I love discovering a new chiptune artist and Kris Keyser is my latest discovery. Releasing his third full album last year, ‘Reviver’ is crammed full of epic
Opener ‘Titan’ gives you a good idea of what you’ll be getting. Its low bit palette is full of crunchy white noise drums harks back to the early days of chiptune but the chipsets themselves are crystal clear and without hiss. This means that Kris’ music straddles retro sounds with today’s modern clean up technology. It’s the same sound across all eleven tracks but Keyser varies what he does with it.
Although all the tracks are full of beats and euphoric moments, each track does it differently. Highlights include the referential ‘Hi Mark’ with its rubbery bass lines, ‘Out of Bounds’ and its drum and bass rhythms alongside bleeping arpeggios and ‘
So if you are looking for a traditionalist making chiptune music with clear modern day tools, Kris Keyser should be high up on your list. His direct rhythmic approach is rousing and ‘Reviver’ is a strong album. You’ll find me on the dancefloor double jumping.
Recommended track: Titan
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