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.
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!
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)!
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.