Chip Tanaka (better known as Hip Tanaka) created the gaming soundtrack to your childhood, and this week he’s releasing his first full-length solo chiptune album, called Django (and he’s present on the newly released Diggin’ in the Carts compilation). The Japan Times has published a great piece looking back at the man’s career.
Patrick Macias’s latest post on Mondo Tokyo covers chiptune artist Toriena, pictured — you might remember me mentioning her back in November, as part of the “Chiptune Primer” post on Bandcamp’s blog.
YMCK have a new album coming out this month, called Family Swing, and it sees the band get a bit jazzier than usual (without losing their chiptune touch). Patrick shares all the details in this post, which includes a video trailer for the album.
Bandcamp’s blog has a really nice post up that acts as a primer on the current state of chiptune music in Japan, also highlighting a bunch of artists. Pictured, Toriena, who also runs the Madmilky Records label.
Looks like chiptune band YMCK has been sharing a special calendar each month — pictured here is the just-released October one (from this tweet). Also, YMCK vocalist Midori Kurihara will be DJing tomorrow night (Sunday, October 2) at the 8bit Cafe in Shinjuku, 19:00 to 23:00. Found via Tokyo’s Coolest Sound.