Category Archives: Tunes + Reviews

BentoByte Artist Spotlight: Ananda Beats

Whether you are aware of it or not, but Denver Colorado is a little hot bed of music. From our world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater to the dark and dirty venues of the High-Dive and Larimer Lounge, there are a lot of opportunities to see new music. This time around though we are going to focus on one of them, Ananda Beats. Ananda is a local producer who utilizes Japanese influences to create his mellow tracks (if you couldn’t already tell by the use of the Kitsune masks). His tracks have all been low key and chill trap tracks in the past, and with his latest single “Only Us” nothing...


Artist Spotlight: daydreamer

For those still jazzed about the “Shelter” animation, have we got a treat for you this week. Meet daydreamer, an artist that has a similar style to Porter Robinson. This airy synthpop/electro will surely take you on a journey for the brief 6 songs that are on the “Senses” EP. Check it out below: Now daydreamer also does few remixes, I would not necessarily recommend a few of them (there is a lot of sections where you can hear elements of the track clipping which could be a stylistic thing), but a really fun one is his(her?) remix of Madeon below: What did you all think? Let us know in...


TeddyLoid and DAOKO Release New Music Video

TeddyLoid has always had a soft spot in our hearts. From the Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt soundtrack to the anime epic video of ME!ME!ME! we have come to always expect something heavy and a tad bizarre. Which is why his latest high production video that he does the music for is no different. You may remember DAOKO and TeddyLoid were teaming up for Project HAL. Well now it appears that they have done the newly released video to the same track. You can check it out below:


Porter Robinson’s Shelter Anime Finally Arrives

The wait is finally over, Porter Robinson and Madeon’s Shelter: The Animation has finally arrived. The animation is as brilliant as we can expect from Studio A-1. This dystopian storyline blends perfectly well with the track, all culminated into the vibrant color of the video. Porter Robinson describes the story as: Shelter tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. Until one day, everything changes, and Rin comes to learn the true origins...


Track Spotlight: EUNG FREESTYLE (응프리스타일)

Fresh Flows From Korea Whilst stumbling through countless subreddits and site to find some new tracks, we came across this. Say hello to “EUNG FREESTYLE (응프리스타일)” a fire track all the way from South Korea. No real way to describe other than to just tell you to check it out. Not only is the flow solid but the visuals are very reminscent of Jack Ü’s “Take Ü There”. So suffice to say, we approve. Be sure to check in with us each week for more tracks and tunes that are sure to come. We cover everything from synthwave to hip-hop, we love it all.


Artist Spotlight: Crystal Castles

The future of Crystal Castles has always been an unsure one. After Alice Glass’s departure in 2014, it seemed that the duo was finished. Skip forward one year later and lo and behold, Ethan Kath released “Frail” in April of 2015.  Signifying that Crystal Castles wasn’t finished meant that we can expect a new album (hopefully) this year. So what makes Crystal Castles so great? Their music is something that isn’t terribly common within the electronic world. Sure, there are boat loads of melancholic music to pick from, but something about the dark and lo-fi tones and high energy vocals of Crystal Castles that carved them a path in the music world....


Artist Spotlight: Chuck Inglish

From the Cool Kids to Ev Zepplin Some may know Evan Ingersoll (known better by his stage name Chuck Inglish) from his debut in the hip hop group known as the Cool Kids. And while the tracks that followed in this debut from The Bake Sale (EP) and When Fish Rode Bicycles (album) were monumental, the fame of the Cool Kids started to fade as the two members went off in pursuit of their own goals. So then the question began. What was next for these artists. If not the Cool Kids, then what? Well, our friend Chuck Inglish has been a bit busy. When he isn’t helping produce tracks he is off making his own...


Track Spotlight: Alan Walker’s “Sing Me to Sleep”

For those who do not know, Alan Walker is a Norwegian electronic dance music producer famous for his track “Faded.” After his initial release of “Fade” on the NCS (NoCopyrightSounds) label, and with the mix in with vocals “Faded” blew up. Then it just became a matter of time before everyone was expecting another track. Fortunately for us, it was finally released today. Check out his newest single and video for “Sing Me to Sleep” below: “Sing Me To Sleep” is a solid track. It’s no “Faded”, but it is a decent addition to Alan Walker’s repertoire. With the somber tone of the track and that of the video, the...


Music in Anime 5/20/16

Well I can honestly say that it has been an incredibly long time since I have done a music in anime piece. But here we go! Below are a few moments in anime where the music has really sparked/invoked some great emotions. FLCL At this point, the FLCL it is pretty much unanimously considered one of the best (if not the best) soundtracks across the history of anime. The original soundtrack has multitudes of great tracks by the Pillows, but the one that really captured my attention was “Beautiful Morning With You.” This track was used as a catalyst into really big events that left a huge imprint, thus leaving all of us...


BABYMETAL Appears in Super Mario Maker

Ever found yourself wondering if you could marry your love of video games and the insanity of BABYMETAL in a Super Mario game? Well good news, the day has finally arrived! In celebration of their latest album release, Metal Resistance, Nintendo has included the trio of idols within their hit game Super Mario Maker. This costume set and event will launch on the 28th (which is today). We still aren’t sure that it will received a US release yet, but fingers crossed, it might. The original announcement came earlier yesterday with the demo arriving later on. Check out the demo below:


Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Open 2016 J-Pop Summit

J-Pop Summit is the premiere J-Pop festival on this side of the Pacific. It has just been announced that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be headlining the opening night of the festival that is held in San Francisco on July 22nd. J-Pop Summit is being held from July 22nd through to the 24th. If you would like tickets to this event CLICK HERE. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be debuting her latest tour “KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016″ to commemorate her first retrospective album, KPP BEST. For those who haven’t witnessed the insanely crazy and fun videos that is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu check out at least Pon Pon Pon below: Check out her...


MISSIO, Your New Favorite Alt Electronic Duo

From the streets of Austin, TX comes our newest featured artist, MISSIO. They are an alternative electronic group that has a lot of dark elements infused into their sound. In a current point in time where similar artists like Chet Faker, Autre Ne Veut, and XYLØ it is a welcomed addition to an ever expanding subsection of this sub-genre. Check out the track “I Don’t Even Care About You” below: Although the duo (comprising of Matthew Brue and David Butler) haven’t released an EP or a full studio album, the future looks bright. With six singles having been released to date (okay two of them are covers, shush you), it is enough...


TeddyLoid and DAOKO to Collaborate on Project HAL

TeddyLoid and DAOKO, the artists behind ME!ME!ME! and ME!ME!ME! CHRONIC, are set to collaborate again, this time with two more individuals in order go bring forth a stellar new video animation and song based on Project HAL. The duo are set to work with PALOW, a notable digital artist known for amazing mech designs, and Hibiki Yoshizaki, the video director behind ME!ME!ME! and GIRL. The four are working together to create an original unit based on PROJECT HAL with the unit being designated as “Throne.No.11” according to the site. Some character design pictures are below. The website frequently mentions fate, wanting to change, and destiny. A short preview video was...


Bombs Away, the Comedians of Melbourne Bounce

Once again, we are going to take a moment away from our typical writing to go over some of the music and pop culture things we thin people should check out. This week, we want to show off the DJ due Bombs Away. Now every has obviously heard of the popular internet sensation “Damn Daniel” at this point. And more likely than not, you all have heard the remix done by Bombs Away. But if not, never fear, we have included it below: Not only is this a fantastic remix of the pop culture trend it also exemplifies the current Melbourne bounce scene that is currently going on. With groups...


Teddyloid and the World Outside of Vocaloid EDM

Every once and a while we like to feature new (or sometimes older) tunes, artists, and things that we have found online. This week is the producer and remix artist Teddyloid. Teddyloid is an artist that is hard to ignore, especially with work such as “Me!Me!Me!” and his additions to the Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt soundtrack. All of that aside, Teddyloid is a particularly great artist outside of the bubble of the anime subculture. Which in terms of music, is filled with vocaloids and EDM remixes paying homage to classic anime. From a regular electronic dance music enthusiast standpoint, his other tracks are phenomenal. This has never been more prevalent and true...