Robkta – Treats!

This week we’re looking ‘Robkta’s Treats’, a short & epic ep released & supported by net label, ‘Deskpop’. Robkta is a 27 year old hailing from Italy, whom both creates VGM remixes & producing music for a variety of affiliated labels, from ‘Business Casual’ to ‘Future City Records’.

Getting into the ep, Robkta’s Treats is a sweet & special album, aiming to highlight beginning of the summer season, by taking the genres of funk, house & game touch and mashing them together, spectacularly.

It does this straight away with the opening track, ‘Springroll’, an extremely thumping tune which really delivers, using strong melodic lines & edgy, funky percussion. There are even some incredibly cool, little elements such as, stringed instruments, as well as subtle rhythmic splashes that make ‘Springroll’ even more awesome. ‘Springroll’, is a track that as soon as the keys hit your ears, you’ll immediately know you’re in for an epic tune.

Whilst there are only 3 tracks on Treats, each song is incredibly unique on its own and really puts the Title of the EP into perspective. This can be further seen in the 2nd track of treats, ‘Here’s a letter’, which is completely different to Spring roll, using a more funky, chilled out, jazzy vibe, the keys providing more than enough strength to an already epic tune.

We seem to be having a lot of albums trying to convey the season of summer, but none does it better than Robkta’s treats. If you haven’t already bought this ep for your summer jam, now is the time!

 ~ Robkta ~ 
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Tune To Listen To: Ap0c – Reality Medication

I reviewed Ap0c’s ‘Reality Medication’ back when I did four small song on the ChipWin blog, and it still holds up as a really melodic song.

It’s a track made entirely using the soundchip from the NES as well as, and extra soundchip, the VRC6, to add more channels. The song feels as if it’s taking you on a journey to some fantasy world, using the really tight & face melting leads to do so. It’s arpeggios also feel like a nice little throwback to Jake Kaufman’s track, ‘The Starlit Wilds’ from the Shovel Knight game (which is one amazing game with a killer soundtrack). Do check out more of Ap0c’s music as it’s all utterly amazing!

 ~ Ap0c ~ 
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MisfitChris – Bubblegum

MisfitChris is a chip/simchip artist hailing from Connecticut, USA. Chris’s music is a marriage between all things chiptune & electronic, experimenting with a variety of styles whilst being inspired by VGM, Daft Punk, Aphex Twin and many more creative artists. Chris’s latest release, ‘Bubblegum’, is his 12th album to date and features various unique styles, from Vaporwave to Trap. Prior to his latest album, Chris has released on some prolific net labels, with DataAirlines being a major one.

What’s amazing about ‘Bubblegum’, is that it hooks you in straight away, Chris’s style both incredibly unique & adaptive. The opening track, ‘Pocket Monster Cute’, takes inspiration from various VGM and wraps it up in a layer of sublime Vaporwave. A rare thing to see in chiptune, Vaporwave, but is more than welcome, especially if done as good as ‘Pocket Monster Cute’. Another thing that makes the track unique is the way how the to introduction begins extremely melody & quite bouncy, but quickly goes into seriously chilled waters. It really shows some great skill in transitioning between styles, something that can be quite hard. Overall Pocket Monster Cute feels like one of those tracks that’s an absolute melter to have by a pool, whilst relaxing in the sun. Definitely one for the holidays.

The third track, ‘After Story’, is another cute song which continues the same hype that ‘Pocket Monster Cute’ brought. It’s a lost less chilled in its style however, following more along the lines of trap & glofi, especially with the use of the vocoder, serving as the lead & structure. It reminds me a lot Lemon Future’s track, Mettle, which yet another fantastic & slow track. On it’s own, its one real funky tune and definitely another song for the summer.

MisfitChris set out to create a mini EP for the summer and it seems he has succeeded with Bubblegum, by blending both chiptune, vaporwave & trap; a perfect combination!

 ~ MisfitChris~ 
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Alone – The Retro E​-​Waste Lifestyle Club V2

Alone is a chip triphop & postrock artist hailing from Bristol, UK. Instead of using just the conventional gameboys like most chip artists, Alone’s music style uses a variety of retro consoles, filtered through digital delays & drum machines, layering them all into a neat package. Beginning in 2008, ‘The Retro E​-​Waste Lifestyle Club V2’ is Alone’s sixth album release and a sequel.

‘The Retro E​-​Waste Lifestyle Club V2’ starts off with its opening track, ‘Maximum Ultraspace’,with quickly paced square-waved riff. This is slowly & subtly built up through as the track progressing using harmonising & atmospheric filtering, its sound feeding into Alone’s postrock nature. To me it feels extremely like Holy Fuck’s music, particularly the track, ‘Super Innuit‘, as it contains a sort of playfulness, atmosphere & progressiveness that ‘Maximum Ultraspace’ seems to share.

‘The Retro E​-​Waste Lifestyle Club V2’ contains a variety of unique & progressive songs, but the track to stand out for me was the following track from Maximum Ultraspace, ‘Telling Satellites from Stars’. It features a completely different feel to opening song, sounding extremely space like through the joint use of echoed square waves & percussion, giving some vibrant rhythm. This is further built up with the use of shimmering keys & leads, giving the track an almost housey soundscape style; the perfect mood for space music.

Alone’s ‘The Retro E​-​Waste Lifestyle Club V2’ is a fantastic & unique album for which really invigorates chipmusic by introducing new ideas into the mix using articulated layering & sublime effects.

 ~ Alone ~ 
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