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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Tune To Listen To: Slient Bomber – Give Me Acid

This weeks pick tune is on Shirobon’s new project, Silent Bomber and his first ever released track, Give Me Acid.

This was brought about when Shirobon started experimenting outside of his style. The end result of ‘Give Me Acid’ is an incredibly dark techno track filled with so much acid, it’s sharp to the point. The new style also gives ‘Give Me Acid’ yet, retaining the progression of a great track. Here’s to Shirobon’s, Silent Bomber project and what it brings next in the future.

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Tune to Listen to: SHADY ☆ MONK x Toasty – Star Mountain

For a while on T2L2 I’ve been reviewing a lot of hyperpop & glofi. Well, I think I’ve found a track that has raised the bar on happy & energetic tunes, and it’s called, Star Mountain by SHADY ☆ MONK & Toasty (the latter whom I’ve reviewed in the past).

Star Mountain begins with a lovely upbeat, jazzy introduction on the piano, slowly progression through the keys, until it hits the drums. This entire tracks goes all over the place, both slowing down & speeding up, whilst keeping the unique charm to the whole track. I immediately linked the track to certain music from Super Mario & Kirby, which in my opinion have fully inspired this track. Love the artwork as well!

 SHADY ☆ MONK 
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Zantilla – Stank Face Vol.1

I’ve decided to move my reviews to Monday instead of Sunday. I just seem to have more time to focus when its Monday, so hopefully you guys like that as well! This weeks review is the incredibly short EP, ‘Stank Face Vol.1’, from the Synth artist known as, ‘Zantilla’ (Real Name: Adrian Shegstad). Prior to this, he’s racked up a few album, releasing a few of them on the net label, Ubiktune.

‘Stank Face’ is Zantilla’s response to the love & support from fans, after feeling disconnected from the chiptune community. It happens; sometimes we all feel unwanted, but if you have someone in the community who really supports what you do, it helps tremendously (I know, as I’ve been feeling this for the past year).

Getting into the review, the first track is an incredibly funky tune called, ‘The Jizzleknob Shuffle’, which includes fantastic melodies using funk fusion & punchy bass to kick things off. Straight from the get go, you can feel the sweetness of what is chiptune, as well through rawness of FM-synth. ‘Jizzleknob Shuffle’ is a short track, coming in at 2.05, but it makes up for the shortness by packing all of it’s well crafted solos & beautiful hook within the time. It also helps that the song grabs you from the very beginning.

The next song, ‘Gooey Groovy Baby Gravy’, is a more bouncy track, relying on it’s punchy bass line & snare, that thumps along with the jangley keys. The track really seems up to the groove way past 100%, coming out with leads that give ‘Tobokegao’s jazzy leads‘ a run for it’s money. This is especially  more true after half way in the song at ‘1.37’, when ‘Zantilla’ crunches out an epic solo, using all kinds of piano techniques, from staccato to vibrato. Even the bass get’s it’s own solo towards the end!

Zantillas’s music is utterly fantastic, it reminds me of PROTODOME’s music style, yet it seems to have more flash, due to the funkiness, fusion & passion put into the music (even if Zantilla’s passion for chiptune is wearing a little thin). This is the first time I’ve come across Zantilla, and I’ll no doubt be listening to his other music later on!

 ~ Zantilla ~ 
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