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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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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