Tokyo Chipped Manchester – J3WEL & HARLEYLIKESMUSIC

This week Tokyo Chipped came out of no where, but couldn’t come at a better time for me and chiptune, due to having a week off from work.

But before I go, let me talk about what’s coming Today I will be going back onto Gameface with the brilliant Graeme to feature the latest the chiptunes I’ve found over this past month. Below You’ll find the official set list:

  • Paladin Shield – Silver Gates
  • Timid Soul – Yankee Rose
  • Melt Channel – Lite Brite Frite Nite
  • Izioq – Blow into the Cartridge
  • Trey Frey – Airglow

I hope you’re looking forward to hearing all these great artists as much as I’m looking forward to playing them! I’ll be on tonight at 6pm on Fab Radio. Link below:

http://fabradiointernational.com/newmainplayer/index.html

Anyway, as I said, Tokyo Chipped came out of no where, and I had to quickly get the gang together to head to Fab Cafe. This time the newest musicans playing were, J3WEL (based in Southampton) & HARLEYLIKESMUSIC (based in Sheffield). 
Although I came during the showing of Studio Ghibli’s, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, I was luckily to get interview both of them, whom were fantastic to talk to and gave a great insight on how to get into the chiptune scene.
Me: How did you get into chiptune music?
J3WEL: I got into chiptune music when I started really listening to Sabrepulse and Knife City. After a while, I started getting into more artists such as, PROTODOME, and eventually I decided I wanted to make chipmusic, so I slowly began getting all the gear and gameboys. 
ME: What sort of consoles do you work with for your music?
J3WEL: I solely use modded Nintendo Gameboys along with a Micro Brute.
ME: Finally what is your favourite old school pixel game?
J3WEL: Oh, that’s definitely Dragon Warrior Monsters. It was a branch off from the old Dragon Quest series, and was more about capturing monsters and taming them, a bit like pokemon.
HARLEYLIKESMUSIC’S INTERVIEW

Me: How did you get into chiptune music?

Harley: Before I got into chiptune I used to play guitar, and whenever I tried to get a band together however, it generally fizzled out. In the end I gave up and instead decided to do electronic music and began to make it on a program tracker on my computer. During this time I found out about using Nintendo DS to make music and it worked out so well, especially for gigs. This snowballed out of control, and I found myself playings all over the world such as, Japan.

Me: How did manage to tour in Japan?

Harley: I just generally booked my flight tickets and flew to one gig in Kyoto, but I ended up doing a few others due to word of mouth getting across Japan. From then on I ended up going onto Australia due further word of mouth.

Me: Okay finally, what is your favourite old school game ever?

Harley: This is an extremely hard one to think of…I would say Dig Dug just down to its awesome sound track.

NEEDLESS TO SAY…

Both J3WEL and HARLEYLIKESMUSIC were fucking epic, playing above everyone’s expectations. If you wish hear more of J3WEL and HARLEYLIKESMUSIC at Tokyo Chipped, listen to me on Gameface at 6pm on fab radio, as there will be an recorded interview as well as a live set recording! Link below:

http://fabradiointernational.com/newmainplayer/index.html

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Trey Frey – Refresh

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!

My game boy has finally arrived and it’s so fucking awesome! I’m looking forward to practice on this bad boy with my LSDJ cartridge, but before I go any further I’ve got to get my shit together further with the software. Watch this space, you’ll see some cool things in the future.

Anyway, this is going to be a short post as I’ve some big things coming up soon this sunday. You’ll find out in the next post.

ONTO TREY FREY!

Trey Frey has been going on a while. He was in Superbyte last year, and unfortunately I was unable to see him. So when I was recommended him via a friend as an artist similar to Sabrepulse. I decided to buy his second album, Refresh and was immediately greeted to great dancy vibes using nothing but LSDJ.

You’ll find yourself dancing to the first song, Airglow, starting off dry and filtered, but then kicking hard with the bass.

This is repeated through the the album, keeping up the grooves going on, with such great songs as, Daisy, Further (which kicks the pace up twice as hard). Others such as Blvk (featuring Boaconstructor) using elements of dance and dubstep (cos in chiptune those go extremely well).

After listening to Refresh, I was more than certain that his next album, Tres Frais, which comes as a über cool 8inch floppy disk cover. I’m so looking forward to that!!!

Izioq – Retro Life

There’s not much to say about Izioq except he is a person of the 80s. Izioq is proud of the decade he was born into, dedicating much of his chiptune music to the kids of the 80s & 90s. He’s also proud to say that he solely uses consoles to produce his music, not using any modern software (such as, VST’s, Synth or even any Equalisers).

I found his music through a nice message he sent via facebook, in which I was given a link to his breakout album, Retro Life. I soon as I began listening, you can instantly tell that Izioq took the time, in terms of production and mastering, with the quality crystal clear. If you’ve had experience doing this, you’ll know it’s a damn hard process to do.
There are many songs in this album (a whopping 18) and I can’t talk about them all, so I’m going to list my favourite ones.
The album immediately kicks in with the fantastic, Blow into the cartridge, a great bouncy track with melodic leads that’ll get you humming. Even though I heard of songs like this before, every sounds and fits perfect.

The next song which I loved, was Mogwai Life due the shout, “LET’S GO!”, which incidentally sampled from Lemmings (one of my favourite old school games) and it’s bouncy bass.

Enter your name: AAA is another classic with some cool ass filtered leads and the stand out lead bass. There was so much to love about this song, this is probably one of my favourites.

I also loved the song after, Pizza + VHS + Friends as it’s a nice breakdown in the album and reminded me so much of the years I left at uni.

My Princess is in another Castle is another slow song, but works so well as one, invoking all of Mario’s woes (that damn Peach).

To round it off the album, the final song, Melt the Wizard is a great send off to tie off everything, from the throwback to the 80s and 90s, with it’s lovely arpeggios running up and down the song throughout.

Retro Life was a great listen, bringing me back to some parts of the 80s & 90s. The Lemmings sample, blowing into the cartridge, The wet bandit, and many more. The only problem I had was perhaps it was too long and probably the best songs should’ve been picked and used (perhaps keep the others for a special edition for physical release). But forgetting that a solid piece music and one to buy if you reminisce about the former decades.
Rest of the album is below:

Melt Channel – ✌️ O ✌️

I bought a cool ass game boy this week and it is awesome! I decided I wanted to include some classic DMG in my songs, and have it as a lead. So as soon as I saw it, I snapped it up!

I can’t wait to get this bad boy playing, I’m looking forward to getting it this week. I’ll even be doing a review on it as well (giving some credit to the guy who also made it).

ANYWAY!

I’ve been fan of Melt Channel since their second album, Magic is real. Hailing from Florida and inspired hugely by Anamanaguchi, Melt Channel mainly focuses on chiptune being their lead, instead of the technical wizardry Anamanaguchi does with their guitars.

I’m fucking loving the art above for the new EP as well!

So as soon as I found out that Melt Channel were releasing a smaller EP, comprising of two songs, I quickly through my money at the screen in hopes that the internet would take it. Thankfully it did and eagerly awaited to listen to Melt Channel’s aptly named, ✌️ O ✌️ (I wouldn’t know how to say that in words).

To say that this EP is awesome, is an understatement. Both songs, Machine Machine and Lite Brite Fite Nite, are fantastic, and progressive master pieces, not relying on a certain structure. I would’ve liked to have heard more gritty guitar, but it harmonizes extremely well with the chiptune programming.

Another thing which stood in the last album was the drums, the drumming being the best I’ve seen on a chiptune album. Though in ✌️ O ✌️ the drums were programmed through gameboy, they were still pretty legendary, though in future albums I would stick with physical drums, as it sets the songs apart from the rest of the chiptune genre.

After just those songs, I’m glad to see Melt Channel are still writing some good material, though albeit quite short, as I wish they’d included more! Oh well here’s hoping the next LP comes pretty soon!

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