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[CB119] Aethernaut — Heaven is Light

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Thanks to James at CheapBeats and Dillan (@anticdope) for the amazing artwork.

— Aethernaut

credits

released February 20, 2020

— Music —
Aethernaut
aethernaut.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/aethernautisded

— Art —
Anticdope
twitter.com/anticdope

Tracks

1. Heaven is Light 04:39
2. GDS Theme 04:44
3. Cold 03:06
4. Final Frontier 03:16
5. Jettison 00:54

Purchase Link

Bandcamp

[CB118] Men of Mega — Sorry

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And here it is. Our new EP Sorry.
It took us quite some time to finish the last 5% percent of the songs as our priorities were elsewhere. But although chiptune wasn’t top of mind, we did not forget where we came from. This is our ode to the chiptune scene. The most heart-warming and welcoming scene in the world.
When we started Men of Mega back in 2010, we never had guessed that our music would take us all around the world, making friends along the way.
Therefore we would like to thank the following amazing persons:
first and foremost, Frans and Rocco of EINDBAAS. Without the constant support of EINDBAAS there would not be a Men of Mega. We love you.
Also a shout out to all the other organisers that work so hard and take all kinds of risks to set up shows: Emily from 8static, thanks for the place to crash at Chiphouse Philadelphia, James and David from Cheapbeats, thanks for all the love and support from Japan. We are really proud that we are part of the CheapBeats family. Playing SST was amazing. The Belgium Chip Warrior, Jonas Moreel, who is crazy enough to sink all his savings into organizing awesome shows. Hannes irq7 and the Chip hits the Fan crew. Still the only chip show we played that booked us a hotel with champagne for breakfast. Fabio for the crazy weekend in Bologna and Rome. And for being Kenobit. Alex for booking shows in Russia. That Moscow weekend was quite something. Michael (Comptroller) for organizing shows in Scotland. The Banshee Labyrinth is still one of the weirdest places we ever played (or was it because of the beers?). BTW: playing that Misfits show with you was an absolute highlight. Finally the Master of Kebabs, the one and only James CalmDownKidder.
There would not be a scene without the music and the awesome people that make it. The reason we started making chiptune in the first place was the Information Chase EP. So thank you Bit Shifter. For the music, your work with 8bitpeoples and Blip Festival. And of course for just being a nice person to drink a beer with. All the other North America peeps we met and played with: Bubblyfish, Glomag, Marjorie Becker, Trey Frey, Danimal Cannon, DIY Destruction, Iron Curtain, Anamanaguchi, Boaconstructor, Jessen Jurado, DJ Cutman, Cheap Dinosaurs, Auxide, Stormblooper, No Carrier, e.s.c., Adam Gets Awesome, Bryface, Akira 8GB (thanks for the Coney Beach trip and the awesome pizza) and grumpy old man Deadbeatblast. Last but not least An0va who, to this day, may be responsible for the best chip release ever. Go download the Teaching Machine now! The Ozzie crew: 10k, lets play Magic the Gathering soon! Eugene, lets not go to Millwall soon! Dot AY and of course the invincible and always smiling cTrix. All the talented people from Japan we met: Cheapshot (thanks for being such a nice guide every time we visit Tokyo), Lazerbeat (thanks for the nanoloop tutorials), chibi-tech, NNNNNNN and Toriena. Our friends from all over Europe: Ultrasyd (your version of Consultation is still better than ours), gwEm (Guinness and Metallica is all we need), Cmen, Harleylikesmusic, Circuit Bird, Áron Birtalan, Marieke Verbiesen, Zombectro (thanks for the Blackmetal logo and karaoke), Galaxy Wolf, 2xAA, Goto80, Henry Homesweet, Oliotronix, Kodek, TDK, Pain Perdu (Damn you and your out of this world LSDJ skills) Arcade Superstar, Rosa Menkman, Desert Planet, Chipzel (come live in Utrecht!), Dario, Alex and her bike, Zan, Ulyana (thanks for guiding the whole drunken EINDBAAS crew through Moscow for 3 days without getting us arrested), Sabrepulse, Shirobon, havocCc, Jotie, HIA, Raquel Meyers, Je Deviens, DS-10 Dominator, Nordloef, Megathrive, Gasman, Feest DJ Okkie, Wisefire, Alpha-C, Rioteer and Arcadecoma. Finally, we have to give a big shout out to everybody’s favourite drunken Viking: Rymdkraft.
Of course, we cannot forget the most important people in the scene, our RUKSOK friends: Monodeer, RoccoW, Timbob, Cerror’s mum and xyce. Thanks for all the unforgettable moments. Lets throw hams and drink 2.50 pints!
If we forgot someone: sorry. Jasper & Bart 

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released February 10, 2020

This whole thing was made on a Nintendo Gameboy. Except for Intro (completely fakebit OMG) and Fling, which has some Ableton drum and bass loops thrown in the mix.

All songs were written by us, expect for Repa, a song originally written by Staatseinde. But they said that it was ok to include our remix on this EP. So there you have it.

Rocco “TAKKIE” Wouters mixed and mastered the shit out of our songs. Art by Jasper, cover model Zwarte Poes (2003-2019).

Tracks

1. Intro 00:54
2. Sorry 02:56
3. Why 02:46
4. Kurtwood Smith 02:53
5. Deathrattle 03:47
6. Repa 03:07
7. Drama 02:42
8. Headache 03:32
9. Fling 05:00

Purchase Link

Bandcamp

[CB117] Klirre — Crush

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We’ve had our eyes on Klirre for a while now. They are prolific in both their music and art output, creating a whole ecosphere around an extraterrestrial protagonist. This EP is no different as we are taken through a host of different emotions from track to track. The overall feeling is of a day, a week, a month, or a year in the life of our hero.

This release is also the first time that we have experimented with risograph printing (more to come in the future!) and we are very glad to have kicked things off with Klirre.

Enjoy!

— Cheapshot

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released January 31, 2020

Song 1, 2, 3, and 4 written by Klirre, using Nanoloop 1.7 on a DMG Gameboy. Recorded on a Behringer U-Control soundcard.
Song 5 is a remix by Popsicle Theory (soundcloud.com/popsicletheory).

Mixing and Mastering by Keno Rott (soundcloud.com/vaultkid).

Illustration and layout by Mario Hamborg (mario.hamborg.eu).

Released on CheapBeats.

Big thanks go to: Eline, Keno, James, Gareth, Jon, Alex, Felix, Marie, Olya and you for listening!

Tracks

1. Novatopia 02:43
2. Pink Punk 02:52
3. Crush 03:03
4. Heart Pics 02:48
5. Crush (Popsicle Theory Remix) 03:08

Purchase Link

Bandcamp

[CB116] RUN! RUN! JUMP! PUNCH! — Woof Woof

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Releasing Run! Run! Jump! Punch! was perhaps the easiest decision I have made in my life. These guys ooze class, quality and style. I am incredibly grateful to have them on CheapBeats. You may recognise the synth and drums programmer Boris from his solo project “Grizzly Cogs” which we have also had the pleasure of releasing. This full-on, full band experience will leave you gasping and panting for more. Slick chords, soaring melodies and just a pinch of vocal bliss.

The band also have a ton of fantastic merch on offer, so if this is your first experience of RRJP, go all in and support this amazing outfit <3

Enjoy

— Cheapshot

CCSV music video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8gcSoPd1f4

A.C.A.B music video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzESGCwUfn4

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released January 15, 2020

RUN! RUN! JUMP! PUNCH! is

Boris: Synths, Drums programming, Ukulele, Voices
Mouf: Bass, Voices
Robin: Guitar, Ukulele, Voices
Additional voices on Track n°2 “Woof Woof”: Mathilde, Loïse and Thomas

All song written, arranged and performed by RUN! RUN! JUMP! PUNCH! (2018 – 2019)
Mixed and mastered by Boris
A.C.A.B music video : filmed, edited, made by Robin
Artwork by Robin (twitter.com/NoNameNoSocks)

THANKS A LOT TO:
CheapBeats (JP). Chipwrecked Festival, Bornholm (DK):
Anders and all the volunteers. M.V.B, Leipzig (DE). Brat Cave
(R.I.P Bobble Café) Lille (FR). Ch’book True, Acouphènes
Radio Show & Radio Campus Lille: Jeremy, Gael and Thomas. Thomas (Fig.) Baumarkt (DE), Midnight Street of Rage (FR), Why T.Rex Why…
Our families, Loïse, Mathou, Lyly, Claire, Alex, J-E, Science Against Spheric Silence, Maxime et Olivier (The Curves), Thomas Machart, Sarah, Rudy, Clément De Ruyter, Baptiste, Marion, Milou, Shanoa, Bat, Julie, Thomas, Sylvain, Mojo and EclypseMew.
And all the people we met, those who helped us and allowed us to play.
Thank you very much.

Tracks

1. CCSV 01:41
2. Woof Woof 02:54
3. Arvar 02:40
4. 1 2 3 Soleil 01:40
5. Skits aren’t alright 01:32
6. Potes à la compote 02:17
7. Top 02:13
8. José 02:04
9. A.C.A.B. 02:48

Links

Bandcamp
Spotfiy

[CB115] TRIAC — Kermkompetenz

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10 years, 8 releases. It has been a wild ride up to this point. After several experiments of new musical directions, KERNKOMPETENZ represents a somewhat “back to the roots” approach. 7 tracks of what I’m best at – fast, dramatic and supermelodic GameBoy techno! Thanks to everyone, who, even after all this time, still finds something worthwhile in my music!

All tracks were written, recorded and mixed via Nanoloop 1.7 on Nintendo Gameboy Classic.

Thanks to: Yorkie, Mario, Vegard, Marie, Keno, Alex, Nada, Fati, Shortee, Anders and all the other great people associated with Chiptune!

— TRIAC

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released December 23, 2019

Music: TRIAC
soundcloud.com/mistertriac
triac8bit.bandcamp.com

Art: Mario Hamborg
mario.hamborg.eu
soundcloud.com/klirre

Mastering: Toni Leys
soundcloud.com/tonileys
twitter.com/tonileys

Tracks

1. Pattern Blaster 03:07
2. Kernkompetenz 02:39
3. Power of Altruism 03:06
4. Nonsuitability 03:01
5. Employee by day, Chiptuner by night 02:42
6. Resilience 03:20
7. Dreieck 02:39
8. Power of Altruism (Klirre Remix) 02:48
9. Digitalkted Altruism (TRIAC Remix) 03:12

Purchase Link

Bandcamp

[CB114] gwEm — Break & Enter

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gwEm’s third release with us on CheapBeats sees him return some tried and tested Atari hardcore bangers!

— Enjoy!

-=-=-=-= gwEm BIO =-=-=-=-

With a career in chiptune music lasting more than 18 years and over two hundred gigs in at least twenty countries, few musicians in the chiptune scene can claim to be more seasoned than gwEm. His travels have taken him as far east as Japan, as far north as Norway, as far south as India, as far west as the United States and he has no plans of hanging up his trademark Flying V guitar anytime soon.

gwEm, known to his mother as Gareth Morris, creates his chiptune music using the maxYMiser software he wrote for the 1980s Atari ST home-computer and talks excitedly about the artistic freedom the chiptune scene gives him. “chiptune music gives me the carte blanche to explore any genre I want, while still remaining under the umbrella of the friendly chip music scene”. Certainly, his extensive back catalogue of material bears this out, with drum N bass, punk, heavy metal, garage, electro, folk, house, grime, dad rock, happy hardcore and dubstep all present and correct.

gwEm’s releases can be found on a number of net and physical labels including Astralwerks, Cheapbeats Tokyo, 8bitpeoples, micromusic, Shitkatapult and Muller. Collaborations with fellow London based artists, grime MC Appljuic and (famously) jazz drummer/jungle MC Counter Reset have been more than fruitful. 

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released November 22, 2019

Music: gwEm
gwem.bandcamp.com
www.preromanbritain.com/gwem
twitter.com/gw3m

Art: KeFF
konttine.tumblr.com
keff.bandcamp.com

Tracks

1. Psycho Hacking Force 02:28
2. Darkness 02:07
3. Celebrate The Dream 03:07
4. gwEm Goes Camping 02:55
5. Jupiter 8000 02:27
6. Ghosts of Hardcore 01:55
7. Round 3 01:58

Purchase Link

Bandcamp | Spotify

[CB113] Aethernaut – Mibu Balloons

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Aethernaut is back with another wonderfully uplifting Vocaloid single. Check out that riff designed to stick. Tokyo Elvis picks up remix duty with staccato vocal harmonies and sparse, delightfully crispy percussion.

Featuring exquisite artwork from CheapBeats family member: The Chunderfins. Check out the official video now on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNsHBz_iCDQ

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released November 8, 2019

Music by Aethernaut
aethernaut.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/aethernautisded

Remix by Tokyo Elvis
soundcloud.com/tokyo-elvis
tokyoelvisofficial.com

Art and video by The Chunderfins
www.chunderfins.com
twitter.com/chunderfins

Mastering by Toni Leys
soundcloud.com/tonileys
twitter.com/tonileys

Tracks

1. Mibu Balloons 03:19
2. Mibu Balloons (Tokyo Elvis Remix) 03:28

Purchase Link

Bandcamp | Spotify (soon)

[CB112] Wool Pool – Moon

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Wool Pool was introduced to us by CB family member scythe, and we’re so glad he did! Our original mission for CheapBeats was to act as a platform for introducing the world of chiptune to Japan and Japanese chiptuners to the world. With this charming release from Wool Pool we’re right back on track, bringing you some of Japan’s finest talent!

Enjoy

— Cheapshot

Credits

Music: Wool Pool
Art: Wool Pool

Tracks

1. Dash 02:45
2. Shanghai Yum Cha 02:45
3. Open-air Bath 03:08
4. Shrimp Butter 02:35
5. Lemon Grass 02:25
6. ENOSHIMA EXPRESS 02:37
7. Overseas Market 02:10
8. Tetrapod 02:35
9. Marine Rouge 02:56
10. Moon 03:33

Purchase Link

Bandcamp | Spotify

[CB111] GameGate – Angry Kids

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GameGate from Russia is a multi-instrumentalist (in terms of chip hardware at least). His debut on CheapBeats is, as the title suggests, full of angry, thick, hard-hitting tracks on LSDJ, Nanoloop Mono and Nanoloop 2.

We worked for a long time on getting this release just right. Hard tracks, glitchy tracks, melodic tracks. The most important aspect of this album for me is the experimental nature of GameGate’s approach to LSDJ.

Enjoy!

— Cheapshot

Credits

Music: GameGate
Art: GameGate

Tracks

1. Witch over my bed 01:41
2. Music for a fight with brother 05:42
3. Night snakes (ft. Office Passenger) 03:29
4. GHOSTEGATE 04:21
5. Data storm (ft. Office Passenger) 03:38
6. My Quadcopter 03:38
7. Drinking dad 03:23
8. Gangsta Kid Crew 05:03
9. yaya yaya 02:52
10. Sick (ft. Office Passenger) 03:17
11. The teenager crying in the rain 05:43

Purchase Link

Bandcamp | Spotify

[CB110] scythe – Mirage Diary

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scythe’s third album is packed full of melody-driven gems. Harking back to the era of mini-disc players, scythe’s latest album mixes nostalgia with heartbreak, memories, and love-filled summer holidays. Please enjoy scythe’s incredible technical and compositional skills in this latest release!

>> BONUS <<

Get all sav data and GB files for this release so you can play it on your own hardware or see how the magic was made!

Credits

Music: scythe
Art: narume

Tracks

  1. メモリーデイズ 01:39
  2. あさかぜ 04:17
  3. 二度とは来ない夏 03:17
  4. Everyday moments 01:56
  5. 忘れないように 05:15
  6. ビルと海岸線 02:48
  7. Night Train 03:42
  8. Love me 04:08
  9. 見えなくなるまで 03:27
  10. 変わらないもの 03:08

Purchase Link

Bandcamp | Spotify