Category Archives: Tunes + Reviews

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...


Timbre: Sun and Moon

Much to the delight of her cult following, last April Timbre Cierpke released the two part album, Sun and Moon. While this fantastic journey ranges from full-on rock moments to ones that are completely classical, it isn’t for everyone. But those who appreciate it will likely treasure it forever. The album commences with an instrumental which builds haunting tension, blossoming wonderfully into “Song of the Sun.” When I hear this tune, I feel as though I’ve recently escaped the dungeons of an unjust ruler to be greeted by troubadors with voices and instruments possessing healing powers. The lyrics, instrumentation, and various back-up vocals intertwine well to enchant. “Your Hands Hold Home” takes...


Grimes, The Eccentric and Modern Art Angel

Back in the world of music, the artist Grimes released a new music video today to accompany her latest album, Art Angels. I will admit, Grimes isn’t for everyone but she is exceptionally brilliant and is definitely one of the individuals who manages to push the boundaries in terms of music. In doing so, deserves a significant amount of recognition. On top of being an exceptional producer, she is also a very vocal and strong independent individual. But I will touch on that later. For now, give some of her tunes a quick listen below. Here is the newly released video “Kill v. Maim” Grimes first piqued my interest back when...


Gunship, Synthwave with Fantastic Visuals

Yesterday on reddit, redditor u/Ivan_Zypher posted a link to a video that began a flurry of nostalgia and video binges. What caused of all this was a music video from the group Gunship. Gunship is a synthwave group consisting of three members: Dan Haigh, Alex Westaway, and Alex Gingell. They take themes like cyberpunk, 80’s synths and tones, and airy vocals to create music self described as: a neon soaked, late night, sonic getaway drive, dripping with luscious analog synthesizers, cinematic vocals and cyberpunk values, exploding from the front cover of a dusty plastic VHS case which has lain forgotten since 1984 So based on the description alone, you know you are...


Shawn Wasabi: Midi Fighter Extrodinare

It is a little sad to say that in an EDM world filled with massive DJ’s playing the bulk of everything on CDJs or mixers, you have to dive a bit deeper in order to experience artists with amazing creativity and talent. Fortunately, if you are too lazy but still want some suggestions in this department outside of Robert Delong or Nev, have we got a treat for you. Meet Shawn Wasabi, an artist who performs mashups and live tracks all through the use of various DJ TechTools Midi Fighters. Although he typically just utilizes the Midi Fighter, he also has performed with everything from live guitars to Playstation and Xbox controllers....


New Fresh Remix From Marshmello and Jauz

As we slowly approach the holiday break some people will need a few pick me ups here and there. And what a better way than a clutch remix from Jauz and Marshmello? For those who pay attention to the EDM world Marshmello and Jauz are soaring in popularity. Marshmello’s most recent popular remix was of Adele’s “Hello” is phenomenal, which we would highly recommend checking out. As for Jauz, he has done some impressive genre blending left and right. We have also included a few remixes of his below. But without further ado, below is their recent remix of the famed track “Need You 100%” by Duke Dumont. Below is...


Nero Music Video References Ghost in the Shell

For those who don’t already listen to Nero, they are an incredible group (and I mean group, the music is live with a singer). Their use of dubstep, drum and bass, and electro with themes of dystopian futures in their lyrics really makes them stand out when compared to the typical EDM crowd. The video below is the track “Into the Night” off their latest album Beyond II Worlds which dropped on September 11th, 2015.  Check out the animated video below and catch the reference to Ghost in the Shell. With the use of a neo/cyberpunk Tokyo as the setting, the presence of androids, and the girl with blue hair and red...


Artist Highlight: Y2K Hits Us With A Few Chill Remixes

At some point there will be a name for posts like these, but in the meantime we want to highlight another artist, Y2K. For those that are into the trap/chill sub-genre music, Y2K does a really remix of the popular song PON PON PON by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. For those who loved the absolute ridiculous nature of the original PON PON PON music video, this is a great rendition that provides a nice modern feel to the Kawaii culture 2011 hit. Now this is just a snapshot of his music overall, as he has tons of chill tunes. We have included a few of our favorites below: If you like what you...


Veltpunch is Back and Better Than Ever

In an effort to expand our repertoire we are going to start featuring some cool new tunes that fans should check out! This time we have a group called Veltpunch. They are a J-Rock group with a lot passion. Originally started back in 1997, they have produced 8 albums (not including the Gold Album 1997-2012¹ recap/greatest hits type of album). Check out the video for their track “Let it Die” below. Not only is the music stellar, the video comes in beautiful 4K as well! For those who remember hits like “Crawl,” this is a great addition to their catalog of music.  If you are new to Veltpunch and like...


Meet Ayumikurikamaki, the Next Idol Rock Group

Now everyone knows that Idol groups and anime typically go hand in hand with each other. For fans that are into heavy metal idol groups like BABYMETAL, it is time to get ready for the next big thing.  The next rock idol group is Ayumikurikamaki. Ayumikurikamaki consists of three spirit hood toting idols (they refer to themselves as bears) and their DJ equipment. They are a bit nontraditional rocking just DJ tables and blending together punk and electronic dance music, but, give them a shot in the video below and let us know what you think. Unfortunately, most of their YouTube channel is currently region locked (excluding the video above) but that doesn’t...


Cool Japan Festival at Anime Expo 2015 Review

There were a lot of concerts going on during Anime Expo this year, and while I’m still cutting my teeth on Japanese music, I thought it’d be cool to check out Cool Japan Festival. That pun was unintended, but I guess if it works, it works. While Porter Robinson took place on Friday, Cool Japan Festival took place on Saturday, July 4. Yes, that’s independence day. That’s part of the appeal of Anime Expo, it always runs through the 4th of July, and it has for 24 years as of 2015. Who needs fireworks when you can spend time with the thing that you love? Not us! This year held a lot of firsts...


Porter Robinson / Anamanaguchi at Anime Expo 2015 Review

Crunchyroll has been a patron and sponsor of Anime Expo for quite a while now, but this year, they decided to do something a little different than what they’ve done in the past. This year, instead of simply offering a variety of events at the convention center, they also decided to put on a concert. That concert took place on Friday, July 3 at the Microsoft Theatre just outside the convention center. This wasn’t just your average concert, though. Instead of allowing anyone to purchase tickets, it was only open to badge holders at Anime Expo 2015. It was an event sponsored by Crunchyroll and designed to give back to their...


LADYBABY, Your Newest Obsession

So unless you have been avoiding the internet the past week (or rather Reddit specifically) you may not have noticed the most recent craze: LADYBABY. What is a Ladybaby (also known as チャンネル) you ask? Well it happens to be a metal band using idols and a cross dressing, heavy metal vocalist, and pro-wrestler named Ladybeard. Chalk it up to one of the strangest, yet, oddly entertaining videos to emerge this month. After only being posted on YouTube on June 4t,h compounded with the power of reddit, this video has managed to collect over 3 million views since. For those who listen to other Japanese metal idol bands, they sound similar...


Mekakucity Actors Music Collection Revealed

The hit anime Mekakucity Actors, based on the Kagerou Project music series by Jin, is set to receive a music collection in a few weeks. The package contains two vocal albums, two original soundtracks, and one DVD. In addition to that, two anime music videos were shown as previews for some of the work on the collection: “Shounen Brave” by Jin ft. Kimiko from nano.RIPE and “Yobanashi Deceive” by Jin ft. LiSA and MARiA. More information on the collection can be found at the main site, while the anime music video for “Shounen Brave” can be located below. A better look at “Yobanashi Deceive” can be found on this week’s Sunday...


Hotline Miami 2 Soundtrack – Listen Here

In honor of one of our favorite game series’ sequel that just came out today (Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number), we have to decided to provide a link to some of the tracks that can be expected in the newest installment. Prepare to experience more electro house combined with 80’s synths as you cut, gun, maul, and destroy your way through one of the bloodiest and hardest games to be released this month (yes I know Bloodborne comes out this month, chill everyone). Haven’t played the first one? We would highly recommend it! And for those who haven’t seen the trailer yet for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number then we have...