’m trying to enjoy the bass & drums. That said, Skyrunner is Pulsing’s 2nd EP, in under a year so expect his style to be more awesome & refined in the months to come.

 ~ Pulsing~ 
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Tenkitsune – Wonderland Dream EP

After last week, we’re back to doing normal reviews, but this time I’m not doing chiptune! This week I’m looking at Tenkitsune’s latest album, ‘Wonderland Dream EP’, released via ‘Tinywaves’. I’ve talked about Tenkitsune’s music in the past, and his style is a nice collection of all things electro, chiptune, future bass, dubstep & anything that is cute. In fact, the Cute factor can be seen in all of the tracks throughout Wonderland Dream, but really shines the most in, ‘Hiya’.

Your immediately greeted to an abundance of cute & funny samples, from the use of squeezing toys, to cartoon bounces, you’ll quickly gather that this song isn’t sad; so far from it! The use of future bassy keys along with harmonised & vocalised sounds provide character to the track, as well as adding much of its cheeky colour. The hard swing set by the drums also help give ‘Hiya’ some nice pacing, something which is incredibly hard to do if it isn’t layered right with the drums.

Although ‘Hiya’ is the track with the most cuteness, the final track of the EP is almost on par with it, ‘Little Fox Adventure Featuring, “Jenny“‘. On the vocals side, ‘Litle Fox Adventure’ is fantastic, in which the vocals feel like they’ve been taken directly out of a Disney or Studio Ghibli film. Jenny’s vocals really lend their self to the track, her voice almost sounding like the voice ‘Little Mermaids Ariel’. On the flip side, Tenkitsune’s use of samples, of whistles & shouts further bolster the track to its kid like stature, adding a little bit of pop & funk into the underlying styles of the song. Tenkitsune even reverse’s Jenny’s voice in the breakdown bits where the lead takes charge; I wouldn’t think reversing vocals work but adding the right amount of mixing & layering does the job perfectly!

Wonderland Dream is a great example of Tenkitsune’s style, as well as confidence is creating something both unique & happy. It was one album I particularly enjoyed listening and the perfect remedy to helping get over the winter times, however short it might be!

 ~ Tenkitsune ~ 

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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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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!

Get your tickets from the Indiegogo page now, with exclusive extra perks including GB Lanyard 2.0 & two custom gameboys! Prices below:
• Early Bird Ticket: £5
• Regular Ticket: £8
• Early Bird & GB Lanyard Cart: £12
• Regular & GB Lanyard Cart: £15

Plus Much more!

Check out our indiegogo crowdfunder below!


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