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VOIA & Glass Islands – Moving [In-Depth Review]

VOIA and Glass Islands teamed up to create an original and evocative cyberpunk EP, Moving. Moving consists of three tracks with vocals by VOIA and serve more like chapters in a story, rather than three individual songs. Prelude, Moving, and Running, all revolving around a unifying theme of momentum, create a sonic backdrop that evokes the vision of a sprawling cyberpunk metropolis. Continue reading VOIA & Glass Islands – Moving [In-Depth Review]

Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy

ENDLESS FANTASY - DIGITAL COVER ARTAnamanaguchi has certainly made a name for themselves in the world of chiptunes. I doubt many would argue that they are one of the biggest chiptune/rock bands out there. With their latest 22-song release, paid for by the fans themselves via Kickstarter and not involving any record label, Anamanaguchi is showing just how versatile and dynamic they really are.

If you’ve heard their previous releases, you’re familiar with their fun Weezeresque-rock + NES lead instrumental sound. It’s fun, upbeat and always full of suprises. The Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game soundtrack expanded the pallete to using Gameboy sounds and a bit more “video game” styled songs.

However, this time around, on Endless Fantasy the guitars have taken the back seat for the first half of the album. You might be in for a shock at how danceable this album is. Live drums and guitars have been dialed down for great chiptune sounds and vocal samples that might remind you more of Daft Punk than Weezer. Tracks like Prom Night and Japan Air feature guest vocals and could easily be played on the radio next to the latest electro single. It might not be what everyone was expecting from them, but its hard to deny how great it all sounds.

And don’t worry, the guitars do make a come back on the second half. Spf 420 and the obvious Weezer-homage titles In the Basement and Space Wax America are classic Anamanaguchi goodness that will make you smile. Every track is full of suprises and you’ll surely find your own personal favorite amongst all the variety. This is their most professional sounding album to date, and I’d suspect any fan of VGM or Chiptune will find something they like here.

Buy Endless Fantasy on iTunes!

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Kill3r Whale – Let’s Party

Philly chip duo Kill3r Whale just released their first EP, a heartfelt fusion of chiptune, indie rock and hiphop. Mixing well performed vocals with well-mixed gameboy chiptune and live drums, Kill3r Whale has a sound all their own, and it is awesome. Download their album from Bandcamp at Name-Your-Own-Price.

Artist Spotlight: Talk To Animals @BlipFestival

“Talk to Animals compliments her moody, beat-driven 8-bit & lo-fi soundscapes with a range of vocal styles. The resulting music is alternately frenzied, melodic, fierce and serene, always with an unstoppable energy, as precise as it is punk.”

Talk To Animals played this year’s BlipFestival, and her unique style sets her apart. Using a MiniKP to process effects, Talk To Animals manipulates her sound live. Combined with her vocals and grimy, almost industrial sounds, Talk To Animals rocks.

Talk To Animals has released an EP on Bandcamp. Support this artist by picking it up for only $5. You can also add her on Facebook and MySpace.