HarleyLikesMusic – 1.5

It’s been just over a year since HarleyLikesMusic had released his critically acclaimed album, ‘Game Changer’ on Cheap Beats and now it’s time for his latest release, ‘1.5’. Harley has had an active time this past year, going around the world to play live (even headlining ‘Chip Bit Day’), whilst learning the unfortunate problem of LSDJ crashing. With that going on however, he’s thought up a whole load of new unique ways in sound design.

‘1.5’ is heavily based on all hardcore jungle, techno & dnb, whilst keeping the lofi & 8-bit sound of LSDJ alive & well. This is especially evident in 1.5’s signature track, ‘Super Duper Double Duper’, beginning with it’s title sample, of Cheapshot’s daughter saying, ‘super dooper double dooper’. The track then builds itself up through amen toms before going into an absolute explosive belter of a riff, sending the energy of the song flying. ‘SDDD’ also relies on jungle style of dnb, its main hook, the ‘hoover style synth’ a good example of this. It’s a real killer, proving itself especially well in live shows, getting the crowd into a frenzy.

A lot of these tracks are quite heavy, more so than Harley’s previous album, however the one that truly exceeds all of them, even ‘Anchor to Reality’ is…’When Will We Learn’. It begins with its frenzied, bouncy intro, taking inspiration from the hardcore genres, Breakcore & Thrashcrore. The amount of shrilly, harsh & dirty riffs that go into the track and for LSDJ to do all of this, is simply astounding. ‘When Will We Learn’ redefines the emphasis of one huge banger!

Whilst a couple of tracks aren’t accessible as they once were on ‘Game Changer’, Harley has once again evolved is genre into something incredibly raw & hardcore. If you fancy checking out my review for ‘Game Changer’, [click here]

 ~ HarleyLikesMusic ~ 

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Tune to Listen to: Villainest – Slow Motion Gunfights

Getting back into swing of the singles and it’s yet another banging tune from Villainest called, ‘Slow Motion Gun Fights’.

It’s a track that acts as a love letter to all the films directed by John Woo whilst featuring Chun Yun-fat shooting crap up! It immediately sparks up with a heavy Sega Genesis riff whilst every instrument from band (guitar, vocals, bass, ketar & drums) play alongside it. The grittiness certainly is real with Slow Motion Gun Fights! If you liked this, check out my review of their grand EP, ‘A Good Day To Try Hard!’

 ~ Villainest ~ 

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Psycosis – Mash Bandicoot

Sometimes in chiptune & vgm you some of the craziest music. This time is now. This weeks album was something I found a while back when I was scouring through all types of VGM. ‘Mash Bandicoot’ is the insane experiment by British Artist, ‘Psycosis’, and is exactly what you’d expect. A mash up of all things crash bandicoot whilst combining hip hop & rap. Sounds extremely ludicrous?

You’re right. It is. But for a bandicoot fan like myself, it’s so so good!

The first track to hit your ears is, ‘Overworld Celebrity’ is the first mash up, taking the track, ‘Oh Yeah’ by ‘Yello’, whilst mixing in almost perfectly with ‘N.Sanity Beach’, the first level of Crash’s adventure. It works amazingly well, the bounciness of N.Sanity Beach against, Oh Yeah’s rhythmic lyrics, throwing itself superbly, whilst the tip tapping of the former track’s lead. Overworld Celebrity also works well in keeping the cheekiness, something which can’t be said for a couple of tracks, such as ‘Fuck Tawna’.

Another track which fantastically mashes together well, is ‘Up The Super Bass’, and use’s Nicky Minaj’s track, ‘Super Bass’ against, the 10th level on Crash’s soundtrack, ‘Up The Creek’. Psycosis blends both tracks, complimenting Up the creek by adding a large amount of reverb to Super Bass. It really helps mellow out Minaj’s rough rapping, as well as lending itself to the seapunk genre she’s mostly known for (ruining).

Although these two tracks hit perfectly, there are some that don’t necessarily mix well together. As said before ‘Fuck Tawna’ doesn’t work well, but others such as, ‘Wild I Are’ kinda miss the mark as well. However that’s not to say this isn’t one awesome album, and I hope people are more adjourned to do stuff like this in the future.

If you want to hear more, check out the bonus round someone created, with some more crazy ass mass bandicoot: [Link]

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Tune to listen to: Wavvy Frog – OG

Some of my posts are going to seem sporadic as I have a lot on my mind, with moving, careers & other biz. Luckily this post didn’t get away.

OG by Wavvy Frog is a killer track which features funky hyper pop style whilst gangsta rappers are sampled & glitched over the top. It’s a crazy track where two things from opposite sides (the cute & funny vs the heavy & aggressive). You think it shouldn’t work but it does, mainly down to Wavvy Frog’s amazing use of rhythm through the samples & use effects! Here’s one for dare I say…. the homies?…ᕕ(ᐛ)ᕗ

 ~ Wavvy Frog ~ 

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