Some of you may remember that I used to have a series of articles here called “Jredd’s Hidden Gems” In it, I basically looked for songs that were good that didn’t get much love on 8 bit collective while it was around. However there have been many factors that have changed things. 1. 8bc is now down. 2. Due to the recent awesome compilation album here and many other things like it, more people are getting some attention and that’s awesome. 3. However, in general the absence of 8bc makes just about everyone hidden to some degree, on the bright side that also makes just about anyone a potential gem to feature as well .
I’d like to start off with one of my favorite NES artists around, and he’s just recently created something new so naturally I have to share it.
It’s an interesting track from Zan Zan. He really has a style all his own. Intricate melodies, excellent sound design, and crisp DPCM samples used very creatively make this one a real joy to listen to. Highly recommended! Just look at his song titles. Who knew four letter words could sound so good?
Next up, it’s yet another favorite artist that I am quite glad to see make a return. It’s cartoonbomb!
Strong melodies, tight grooves, and just the right amount of post processing at the right time. His style just oozes polish. Floaty leads with delay, strong thumping bass, and a time signature change at just the right moment to keep things fresh the entire way through. It makes this a no brain-er as to why his song is here. Go listen to it, you’ll be glad you did .
For my last pick, it’s going to be a bit unorthodox but I did say “anyone” can be a favorite! As you all well know, Groovemaster303 is a good friend of mine but he also happens to be a hell of a musician himself. That’s why for my last pick I choose a remix of a song he did that just so happens to be one of my songs! Talk about an almost sure fire way to be a favorite! It’s shameless self indulgence I know, but with all the works in progress we share with one another I suppose such a thing is almost inevitable. If you liked the original “Neon Star Field” then you’re sure to enjoy this remix entitled “Neon Star Groove” I think I’ll just let this one speak for itself .
Well I think that’s it for now . I’m a bit rusty at writting articles so it feels odd yet good to post again. Oh, and if you liked that remix of Groove’s I’d suggest keeping an eye out on the releases page . You never know what might pop up…
Yeah, I’ll leave it at that . Take it easy guys, and as always if you liked this article feel free to share it with friends.
Keep composing guys, you never know when you might become one of my favorite gems .