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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Tune to listen to: Auracle – Rainwalker

This Friday has a nice tune to kick start the weekend and it comes from the Manchester Chiptune scene. Auracle has been one of biggest musicians to hit the northwestern area and is held in high regard by chiptune lovers everywhere. This week Auracle released three tracks that he’d made in the past; ‘Carpet Bomb’, ‘Can’t Get A Break’ & the featured track ‘Rain Walker’.

It’s a great track which best describes his style, quite chaotic, but incredibly complex feeling extremely technical from start to finish. A fantastic tune, Rainwalker also goes very well with the usual wet rainy days which happen in Manchester. If you like that track, check out Auracle’s other songs , ‘Carpet Bomb’ and ‘Can’t Get A Break’!

 ~ Auracle ~ 
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Tune to listen to: To The Jazz – Soda Pop

Been getting a few sunny days here’s in Manchester! That’s actually quite rare, so I thought I’d celebrate it with this song I found from artist, To The Jazz, called Soda-Pop.

It’s a lovely, poppy tune featuring some punchy leads, popping beautifully with the background keys releasing on the beat. Great for a sunny drive around town or if you’re lucky, get out to the beach!

 ~ To The Jazz ~ 

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Jackson Scovel – Quieting

Quieting is the solo side project from Jackson Scovel, who you may know as the brains behind Astroskeleton (hence why it’s being featured on Astroskeleton’s bandcamp). When comparing Jackson’s solo music to his Astroskeleton work, it’s completely different in terms of atmosphere & genre. Instead of being around the areas of Space Rock & skateboarding, Jackson’s Quieting, is more post-rock instrumental, both quiet mellow & relaxing, around the areas of dreampop & shoegaze. It’s features some rather chilled beats from a drum machine as well as some bright keys to complete the mix.

Driftwood is a prime example of what of I cited before, containing some really chilled and dreamy guitar which melds perfectly with the keys, the envelope put on a slow burn as they open up. There’s not much in structure, but the atmosphere makes up for that, wrapping itself around with it’s almost perfect & sincere sounds.

Following on from that, we have Otters, which includes more chiptune, with keys more punchier. The guitar drones & harmonizes perfectly with the rest of the track, containing some nice almost spanish licks from the fretboard. Otters also includes some rather punchy bass, something most of the tracks don’t include.

Although these are just a couple of my picks of the album, Quieting is an instrumental piece, so you really have to listen to the whole thing (most of its songs are also short). But that makes Quieting the perfect purchase, especially if you’re looking to find an album which is progressive in nature. It’s use of instruments, for the keyboard to the drum machine & guitar are played expertly, crafting a perfect relaxing sound each time.

 ~ Jackson Scovel / Astroskeleton ~ 

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