Nerdcore rapper MegaRan is going on tour across the United States and the UK this August and September. The self-proclaimed “Teacher, Rapper, Hero” combines chiptune video game soundtracks with hiphop instrumentals to create a unique and exciting form of positive rap music. This tour is to promote his upcoming release RNDM which drops on September 15th.
I’ve said this before and I’m gonna say it again now: one of my favorite things about chipmusic is how an *AWESOME* artist that I’ve never heard of before can come out of nowhere with a *STELLAR* release and *COMPLETELY* blow my mind. Today’s Friday Freakout artist does this yet again for me and in a *SPECTACULAR* fashion:
Rhythm ‘N’ Bits
by Yoann Turpin
This Ubiktune release (that alone should tell you something!!) is jammed full of funky goodness with 19 tracks of mind blowing, hip moving, baby making AWWWW YEEEAAAH! Yoann describes his fantastical release quite accurately as, “…the meeting of Chiptune with Funk, RnB and Epic Themes!!” While there’s a goodly amount of EPIC in the chipscene, both funk and R&B are largely underrepresented genres. This release most definitely helps fill that void and in a damn powerful way! The overall level of musicianship displayed by Yoann on this album, along with the very high production value of it, is frighteningly amazing; even for the talent rich chipscene full of stand-out releases and artists, this one stands out like a 100 story unicorn made of disco balls and laser beams and EXPLOSIONS and sexy. 8)
There’s a bit more going on with the theme of this album than meets the eye as well. According to Dmitry at Ubiktune, “Rhythm’n’Bits is a tribute to the video game soundtracks that had a big impact on Yoann as a child. Yoann captured this fascinating music in this album, inspired by the RPGs from the 90’s as well as Sega Mega Drive and Super NES games.” Dmitry goes on to explain, “The story told with the album is about the gamer he (Yoann) was and still is. In every track, Yoann tried to show that chiptune has not aged and can be considered a contemporary medium or instrument.”
Snag this FUNKALICIOUS album on iTunes, Bandcamp, or Amazon.mp3 (the latter currently having the lowest price for purchase in the states, as Yoann hails from France!). EASILY worth the purchase price to obtain these EXCELLENT jams, although if not you can always stream it at Bandcamp or Ubiktune. Whatever you have to do, GET THIS GOODNESS IN YOUR EARHOLES. It’ll do your mind, body, heart, and soul a world of good. Funk is magical like that. 8)
Four years later, the project returns, this time providing an expansive cast of chiptune talent in 13 crunchy chip tracks. From Sabrepulse to Cheapshot, Rushjet1 to Henry Homesweet, Da Chip Vol. II is a diverse and rocking album worthy of any gameboy.
And best of all, it’s free.