I’ve been meaning to do a round up of cheapbeats releases for while now. I’m pretty much skipping all the MASSIVE dance floor with MASSIVE drops stuff and the cute melody stuff because I like to imagine that they probably would have managed to garner more than 10 likes on a Facebook post.
Anyway, not only is cheapbeats a great internet search to find a great deal on fashion headphones, it is also a label of chipmusics that is quite good, so none of you should take my sarky comments seriously in any way.
gwEm – Glowsticks & Special Brew
gwEm is probably the Atari 90s rave master. I once had a conversation with him in the back of a car and, before that moment, I never knew that anyone could take Scooter seriously. But it seems gwEm does, and the world is probably a better place for it.
Hizmi – New Power
This is probably one of the most interesting releases on Cheapbeats. Smooth lover grooves coupled with clunks and bleeps. I cannot think of anything else that could be classified as chipmusic that sounds anything like this. Check out his other releases, some really great techno and stuff.
Matt Nida – Particle Theory
Really warm acidy beep music. Plenty of early 90s Warp feelings. I once bumped in to him at Cambridge train station after he had been trying on wedding suits. Yeah.
Little-Scale – Manila Mafia
I guess this release sounds like what footwork might be if it was warmer and less street.
Jellica – Untitled
I made this. I don’t really like to self release. Just me making more squelchy spaced out electro stuff.
Mr. Spastic – Granta Digital
It’s “Scope” now, but Mr Scope doesn’t feel right does it?
gwEm – Dreamsfake
gwEm goes straight up 90s UK rave pop cheese and just doesn’t give a fuck with that David Guetta accapella. Have you seen how long the wikipedia entry about “when love takes over” is? Fucking hell.
Poke-1,170 – Cryptochrome
Reminds me a lot of early Autechre and Drexciya. Really great weird/dark 90s electro made with FM and MSX. His brother once managed to convince my girlfriend that they didn’t have David Bowie in the Netherlands. Perfect.
Cheapshot – Obsidian
Nice bleep techno from Cheapbeats boss, Cheapshot. I tried to say hello to him at a gig in London once. These awkward chipmusic celebrity stories sure are cool huh? I’ve slept in the same room as Nullsleep. It was a pretty big room though.
Saitone – Dazzle
I’m just going to copy/past Bryface’s Bandcamp review because I cannot think of anything to write about this release.
“Put this EP in front of a critic who wrongly says chip music is incapable of utterly mind-expanding complexity and watch that person explode from the sheer force of the album’s kaleidoscopic intelligence rays. Music to build entire universes to.”
HarleyLikesMusic – 1.5
Yeah, this is MASSIVE music with MASSIVE drops and shit, but it never dwells on the cheesier moments for too long and it fucks with you at a such a crazy pace, I just had to include it.