Tune to Listen to: Jredd – Sunset Drifter (ft. Groovemaster303 & Dya)

Uploading has been sporadic due to holidays & leaving GameFace, but I thought I’d kick it off by featuring a soothing tune from ‘Jredd’.

‘Sunset Drifter’ is a great track to relax to when you come home from work or stressed on some crap. It’s perfect for the Friday evening tonight and featuring the right balance of hip hop & funk. It also contains some cool extra work from artists, ‘Groovemaster303’ & ‘Dya’, providing a string section, glitch beats and an FM trumpet solo, further adding to the structure! All of this was created using the sounds of the YM2151, the soundchip for the Sega consoles as well as extra stuff from a PCM. Check out more of all the artists work below, as well as Jredd & Groovemaster303’s sweet collaboration album (which I’ve still yet to review)!

 ~ Jredd ~ 
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Tune to Listen to: Holy Fuck – Xed Eyes

No big chip review as I’m holiday, instead here’s a cool as hell tune! I’ve been heavily listening to Holy Fuck’s latest release, ‘Congrats’, with one song in particular, Xed Eyes.

If you haven’t heard of Holy Fuck, they’re a unique noise rock band, using toy keyboards & analogue instruments, complete with bass & drums. This seems quite reminiscent of chiptune due to the way they like to go back to using old instruments to make their sound. It’s pretty cool! Their previous material is also a lot different to Holy Fuck’s latest release, as it sounds more playful rather than Congrats’ raw & crunchy feel: check it out!

Holy Fuck’s Congrats was released last friday. You can get it on bleep.com.

 ~ Holy Fuck ~ 
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Tune to Listen to: Breakbeat heartbeat – S h i v a

Breakbeat heartbeat is at again, with another fantastic chilled tune. A number of months ago, a friend of mine (someone who had never listened to chiptune music)  gave a stellar review on her album here on Chip Bit Sid.

Needless to say, Breakbeat’s music has only gone further in skill, with her latest track being, S h i v a. Based upon snowy places, S h i v a is an absolute sweet & chilled song, containing Breakbeat’s, go style, but with added signature amen drumming to give it a further boost. S h i v a is also lot faster than most of her repertoire and only strengthens how good of a listen this song is. If this is the first time listening to Breakbeat Heartbeat, then why not try her past album, ‘Leaving Home’?

 ~ Breakbeat Heart Beat ~ 
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Knife City – Precious Jewel

No new music today, instead I wanted to go and revisit some of the old stuff I have lurking on my bandcamp collection. I decided to pick out ‘Knife City’s Precious Jewel’. It was one of the first EPs I bought before I started blogging and the sound produced was astoundingly crazy.

‘Knife City’ is the side project by ‘Luke Silas’, the drummer of ‘Anamanaguchi‘ and is always active, creating all kinds of sweet tunes on soundcloud. A lot of his music is created using the standard gameboy (quoted from bandcamp; the same one he’s used since he was 5), but recently he’s used other means.

The best place to start is with the opening title track, ‘Precious Jewel’ and is actually the softest song off the album! It holds a variety of different styles throughout its sequence, from drum and bass with its kinetic beats, to some glitchy dubstep going on there. There are even some sweet melodies to admire, masterfully created and sequenced between the dirty sounds of dubstep & glitch. If you can’t get enough of this track, check out Sabrepulse’s remix at the end. It pushes Precious Jewel even more into the realms of Drum & Bass.

If you’re looking for something even more harder (remember I did say Precious Jewel was the softest song of the album), then listen to ‘Poison Flower’. I honestly don’t think throughout my time listening to chiptune music, nothing has topped Poison Flower as being the heaviest track I’ve heard (IAYD did come close). The calm opening tricks & hooks you in, with a melodic build, until at 1:25, it descends into chipstep glitch madness and sending the track into god damned overdrive. It’s extremely fresh however making something completely new & incredibly unique in chipscene.

Knife City’s Precious Jewel is an album that every chip musician should listen to, including the remixes, which are all done by musicians that are experts in their craft! However we probably won’t get some heavy chipmusic like this anytime soon sadly with Luke spending time with Anamanaguchi projects & IAYD leaving the chipscene. But who knows, perhaps we’ll see something towards the end of the year?

 ~ Knife City ~ 
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