Following last year’s acid-soaked rave album Where Were U In ’92? and his dubstep 12-inches on Hyperdub and Ramp Recordings, London’s anonymous producer Zomby keeps on twisting the genres on his latest output.
What can I say? I remember myself sitting in front of my Commodore 64, listening to a game’s music for hours. Or connecting my Gameboy to the stereo, because this tiny gadget could produce some damn fine sounds. There were countless chiptune-inspired tunes in the 00’s, but it only started getting interesting when people began using those sounds for different kinds of music. Harmonic 313, Joker or Hayzee were among the first to got me excited again.
And now, it’s Zomby who delivers this fireworks of 8-bit sounds, 4/4 beats and deep basslines. I’m still wondering why it took a second listen to get into this, because now I’m loving it. If this was Super Mario, then Pumpkinhead’s Revenge and Bubble Bobble are the fillers, like those ghost worlds nobody really likes. Right? But the rest of the levels are pretty stunning! You have the underwater world with Godzilla, lots of tricky platform jumping in Mescaline Cola or Polka Dot, and finally an end boss to defeat in Helter Skelter. Once you saved the princess, you sit back and read the credits accompanied by Firefly Finale.
Or something like this! Maybe you better listen to those snippets anyway.
A2. Helter Skelter
B1. Pumpkinhead’s Revenge
B2. Polka Dot
C2. Expert Tuition
D1. Bubble Bubble
D2. Mescaline Cola
D3. Firefly Finale
The white-sleeve promos are selling quickly, but you can grab still them at Juno or Sounds of the Universe. In September the final product in its beautiful artwork will be available, including a CD version.