Kicking off the holidays with a brand new EP is the Los Angeles based chiptune duo of 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer. Together they present a brand new EP of very classy holiday classics dipped in chiptune goodness. It's a Chiptune Holiday! is eight songs that you would be unafraid of busting out at your next Christmas party. The album is available via both 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer's sites for $9.95 (including shipping) and the album is "hand crafted out of a rare authentic frosty light grey colored 5.25" floppy diskette".
Kicking off with the nostalgic sounding (and my favorite track from the album) Ave Maria (Well-Tempered Clavier) which contains somber bleeps and bloops amidst a flourish of sounds. Then we get the robotic God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen which starts off basic enough, but kicks into one drum filled sing along that would feel at home in any 8 bit racer. We also hear from songs like Greensleeves, Joy to the World, Deck the Halls and then some.
We can't forget another favorite of mine from the album, the surprisingly funky Jingle Bells (One Horse Open Sleigh). With it's robotic tunes, laser like effects and head bobbing rhythm, this is definitely worth giving a listen to. Also, unlike other albums focusing all on Christmas, in this collection we get a fun quick footed rendition of Hanukkah (Festival of Lights).
8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer certainly show off a myriad of styles in these remixes, with a good few of them easily getting stuck in my head. So remember to check out their respective websites and grab the album! The ears of the people putting up with that same old Christmas carols CD your friend bought in a bargain bin 4 years ago will thank you.