Timid Soul – Bubble Funk EP

So for a while now I’ve been listening to a bit of J-pop. Not the most conventional stuff, but other music that has been inspired by it. One of the best artists I’ve come across that does this is, Timid Soul, someone who experiments largely with J-pop, but brings chiptune, as well as funk, trap, samples and glo-fi to the mix.

I’ve been listening to his latest EP, Bubble Funk (released via Keats Collective) for a while, and although its not what I usually blog on here, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. First thing off the bat, you can tell this is very experimental with one song, Melodie being solely chiptune (as well as a reprise at the end). It’s quite weird, as it doesn’t go with the style of the rest of the songs and it feels that Timid Soul wanted to try a new direction. However that being said, it also added to the uniqueness of what I’d call, a Tip Top EP! Every song has it’s own cool vibes, with some songs (Melodiereprise & In My Heart Forever) having some very cool vaporwave going on.

Out of the whole EP, it was extremely hard to choose my favourite song. There’s just so many to choose from, with Bubble Funk & Yankee Rose being huge contenders. However I would have to say the best stand out track was Sunset Kiss Infinity.

Listen to this song before as you’ll understand where I’m coming from when I say this. In my honest opinion, Timid Soul has managed to fuse part of Michael Jackson’s soul whilst calling out on the vibes of J-pop & Rnb to create this magnificent song.

Now that’s definitely saying something for this Song.

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Paladin Shield – Self Titled

The latest EP I’ve come across recently, was just by chance. I found it by Bandcamp and I literally pressed on the first thing I found (This is why I love Bandcamp). This EP was the self titled album from chiprock band, Paladin Shield.

To begin, Paladin Shield are a three piece band consisting of, Jesse Avila on vocals, bass, and 8bit programming; Tiaday Bail on Guitar and Vocals; and finally Danny Servo on Drums.

As soon as I started listening to them, I instantly fell in love in with their music with the first song, Silver Gates. They reminded me of an 8bit version of Surfer Blood or similar chiptune band, Cyclops Rock. Their other songs, Misty Mystic & Goblin City are a treat and quite experimental and don’t follow a certain pattern. The melodies that were also played were fascinating to listen to working extremely well with the watery, echoey guitar and vocals.

It seems to me Paladin Shield will definitely make some waves in their style and I look forward to their future music that they make. I see they’ve also got some gigs lined up with some pretty good bands, Astroskeleton and Slime Girls.

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Shirobon – Infinity

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!
I’m going to be on the radio tonight! The good people at Gameface on Fab Radio have invited me around to guest appear and play some wicked chiptune music. This is brilliant as I’ll be able to show off all the chiptune music that I’ve been finding and people have sent me. So I’m putting together a 15 track playlist, if anyone wants to be featured, please comment below with a link.
ANYWAY!

I’ve been listening to plenty of different chiptune music, since the Hyperwave launch party, one of which I had in my car for the last two weeks. That’s Shirobon’s latest album, Infinity. Shirobon is an experienced chiptune artist who uses game consoles such as, game boys to make music in the style of Synth Pop and has been doing so since 2008! He is also the founder of the Hyperwave Label.

Before listening I bought another of his as well as Infinity, Arcade Dream. I decided to listen his latest material due to the simple game of Ip Dip  Doo.

As soon as I put it into my car radio driving back from London, I was hit with a fantastic intro to Infinity, “Are You Ready”. It quickly shows off Shirobon’s fantastic tracking from using a gameboy and LSDJ. It also shows several other elements made with other software as well as kick ass sampling. 

From there on the build up into the next song, Meteor is god damned fantastic, and is passed the gauntlet an epic way. The bass in Meteor is down right so brilliantly terrifying, so great when you’re driving down at 75 miles an hour.

This is probably the best song in the album down to its epic bass which thumps so hard, along with the hard hitting lead.
Next is “Hack The Mainframe” which is fantastic song, sandwiched in between Meteor, and the even more 90s vibed, “Pump it”, my third fav. My second favourite song however is the 5th track, Chiptuna, it almost made me drive way past 80, down to its grungy hardcore leads.

“(ノ◕ヮ◕​)​ノ​*​:​・゚✧ ft. Protodome” is another great song featuring one of my favourite artists guesting.

“Little Calculations” is the only song that didn’t grow on me, as it unfortunately cuts short the high octane energy, turning it down. I would say it would’ve been better as a intro.

After listening to Infinity constantly on the way back to Manchester, it made my trip a whole lot more awesome with the hardcore tracking and effort put into it. It also really got me interested in Shirobon, and I’ll definitely be listening to Arcade Dream, as soon as I’ve finished listening to Infinity that is.

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Maniac Mac – Tha Space

Hey guys, it’s that time again, a new chiptune blog. This time I’ve been sent a couple of songs by an artist based in Sweden called, Maniac Mac (real name, Marcus Larsson), which came from his breakout EP, Tha Space. I seem to be finding quite a few chiptune artists in regional Scandinavia, so it’s really cool to see that chiptune is thriving in other places rather than just Japan, UK & US.

Maniac Mac describes his music as:

“Swedish electro/chiptune music both for the party maniacs and the sad persons!” 

And rightly so! Maniac’s music style is a mix crazy, happy melodies & tunes and complimented by some smooth, light and creative drumming. As soon you start listening, instantly be transported into your own happy world, perhaps even full of unicorns and spaceships.

Though the first song, ‘A true Maniac’, is a little repetitive at moments, The rest of the EP is brilliant, with ‘Flow’ reminding me a lot the old Amiga games such as, Theme Hospital and Lemmings

If the happy bouncy style isn’t your taste, then I suggest you listen to the next song, ‘Banned from swedish radio’, which includes some proper thumbing bass, tunes and space.

This is most likely my favourite song on the whole EP, however this is strongly followed by ‘Lågstadiedisco’, which a mix of both happy melodies as well as keeping with the disco vibes.

Overall it was a great EP that he wrote. I’d definitely like to hear some more tunes from him in the future, perhaps more with a disco vibe. I get the funny feeling, he’d do a great cover of Heart of Glass by Blondie. Perhaps he’ll take up the challenge? I certainly hope so!

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