Poly Pines – The Perfect Frame

2015 has been an absolute blast for chiptune, with so many artists releasing fantastic material. It’s totally unreal! But now it’s 2016 so what better than starting with an artist from last year?

Poly Pines was one hidden gem that I found towards the end of December, with his latest album The Perfect Frame, released on the 18th. As Chip Bit Sid has grown, I have constantly been on the look out for chiptune music which is unique in its sound and nature; This artist is a prime example of this. Poly Pines (real name; Nash) hails from Springfield, Missouri, USA and creates his music fusing chiptune with certain chilled styles such as, Dreamwave & Dreamgaze. I haven’t heard much dreamy music since the futurecop days, so it was welcoming return for me.

The introductory song, ‘Awake’ fantastically shows off Poly Pines music style, firstly by going into the warm & restful waters of Dreamwave, but then changing up following with a chiptune styled hook. All this is then complimented excellently with drums which bring out the lead as well as some samples taken out of the ‘book of Nintendo’. I really liked ‘Awake’, as it’s a great track that introduces you to Poly Pines’ style whilst still being extremely engaging.

The next song from my featured list is, ‘Knee Deep featuring Akacia’ and really makes an impact as the second track off the album, mainly due to its shimmering keys that echo & resonate powerfully at the beginning and middle of the song. The main hook is also utterly brilliant, working well with Akacia’s dreamy vocals to provide a harmonising and powerful sound that goes beautifully with the chords.

My final song, was a hard choice. ‘Swordsplay ft. Koloda’ was a fantastic song with beautiful lyrics and outstanding vocals from Koloda, however I liked ‘Forget’ more, due to its mixture of droned out, mysterious, fuzziness through out. ‘Forget’ is very different from the rest of the album, instead focusing more on the rhythm between the lead, the fuzzy keys & the slow formulaic drums. I love how the chords have been subtly composed into a trap-like rhythm. It gives the rest of the track room to breathe and let its listeners get into the groove.

Needless to say, these are just my favourite songs that I picked, and I urge you to listen to the whole of The Perfect Frame as one. The dreamlike tones, the wet, shimmering leads & the resonating drums can be heard across the whole album, making ‘The Perfect Frame a great album to chill out to in 2016.

The Perfect Frame by Poly Pines is available on Bandcamp for $3:
https://polypines.bandcamp.com/album/the-perfect-frame

PICK TRACKS:
Awake & Knee Deep ft. Akacia

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Boy without Batteries – Young

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Holy sweet Christmas. I’m already beginning to wrap up the end of 2015’s chiptune, when this little beauty came along during December. ‘Boy Without Batteries’ is an artist who resides in Lakeland, Florida, with his last album, the digital age, released way back in 2013. That’s quite a while for chiptune, but we’ll forget that, because his latest album, Young, is one fantastic sequel, bragging 11 tracks, 10 of which were made on one single gameboy!

What’s so good about that you ask? Well, once you starting listening to the music, you’ll be astounded at how amazing each song is put together.

Let’s start off this review with my first pick off ‘Young’ and it’s the 2nd track, ‘Homeward Bound’. This song immediately kicks in with some well crafted drums followed by a snare fill before going into the hook. Right off the bat you can tell that Boy without Batteries takes a lot of inspiration from pop punk bands, such as Blink 182 & Sum 41, as it totally comes off this song alone. All these songs, have been excellently done in melody, but Homeward Bound comes in at the top, with the most addictive lead of them all, and ultimately a great track to hook you into the album.

The next song ‘Destiny Gang’ starts off with a mind blowing drum fill, working to together with the distortion which gives the feeling as if a guitar is playing. The intro itself is enough to love Destiny Gang. But that’s not just the only thing that’s mind blowing, with so much going on (with the kicks especially spot on), this is one song not to be missed.

The final song of my pick is, ‘Pop Heart’ which is the most unique track off the entire album. This is down to the huge mash up of samples being used as beats, which serve to give it a completely different style from the ‘pop punk’ style that BWB had been going for. It’s more of a funky dance track that uses a moderate beat to push things, with a fresh 90s feeling coming from the choice of samples, as well as its beat. It’s also one of the tracks which has a strong structure.

Young is a well crafted album and is one I have constantly enjoyed listening to over the past few weeks, more so than my standard selections (trey frey, henry homesweet, sabrepulse etc), which is definitely saying something. It’s nice to see other genres like Pop Punk getting introduced into chiptune, without the use of guitar, as shows creativity & skill in sound design. Young will definitely be kept in my music rotation for the months to come.

PICK SONGS:
Homeward Bound & Pop Heart

Shirobon – Out Of Love

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Unfortunately there’ll be no review of an EP today. I am quite ill at the minute so I haven’t been able to get anything done! So instead, I’m going to muster up all my strength and write a small post on something I’ve been listening to over the past two weeks.

I’m sure almost everyone is aware of Shirobon. If not, he’s an artist from London, who fuses chiptune with a electronic style whilst bringing theme’s of a robotic nature. Over the past few years he has been making some absolute ecstatic music, and has quickly garnered reputation of being a fantastic musician in the world of chiptune. While he first started out with his unique style on 2012’s ’22:22′, he really made waves with, ‘The Arcade Dream’, which is an album in it’s own league.

This year, Shirobon brought forth, ‘Infinity’ and saw him focus on more heavier styles, whilst doing interesting collaborations with the likes of, PROTODOME. Since the release of ‘Inifinty’ Shirobon grown considerably, founding his new Record Label, HYPERWAVE, whilst flying half way across the world to Japan!

Next year will be no different, with Shirobon releasing his next Album. There isn’t much information out about it, however a couple weeks ago saw the free release of, ‘Out Of Love’,a track taken directly from the album.

‘Out Of Love’ begins instantly with a beautiful lead over the top of some soulful keys & arpeggios, until it changes up by instensifying the lead with bass & some punch. This ends in a crescendo, letting the drums take over the direction of the song and push the beat forward. Immediately you can sense quite a change from Shirobon’s last style. Infinity was a lot more hard hitting, where as you can sense more of a chilled out vibe going on, even though the drums really try to push the tempo. The watery, wet vocals also lend to the chilliness of the track, with the echo giving ‘Out Of Love’ a lot of atmosphere.

Finally, it’s clear that Shirobon wants to experiment more with different genres, looking towards the more progressive side of drum and bass, taking with him the energy from his previous two albums. It’s also interesting to note that ‘Out Of Love’ reminds me of ‘Sabrepulse’s style’, with both collaborating on songs & remixes together.

Shirobon has a lot of fans through out the world due to his music, and it’s easy to see that he’ll most likely grow further in popularity with his next album being released next year.

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https://shirobon.bandcamp.com/track/out-of-love

Captain Credible – Dead Cats

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I was given this a while back to listen to but when I heard how Captain Credible made his music, I asked him straight away for a detailed description on his instruments, and waited for his reply.

Captain Credible is an Norwegian Artist based in Oslo. His music is rather a unique one taking various different beats & melodies and smashing them together, creating one fitting, funky tune. For his music, Captain Credible uses Ableton Live as his base of his operations. However instead of using Ableton for all its software needs, Captain Credible likes to make his own instruments; and when I say make his own instruments, I really mean it.

The guy takes physical parts from various different things and puts them together to make weird wonderful sounds. Take a look at this image below:

If this isn’t chiptune, then I don’t know what is!
CaptainCredible has so much more stuff to show off as well, but I’ll save all this for a future article. I just wanted to show how wonderfully insane the dude is, before I began reviewing Dead Cats.
Anyway, let’s talk about Dead Cats. Starting off, it is one of the most unique albums I have listened to in its music style, with it’s theme focused on science, technology and of course, cats!
We start off the album with the mysteriously sounding song, ‘Forest Moon’, which begins with a rather synthwavy introduction, but this is cut inadvertently with the seriously punchy bass blasting away, with some sporadic percussion put in for good measure. This gets turned up max at the 0.49 mark, when we start hearing the music going into some funky trap, with both the drums & lead feeling like they’re on amphetamines. Forest Moon really shows off Captain Credible’s style is all about: mindless, uncensored & crazy fun through the power of chiptune!

The next song, It’s Dead Cats kicks it further kicks up a notch -can that be done? ;D- into some real hollow drum & bass, followed with Captain Credible singing over the Microphone. It’s extremely high on energy & mind blowingly crazy. As well as the music, the lyrics are really rhythmic, further adding to the energy of the song.

The third song, ‘Cats Within Cats’ is another fantastically well done song, which focuses more on the melody of the music, being more of a laid back piece when compared to Forest Moon & It’s Dead Cats. Glitching & trap are used quite a bit also, which are controlled through Captain Credible’s custom controllers. I really like Cats Within Cats, as it gives us time to breathe and appreciate Captain Credible’s experimentation & inventions.

Schrodinger is my final favourite song off Captain Credible’s album and is the most synthwavey track. It’s also probably the most progressive song, as it contains a lot of build up from the beginning, changing up at 0.47. Schrodinger also features a huge outro as well, coming in at 3.12. It’s a massive change from the rest of the song, as further pushes the themes of science & space. This is also a complete different direction when compared to his other music, as it’s more full beats like ‘It’s Dead Cats’, and no synthwave.

Captain Credible’s Dead Cats was an interesting & entertaining change to listen to. The one thing I liked about Credible, was the fact he doesn’t take himself seriously at all, when compared to other musicians. He also takes a risk by including a little treat on the last track; a recording of his custom made printed circuit board, which he sold on bandcamp, along with the album.

Later tonight also after 7PM UK GMT we’ll also talking to Captain Credible live on Gameface!

We’ll be playing all the music over the last month so come and have a listen, 6PM UK GMT!
Link below:

http://www.gamefaceshow.com/gameface-on-fabradio/


PICK SONGS:
It’s Dead Cats & Cats within Cats