Tune To Listen To: Aivi & Surasshu – Steven Universe: Stronger than you feat. Estelle

I must admit I can’t really get into Steven Universe; The cutesy vibes just aren’t really my cup of tea. But what they bring in parts of the community, particularly music is, well, enlightening.

Aivi & Surasshu’s take on the ‘Stronger than you’ song from a certain episode of SU is a great example of this. Taking what is already a catchy song and pushing it further with the power of synthpop & chiptune, is utterly dazzling, especially with Estelle (the voice of Garnet, the SU character who originally sings it). It’s also great to see composers like Aivi & Surasshu, who are normally associated with the chip scene, seeing over the whole soundtrack of Steven Universe…

…maybe I should ACTUALLY be watching this.

Check the rest of their steven universe music here!

 ~ Aivi & Surasshu ~ 

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Tune to Listen to: Gupi – Make Me

Literally came across this track, as soon as I opened soundcloud. Thanks to Smoothy Tunes for reposting it, because I haven’t heard anything like it.

‘Make me’ starts off with an incredibly bitcrushed & melodic trumpet, until it’s quickly lifted by the use of punchy bass & tip tapping percussion. Gupi takes hyperpop & edm, and brings it back a step, minimalising it whilst keeping it’s cheeky charm. It’s a shame this didn’t come out in the summer; it would definitely suited my jam. You can buy ‘Make Me’ via itunes. Finally Check out RORA team; they’re releasing some fantastics jams atm.

 ~ Gupi ~ 

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Electric Children – Reset

Electric Children is one of those chip musicians who’s been hiding away from my radar for a while. Thankfully I managed to catch their music with the latest release, ‘Reset’.

Electric Children is based in Seattle, Washington and has been creating chipmusic since 2010, holding a big collection of 7 releases. His style mainly comprises with a mixture of EDM, Dance, electro & disco, but also delves into other genres such as, House.

His latest release, Reset dabbles between the genres of Dance, Electro-House & Techno, bringing with it a raw & dirty sound to dance genre. A good testament to Reset’s sound, can be found on the 2nd track, ‘Training Stage’. The song starts off with a fantastic dirty & rhythmic introduction via the wav channel, before diverging in a drop and entering a fantastic hook. Here, we can hear some great usage of it’s leads; chiming through the use of left & right speakers. As well as that, the bass is also brilliant, working behind the scenes and adding an edgy sharpness to the mix. These elements continue to work throughout the track, especially with the bass in wav channel, metamorphosing into rhythmic glitches. ‘Training Stage’, is an amazing track, a song which pounds the sound.

The majority of ‘Reset’s’ track keep the energy of Techno going. The track ‘Max Revive (Feat. Fighter X)’ is another good example, primarily down to it’s catchy leads, which are both melodic and incredibly well designed. This corresponds in both the pulse & wav channels, switching around constantly, whilst upping the level of progression & creativity throughout. The bass should not be forgotten either, especially during the beginning, as it’s one of the vital instruments that kicks off the track.

Electric Children’s Reset is a fine collection of great dancey techno tracks, that can even rival one of the masters of chiptune himself, Trey Frey. Check out the rest of the tracks below.

 ~ Electric Children ~ 

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Tune to listen to: Tekmann – The Hunt

I took a hiatus last week, but I’m back with another track, this time from unknown virtuoso, Tekmann and his song, ‘The Hunt’.

In terms of chiptune music, Tekmann’s style is rather quite unique, especially when compared to other chipmusic. It conveys the best we known in the genre, but at the same time it lends itself to Dance, Edm & House. All of this can be seen perfectly in ‘The Hunt’, a track which is layered in sinister, choppy, punchy bass & progressive house. If you dug Tekmann’s track, check out the rest of his music on soundcloud & his bandcamp.

 ~ Tekmann ~ 

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