Pocketmaster - Residue

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Residue is Swiss duo Pocketmaster’s first album. After the festive EP Tin Guerilla (2008/self-produced), the Cube-C and Emiglio Laser duo abandons self-production to release its first label album. Used to lowtech manipulations and samples from old chips, toys or other various sources, this time, Pocketmaster chose to surprise us by preserving the sound card’s raw sound, without manipulation. A certain image-radical-purety!

The album is thus concocted entirely from the Game-boy and Commodore 64 duo, spiced up with all sorts of samples and a few old synthesizers, all recorded in a record time. The result is a twelve tracker, fresh and joyful, in the spirit of the duo’s over-vitamin live performances.

Yet, the two artists don’t hesitate to have their pieces drift through several musical universes. In addition to a track remixed my Stu, and a Naomi Sample cover, Residue offers the listeners a magnificent cover of the “It Crowd” series’ credits.

Contrary to its title “Residue”, which means leftover, or relics, this first album is innovative and illustrates the wacky duo’s wish to always surpass themselves.

Pocketmaster – Residue| Da ! Heard It Records.

Chipmusic • Free Music Archive • Labels

On the FMA: Da! Heard it Records

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Labels • TCTD 2009 Awards

TCTD Awards 2009: Best Label

In a year that was tough for all labels, whether they be brick and mortar, netlabel or imaginary, a common worry amongst all involved was how to gain recognition for their artists. Many of the active labels in our community are under-supported with zero budget and mostly volunteer staff (if the admin isn’t doing everything themselves). So with most of the scene operating largely on word of mouth and blog virility, it is up to the strength of curation to keep these labels in the limelight and the following have done an excellent job at picking great artists to host on their sites.

Pause – The winner of this category last year did not rest on its laurels, putting out 13 great releases and solidifying the “Pause sound”. Proggy, and proud of it, it seems poised to remain a perennial contender in this category year after year.

8bitpeoples – The most public facing of all current netlabels put out some grand releases, especially ones from glomag, minusbaby and Mr. Spastic. What is their next step? How big can they grow?

Ubiktune – Perhaps the quiet sensitive brother of Pause, this label put out the great “Season”tune comps and excellent releases from artists like Stu that really pushed the chip music concept forward in terms of style, songs and production quality. Focusing on artists from the demoscene, they shed light on portions of the scene overshadowed by fist pumping ravery.

Da! Heard It – With it’s eclectic roster of chip and non chip acts alike, this netlabel strives to bridge the gulf between chip music and other genres and stick its crew where it belongs, in hot clubs, in dj mixes, wherever.

mp3death – The temporary label has been around for a good time now and has a great mix of acts in this years releases. Quiet and underground, but always interesting, so when it makes a sound, you’ll be inclined to listen.

Labels • Music Artists

Eat Rabbit – Kiss The Dolphin

dhr-10_thumb-newKiss the Dolphin is the third album of the Lyon-based Eat Rabbit; atypical one, cut into fourteen tracks that finally merge into one unique sound piece. A mish-mash of beats and rythmic madness, lined up with humor and brilliance by a mad rabbit determined to boost our auditive adrenalin.

The album cover is silkscreened and paw-made in a limited numbered edition by the rabbit himself, in different versions, including a phosphorescent one !

via  Da ! Heard It Records.

Amiga • Chipmusic • Labels • Music Artists

Tom Woxom’s first album Kickstart on DHR

dhr-09_thumb-newAnother great release from Da! Heard It, some details:

Da ! Heard It Records is going back to the classics with its ninth production: “Kickstart”, the first album by Tom Woxom, a German composer fascinated by the Amiga 500.
With help from his treasured computer, a couple of keyboards and software, Tom Woxom built himself a puzzling musical universe.
Through ornate beats and powerful heady basses, this album lures the listener into multiple atmospheres.  Tom Woxom dares unusual pairings, as in Sofachips, where he combines a soul voice with an electro melody on the verge of dance music.

Discover this innovative artist by downloading his album for free here: