(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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Chip Bit Day: A special thanks to people who supported!

No review today unfortunately. Instead I’d like to talk about Chip Bit Day. When I first started off the event, it was really something I’d intended as an anniversary for my blog, which had hit a year. It started off with a few of artists such as, me, .Mpegasus, Auracle, GwEm & Euan lynn. However, it quickly gained traction and become popular, becoming even more so when I began the crowd funder. It built up quite a bit, with more artists helping out, such as Joe Bleeps, J3WEL, HarleyLikesMusic, Kenobit and ChipBattles to finish off the list.

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Needless to say, Chip Bit Day went off splendidly pulling in people as far as Italy! We even had a secret set done by x x Critical Strike x x.

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Now I couldn’t do Chip Bit Day by myself and I had a lot of help from people everywhere. So below I’d like to give a special thanks to the people who helped make Chip Bit Day a reality.

• GameFace Crew: For helping by giving tips and helping out with the marketing. It wouldn’t had a far reach it wasn’t for the gang!

• The Backers: For supporting something and pushing Chip Bit Day even further. The event could ended before or after £500, but people chose give more and more and it helped make the day awesome! Much appreciated.

• My family: For giving money to Chip Bit Day, but even going further and helping with the money & merch stand. My mum even made a load of cakes which I gave away free to eat for everyone. It was those small things that made it extra special. Thanks!

• My girlfriend, Natalie: For supporting me, the event and my chiptune music since the start. She was never into Chiptune music, but the support she gave me was inspirational. She even did the photography throughout Chip Bit Day, taking some amazing images.

• My friend, Rob: Same as my girlfriend, he wasn’t into Chiptune music, but nonetheless he helped out with the event and supported the campaign. It was much appreciated even if working the door was extremely hard.

• Jimmy, the Cart maker: The lanyards, one of the things that made this whole event freaking awesome, were 3D printed by my friend, Jimmy. Each one was an arduous task but he made 50 of them, not once asking for money. This is something I greatly appreciate, because without them, it wouldn’t have been what it was.

• The artists: For supporting the Chiptune event, providing great feedback and great people to work with. I definitely want to continue working with everyone in the future.

• Biz Mcquiz: For providing some top notch visual on such short notice. Rituals was originally going to take over, however it wasn’t to be and instead Biz took over and made something brilliant.

• Chiptunes = Win & Chiptunes Reddit: For all the support & upvoting and keeping the Event alive. Brandon especially, for donating & expecting nothing in return. It’s things like this that keep the chiptune community alive.

Without all these people, Chip Bit Day would have never gotten to where it was.

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A tune to listen to: Le Gone – Alpha

This weeks tune to listen to was given to me by Le Gone called, Alpha, and is the title track of his latest EP, ‘Alpha’. Instead of the J-pop & chiptune inspired music I normally post, I decided to blog this, as it has a nice chilled out style, almost vaporwave like.

I especially liked the track from ‘1.18’, where I feel I can hear some real ‘trip-hop’ inspired styles going on, reminiscent of DJ Shadow, an artist who I profoundly have admiration of.

If you enjoyed the title track, check out the rest of Alpha below, as it contains some fantastic vocals from a variety of different & unique artists.

 ~ Le Gone ~ 

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Skybox – Stardust

‘Stardust’ (released through ‘Madmilky Records’) is the latest album from musician, ‘Skybox’ (formerly ‘Shoujo Kiss‘) and has been creating chiptune music for the over 3 years (cite -soundcloud). Hailing from Kansas City, Skybox’s weapon of choice is the lowly gameboy, relying on LSDJ, to produce love stricken powerpop songs. Following on from that, here’s the synopsis of Stardust and a good look at some of tracks off the album.

The life is on high throughout ‘Stardust’, and just listening to the opening title track, you can really feel this. It opens up immediately riding on some high octane energy, bouncing around with its bass & pulsey leads. It’s extremely funky and reminds me of X Critical Strike’s X music as well as a lot of Kirby. I wouldn’t say it’s the best song off the album however, but it does give you a great of things to come throughout the album.

The next track, ‘Aether’ follows on from Stardust and is a fantastic collaboration, between Skybox & ‘Tobokegao‘, another avid chiptune artist from japan. Needless to say, both artists work together really well, with Tobokegao’s style fitting in beautifully. The main lead is featured countlessly is great hook to entice you into each bit of the song, which then further leads to some proper amazing solos, especially at ‘1.22’. This is a huge strength that makes Aether shine above the rest (Slime girls, even creates a cracking remix, so that must say something).

Although every track off Stardust is full to the brim with energy, the 5th track, ‘Sky Runner’ is literally one song which is ‘boiling over with life’. It starts off with some seriously wet square waves whilst the the clicking beat of the pulse channel adds further ‘umph’ to the track. At ‘0.45’ it reaches a huge crescendo, from where Sky Runner descends into madness, kicking the pulse kick into complete overdrive & quickening the pace of the song. The leads throughout are good, but what sets Sky Runner out from the rest is the drumming fill sequence at ‘2.15’, which features some great use of drum samples & variety of different sounds. It also feels like a great breakdown that mixes things up and gives a bit of variety to an already creative tune.

Skybox’s Stardust was a fun little album to listen to with so much heart, passionate & energy pouring from itself. It feels like Skybox was in his element when lending his creativity to create a one album that is full of life.

 ~ Skybox ~ 

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