Dream Fiend – Starcade EP

This week we have some real dreamy 80s synthpop, hailing straight from Melbourne, Australia. ‘Dream Fiend’ is an artist creating music around the genres of, Synth funk, Nu Disco & Synthwave. Prior to his latest EP, Dream Fiend has created remixes of various artists, from Futurecop’s track ‘Growing’, to Killstarr’s, ‘Feels Like Heaven’.

At a glance Dream Fiends ‘Starcade’ is short a 3 track EP. However don’t let that fool you as, each song is a fantastic listen.

Going immediately into Album, you can see where Dream Fiend gets the inspiration, it’s opening self titled track, reminding me of certain artists, such as Chromeo. This is down to the funky nature of its keys & bass, which really pop throughout. It’s chiptune & retro influences are also there as well, coming through in its square waved lead at ‘1.30’ and at the end.

Whilst ‘Starcade’ is reminiscent of the 80s & all things synth, it also plays towards the genre of dreamwave, with its third & final track,’Lucid Dream’ an epic example of this. As soon as you start to listen, you can tell that the song is quite dreamlike, with it’s shimmery arpeggiated keys feeling almost clairvoyant in nature, as it guides your ears in flight. ‘Lucid Dream’ is also extremely reminiscent of the ‘NeverEnding Story’ soundtrack, particularly the track, ‘Fantastia’.

Dream Fiend’s ‘Starcade’ is greater taster for people who have yet to listen to any 80s inspired synthpop music, as each track is extremely easy to get into and a fantastic gateway into the masters of synth.

 ~ Dream Fiend ~ 
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Tune to listen to: Tokyo Elvis – Some Other Summertime

A couple months ago, I featured Tokyo Elvis with his track, ‘The Look’ a fantastic tune inspired by the music of Animal Crossing, Seeburg Piano Roll Machines & small toy sounds. Well he’s back again, this time with a new track, ‘Some Other Summertime’ from his self titled future album.

It’s a cheerful & upbeat track, featuring vocals from Hatsune Miku & Kagamine Rin (both vocaloids) and a fantastic tune for those summer mornings. Less dancey than previous tracks that Tokyo Elvis has created in the past, but that’s the charm of ‘Some Other Summertime’ and the TE’s style. If you loved the track, you can preorder the album, with release set for July 22nd. I’m looking forward to reviewing the rest of album next month!

 ~ Tokyo Elvis ~ 
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Je Mappelle – Game Boy Music 2013-2015

I’ve been meaning to listen to this for a while now. Je Mappelle is an artist who resides on the small island with a Space Program, the Isle of Man (I shit you not on the space program)! Je Mappelle has been creating chipmusic since 2012 now, and racked up a huge catalog of different music, with not just chiptune but electronic EDM too!

His latest album named simply, ‘Game Boy Music 2013-2015’ and was released back in April. It’s a nice EP packed 5 tracks, and it’s evident Je Mapelle know’s his stuff just listening to the first opening track, ‘Grid’.

It’s a short & sweet song at 1.22 that contains some nice mixing between channels, with the kicks & snares weaving fantastically within each other. There’s even a cool sample of a bendy guitar solo thrown in which fits almost perfectly. Most introductory tracks don’t define the style well for their artist, however that’s not the case with ‘Grid’, and does it so quickly & straightforward.

The last song off album, ‘Scattered’ is one other brilliant track which features some great structuring like, ‘Grid’, but follows the genre of EDM, feeling almost like a Trey Frey’s track, ‘Refresh‘. This is down to the amazing use of melodies and powerful leads, as they’re extremely catchy and extremely rhythmic in nature.

At times however, I do feel some of the tracks wander a bit in certain places, as if the artist didn’t have a plan, but this is rare, with the majority of the tracks, hitting hard with some unique riffs.

After hearing a taste of Je Mappelle’s music, it’s enticed me to go through the rest of his music on his bandcamp page. If you liked ‘Game Boy Music 2013-2015’, check out the links below for more info!

 ~ Je Mappelle ~ 
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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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