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Konnekted

L-tron • Konnekted

The title track of L-tron’s Konnekted is every sort of dance track. Always impressing with his use of 1 DMG to make his tracks, “Konnekted” packs more raw dance energy than most EDM tracks I see getting played everywhere these days. It is 8 minutes long, true, but by the end of those 8 minutes you should have had yourself a decent dance party break.

L-tron is another of the artists that will be on the lWlVl stage the weekend of August 22nd and 23rd! First up on Saturday night’s performances, so don’t be late! The lWlVl Tumblr has a ton of updates about the show and interviews with some of the artists as well!

If you’ve yet to buy your tickets for lWlVl in Williamsburg, you can save time at the door by getting them online at Brown Paper tickets.

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lWlVl - 2 days of lo-bit music, art, & interactive work - August 22-23 ⊟
Hot on the heels of Cincinnati’s excellent BRKfest, lWlVl brings chipmusic back to the big stage in NYC.
We don’t even know where to start, so many Tiny favorites will be playing the stage at Villain in Brooklyn: Meishi Smile, SLIME GIRLS, Shirobon, IAYD, Covox, Meneo, and so many more! We’ll feature some of the artists gracing the stage that weekend in the days leading up to the festival!
In addition to some pretty rad musical performers, lWlVl will feature the work of artists like Phillip Stearns, Daniel Temkin, Raquel Meyers, Batsly Adams, and Chromacle in exhibitions and visuals throughout the show. And if you need to relax away from the crowd for a moment, Death by Audio Arcade will provide a collection of indie arcade booths to the festival as well.
You can already purchase tickets over at Brown Paper Tickets, and there’s even an option to join the volunteer army that’s making lWlVl happen if you can’t cover the full price of the festival ticket!
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lWlVl - 2 days of lo-bit music, art, & interactive work - August 22-23 ⊟

Hot on the heels of Cincinnati’s excellent BRKfest, lWlVl brings chipmusic back to the big stage in NYC.

We don’t even know where to start, so many Tiny favorites will be playing the stage at Villain in Brooklyn: Meishi Smile, SLIME GIRLS, Shirobon, IAYD, Covox, Meneo, and so many more! We’ll feature some of the artists gracing the stage that weekend in the days leading up to the festival!

In addition to some pretty rad musical performers, lWlVl will feature the work of artists like Phillip Stearns, Daniel Temkin, Raquel Meyers, Batsly Adams, and Chromacle in exhibitions and visuals throughout the show. And if you need to relax away from the crowd for a moment, Death by Audio Arcade will provide a collection of indie arcade booths to the festival as well.

You can already purchase tickets over at Brown Paper Tickets, and there’s even an option to join the volunteer army that’s making lWlVl happen if you can’t cover the full price of the festival ticket!

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precious jewel

knife city • precious jewel EP

The title track off of knife city's latest EP is a serious banger, and if you've ever high-fived the sweaty Luke Silas after an Anamanaguchi set, you’ll know he’s no stranger to tearing the dance floor a new one. 

A masterpiece of chiphaus/chipstep, “precious jewel” has been a part of knife city sets for a while now, but it’s really good to see it get a proper release on the world wide web. The rest of the EP includes remixes of knife city tracks by Boaconstructor, IAYD, Iron Curtain and Sabrepulse.

It’s available as a name-your-price/pay-what-you-want Bandcamp download, but I know the bars in Luke’s neighborhood do a $5 beer + shot special.

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Doctor Popular - Rumspringa ⊟

West coast OG nerdrocker Doctor Popular brings us this music video from the track “Rumspringa” off of his latest album Destroy All Presets. Tasty Nanoloop crunchy beats make the perfect soundtrack for a silly video about chasing down a missing Game Boy cartridge.

MORE Doc Pop's "Dazzler" as remixed by E.N. Cowell

BRKfest - three-day chip music festival next week ⊟

Likely the biggest chip music showcase in the Midwest, BRKfest, will return to Cincinnati, OH on July 25-27! The extravaganza will host dozens of bleep bloop artists, including Cheap Dinosaurs, Glomag, Corset Lore, and Chipocrite — see more of the announced acts here. The festival will also offer merch and open mic opportunities.

Though I live in Cincinnati, I somehow managed to never hear about this annual event until last month. Sooooo it’s time time to fix that. I plan to head over to the Chameleon for at least one or two nights — you should too! Click these links for more details about the event and to purchase a pass/shirt. And here’s a BRKfest trailer to get you pumped!

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Calavera - Gentlemen’s Swing ⊟

(apologies for the musical hiatus, life has been pretty busy!)

Calavera is a Melbourne based musician who has made something particularly unique (in my opinion) with a Game Boy. The EP with the same name as this track is dripping with that swing feel, steady grooves and some unique upbeat melodies the whole way through.

DON'T MISS "Nice to meet you, Fuji-sama", a tune Calavera wrote while visiting Japan and witnessing Mount Fuji 

And Everything In It

Pterodactyl Squad • Somewhere Something Incredible

I’m sure I’ve made my predilection for chip-rock using vocal samples well-known, adding yet another group to the list we have Alone In The Universe (the band, not the feeling). Happy to hear about them from the good folks at the Pterodactyl Squad netlabel, Alone In The Universe are two brothers that make delightful pop-punk with subtle but energetic 8-bit melodies.

You can download (and pay what you want) their album Somewhere Something Incredible at the Pterodactyl Squad Bandcamp.

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Rock

George & Jonathan • George & Jonathan III

Every single time you think you’ve encountered The Best Music and you feel like you’ve been livin’ that Beautiful Lifestyle, George and Jonathan manage to pull out all the stops once again and blind-side you with III (works best in WebGL-capable browsers, Firefox, Chrome, Safari on desktop, iOS Safari seems to have issues).

George and Jonathan have outdone themselves once again like no one else possibly could, the lofi-funkitude of GnJ’s jams damn well better change your life. “Rock” is head-thrashing, rainbow-colored celebration opening up a mosh pit in the middle of some primo funk jams.

You can listen to George and Jonathan’s III on Bandcamp (where you can buy and download too!), SoundCloud and Spotify

We love you forever George and Jonathan!

DON'T MISS the visual track for "Puppy Love". DON'T MISS IT
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STU - INTRODUCING THE CHIP BASS (MIXTAPE - SIDE B)

Chipmusic veteran and Atari operator STU put together a great mix of of dirty, dirty chipbass tracks. It’s a 31-minute mix but well worth your time and includes Tiny Chip favorites Monodeer, Kodek, Misfit Chris, Disrupt and many more! The mix linked here is side B; there is also a side A with many more favorites.

MORE My favorite STU EP, Atari Solo
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Pixel Passion

Arcade High • Pixel Passion

Synthpop dreamwave loveboats Arcade High wowed my metaphorical pants off at this past Pulsewave (almost full video here). The duo from Pittsburgh may be somewhat newcomers to the chipmusic scene but have no shortage of enthusiasm for making great music.

Pixel Passion is the first track off of their album of the same name.  Dreamwave, floatcore, synthpop are all great descriptors but whatever you call it, it never fails to put a smile on my face.

DON'T MISS Their cover of Sonic's Green Hill Zone theme
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Monument 010

1000 Needles • Osiris

While I sadly could not make it to this year’s Frequency once again, my timelines were abuzz with praise for 1000 Needles’ performance this year. My first pass through their most recent EP Osiris landed me the above as a clear favorite almost immediately.

Excellent chip-rock grooves and crisp melodies make “Monument 010” my power jam of the EP. Just going to sit over here fist-pumping and head-banging while listening to this track on repeat. The rest of the EP delivers on the emotional robot adventure of reuniting a kingdom literally torn asunder. That’s not hyperbole, that’s the jams.

MORE A sample of all the artists who performed at Frequency 3.0
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DEATH ONLINE

No stranger to our ears or our feet, IAYD from Corpus Christi, Texas is an expert at taking a party from “turnt” to “TOO TURNT”. “DEATH ONLINE” is an excellent sample of the music that IAYD has been playing live for the last couple of years.

Previously of hyper-sonic 8bitpeoples fame, IAYD has some excellent music lined up for release later this year. You can buy your own copy of “DEATH ONLINE” on his Bandcamp, and you’ll automatically get an email from the site when he releases something new there.

MORE Shy Guys electro remix of DEATH ONLINE
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