HARLEYLIKESMUSIC – Game Changer

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I interviewed Harley a couple months back at Tokyochipped and he was brilliant to talk to. Towards the end mentioned that he was bringing out a new chiptune album which would be solely comprised on LSDJ. I was looking forward to it, however I didn’t know it would be this soon! So as soon as I found out, I put everything down and began listening to Harley’s latest album, Game Changer, released through CheapBeats.

HARLEYLIKESMUSIC can be described as, a mash up of all thing electronic, with glitch house as it’s one big focus. Harley primarily uses two Nintendo DS’ to create is distorted music, using Korg-DS-10+ on them and switching between the two with a mixer.

SO ANYWAY

Let’s get down to Harley’s latest album. To start off, Game Changer first foremost thing it accomplishes is its heaviness and hard hitting style. If that isn’t your thing and you enjoy chilled out music, then I don’t think this’ll be your thing. However if you enjoy your EDM and want something new and cool, then read on!

Game Changer starts out with a raw and fantastic introduction and shows what Harley has learnt from LSDJ, and its obvious he’s become a wizard at it.

It then breaks into the meat of the album with ‘Off Your Trolley’ a very Yorkshire styled name for a song (FYI Harley is based in Sheffield, Yorkshire). Its a long and great tune, with some heavy rhythmic vibes going on. It also shows some new, unique and creative ways you can use LSDJ.

A lot of this music is also played through A gameboy advance SP, as a normal DMG would probably crash from the intensity.

Generic Club Banger is the song that stands out the most due to Rapper, V3xation being featured on it. Its shows Harley’s not afraid to dabble in other genres instead of just house.

Other songs like Distorted Reality and Bass Time Continuum and extremely bassy. I really Distorted Reality due to its pace of the beat through the rhythm.

However Get the Bleach is probably my favourite song on the album. This is down to its rhythm but also its use chords and melodies go extremely well together.

I also liked Just one more time. It kinda reminded me of a Prodigy’s Out of Space, due to its mixture of reggae and drum n bass.

Game Changer’s final song, Anchor to Reality is another unique song, down to its

MOTHER TRUCKING, SOUL DESTROYING BEAT

I really think Harley had Heavy Metal in mind when doing this song, as the drums just remind me so much of the genre, as you’ll find out.

I’ll really HARLEYLIKESMUSIC’s Album Game Changer really is literally a game changer! It’s shown us how much he’s learnt from LSDJ, and how we should really follow lead. Aside from the album I also loved Lazer Sausage’s artwork he did for this as its probably the most coolest piece of art I’ve seen, and I’d like to see more of it!

My Top 12 favourite tunes from Chiptunes = Win Vol.4 Compilation

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I’m sure the majority of you all have been listening to Chiptunes = Win’s latest compilation and its a huge one, with a total of 50 different songs to choose from. I really wanted to review this, considering its so huge for chiptune, however, I couldn’t write about each song, or else nothing would get done.

So I’ve decided that I’ll write about my top 12 favourite tracks of the compilation. Why not 10 you say? Well it was extremely hard to cut down to 12 nevermind 10! Before you read on, this is just my opinion, so don’t get angry if your favourite tune isn’t there. We all love different kinds of music!

1. Fark – Kalle Kanonkule

Straight into listening and the first song is a particularly epic song. Fark’s Kalle Kanonkule uses fantastic dancy melodies as well beautiful piano at the beginning. It is also a great song to kick off the compilation and I’m sure a lot of you have this as your favourite.

2. x Critical Strike x – Dawn of a new day

The third song off the compilation kicks off as an epic happy rave, enough to make even the most saddest person get up and start doing a jig. It makes me think of the whole soundtrack to Kirkby, especially the arp at the end.

3. Twistboy – Withdrawal

Straight after x Critical Strike x is a brilliant EDM tune with perfect build up to what continues to an ace riff. Out of all fifty songs, this is probably the most dancy song and will have nodding your head to the beat, even if you don’t realise!

4. Paralellis – Eternal Bioluminescence 

Another unique tune which puts together fantastic chilled out synth, washed out vocals and some punchy chiptune. It also takes some inspiration from such chilled bands as, Disasterpeace as well as the indie electro bands like, Superhumanoids.

5. Asleep Droid – Dithering

As soon as your ears catch this song, you’ll love the mash up of chiptune and guitar. Both are balanced and written that none hog the soundwaves. You’ll also find yourself comparing Asleep Droid to a more rooted and early form of Anamanaguchi (specifically its scott pilgrim soundtrack days).

6. Monomer – Lexicon

Monomer’s style wasn’t a big surprise to me, as I’ve heard his music before, with his latest EP, Labyrinth. A fantastic song and you’ll find a lot of heavy production went into Lexicon (as does a lot of Monomers songs). You’ll also hear some influence from certain genres as Synth and Retrowave.

7. Chrono wolf – Singularity

Chronowolf puts a lot of effort into his music, and Singularity is no exception. The song is a mesmerizing ride of leads and drums changing up and breaking down through some epic pieces. Perfectly describes singularity through sound alone.

8. 505 – Aventure at silly Venture

Another song influenced through the synthwave genre. Adventure at silly Venture is a great song which stands out from everything else chiptune, taking rhythm as its main weapon throughout. The fat bass is also a brilliant addition.

9. Stig – Corridor of Blades

I love the cold and quiet wave drums in this subtle tune. Corridor of Blades is a nice song which doesn’t rely tried and tested structures but writes its own using only abstract sounds made from sid and shimmering, heavily reverbed arps.

10. Willrock – Sand Castle

If you’ve played Shovel Knight you’ll instantly find Willrock’s Sand Castle awesome. The melodies, drums and crazy noodling from the leads are all brilliant, with the music style throwing back to those NES days. One of my favourites on the compilation from the sheer effort on the leads alone.

11. Pieces of 8 – Not with that attitude you won’t

This song is probably the most heaviest song on the compilation, with its opening bringing some hard hitting drumming and dirty bass. The drumming is also probably the best you’ll listen to, and gets even more crazier towards the end of the song.

12. umeboshi chazuke – We are knights of potato field


The final song of the compilation and fantastic song to end on, We are the knights of potato field is an epic track filled with crazy fast leads and brilliant guitar to push it forward. It’s also a nice throwback to Chiptunes = win’s prior compilation on St.Patricks Day.

So there you have it, 12 utter brilliant songs from Chiptunes – Win. I hope you liked listening to it as much as I did. Till next week 🙂

Portopak – Monsters

This may be a bit late but this is because of mainly one thing…

MCM COMIC CON MANCHESTER!

Yes, this weekend there was so much happening, comics, geekery and even some chiptune. On saturday was the comic con after party and I had the courtesy of listening to the lovely tunes of Auracle. The night was so good I decided to snap it below.

I had a great time and I’m looking forward to listening and reviewing Auracle’s new material when it comes out in the near the future.
PORTOPAK – MONSTERS
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This week I’m reviewing an EP that was sent to me while back, but unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to listen to it until now. Portopak is a chiprock artist who resides in Pittsburgh of Pennsylvania. A lot of his music uses combines the use of synth, a Guitar and sweet drums, with postrocky music. His synth involves a variety of different instruments such as, the standard gameboy and a stylophone.
His latest EP Monsters, and was inspired by a lot of old school horror films.
It’s first song, Doubting Dracula, quickly breaks out with a bassy wave lead thumping away, and some rhythmic guitar smashing in with the ten seconds. Through out the tune, everything is pretty tight and quick and is probably the most stand out song on the EP.
Troubled Ghost winds it back a bit and is a nice slow blend of chiptune and guitar, making something complete different and unique. I felt it was quite postrocky and conceptual, using subtle spoken words in the background.
Monsters’ final song, Listen Galahad, is a very post rock song continuing on from what Troubled Ghost had first left off. However a huge spoken word sample piece is included over the top, to emphasise the songs intent.
Monsters is a great short EP and I would say is definitely experimental. I loved the style it went, but sadly it ended too soon. I hope Portopak uses the same ideas he came up for this EP, as creating a bigger postrock EP would be definitely be sweet!

Comptroller – Blue Video Romance

If you were listening to Fab Radio and we weren’t there, apologies. This was down to a new player entering the game…yes, a newborn came into this world and no, it wasn’t mine. But anyway we’ll be definitely playing today, and sending you this months featured song list, but with an extra one added in.

Comptroller’s Blue Video Romance. 
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This has been an album I’ve been listening to for a while since it came out and it has been a hard hitting four (plus one remix) track EP, filled with distorted chiptune played through a PSP and Little GP Tracker. I decided to buy the cassette edition (you get the mp3 version) due to awesome blue hue on the cassette.

To begin, Comptroller is musician based in Edinburgh and has been doing chiptune music since 2009, mixing genres of chipmusic, 8bit, 80s anime and cyber punk.

The first track, Arm Missail, hits hard immediately, its distorted leads, using some dirty chords and fat bass, along with some complex drumming. There are also great change ups in the whole song, something you don’t see much in chiptune.

However if that song wasn’t hard hitting enough for well, great ready for Desperate Clear, as its bass is kicked up to 11, with a great build up to the meat of the song, with some gritty melodies played. Because of this, I’d say Desperate Clear is probably the most cyberpunk song out of the EP. My favourite part however has to be the epic break down included at the end.

Making things a lot lighter from Desperate Clear, Lemon No Yume is Comptrollers gritty interpretation of PSY.-S. Lemon No Yuuki which when comparing the two, you’ll see both are unique. This is the first time I’ve listened to it and its fantastic song. See for yourself below:

Comptroller’s final song Heartbeat Nites is a fantastic trip hoppy (and vaporwave) rendition and is a fantastic way end the EP. It very much reminds me of DJ Shadow’s old material back in the 90s, mainly Six Days from Private Press. Blue Video Romance is a solid, gritty album and if you’ve been wanting to get into some dirty cyberpunk, a great introduction to it.

Like I said before I’ll be on gameface tonight playing you the songs I’ve found past this whole month. You can listen via links below:

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The set list is below so have a listen and see what you like:

Listen to Who Cares by Ultrasyd via Bandcamp

Listen to In The Snow EP by Arcadecoma via bandcamp

(I couldn’t decide of which song to put on for Twilight City, so I put two on, though honestly I’d play the whole damn thing, sadly I can’t D:)

Listen to Twilight City by Are You Afraid Of The Dog via bandcamp

Listen to Orbitals by Tri Angles via bandcamp

So that’s all till next time guys! If you enjoyed any of these bands I have linked you, please if you any pennies to spare, support these artists by buying their albums. Every Album I review, I have bought to support these underground heroes, so please keep chiptune growing with your support!