was successfully added to your cart.
All Posts By

Cheapshot

[CB090] Ello Costello – started commuting

By | Releases | No Comments

About

Uh oh. One covered smoke detector too many and this boy was kicked out of student housing at school. I was only burning incense, jeez! But the decision had been made – for the last half of the semester, I started commuting. These songs were written and edited on campus and on the way to school – inspired by the scenery of the city in the early morning, the rush of energy and adventure that comes with travel, and inspired by all of the music I would rock to on the commute. I had a blast writing these songs, and the chip elements are courtesy of my buddy Ethan Desautels (AKA DonutShoes) – we would hang at school and music swap, and he would show me all of the incredible Chiptune music he was aware of and making, and even how his tracker works! I was so inspired by the sounds and energy of the music that I included elements of chip in this release to make some sort of hybrid thing! I’m so grateful to Ethan and also to my friend Ricky Hoth (AKA CYMBIOTE) for making remixes of the songs on this EP – you guys rock! This is also my debut in the chiptune community and my first official release on a label (thanks Cheapbeats!) so I’m super excited to release “started commuting” – hope ya like !! 😀 ❤

— Ello

A stunning debut on CheapBeats for Mr Costello. A real sonic treat as Ello mixes chip and no-chip elements in this fantastic upbeat EP. With guest mixes from label mate DonutShoes and new a mind-melting DnB monster of a remix from CYMBIOTE, this EP will pump you up on your way to the office. Start commuting!

— Cheapshot

Remixes:
– DonutShoes soundcloud.com/donutshoes
– CYMBIOTE soundcloud.com/cymbioteofficial

Art:
Dillan Pruett www.pixilart.com/antic

Mastering:
Toni Leys soundcloud.com/tonileys

Tracks
1. started 04:31
2. so stressful 04:57
3. white butterflies 03:03
4. started (DonutShoes remix) 04:20
5. so stressful (CYMBIOTE remix) 05:24

 


Purchase link

Bandcamp

Follow this artist

Bandcamp || Soundcloud || Facebook

 

[CB089] Gesceap – Novum

By | Releases | No Comments

About

Gesceap uses Nanoloop on iOS and Android devices to create a mix of electronic music styles focusing on deep bass and eclectic beats. Rhythmatic elements come from ambient noises, voices and well-known breaks while all melodic portions are generated by the app’s soft synths.

Tunes are well developed for live mixing which can be seen on YouTube, while the source .nan files can be downloaded and dissected from GitHub.

github.com/gesceap/novum

Tracks
1. 60601 04:57
2. Belikeus 05:34
3. Blders01 03:50
4. Dpbt01 04:54
5. Mkbbs01 03:50
6. Nobat02 04:06
7. Takeitslow01 04:06

 


Purchase links

Bandcamp

Follow this artist

YouTube || Github || Twitter || Facebook

 

[CB088] Rymdkraft – Bloop Troopers EP

By | Releases | No Comments

About

Yay, it’s finally here! I’ve felt like venturing a bit into the more danceable BPM’s for a while and I’m really proud to present this EP right now, hope you like it as much as I do!

Big thanks to Dunderpatrullen for both working with me on the Hejdå Pappa remix and being awesome friends in general.

Also, I’d like to send some shout-outs to Irina, Kilohearts (Thanks for always listening, Anders!), Cheapshot (you’re doing one hell of a job, Yorkie!), Meganeko, Robotprins and all the other awesome people I have the luxury of interacting with.

— Rymdkraft

Artwork by @soyacomu

Tracks
1. Bloop Troopers 03:15
2. Little Ghost 02:35
3. Illumanatee Confirmed 03:15
4. Dropbears 02:41
5. Dolph’s Aerobics 2000 02:36
6. GG! (A winner is you) 01:40
7. Dunderpatrullen – Hejdå pappa (Rymdkraft Svingar Kepsen Remix) 03:24

 


Purchase links

Bandcamp

Spotify

Follow this artist

Bandcamp || Soundcloud || Twitter || Facebook

 

[CB087] Tuberz McGee – Progression

By | Releases | No Comments

About

We are incredibly proud to bring you Tuberz McGee’s follow up to the epic (and a hell of a mouthful) “Tuberz McGee and the Mildly Inappropriate Dinner Conversations with the Highly Probable In-Laws

cheapbeatsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/tuberz-mcgee-and-the-mildly-inappropriate-dinner-conversations-with-the-highly-probable-in-laws

This album sees Tuberz stay off the mic and focus all of his energy on making huge tunes. Huge tunes that you can see how were made (apart from the guitar parts of course….!). Yep, that’s right, for purchasers of this album, you will get:

[BONUS] All SAV data! [BONUS]

— Cheapshot

This album is a testament to years of work and improvement. My skills as a musician have improved tenfold and it’s because of what I have learned from others. This album is intended to be a launching off point for others when they are wanting to learn, which is why I have included all of the save files for the album. Enjoy listening through my progression~!

Thanks: Cheapshot, cTrix, and anyone who ever told me something sounded good or didn’t sound good enough. You’ve all pushed me in your own way.

<3

— Tuberz

Artwork by: Joao Victor Costa

Tracks
1. A Tortoise Armed with a Javelin Embarks on a Journey 05:19
2. Penguinquisition 05:28
3. A Barrage of Abstract Dolphins 02:55
4. ⋌༼ •̀ ⌂ •́ ༽⋋ 05:08
5. Progression 10:11
6. Burrito Space Laser 03:33
7. My_First_LSDJ.sav [saberpulse_tutorial] 03:53
8. Strawberry Milkshake Warrior 05:56
9. The Eventual Satisfying Heatdeath of Australia 04:04
10. Legend of the Bear Punch 04:31

 


Purchase links

Bandcamp

Spotify (soon)

Follow this artist

Soundcloud || Bandcamp || Facebook || Twitter

[CB086] FM: Possible 2

By | Releases | No Comments

About

In the year 2011 Jredd, Groovemaster303, and CosmoBG released a landmark compilation of original Sega Genesis/Megadrive music that tested the limits of what the YM2612 chip could do and remains a landmark album in the chiptune scene.

It’s been six long years since that initial release. But now FM Possible is finally back, better than ever and ready for release on the Cheapbeats label! FM Possible 2 features the talents of CosmoBG, Jredd, Groovemaster303, Dya, Game Genie Sokolov, Th4 D34d, Laz and special guest Drexegar using a variety of FM chips from the Sega Genesis/Megadrive (YM2612), Sega Arcade (YM2151) and more. Gear up and get ready for a wild chiptune ride!

Link to the original FM Possible album: http://noisechannel.bandcamp.com/album/nc006-fm-possible

As always, should you or any of your force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck!

Tracks
1. Groovemaster303 – Circles 03:38
2. Jredd – Side Winder 03:07
3. Cosmo Buggi – Clubbin’ at the Beach 02:54
4. th4 D34D – Damage Boost 03:04
5. Groovemaster303 – Zenman Beats 02:37
6. Laz – Light the Fuse 04:25
7. Jredd – Neon Cruise 03:33
8. Dya – Shower Fresh 03:30
9. th4 D34D – The Android Complex 05:25
10. Game Genie Sokolov – Rêve Zone 03:36
11. Dya – Ninjutsu Night School 02:18
12. Game Genie Sokolov – Beyond Io 04:25
13. Cosmo Buggi – Mission Chaotic 05:27
14. Laz – FM – W a v e O c e a n 07:40
15. Drexegar – Big Band Bullet 04:16

 

Mastering by:
Game Genie Sokolov

Artwork by:
CosmoBG, Laz, and Drexegar


Purchase links

Bandcamp

Spotify (soon)

Follow these artists

CosmoB&G

Jredd

Groovemaster303

Dya

Game Genie Sokolov

Th4 D34D

Laz

Drexegar

[CB085] Laffe the Fox – Last Tear to Fill the Cup of Emptiness

By | Releases | No Comments

About

A concept EP all about sadness and crying.

(´;ω;`)
( ;∀;)
。・゚・(ノ∀`)・゚・。

– Cheapshot


I made these tracks mainly as an exercise, focusing only on composition, experimenting with some different time signatures. It’s very minimalistic, as there is only one instrument used other than a few percussion samples, but I rather like the quietness of these tracks, I enjoyed making them, and hopefully you might enjoy listening as well. Either way, thank you so much for the continuous love and support. I really appreciate it. ♡

– Laffe

Tracks
1. Crying (Intro) 00:14
2. Tear Leader 00:51
3. Pretty Ugly 02:21
4. Dying (Interlude) 00:14
5. Salty Sweets 02:04
6. The Secret Ingredient is Tears 02:26
7. Flying (Outro) 00:12
8. [BONUS] Dead Eyes and Blue Skies 03:36

Purchase links

Bandcamp

Spotify (soon)

Follow this artist

Soundcloud

Facebook

[CB084] Classic Mistake – Geothermal

By | Releases | No Comments

About

Classic Mistake explores house music by moulding the low fidelity sounds of unassuming handheld technology into carefully constructed live arrangements. Geothermal is the artist’s most focused collection of work so far, with welcome contribution from Tokyo based artist, Cheapshot.

Music: Classic Mistake

Artwork: Jordan Eden
Mastering: Toni Leys

Tracks
1. Geothermal 04:44 video
2. In The Zone 04:37
3. Glow 03:51
4. Loose Unit 04:20
5. Ports 05:53
6. Loose Unit (Cheapshot Remix) 05:37

Purchase links

Bandcamp

Spotify (soon)

Follow this artist

Facebook
Soundcloud
Bandcamp

[CB083] Tenfour – Wish Book

By | Releases | No Comments

About

A soundtrack. To what? Almost every perceivable game out there. This album has it all. Funk, rock, pop, absurdity, jazz, swing, sex. Each track drips with unique character and is built to perfection. Get this one on, sit back and imagine the world all the drama it takes place in.

— Cheapshot

Music & voice: tenfour

Additional vocals by Moule (twitter.com/vraieMoule)

Alto saxophone: Stéphane Mercier

Artwork: Floris De Smedt (https://mrfart.be)

Tracks
1. Miss Muscle 03:30
2. Pantsless 03:05
3. Contraband 03:41
4. Domino Hot 03:09
5. Paper Spaceships 02:16
6. Donut Conspiracy 04:26
7. Tokyo Blue 02:42
8. Herringbone Way 02:08
9. Spinster 03:41
10. Sleeveless 03:59
11. Omaha Junction 03:03
12. Home Away from Home 03:31
13. Crackers for Breakfast 03:38

Purchase links

Bandcamp

Spotify

Follow this artist

Twitter
Facebook
Soundcloud
Bandcamp

[CB082] Offbrand – Comeback

By | Releases | No Comments

About

On September 12, 2017, I almost took my own life.

This album is about the cavernous lows and the mountainous highs that led me to that point, and about the moving I’ve had to do in the time since. This is an album about losing a best friend and about climbing the tallest mountain in California. This is an album about giving up and about giving in. This is an album about being consumed by anxiety and about being consumed by love. But on top of all that, this album is the story of my own self-discovery, my own redemption, my own Comeback.

Let it be the story of yours too.

— Offbrand

===================

We are extremely pleased to announce the return of one of our greatest composers under the new guise of “Offbrand.”

The album is packed to the brim with quality. Powerful, moving, uplifting and melancholic. There are so many emotions expressed in this album, it really is the most delicate and vulnerable album this artist has produced to date and we are thrilled that they entrusted us to release it.

<3

— Cheapshot

Tracks
1. Transmission 01:12
2. Frank Lloyd Wright 04:50
3. Wanderlust 04:08
4. Floral (Hard Mix) 02:18
5. Neon 06:19
6. Eight Street 04:24
7. Gnossienne 05:36
8. Blank Verse 04:34
9. Camel-by-the-Sea 02:44
10. Apoxia 04:26
11. Sacred 03:53
12. Comeback 03:44

Purchase links

Bandcamp

Follow this artist

Bandcamp

Th4 D34D Interview

By | Interview | No Comments

 👆 Hit play and read on 👇

Who is behind Th4 D34D?

Oh man, existential right off the bat!  Har har.  Well, I’m a multi-genre composer who loves working with old gaming sound chips to blend modern techniques and composition with the textures generated by ‘antiquated’ hardware.  I’m a music lover, and former guitarist for a number of metal bands including Skelator, Ritual Torture (formerly GutRot), Sentinel, PC Deathsquad, and many other projects.  I’m also a visual artist, including everything from pencil sketches and graphic design, to 3D Modeling, animation and video editing.  If it involves artistic expression, I am probably into it.

 

 How did you get into chiptune / what is your background?

I first started getting into video game music, not surprisingly, with the Sega Genesis.  Some classic tracks from the NES and Gameboy before that were really catchy, like Tetris and Super Mario Bros, but all the Sonic games, Gunstar Heroes, and Toejam & Earl: Panic On Funkotron were some of the first games where I would simply sit on screens just to hear the OST loop over and over.  Soon after I found a love for other chiptune composers like Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Hiroki Kikuta, doing more RPG centric soundtracks on the SNES and PS1.  In the late 90’s I found the Shoutcast feature of Winamp, which was essentially a bunch of online radio streams.  There was a bunch of chiptune and/or video game OST stations, and so I used to just listen to those, or drum n bass stations, all the time.

However I didn’t get into chiptune tracking for years, as I was always playing in bands and writing music in DAWs.  I would compose faux RPG classical scores in Reason, and later did some FM synth stuff with Logic Pro’s EFM1, and eventually with Aly James’s FMDrive in Ableton.  I wrote a whole Sega FM influenced fakebit album I called, “Chip Lover” which led to me connecting with Rob 2612 (formerly Robugaa).  He was super positive about my album and encouraged me to pick up composing in trackers.  So a little less than a year ago now, I went and a downloaded the latest build of Deflemask and started tinkering away, focusing on learning the ins and outs of the software.  I made a couple of silly throwaway tracks for fun with the NES and Gameboy engines.  A few days later I made my first somewhat serious track on the YM2151 engine, “And Death Will Come”, since it seemed like the easiest with the most tracks available, including multiple PCM slots which could also be fine tuned, soft panned, and volume adjusted (features lacking in the YM2612 chip).  I posted this up on Facebook and got some awesome positive feedback from Dya, Jredd, and some other folks.  Soon after I decided to join Battle of the Bits, and started placing high in a lot of the competitions, getting tons of supportive feedback from the awesome community.  Hearing some of the tracks I was writing, Dya connected me with CheapBeats and the rest, as they say,  is history.

What are your inspirations for this album?

I could probably sit here listing off names all day.  I took a ton influence from many different rock, metal, jazz, prog and blues, musicians on a lot of the melodies and rhythms, especially the leads.  Of course classical composers like paganini, chopin and vivaldi heavily influence my lead writing as well.  Having grown up in the nineties, you’ll hear a lot of new jack swing and some house in a lot of the tracks.  But the largest influences came from retro gaming, the chiptune scene, and EDM.  I played some Atari and Nintendo as a kid, but the Sega Genesis and PS1 were the consoles that made me into a hardcore gamer..  Composers like Norio Hanzawa, John Baker, Dan Forden, Michiru Yamane, Yuzo Koshiro, Tim Follin, Konami Club, Sonic Team and tons of others really shaped most of the chip sounds.  I really fell in love with drum n bass as a kid in the very late nineties, and I’m a big fan of more modern neuro, dubstep and drumstep electronic artists like Reso, Dodge & Fuski, Teknian, Xilent, KOAN Sound influence the sound design of most of the drops, as well as some classic dnb labels like Renegade Hardware, Virus, Prototype, Rephlex and Valve Recordings.  Also fellow Sega chip artists like Rob 2612, Jredd, marcb0t and Strobe definitely inspired me with pushing the YM2612 capabilities on the album.  Like I said, we could be here all day if I was really being thorough.

What software did you use?

I wrote all of Future 2612 with Deflemask 0.12.0, although I used Ableton and GoldWave for creating and compressing the drum samples, and mastered the mp3/CD versions all in Ableton.

Which track was the hardest to write


To be honest, none of the tracks really gave me any great deal of difficulty.  I find making music much like putting together a puzzle, except I have to create the next pieces that fit rather than find them.  Sometimes I’ll have the whole song worked out in my mind before I start writing, but usually it’s a bit of an iterative process.  Ring Collector probably took the longest since I had worked out the first 8 bars or so, and then sat on it for a few months.  Eventually when I went back to finish the track, I reworked a couple of things in the intro, and then the rest just flowed pretty naturally.

Which track was the easiest to write

Genstep was the quickest and easiest to write.  The whole song popped in my head one morning, and I ended up working on it through the day and finishing it late into the evening.  It turned out to be one of the best tracks in my opinion, and is a personal favorite.

Anything special planned for this album?

Aside from having done the cover artwork myself, we have a Sega Genesis/Megadrive cart release, which I’m obviously really excited for.  I did some code editing and GUI work myself to get the rom customized just how I wanted it, using the free SGDK from Stef.  Somehow I managed to fit the whole album into the 4mb limit, although it is pretty much at the max.

Available here!

Have you any other projects that you’d like to plug?

I have a small gaming related channel at youtube.com/c/VG Fam that has been a bit inactive lately, but I hope to pick back up with some regular new content and even have plans to do some chiptune tutorials under the name Chip Fam.  You can also find me on my personal youtube channel by searching for th4 D34D (also you can just click here).  I’m also working with a new Sega group called FM Rangers, as well as an upcoming project called FM-Possible 2, a follow up to the original FM-Possible, so keep an eye out for that!

Thank you for the interview and I’m stoked to officially be a part of the CheapBeats roster!