Tune To Listen To: Boy without batteries – Teenage ( cosmicosmo remix)

How could not post this remix! Boy without batteries is one of my favourite artists at this moment, and just hearing this fantastic, chaotic & hyper poppy remix of ‘Teenage‘ by ‘Cosmicosmo’.

This mixture between Edm & pop whilst including some crazy samples is just mind blowing, especially the introduction which is filled out with Pikachu! If you loved this track, you can download it for free right here! Also check out the rest of Boy Without Batteries album, young & read my previous review here!

 ~ Cosmicosmo ~ 

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Bitional Landscape – Electro Arcade Madness

This week’s review is on new comers, ‘Bitonal Landscape’ and their latest album, ‘Electro Arcade Madness’. BL is made up of two brothers, Ludwig & Markus Highland, both creating music around the genres of VGM, Chiptune & EDM. Not much else to say, other than my thoughts on the album, and suffice to say, Electro Arcade Madness exceeded my expectations exponentially. Whilst I’d heard a little from their submissions to Soundcloud group, I couldn’t form an overall opinion. But that’s the beauty of music; some of the best music you’ve ever heard will sneak up on you!

As soon as you begin to listen to the opening track of the album, ‘The Last Contact’ you immediately get a real feel the Bitonal Landscape’s style of music. It’s like a mixture between Shirobon & Ultrasyd and sprinkle of Justice, but still wrapped within their own distinct style, featuring soothing organ keys whilst using the tinny 8 bit style. The drum and bass also comes out clear, albeit a bit less on the fills than most dnb composers.

Blitz is the next song which comes straight after The Last Contact, and further increases the funk & hype of the album. It gradually opens with a funky swing through a combination the drums, bass & keys, giving a nice mixture of disco & edm. The staple kick & snare from the gameboy is also used, linking further to it’s 8bit nature. Blitz perhaps pricked my ears the most, as it’s glitchiness, punchy keys & funky nature really puts the swing on chiptune as a whole. I really reminds of what Ultrasyd has been doing with his latest work, the perfect example being simply put, 🙂

The final pick can only be the forth (and incidentally, last) track, Insert Coin, which is a lot lighter in its swing & beat, coming off more melodic & calm in how the the drums, keys & lead are conveyed throughout. It’s a nice track to end on, setting itself further a part from the rest of list. However Insert Coin also contains some of the best lead solos off the album, specifically at 2.40 which contains the slickest arpeggiated solo I’ve ever heard!

To reiterate, Bitonal Landscape have succeeded my expectations. Being a new group, this an inspiring thing to see in the chiptune scene, as generally most artists grow from their first album. I’m looking forward to see more stuff from the duo in the future, and what they may do next!

 ~ Bitonal Landscape ~ 

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A Tune To Listen To: Roex – Advance

After Chip Bit Day & the writing of a Chipwin article, I decided to postpone last week’s ‘Tune to Listen to’ and instead pick up with today. This week is on the track, ‘Advance’ by ‘Roex’ which serves as a mash up between Progressive House & Synthwave.

Advance is a lot different from most synthwave music by not allowing the tropes of the genre to undermine its strength. There are some real utter brilliant moments through out this track such as the early breakdown at ‘1.20’ using the rhythmic synth push forward, until the synth blasts through.

 ~ Roex ~ 

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(T-T)b – Good Talk

I hope everybody had fun at Chip Bit Day last week, because I certainly did! But anyway back onto the weekly chiptune reviews, and do I have a lot to catch up on. This week is on the progressively fun yet chilled album, ‘Good Talk’ by Boston based band, ‘(T-T)b’. This their 2nd album since last year with prior album, ‘Pizza Planet’.

Getting straight into the mix of things, Good Talk opens up with the spacey vibes of ‘Nova’ which serves as a soulful introduction to (T-T)b and their music. Although it doesn’t totally serve as a great explanation, with the drums, bass & guitar absent, it has a nice melody as well as a beautiful arpeggio, both working together fantastically.

although Nova is a light & charming introduction, things are kicked up a notch with the third track, ‘Total Vacation’, first featured on the ‘Play it Loud’ compilation. It starts with a banging introduction, the melody of the game providing quite the kick whilst the drums, guitar & bass further bolster the punch, with the constant hit of the snare really helping to ‘drum’ up the energy! Towards the end Total Vacation is brought into a breakdown, where it lets the track breathe and end of a great, relaxing note. A perfect punch to a progressive album.

There are many other fantastic songs off Good Talk; from ‘Slurred Words’, which contains contains echoey vocals, to Slimers which a totally sweet tune to lounge around to. However the track which peaked my interests was ‘Big Crate / Red Tag’, as it’s a song which features some of the best melodies off the album. It also contains a beautiful balance of a relaxing but moderate beat, with the guitar following, strummed in a muted fashion. ‘Big Crate / Red Tag’ feels like something magical is being made and we’re ultimately entering a new world.

Good Talk by (T-T)b is another great album for the year and is a fresh take on blending alternative rock with chiptune music. It’s both relaxing but splendidly melodic.

 ~ (T-T)b ~ 

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