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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Tri Angles – REBEL SOUL

No weekly tune this past week, but instead I’ve reviewed a special release. I was originally going to review something from my list, but I couldn’t refuse after hearing to the latest release from ‘Tri Angles’. Last year I reviewed his previous release, ‘ORBITALS’, giving it a lot of well deserved critical acclaim. so with the latest album, ‘REBEL SOUL’, I was expecting something around the same bar. However I never expected it to be raised.

‘REBEL SOUL’ is Tri Angles’ LSDJ album, released via ‘The Base Bit Recordings‘ and created entirely using x2 gameboys, along with a Behringher DDM4000 Mixer (this thing is a beast). From there it was recorded entirely in one take. This proper hardcore, but just wait until you listen to the tracks.

The 1st track ‘VOID DREAMS’ treats you to a nice & rather lovely introduction, layering itself constantly until it gets to the 2nd track (and my first pick), the self titled ‘REBEL SOUL’. You’re immediately greeted with the grittiness of the WAV Channels, every bit of dirt and artefact intentionally left in by the artist. That is part of Tri Angles style after all, gritty, dirty dnb. Both the drums and bass are expertly crafted and mixed, the power of the bass especially hard hitting in its own right, due to it’s signature rhythmic one note crying through out. Finally ‘REBEL SOUL’ is constantly varied, it’s rhythm & leads changing.

Each track is fantastic is its own right, the dirty gritty nature of Tri Angles brought to light. But this is evermore hi-lighted in the 5th track, ‘FREEDOM’. It begins with an artefact ridden introduction which is constantly layered, building up to crescendo of one word… FREEDOM. The track then explodes (and I mean EXPLODES) into some incredibly heavy Drum and Bass, the crafting of each fill the most hectic & craziest I’ve heard from the chiptune community. The bass attacks your ears also, its aggressive tonal pattern menacing in nature. Although it’s dirtiness is its own style, ‘FREEDOM’ really reminds me of a couple tracks from Pendulum, ‘Through the loop’ especially, where the long introduction compliments the franticness of the track to such a great extent.

All in all, Tri Angles releases yet one god damned great release, its voice crying out loud for the masses to take chipmusic & its community seriously.

 ~ Tri Angles ~ 

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Slime Girls – Don’t Forget.

Since reviewing their last album, ‘NO SUMMER NO CRY’, Slime Girls’ music style has been constantly changing & evolving, becoming more unique. This was further seen in a remix of Skybox’s track, ‘æther’. Fast forward to the present, ‘Don’t Forget’ is Slime Girls latest album, and is a lot shorter than ‘NO SUMMER NO CRY’, comprising as an EP of 5 tracks, whilst taking huge inspiration from ska & world music.

‘Familymart (Miss u)’ kicks off the album, causing havoc with its noodling of leads, crazy metal drums & adorable charm. As well as that, the bright & punchy nature of each sound gives the feel of an overly unique energy that you’ll immediately relate to Slime Girls’ music. This can be seen in some of leads of ‘Familymart’, where you’ll hear a change in melodies, showing that Slime Girls are not afraid to deviate from paths.

Another sublime, bouncy track off Don’t Forget is, ‘Vacation Wasteland Z’, an updated cover from Slime Girls’ first album of the same name -‘Vacation Wasteland’ (They seem to be doing a few updates recently with old songs). The track translates very nicely through their unique style, the drums & flute inspired leads all nicely mixing together. However there also extra parts added into the reimagining of Vacation Wasteland, especially at 2:05, where the rest of the track is kicked into overdrive following the sound of whistles.

It’s crazy to think how far Slime Girls have come from the first album back in 2012, relying on just guitar, LSDJ & drums. But having found their niche with ‘Don’t Forget’ I think it’s pretty safe to say Slime Girls will only grow bigger.

 ~ Slime Girls ~ 
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