A good look into Slime Girls!

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This is slightly different from my standard reviews that I generally do here. This week I invested in the discography of Slime Girls. If you haven’t heard of Slime Girls, they’re electronic pop band who reside in Los Angeles, California. They’ve been going on a few years now, with a list of 4 albums to brag!

I’ve been meaning to buy a Slime Girls album for a while, but never could grab them all. So when I saw I could buy the entire discography off Bandcamp for $9 (a pittance in pound sterling), I jumped at the chance to get them all!

Since then I have listened to each album endlessly, soaking in the energy of every song with almost all of them a blast to hear. However when it comes the blog, I can’t review every single one, so I’ve rounded up 3 albums I think best show off what is great about Slime Girls! Let’s get into this!

3. Heart On Wave:

This is a small EP mainly full of remixes of the titled song, but it’s a great album, nonetheless! Both Slime Girls’ original songs, ‘HEART ON WAVE’ & ‘Video Girl’ are packed full of meaty beats, melodies and the signature music style. It’s quite a change from the gritty style of their first album, Vacation Wasteland, and sounds more closely towards Anamanaguchi, more so ‘Video Girl’, which reminds me of ‘Planet’ from ‘Endless Fantasy’.

However, LSDJ’s roots are not forgotten, with a remix of ‘HEART ON WAVE’ entirely on game boys. It’s so good it’s hard to tell the difference between the two! As for the remixes, they provide another great 2nd serving to what are already great songs. All are amazing, with my favourite being Petriform’s remix, due to its progressive opener. Also adore the artwork, and is the best cover out of all Slime Girls’ albums.

2. No Summer No Cry:

The one thing I like about Slime Girls is the fact that they always seem to change up the style for each album, be the two single EPs, or the first album, Vacation Wasteland. No Summer No Cry is something completely different from the other two, going down the conceptual root, with the main theme about how summer has gone too quickly. It starts with the best slowly intro I’ve heard in a while called, ‘we never saw the ocean’ and it feels like as if I’m watching The Goonies all over again! It then goes into ‘Summer is Gone …Again’, an updated version of Vacation Wasteland’s original LSDJ track. It’s a nice revision from VW’s rendition, and matches its energy well.

I really love the unique style of No Summer No Cry. It’s completely different from the prior single EPs, and its not afraid to go into other genres which don’t fit with Slime Girls’ general sound This includes such songs as, CCC (Gelato Beach Ver.), which sounds as if I’ve gone into a Nintendo game!

I really wanted to put this at my top albums. Every song was unique, and you could feel the amount of passion that went into creating it (it even came out on my birthday, proper stoked am I)! However, only time will if tell if the album will define music, which I believe is what my no.1 has done, and why I put ‘No Summer No Cry’ as my no.2.

1. Vacation Wasteland EP:

In my eyes this is probably the best of Slime Girls’ repertoire. Before I sat down to give it a listen, I couldn’t understand why it was so popular on bandcamp. I suppose back then, I was new to the chipscene and hadn’t begun to appreciate the finer details of chiptune. But now I can see why, with its perfect balance of gritty chipmusic & the surfpop genre both coming together extremely well. Almost every song comes into its own, with songs such as, Summer is gone, which features some lovely harmonizing pulse channels, and Splash Nebula, featuring fantastic leads over the top of some brilliant guitar & drum backing.

Don’t go on just these two songs however, as the WHOLE album is genius and and a must have for any person wanting to expand their chiptune catelogue or even get into the genre! As a whole, I feel Vacation Wasteland really helped shape the chiprock community across USA, as we now have countless bands following suit such as, Astroskeleton, Melt Channel & Shadynasty, all absolutely brilliant. I’m looking forward to Slime Girls’ live performance, and hopefully they’ll come to the UK (get in touch with Superbyte guys)!

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Super Robotic Encounters – Go Melody

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This weeks review I decided to listen to something a bit more melodic. Super Robotic Encounters is a chiptune musician (real name, David Day) based in the United Kingdom. Bay has been making for over 15 years, with the last two years as a semi-professional musician. He bases his music around mainly ‘silly melodic bitpop’, but also goes over into the genres of VGM & chipmusic. Bay has also created a couple small EPs & LP, prior to the present album.

Go Melody is Super Robotic Encounters 3rd album, with 11 bitpop/chiptune tracks. The past few months I’ve been mainly listening to music with a beat, so Day’s silly, happy style was a nice change.

My first pick song is the second track off the album, ‘Wake up, Mister moon’. It starts with really cute keys as an introduction, giving the feeling you’re looking up towards the night sky. It then kicks in with fantastic winding melodic lead, whilst hooking you in with the fat bass & drums. This is great early song, to get you into Go Melody, as it really reminds me of those Super Mario years I used to play on the 64. Good times!

If you’re a big fan of Mario, then sit back cos all these songs are like a fantastically written love note to the red plummer.

Whilst the majority of the songs are around 2 minutes long, all of them are very unique in sound, melody & style, whilst keeping to bitpop. My second pick song, does just that. ‘Homely’ is a very bluesy song which hits you with a fantastic 8bit organ instrument, followed by some funky leads. It really shows how much skill Day has in creating music, as everything in this song comes together well, and even though some melodies may get used again, he changes the style of the instrument, opting for a deep square sound.

The next song to entice your ears, is ‘This is the end’ (even though it still plenty more songs after it). It kicks straight into its main riff, a nice bluesy & uplifting number which compliments the style of the song. This progresses into the chorus at 00.37 and lifts the song even further than the verse had. After listening to the song, I guess the theme for ‘This is the end’ is that its a tribute to all the songs at the end of video games, which is why its such an epic number!

The final song to tie off this four song list is the last tune off Go Melody’s track list, Systems Fall. It’s a lot more different from the others, being more funky whilst using minor scales & chords. The biggest change from everything else is that there’s a lot more layers of instruments and music, with the drums really taking a step up. It begins quite basic with just a melody, bass & drums however, the tables are turned at 1.27 when some extremely fat and distorted bass. This kicks the song up into serious overdrive and ends the album in such a spectacular way.

I had really fun listening to Super Robotic Encounters’ latest album. It reminded me of Izioq’s past album, Retro Life, as they both had variety and fantastic melodies throughout. Go Melody, was a great change to what I listened to prior to the album, due to its carefree style and beautiful melodies.

Wake Up Mister Moon & Systems Fall

Chema64 – VIZIERS

For this weeks review, I’ll be looking at Chema64’s VIZIERS. A bit of context, Chema64 is an LSDJ artist who resides in Mexico City, Mexico. For his music he solely just use’s Nintendo Gameboys, creating a mayhem of different sounds. As well as that, Chema64 also founded 56kpsrecords, a netlabel whose goal is to promote chiptune music.

To start, this is the first time I’ve listened to Chema64’s music, and I must say it is probably one of the most hard hitting, glitched music I’ve heard in a while, whilst still containing a groove through out, and pouring some sweet WAV dubstep into the mix.

Straight off the bat, VIZIERS starts off with one of its best songs on the album, “s u n s e t” and begins with a raw arpeggio, feeling like rays of heat coming on of a barren desert. One of the things which keeps you listening to “s u n s e t”, is the fact it holds the beat through its use of grime & glitch, in which the WAV channel is heavily used to create as sound full of doom.

Following on from that and raising the bar is the second song, “Dataslave”, which has some interesting use of the drums samples, to create fills that sound almost like clockwork & robotic. The continued use of the WAV channel also sounds almost like a robotic voice and really helps convey the themes of Dataslave, as being a prisoner of technology.

To compliment that fantastic array of robotic sounds is Neon Geisha, a hard hitting & heavy yet dancy song. The signature robotic voice is there to take care of the monstrous beats, whilst the main melody plays against the dancy vibes, creating this mix which switches from dancy to monstrous, robotic dubstep.

And now we now go to my final favourite song off the album, which is Wintermvte. It begins with a great arpy introduction, over the top of some trappy snare drums and claps. This intro last for about a minute, until the fat dirty dubstep wobble (done on the WAV channel) kicks in at 1.07 to full effect. It’s mixed and balanced extremely well, with both sounds playing off against each other.

After listening to VIZIERS, I can say that Chema64 really handles dubstep, glitch & grime extremely well. It translates over really well, with nothing forgotten or lost. Whether you’re a big fan of MDK’s (Morgan David King) dubstep music or Knife City’s Precious Jewel (as both do dubstep, grime & glitch very well).

S U N S E T & Dataslave

Conquer Monster – Metatransit

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I’ve been looking forward to reviewing this post for a while. This is down to the fact that it’s a genre that I’ve liked a fair bit: Synthwave. You also don’t normally see the genre  combined Chiptune, So this was well needed. Conquer Monster, are a synthwave duo group from Utah, comprising of Joshua Faulkner & Daniel Romero, who have spent the majority of their teens collecting bits of vintage music tech as well game consoles. Their music style combines the bassy vibes of Synth rock, whilst utilising the modern beats of electronica and 8bit.

Metatransit is their first album of their catalogue and it shows their talent to their craft and potential for the future. The album begins with a with a warm beat eclectic introduction, Dystopian Underworld, giving you a good idea of what’s to come.

The first song to really prick my ears up, is Conquer Monster’s opening song, Flux Peripheral. The start of the song really sets the scene, with the use of their vintage tech providing stellar sounds. It’s as if it’s a warm midnight drive throughout the whole 5 minutes of the track. The sounds that also really moved me were the chimes which really provided that extra level of atmosphere.

The next song to push Metatransit forward was, Galaxy Surf. It starts off with a fantastic introduction with a shimmering lead over the top of some dirty bass. This is then complimented with some heart felt samples from 1950s science-fiction, whilst slowly & carefully built up to the crescendo. From there on out, powerful harmonising leads take over until at 3.36 a subtle bridge takes over, calling out with another heartfelt voice. Overall this is a beautiful song, which gradually builds upon itself through three great parts.

Self similar frequency domain is the third song on my featured picks. It’s a fantastically well built song which contains some well executed & varied beats. This is probably one of my favourite tracks of the album, down to fact that it’s extremely chilled, with nothing taking over the song. Everything is also on beat perfectly, as a couple of the leads in other songs of the album felt like they were slightly off.

My final song, is funnily enough the final song of the album, Spectral Drift. It begins with some real glitchy and experimental synths, followed by some chopped up, beaty samples. The one thing that makes this song unique is the fact that it utilises a variety of different sounds to make up its style. Its rhythm is also utterly fantastic especially in several places, such as at 4.00, when both the samples and sounds are pitted against each other, in order to create an echoey, eclectic rhythm.

Metatransit is an great album to show off where synthwave is going, as prior to this, the genre generally featured slow beats with a chilled out punchy bassline. However this is not the case as it shows some major experimentation going on. Of course, there are some problems with Metatransit such as offset of when leads change pitch & perhaps too many songs were featured on the album itself. But over looking that, Conquer Monster’s Metatransit is one stellar listen.

Self-Similar Frequency Domain & Spectral Drift

They also have by the best merchandise I have ever seen.