Putting the chic in anarchic, donotrunwithpixels returns with a double mixtape, one side of four-to-the-floor EDM, and another mashing previous releases with new drum’n’bass grooves. Staying true to his chip-purist ethos the sets feature only the sound of LSDJ on original Nintendo Game Boys. The last two years have seen these sets performed across south Wales and are now available on cassette or via download. Contains twice the adult recommended daily allowance of nihilism. Check with your GP before listening to Super 32 in 1 if you are pregnant or taking other medication.
We’re pleased to be able to share a brand new artist with you: donotrunwithpixels. We’ve come together to bring out their latest release on limited edition cassette, which will be out soon. In the meantime, we thought they deserved a bit of an introduction.
Cow Tongue Taco: So, who who are you, where do you come from, and how long have you been at this?
donotrunwithpixels: Hi, My name is Simeon and I’ve made music with Game Boys for the best part of a decade. Other musical projects have come and gone, but donotrunwithpixels is where I return to when I’ve totally burnt out. I’ve come to the realisation that making this music, using this process, is essential to my wellbeing. This society we’ve built makes me feel under constant pressure, and hiding behind a tiny, pea-green screen, headphones on, takes me back to a place when ignorance was bliss. I live in South Wales with my wife, kids and pet tortoise.
CTT: How would you describe your sound, and what’s your setup like?
dnrwp: I have a studio full of toys, modular gear, a beautiful old piano, a lovely double bass, some great valve mics, and some classy outboard gear, and I use exactly NONE of it for donotrunwithpixels. For me, this project is all about the limitations, using only Game Boys loaded with LSDJ. The sound is messy and anarchic, but still melodic. I hope people listen to it with big, dumb smiles on the faces.
CTT: What’s the thought behind this upcoming release? Why cassette?
dnrwp: My work has always been quite short, with most tracks clocking in under 2 minutes, but I’ve been playing these two sets live for a couple of years now, mashing songs together, and jamming around themes and I wanted people to listen to a longer body of my work. For me, downloads are about instant gratification, whereas physical releases like cassettes are about the long listen. Plus the way Cow Tongue Taco do releases is fucking cool and fits in with my DIY aesthetic.
You can find more from donotrunwithpixels over on their Bandcamp.
Today we are extremely pleased to be announcing a new artist – Glasgow’s Something in a Tank, and their double EP release.
Something In A Tank is the ‘half-arsed solo project’ of Michael Drum, formerly of Glasgow’s infamous We Are The Physics. It’s on the noisey, dirty end of ‘artrock’, and all produced by one solitary human.
From the horse’s mouth:
In an attempt to do something other than badly play the drums, Michael started fannying about in December 2016 and has released two EPs to date, one of which is an absolute shiter. The other just sucks.
The last EP is a mixture of aggressive guitars (played badly), over-compressed drums and vocals that could be described as ‘just shouting’. For fans of Retox, Hot Nerds, Ima Robot, Faith No More and DMX.
This release itself brings together two separate EPs: ‘Sink or Swim’, and ‘Never Quite the Desired Effect’. As a bonus, there are also two extra tracks included that were up til now unreleased. Grab your copy on the shop here.
We are back from our holiday and pleased to welcome a new artist into the fold: fellow Glaswegian Dewaud, who releases their new album ‘Zenith’ on Cow Tongue Taco today.
Zenith is the new hour long release from Glasgow’s Dewaud. An eclectic mix of hip hop, electronic, dance and moody weirdness, that will appeal to lovers of Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Daft Punk & Dilla.
We sat ol’ Dewaud down to see what he was all about:
Cow Tongue Taco: So eh, who are you? How long have you been doing this?
D: I am Dewaud, a producer from Glasgow and I’ve making beats for as long as my family home had a computer. I have a distinct memory of watching the last series of Friends as it aired and running back to the computer during advert breaks to make beats, which was in 2004, so 13 years, nearly half my life. I had a demo version of FruityLoops that didn’t let you save projects so I would make full beats and save them as mp3s in one sitting, and if there was something I wanted to change I would make the full beat from start again. And my parents and brothers all shared the computer so I had maybe an hour a night. Also Friends ended ages ago eh?
CTT: I never was a fan of Friends. How would you describe this latest album? It’s a beast.
D: This release (Zenith) is unquestionably the most ambitious project I’ve undertaken, just for the sheer run time. Something that you might find interesting is that all the samples on Side B (track 18 onwards) are from the same batch of records I bought on one day of digging, I think maybe 11-12 records from the 27th of December 2016. I think it’s an interesting and eclectic listen, and it’s probably better referred to as electronic music but in my heart I’m always just making hip hop beats for rappers to rap on. I was listening to a lot of Flying Lotus when I was making Side B so that might shine through. I tried to keep Side A sort of bright and almost poppy with Side B being more ethereal and spacey and skew more toward jazz. It feels very personal to me, there are a lot of styles and nods to that which inspires me, it’s a collage of all the stuff that makes me, me. Honestly it’s brilliant, I’m very talented.
CTT: Awright then Trump. Where else can we find more of yer stuff?
D: You can stream all of my releases at https://dewaud.bandcamp.com/music and even buy then if you like! If the mood strikes you could also follow me on twitter @dave_eh_rave but I hardly talk about music, it’s mostly wrestling patter and stealing other people’s jokes in attempts to go viral. If that’s what you’re into then please wire in! I don’t have much web presence apart from that, I should probably look into self promoting a bit more.
This is a short PSA that both our Cow Tongue Taco and Pinned & Fabulous shops will be shut from the 4th until the 26th of July, as we take our summer holidays. Have no fear, we’ll be back in action afterwards.
In the meantime, grab your tapes and pins before the 4th and we’ll get them posted out before we go. You can still buy music and merch from our Bandcamp, but it won’t be shipped until we return. Thanks!
Today we are pleased to announce another brand new release, from a brand new Cow Tongue Taco artist: Son of a Bit!
Chorophobia is an energetic blast of hardcore chipmusic, and we’re really pleased to have them join the Cow Tongue family.
CTT: Tell us a bit about yourself! Who are you, and where do you come from?
SoaB: I’m Sanditio Bayu Estuputro, a freelance illustrator / comic artist based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I really love making many things I love (such as chip-music, drawings, comics, pixel-arts, etc)! Oh, and I also had another chip-music cover project called “Little-Sound Orchestra” (http://facebook.com/littlesoundorchestra), maybe you can check that out if you have more time.
CTT: How did you get into making chip music?
SoaB: When I was in high school (late 2007/2008), my older brother introduced YMCK (Japanese chiptune group) to me. I was instantly hooked and kept some of the songs in my mp3 player. I really excited about this group and tried to introduce YMCK’s “Magical 8-bit Tour” to one of my best classmate, Pajar Prasetyo and he really liked it! Inspired by that, Pajar suggested that I create a chiptune project with his friend Fajar Sidik. One of his reasons to make this project is, in Indonesia, there wasn’t that many chip-tune projects around, and chip-music sounds really unique! From there, we learned how to make Chip-music together from some tutorials on Youtube… and that was the time when “Majemuk” born, a chiptune / hip-hop group which I run with them. We were also invited to several events such as Chipmovement vol.1 in Depok (a city close to Jakarta), Jakarta Toys Fair 2009, and many others. But, in April 4th 2009, I decided to resign from Majemuk (due to a personal reason) and create a chiptune project inspired by heavy music called “Son of a Bit!”.
CTT: Your style is pretty unique; a sort of cross between metal and chiptune. How would you describe it?
SoaB: Some people call it “Nintendocore”, but I’m trying to avoid this term right now for a personal reason. Maybe i would just call it Heavy-Chip Music or just Chip-music, because I focus more on 8-bit sounds than other instruments. Yes, I add some other instruments in my music (such as Electric guitar) but it’s only a few and nothing more than 2 instruments. Most of my music is inspired by metal music in games such as Guilty Gear & BlazBlue series (Hell yes, Daisuke Ishiwatari is my number one inspiration for this project!) and some other great chip-music artists like Virt, Zabutom and Shitbird.
CTT: Tell us a bit about the album… and how it was put together.
SoaB: This album was supposed to be released 6 years ago (2011). But at that time I was focusing on another project so the release of this EP was abandoned. After checking back the old files on my hard disk, I finally remembered that this album existed! So I decided to release it in this year. This album focuses on songs that have vocals, so I add every vocal tracks that Son of a Bit! had. Some songs in this album is already in my 2nd album “re.demon.stration EP” and I remastered them for this new album (but too bad, that EP link download has already expired). I also added one more track “DEMITUHAN” for the cassette tape version.
SoaB: The name “Chorophobia” itself is an expression of my anxiousness against many other dance music inspired chip-music in my country. The fact that in Indonesia, there’s more or less 75% of chip-music artists here focused on this dance music thing. Maybe most of chip-music artsits here are dance music fans and that’s why there are so many of them. Well, I don’t mean to hate and blame them since there’s no prohibition to make any music with this medium (and most of them are my bestfriends!) but I just want to show to other people (mostly to non-dance music fans) that you can make any music with chiptune and that’s why chiptune is a great alternative medium to start with! Hope you like the new album ❤ \m/