The Kevin Gnartinez Band – Splash of Summer

This weeks review is through record label, Play it Loud’s latest release by ‘The Kevin Gnartinez band’, ‘Splash of Summer’. Before I begin this party, let me give you a run down on who this band is. The Kevin Gnartinez band is fronted by Kevin himself and was started up in Los Angeles, along with band members, Jesse Avila, Devin Nixon & Alex Wimmer (with Jesse already fronting in Paladin Shield). For the band’s chiptune source, they use the Famitracker to produce fantastic NES sounds relatable to Power Pop, Pop Punk & Vacationware.

Splash of Summer opens up with its self titled track, immediately feeling as if you’ve jumped right into the season, with the use of its harmonizing famitracker synth & and trill of guitar leads. It also helps that the leads are insatiably catchy, hooking you in quickly from the start. Finally to the top it off, the whole band all shoutout in unison, ‘SPLASH OF SUMMER’, pushing the atmosphere of the track even further. One epic tune to open up with.

Splash of Summer is undoubtedly the best song on the album, however ‘The Night We Met’, is a close second, sounding like an evening teen romance. You can instantly feel the passion & love coming off from ‘The Night We Met’, with the famitracker taking over most of the work, whether through its rhythmic arpeggio or its heartfelt lead.

Splash of Summer is wonderfully put together and feels like the ultimate vacation album to chill to, whether you’re on holiday or about to be.

However I wish Kevin had put some lyrics to his music, like his song, Beach City Punx from Play It Loud’s latest compilation, perhaps in future material?

 ~ Kevin Gnartinez Band ~ 

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CHIP BIT DAY Update:

The crowd funding may have ended, but you can still get a ticket! Check out the link below to the Kings Arms to book your ticket! http://goo.gl/VqJ0vx

IAYD – Self Titled

At the moment I’m quite ill so i’ll be just doing a short review this week. The past month I’ve been listening to so much ‘IAYD’ (I am your destruction) that I’m pretty sure it’s been annoying my neighbours, and for one good reason. IT’S HEAVY AS SHIT.

One track that I’ve been really listening to extensively is the ‘City of Mediocrity’ from IAYD’s self titled album, and it’s one of the heaviest songs I’ve ever listened to (although you could say that for a lot of IAYD’s songs), with heavy use on tables & the ‘WAV Channel’. The midpart especially, you wouldn’t believe that it’s done entirely on one Gameboy with LSDJ! I kid you not, it sounds as if he’s firing a load of bullets from his system!

But that’s not the only track off IAYD’s album which is utterly fantastic. ‘Kurai Heya’ is a track which features some real killer drumming at the start only to turn into a real funky & heavy through the midpart. It’s mainly because of this ‘Kurai Heya’, I’m trying to use more of the toms instead of solely relying on claps & kicks.

I love IAYD’s style he’s brought to electronic music & chiptune, so it’s ashame to say that shortly after his debut at Superbyte, he retired from chiptune music. In a vice article, he cites his reasons as being, chiptune music doesn’t have room to grow (something that I don’t agree with -and I will write an article explaining this). Sad news, but at least he’s leaves chiptune on a high note, having created one of the most ground breaking albums in the genre.

Check out the rest of the album here!
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A Tune To Listen To: Spazzkid – Truly feat.Sarah Bonito (Tomggg remix)

It’s unfortunate that Spazzkid has decided to retire from his music, as a lot of his stuff was absolutely class. This song is called, Truly and is a fantastic remix by ‘Tomggg’. It’s a nice progressive & varied song which lasts just under 5 minutes.

However the one thing, that I love about this track is the lovely atmospheric keys & beats going along with Sarah Bonito’s voice. Sounds just so harmonizing, especially when she’s goes in & out two languages.

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Please Lose Battle – Goodbye Joy

‘Please Lose Battle’ are a multiform band from Clermont-Ferrand France, and first starting up in 2013 by Matt Blatte after his experience with Fami-tracker. Their arsenal contains a bass, drums & two NES consoles for leads & melodies, in which through these instruments, Please Lose Battle create music closely relating to chiprock, progressive music & even metal.

‘Goodbye joy’ is the 4th album by Please Lose Battle, released through Chiptune label, ‘Cheapbeats’. Prior to their latest release, they have released 2 other albums & a soundtrack.

A quick listen to the start of the title track, ‘Goodbye Joy’, may give the impression of a softer sounding album. However the tables are abruptly turned after just under a minute, when the song is kicked into overdrive. This is mainly down to its oddly formed chords, intentionally made to feel out of place. It’s weird, but unique, quirky and shows that you don’t necessarily need to follow a structure.

Another interesting thing whilst listening to ‘Goodbye Joy’ is that Please Lose Battle’s style is very distinct, with the music created, sounding harrowing & overly melodic, with some songs both played in major & minor. This can be heard majorly in the 4th track, ‘Hit and Run’, which uses colourful leads, but is not afraid to switch over to hardcore, grungy sounds, something you wouldn’t think would normally fit together.

This goes extremely well with the progressive nature of the album, with a couple of Goodbye Joy’s tracks being almost 10 minutes long -‘Sunday Chill In Cosmos’ is one of those songs, which acts as a fantastic closing, progressive track to what is a solid album.

Goodbye Joy is easily the one of the most unique albums I have listened to & I’m interested in having the CD & T-shirt in my collection when they finally arrive at my house (I just wish I had one of the ‘ultra rare t-shirts’ before they sold out…).

PICK SONG:
‘Goodbye Joy’

 ~ Please Lose Battle ~ 

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CHIP BIT DAY Update:

Chip Bit Day has finally past £500!!! Thanks so much to everyone. But it’s not over! To make things more awesome, we’ve added a stretch mark to get ChipBattles playing! Don’t know what it is? Check below:

“2 of the biggest names in the UK Chiptune scene enter the ChipBattles arena, and only one can emerge victorious! The rules are simple: 3 rounds, 16 bars per round. Each artist has just one week to compose their most technical, creative riffs to get the crowd on their side. ChipBattles is the most energetic and crowd-focused event the UK Chiptune scene has ever experienced. Who will you bet your Chips on?”

This ChipBattles will host J3WEL & 2xAA.

 Get a ticket via the crowd funder: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chip-bit-day-a-day-celebrating-chiptune/x/13352619#/

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