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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Tune to Listen to: – I l l u s i o n S y s t e m• – Cloud Citadel

Fm synth seems to be making a come back and people are starting to go back to the lovely sound of the megadrive. – I l l u s i o n  S y s t e m• – is the latest artists to release something around fm synth with their track, Cloud Citadel.

It pays homage to all the mickey mouse & other disney games that we used to play way back in the 90s (both Toy Story & Hercules were kick ass), using lovely warm sine chords as keys & bouncy bass lines. Cloud Citadel also utilises an extremely bright & tinny lead, something which can easily be achieved on a 16 bit sound chip.

 ~ I l l u s i o n  S y s t e m• ~ 

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Tune to listen to: Laffe the Fox – Spring Breaks (feat. Breakbeat Heartbeat)

This weeks tune is ‘Spring Breaks’ and a nice collaboration between ‘Laffe the Fox’ & ‘Breakbeat Heartbeat’. Laffe is generally known for creating very bouncy & melodic music, so it’s a no brainer that Breakbeat Heartbeat’s style would sit right at home through her use of breakcore & punchy yet shimmering melodies.

Spring Breaks starts off beautifully with both Laffe & Breakbeat playing against each other, harmonising superbly until it breaks off into the it’s Laffe’s signature melody. The drums are also powerful but also unique, constantly changing when ever each artist is playing.

Springs Breaks was taken from Laffe The Fox’s latest album, ‘The Spotsaver’ (released through Cheapbeats) a melodic joy containing some real bouncy tunes. It’s available to buy on bandcamp, so it like Laffe’s style, help out, by giving 5 dollars!

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 ~ Laffe the Fox ~ 

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Pterodactyl Squad – Weezer – the 8bit collab!

I was originally going to review another album, but it mysteriously disappeared from bandcamp! Thankfully PTE Squad’s collaboration on ‘Weezer’s first album’ was on hand and even more awesome. ‘Pterodactyl Squad’ has been a long time net label supporter of 8bit, with many superb artists releasing so much awesome content, from the likes of ‘Please Lose Battle’ and (T-T)b. Their Weezer compilation is no different boasting a high number of prolific artists.

Naturally you can’t start a Weezer review without listing the ultimate track…

‘THE SWEATER SONG!’

Covered by ‘Please Lose Battle’, it features their classic NES style, whilst keeping the signature Weezer style intact. As soon as that sweet yet sarcastic & bright riff comes in at the start, you know you’re going to be in for a treat. The chorus is also especially good, with bass blasting through to give it some extra power. This comes in even more however during the outro, and not just keeps the same energy as Weezers original, but takes it a step further!

God dammit how does ‘Boy Without Batteries’ make a gameboy sound so crazy & energetic, yet managing to play all on one tiny device. PURE WIZARDRY! BWB’s cover on ‘Paperface’, is both melodic but also frighteningly scary, playing some sweets riffs whilst melting every channel on the gameboy. The outro is especially crazy & chaotic, the noodling on the Wavs & Pulse Channels almost screaming out.

There’s only a couple of tracks which feature vocals, but the one which stood out the most for me, is ‘Men of Mega’s’ rendition of ‘Surf Wax America’, which seems to keep both the goofy nature of nerd rock & grittiness of the guitars at fantastic level. You can immediately feel the energy radiating as soon the track begins, the WAV Channel perfectly simulating the gritty feel. Although the electronic mix of the chiptune makes the track sound more like Rave, the vocals keep it anchored to Weezer’s style is, whilst never letting the music control the show.

I could go on talking about the rest of the tracks on this compilation, but that would be one long review. Needless to say you should definitely check them all out as each one is unique, bringing both the artists & weezer’s styles together as one.

 ~ PTE SQUAD ~ 
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