Pause release compilation - Magnetic Sumo

In their usual fashion, Pause has gathered a cavalcade of incredible artists to create some amazing works of chiptune music. This time the compilation is called Magnetic Sumo and for a description simply states...

Where the laws of attraction and the eternal battle for the title of Yokozuna intertwine.

What that may mean musically is anyone's guess, but what I do know is that there are tons of artists, both new and old to Pause that come together for this compilation. Kicking things off is the band I spoke very fondly of in the past, Yakuza Heart Attack (in fact I am still listening to their most recent album fairly often). Their tumbling upbeat signature style is in full force with Bionic Boiz. From there we hear from chiptune mainstay Alex Mauer with Terraforming Mars, a melodic, simple tune that builds into a mesmerizing drum laden piece with some pumping leads. Combined these tracks set the back and forth precedent of this album from over the top funkiness to laid back dance rhythms and more.

Speaking of funky, some catchy clapping bring us to Rico Zerone and his piece Spheredivers, a deep sea, high fueled adventure, as if taking a submarine down into the otherworldly depths of the ocean floor while working on 3 hours of sleep. Moving ahead a few tracks we hear from Joshua Morse, and his atmospheric jazz track Meteor shower pro which starts off slow, but builds an incredible momentum as the song progresses into a whirlwind of musicianship on all fronts. That number moves us along to the sometimes tough to describe, but amazing to listen to vibes of Zan-zan-zawa-veia with hushhush. Another soft flowing track to lie back and reminisce to before jumping into the catchy drum and guitar styled world of Temp Sound Solutions and their cover of Alex Mauer's Floating Point, which takes an already funky tune and cranks it into high gear with some great guitar and drum work.

The album comes to an end with Give us the green light, an amazing and catchy track from Spiny Norman which brings the album to an amazing ending with it's uplifting vocals and chip pop stylings. As to be expected from Pause, we have here a compilation showcasing the many talents, styles, and instrumentation of the netlabel roster and friends. I often tell people that chiptunes is as varied a movement as the people who create it, and nowhere else is that idea shown than through compilations like this one. Once again, if you didn't click that link in the opening to grab this album, the compilation is free, and available right through here.

New Gamewave Podcast episode/mixtape

It's been six months since our last episode, but the Gamewave Podcast is pleased to bring you another guest hosted episode from Steve Jenkins of Crystal Labs. This mixtape features over 40 minutes of top-drawer tracks from artists including trash80, Linde, Jay Tholen and Spiny Norman, perfect for your chiptune-themed gym workout or for listening to whilst relaxing on the beach this summer.

And there's also some good news regarding the long-term future of the Gamewave Podcast. Now that Joe has finished his degree he's planning to head out to Japan this summer to start work there. However, having met up with members of Spheres of Chaos recently, the guys are plotting to begin recording episodes again over Skype soon. Look out for new shows from this autumn/fall.

Also, keep any emails coming in to the usual address. Despite the show being on hiatus at various points over the last couple of years, the emails we receive from fans have shown us there's demand for the show and are one of the reasons we've decided to start recording again. We'd especially like to have some artist/track requests.

Check out Gamewave Podcast Episode 48, or subscribe at www.gamewavepodcast.com/rss.xml.