I thought I’d wait till I got the CD from Cheapbeats before I review this gem. Ravepunk is the latest album from Graz, who both owns and runs Ravertooth Tiger, an EDM net label. Residing in Seattle, Washington, Graz has been part of the chiptune scene almost 10 years and has racked up a huge repertoire of music.
Ravepunk takes everything that is good from the sound of LSDJ and puts it up into the hardcore factor, with the bounciness of each beat flying around every track.
The album opens up with ‘Dayglow Brighter Than Your Future’, immediately blaring out with a high pitched lead. Accompanied with a number of crazy sounds from saw waves to arpeggios, the track straight away shows off Graz’s knowledge of sound design on LSDJ. The bounciness of the beat really comes through perfectly, namely from the sporadic drums, whilst the chorus is also epic, being able to instantly kick off a rave.
Although ‘Dayglow Bright Than Your Future’ sums up Graz’s style for Ravepunk brilliantly, the rest of the album adds a further punch to already ‘ravey vibes’. One such track is ‘Dragoon Underground’, as it’s probably the craziest song off the album, namely down to its huge drops & chipstep breakdown, courtesy of the WAV channel.
One last tune I’d like to include on this review (although this is pretty hard as the majority of the album is sound) is ‘Astrolab’, which has some fantastic use of the WAV & Pulse channel in such a way that it sounds like I’m listening to a Crash Bandicoot level! Some serious rave overdrive from what is already one crazy cool album, and if you love getting pumped up, then definitely get Ravepunk.
Finally I’d like to thank Cheapbeats for releasing fantastic new material, as I’d had never found out about Graz if it weren’t for the Record Label, chiptune wouldn’t have much of a label platform to be heard! Check out their music, because they have released a lot of good stuff there!
~ GRAZ ~