Prom Nightmare – Tamagotchi Dreams

Superbyte is only a week away, so instead of writing about my hyped anticipation I thought I’d talk about another new album!

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Tamagotchi Dreams is the first album from Prom Nightmare, a London based chiptune artist. To make the music Prom Nightmare uses (cited from Twitter) ‘a ketchup coloured gameboy, a mustard coloured gameboy and a slate coloured analogue synth.’ All of this is then mixed together to give some rather fat and melodic chiptune goodness.

Right of the first track, (sub)Space Jam, Prom Nightmare shows that even though its the first EP, they know their stuff when it comes to LSDJ. The bassy, fat kicks seem to really shake and hit hard, with the song hyping up as an intro into what is, a cool album.

Getting into the meat of the EP, Prom Nightmare always keeps on track in style and composition. There’s Alex Kidd which features a beautiful build up and heart felt leads, almost sounding like a love note to chiptune. And then there’s Like, Yeah, Totally! which has some nice bouncy beats, wet arps and Q filtered leads.

There are some parts of songs that I feel should’ve been cut down such as in, Knife Fight Pool Party, which was the longest song on the EP. Some parts of songs also had a fair bit of repetition, but isn’t a bad thing, as it is a first album and a bloody good one!

The final song -nicely titled, Love Fades – Pizza is forever, is a build up of different synths weaving within each other, but with no real composition in mind (it almost reminds me of jamming). It sounds like a nice send off, especially towards the end, with the great fuzzy bass at the end getting louder and louder until the crescendo of Nintendo’s famous coin sound signifies an end.

Prom Nightmare’s Tamagotchi Dreams is a great introduction to his music and a good first start to the chiptune genre. I’d like hear more in the future and perhaps with more variety.

.Mpegasus – Quixotica 2

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Back in March when Chip Bit was just a baby, I was given Quixotica 1 by the lovely .Mpegasus to listen to and review. The album was a nice throw back to the amiga days when the demo scene was just starting to become a thing. It also showed .Mpegasus’ intent on experimenting and pushing boundaries to find his style.

Since then, .Mpegasus has been working on the sequel from Quixotica and it shows how much more he has grown as an artist and how comfortable is within his style. 

.Mpegasus’ new album is a 10 track new step up from his previous endeavour back in 2013, with a new look at his sound and style.

The album kicks off with the ever thought provoking, Knowledge and it’s prevalent that .Mpegasus has taken inspiration from chiptune & synthpop musicians such as Shirobon or Futurecop. This becomes very apparent in some songs like Logic Gate and the Quixotica song. The 80s have obviously left a huge impression and one which is translated fantastically.

Getting back to the Quixotica song, this one tune which truly fixates on the sound of the 80s, trying to capture that magic of driving through miami with neon lights. Its a monumental standout tune with some fantastic change ups throughout.

Although a complete new step up the previous Quixotica album, Radmarket is probably the one song that relates back to its roots, with some cool fat leads going over some crisp drums.

One final song which packs a huge punch is, SIGNALost, which is .Mpegasus’ answer to darkwave, and boy is it awesome, with some fat, evil synths over dreamy leads, enough to make you shiver at the sinister impact.

Yes, Quixotica 2 is one fine album, and has really raised the bar further for .Mpegasus. His new take on his style shows a more seriousness whilst still keeping to his roots, something which I really admire with chiptune musicians.

Quixotica 2 is avaiable for preorder (with 25% off if you do) and will be released on bandcamp 1st September, just in time for his live gig at Superbyte. 

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Asleep Droid – For Square Waves & Distorted Strings EP

Chiptune for me has been a blast. So much has happened this summer that I can’t seem to count it on my hand. The biggest thing has been the compilation album which has been a joy to work on. This thursday I got finally got to releasing the track listing and it was met with rave response:1.an0va – RC PRO JAM – http://on.fb.me/1K8QWRO
2. Powersupply – Funk Cirty – http://bit.ly/1Llx3Wi
3. Love Hz – 6 8 in space, baby! – http://bit.ly/1hOsRVb
4. Nordloef – Basket Case (Green day Cover) – http://on.fb.me/1hOt4b6
5. Stephen Brunton – Boo! I’m a ghost – http://bit.ly/1EFnSuX
6. Joe Bleeps – Change your Batteries – http://on.fb.me/1Ny05V9
7. Auracle – Ecchi Girl – http://on.fb.me/1NodUX3
8. Mykah – Higher Stakes – http://on.fb.me/1WHoP16
9. Laffe the fox – I’m just gonna lie here until my life bar is empty –http://bit.ly/1J7rREI
10. HIA – MDP – http://bit.ly/1LlzsAj
11-12.J3WEL – Two songs, but I don’t wanna name em wink emoticon –http://on.fb.me/1JkWXWd
13. Asleep Droid – Perihelion (HEY) – http://bit.ly/1WHpxvh
14. Imaginary – Pink Lemonade – http://bit.ly/1LlzY1g
15. .mpegasus – Quixotica – http://on.fb.me/1fshsst
16. Onapokoya – This is – http://bit.ly/1HYf1ET
17. Circuit Bird – Urban Thrash – http://bit.ly/1NofEQ3

Not sure how I’m going to fit all of these on the cd, but HEY we’ll make it work…one way or another.

NOW ONTO THE REVIEW!

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This week I’m looking at Asleep Droid’s first Chiptune EP, For Sqaure Waves and Distorted Strings. Before releasing this EP, Asleep Droid released a fantastic song onto Chiptune = Win and met with praise all round. Asleep Droid first started playing Punk music exceptionally well with a guitar before getting into Chiptune. He has found his style, I can say it is awesome.

More I before I go no let’s listen to the first song, Perhelion (HEY), which begins with a great short introduction but then explodes into a medley of chiptune leads, chaotic drums and bright jangley guitar. It’s a great first song and revamps the idea of space fantastically.

Asleep Droid really seems to set himself apart from other chipmusic, with it even more so in the second song, Magical Michigan Tour. It reminds me of Anamanaguchi, but more down to earth.

There are a couple of short songs (about 1min) but they are utterly bloody brilliant, with Shinobi Thunder Wow being coolest of the two (compared to the still mega awesome, Megadrive to Megabeach). Why though?

BECAUSE OF THE CRASH BANDICOOT BASS VIBES!

Jumping back through the EP, I come to another song, Megabeach (linking on from Megadrive to Megabeach). This is a fantastically wonderful tune, relating to those sandy days walking around on the beach. Kinda wants me to get into my car and drive out through England’s Heatwave today (but alas I have to finish this review).

So my end thoughts? I’d have to say that I was fully blown away from the sofa upon listening to Asleep Droids latest EP. It’s spacey, unique and screams so much potential into his future as a big chiptune artist.

FYI: If anyone wants me to create artwork for their future music, I’m totally available! Just hit me on: https://www.facebook.com/chipbitsid

(Disclosure: To fully ensure ethics and shit, I have to enclose that I did the artwork for Asleep Droids album, however I wasn’t given access to the music, until I bought the album on release day. So take Kotaku, corrupt idiots).

Joe Bleeps – Escape

Before i start this review, I’d like to say the Superbyte compilation is coming smoothly as ever. The track listing is complete and hopefully next I’ll be putting it out on the internet for everyone to see. I’m really looking forward to kicking this one off!

Anyway onto the review!
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Joe Bleeps is part of the north western chiptune crew, based in the town St.Helens, near Liverpool. Joe is mostly known throughout the chiptune community as a wizard at electronics, and spends his time either fixing or creating new gameboys.

So it comes as no surprise that Joe is releasing his first chiptune album called, Escape. It was released as an double EP of sorts, as these songs show off Joe’s experimentation with LSDJ.

The first and best song of the album, Change your batteries, comes full swing right off the bat, with some fantastic melodic leads, bouncy bass and well thought out drums. Spoiler: this song will be featured on the superbyte compilation.

A lot of these songs show how much Joe has experimented with LSDJ, with such songs as Battle Charge which really shows how much he’s learnt about composing arpeggios. Others show what he learnt when first starting out on LSDJ.

The song, Escape however focusing more upon the progression of the blues scale, interesting departure from the previous songs. What makes this song unique is that a lot of the melodies are mini covers. You may hear most predominantly, the main riff of Take on me by Aha, something which made me laugh, but there are others as well, such as ZZtop’s, La Grange.

There are also a couple of small songs, such as Last Caress which are a delight to listen to.

The final song, majority of people will known extremely well, though albeit a mash up of songs from two entirely different films, (The Lego Movie and Star Wars)! It was definitely a laugh to listen to this much experimentation.

After listening to Escape, I found myself wanting to hear more songs like the final song, Everything is Awesome from Joe, perhaps some mash up of two songs you wouldn’t think would go together. I’ve seen stuff like this before and believe me goes down amazingly well. If you’ve heard of Rock Sugar, you’ll know what I mean.