Anamanaguchi -「Pop It (feat. meesh彡☆)」

New York chiptune outfit Anamanaguchi are gearing up for another album cycle in 2015, and the title of this forthcoming release will be [USA].

While many automatically think of 8-bit music when the name Anamanaguchi comes up, the band’s last full-length touched down on a variety of genres: Japanese pop, electro house, power pop.

This new track sits firmly in electropop territory, featuring candy-coated synthesizers, a funky groove, and almost shamelessly bubblegum lyrics from guest vocalist meesh.

While not the eccentric and instant hit “Meow” was, “Pop It” is an incredibly fun tease for this upcoming album. Also, MARNIE THE DOG appears at the end of this video.

NMESH – Welcome To Warp Zone! (Tiny Mix Tapes 4​-​Hour Video Game Mix)

Welcome to Warp Zone! [via Tiny Mix Tapes]

NMESH, the alias of Kentuckian electronic music producer and ex-drummer Alex Koenig, is committed to the concept of the “guest mix” to an almost unhealthy extent. Consider the above 4-and-a-half-hour-long, 10 “world” conceptual mix he created for Tiny Mix Tapes.

With the tagline, “TINY MIX TAPES HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED BY NINJAS. ARE YOU A BAD ENOUGH DUDE TO SAVE TINY MIX TAPES?”clearly this is not the product of a sane mind. This is the work of a person who has spent way too much time with the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Ryu Hayabusa. Basically, Koenig’s my kind of guy and Welcome to Warp Zone! is the musical even of the year in my book. If you too feel keen to listen to 4 and a half hours of retro-virtual inanity, tune in above and enjoy!

I Am Your Destruction – Self-Titled

The new IAYD record brings together 8-bit synth timbres and with the kinds of “drops” popular in present-day EDM.

Crying – Get Olde / Second Wind

I don’t know whether the point with Crying’s sound is to send people on a uniquely nostalgic trip back to the 90s, provide the weirdest backdrop for vocalist Elaiza Santos, or even a secret mission to get the world head banging to the Mario theme tune–but whatever it is, it’s working. Get Olde / Second Wind is a double EP from the lovable three-piece group and will hopefully be a project that might get them the recognition they deserve. Although slightly repetitive and contained in some places, the fast-paced, electric, 8-bit pop sound props up the faint melodic vocals in a tightly woven, energetic package. Just don’t get too into Crying in a public place, people might give you looks.

- Fin Worrall

IAYD – TBBR003

I Am Your Destruction is an Austin, TX-based electronic music project that’s just released its first full-length, which I think it self-titled. TBBR003 is just the catalog number from Thebasebit Recordings, I’m pretty sure. Title aside, this is a pretty fun album. It combines the blood-pumping drops and builds of modern EDM with the bright and glitchy grime of 8-bit music.

With the exception of a few artists, I typically find chiptune music to be a little limited. I mean, you have a multitude of artists here agreeing to center their music around 8-bit sounds, some working exclusively within that sound set. However, with IAYD, that is very much not the case. These tracks simultaneously worship at the chiptune altar, and look to bend the rules set by predecessors. Enjoy!

Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy

New York chiptuners Anamanaguchi have a new album out that’s sure to test your threshold for 8-bit synths and instrumental power pop.

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Anamanaguchi – “Space Wax America”

A brand new track from the chiptune rockers Anamanaguchi, which comes from the NY group’s forthcoming album, Endless Fantasy. The LP is currently looking at a May 14th release date, and the band is trying to make this album cycle bigger and better than past ones with a new Kickstarter that’s currently raising money for distribution, music videos, live show lighting, future collaborations, and more. Enjoy!

Anamanaguchi – “Meow” (LOVED)

For a handful of years, New York’s Anamanaguchi have been making some energetic, hyper-melodic, and chiptune-infused rock music. In 2010, the band strung together a series of amazing, free singles they put out on their site, and took part in producing the soundtrack for the Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World videogame soundtrack.

Now the older, wiser, and they’ve finally mustered up the courage to put together another full-length LP. The title is Endless Fantasy, and it’s due for a Spring release. In the meantime, we’ve got audio and video for the group’s new single, “Meow.” It’s neon-colored, pixie stix’d, ready to friggin’ party. The music video itself looks like a tricked out Chuck E. Cheese commercial for twentysomethings. No complaints there. The song is loaded with rich, wailing melodies that are backed up with samples of kitty cats meowing. This is truly rock for the .gif-addicted Tumblr user.

Infinity Shred- EP 001 (Gnar Dream)

A combination of slick, progressive synths and rock instrumentation on this new Infinity Shred EP. I first heard the band though a recommendation by Anamanaguchi, and I’m happy to hear some similarities–especially on the track “Wayfinder,” which has some spacey, 8-bit melodies.

Stream this new EP in its entirety via the widget above, and stay awesome.