Artist: Various Artists
title: The 8kbps Compilation
keywords: lobit, 8kbps, extreme lobit, low-bit, lowbitrate, compilation, electronic, acoustic, electro, techno, minimal, chiptune, classical, noise, experimental, ambient,
label: Sirona-Records http://sirona-records.com/
The lobit rate comes in various degrees.. But the 8kbps level is in most circles the one that really pushes artists/composers and music makers to their limits to create a compostion that is sounding good and keeps the size ultimately small and friendly. It’s a difficult thing for some producers to get, but luckily for listeners it is very easy to hear. (and it can be downloaded in a rapid speed as it clearly doesn’t take up space at all..) To celebrate the 8kbps sound and disproof the claim that lobit is just noise, the netlabel Sirona has compiled a compilation full of the 8kbps sound. Some might even say ‘extreme lobit’ but in this case I would like to add ‘extremely pleasant lobit’ ..
This is a compilation of lobit stars doing a reunion and some new bees that Hopped along as they stuck their heads in. The biggest name on here is a legendary one. One that makes the fame of deceased Michael Jackson looks pale in comparison and is praised worldwide for its genius musical mind. We believe he recently did a massive sold out concert at some music convention in Paris (showing the kids how it is done) and now headlining the 8kbps compilation. Your Name a composer just as free as the lobit genre does the honorable cutting of the lint to open this celebration of music by starting with an exclusive piano piece named 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8. In case you didn’t notice; that was 8 times 8 which might be a hint to the composing style that was used by this self-claimed genius. There couldn’t have been a better celebrity than Your Name biting the first part of the apple off and with total joy and excitement in my fingers I would like to announce the next hero over here: c4!
c4 is not as mainstream as Your Name but is a name that is a prominent one in the finest underground family. He has a huge catalogue of music, albums and releases and is a diehard lobit core member pushing this genre to the very limits filling it with love and of course fantastic music. For this compilation c4 has brought in a very trippy piece of deep down and dirty repetitive lobit dance music named ‘Repeater’. I don’t know how c4 does it, (it must be his secret cocktail of cheap beer and coffee) but he always knows to make his tracks indulgingly trippy and this track is certainly all about that. The beat that kicks steady while smooth house paths are pushing the vibe forwards for the ultimate old school techno vibe which sounds perfectly 8kbps friendly.
New to the 8kbps way of life is the sexy Jane van Noise, all the way from Germany the artist had send in a track named ‘Sometimes I need Distance (8kbps edit)’. I guess by it being a 8kbps edit, that there must be also a version lower of perhaps in a higher bitrate, but Jane van Noise would probably agree that the track sounds so much nicer, warmer and even friendlier in this in popular western societies mainly underrated underdog of encoding rates. The music sounds very melodic, lively and happy. It’s as if the track in itself is all smiles to finally have embraced the warmth of the extreme lobit sides of life. A happy moment that makes me dream of a girl in lederhosen slapping her own upper legs in a beautiful field full of lovely flowers. It can be anything of your choice really, but whatever it is that you imagine while hearing this music; it for sure is a happy moment.
An artist name that I had not encountered before in the small lobit world, is one that goes like ‘From the Willowmeadow’. My ears are gracefully accepting this artists submission named ‘Once Sky High’ as it is sounding as professional as the more veteran music makers in the lobit field (perhaps it’s a secret veteran with a secret identity?). The music is a fascinating ambient work that goes very deep in captivating the attention with a surreal tone change that goes gradually and smoothly. The added instruments that come with the dataloss over here are not disturbing but certainly accentuating the beauty of the content in this track. When the music stops; I simply wish it hadn’t stopped.
A really great thing to see is the name of underground legend ‘Sascha Müller’, This artist has been around for years running his own labels, being on labels and has multiple fascinating projects. He has lots of lobit experience which truly comes to light in his work named ‘Tra’. It’s even though its high tones of holiness coming across to me as a dark track that shimmers a song of somekind of sorrow or longing to something. Perhaps I’m just overly sentimental by just seeing and hearing Sascha Müller on this compilation. The music is worth to hold your breath for so you can take every bumbling ambience in with great respect for this musical ambient/techno/noise/experimental master of the underground.
The next artist named ‘vzlproj’ (is this the legendary ‘vziel project’?) comes with a short work named ‘hutx erffg rrh6`6j’ in which we can hear some various vocal moment of an overly happy or excitement woman that honks a horn while laughing and giggling like a hyacinth bucket on weed. vzlproj manipulates the sounds and make the woman sound even more silly than the original recording probably was before. Good for a smile and a giggle.
The compilation has really a great selection of mind-blowing artists on board and for the following I take off my hat and do a firm and graceful bow (I suggest you should do too). He is the king of the 8kbps sound, the man with so much love and dedication to this sound that it is inspirational and a true reliable corner stone to the entire lobit scene. He runs the always amazing lobit netlabel 8Ravens, which specializes in all music in the 8kbps sound. A amazing label which you definitely should check out if you the time and a fuelled emotion of curiosity. I’m talking of course about the experimental artist named ‘jjoth’! Here he delivers a track (TT Cross) which is very him and a good introduction perhaps to what this artist makes so great. A shimmering rhythm, the essence of melody, the eye for experimentation and true underground music that listens to no one but you might listen and enjoy it for free.
I can’t review the following track as it is done by a melted personality that I simply are too close with. I would say it’s a bit of a ‘Basterd Child’ of mine which finally got a place to live within this compilation of classic lobit family friends. The name of the bastard child is ‘Toxic Flat Chicken Affect’ which could be traced back to proud parents Flat Affect and a certain chicken.
Another great surprising surprise comes with ‘Hello’ by (famous for its breaks, beats and hyper activity productions) the artist named Pogohm. Here he throws all pre-consumptions away by doing something absolutely different than expected and delivers a very cute and lovable melodic friendly tune. It has a summer feeling and is so adorable that you want to pick it up and squeeze its cheeks as if it’s a chiptune-ish puppy. Something to snug up to and dance in the summer sun without problems on the mind.
Fabio Crivellaro comes with an experimental track named ‘With This Beat I’ll Perm Your Hair’ which is kind of a very gentle thing to do.. I mean who doesn’t want a free perm? You have to expend the ears to truly enjoy the beat that is doing the perming as it is quite the free basing one. It’s like hip-hop without the hop but more with the ‘chop’ replacing it. Lobit Hip-chop could be a nice genre theme to add this one in.
An artist named ‘Hollywood Video Game Kill-Bot’ gives us a work named ‘Walking In A Street’ which sounds like a Hollywood lobit soundtrack for a cult movie of some kind. The special effects of footsteps and environment come across as included, but the melody of excitement with (it must be) bearded choir guys singing over the lo-fi keyboard trumpet sounds like a pretty unique combination to me.
Than out of all unexpected surprises, there was one that astonished me the most. The presence of an artist named ‘Back to the Fucking Future’ who is known for being behind the scenes of bringing the floppy diskette back to life and embracing the lobit scene with love and dedication with the label ‘Diskette Ettikette’. Here this illustrious and mysterious futuristic artist (I do not drop names) brings a classical work named ‘Cello Symphony for 8 Bits’ which is something you should hear near a fire place with the volume up and a glass of expensive liquor in your hand. It’s the soft buzz, the deep depth of the Cello Symphony that makes this moment surreally posh and classy. It doesn’t even surprise me when the beautiful entangled voice of an opera songstress joins this classic work into one that makes the lobit scene like an expensive pot of caviar; a delicate taste for the upper lower classes of the lobitrate.
A beautiful work of light music comes by a veteran producer ‘djozr’. The music track is called ‘the flatwoods encounter’ and sounds full of lobit love with small and petite brew of tones that sound warm and easy going material for so well the mind as the ears. A lengthy work that has enough potential to fully relax the encountering listeners that indulge themselves in this excellent collection that proofs that the extreme lobit rate is actually a great place for beautiful music.
..And beautiful music is exactly what artist Symplocarpush delivers with ‘initiate61’. It’s a bit short and too my ears it comes across as the artists first steps in the world of 8kbps. But this is like a highlighting moment as the artist’s work steps successfully without the help on anyone over the lobit borders and brings a lovely piece of melodic music.
A moment that certainly gets a reward when the legendary lovely music maker Origami Repetika comes in with all its knowledge of melodies, love for the lobit sound and just his expertise of music in general. The track ‘Worm’s Abundance’ really comes across as a deep story with an uplifting flair that makes me want to do a form of ballroom dancing that is graceful and yet done with a lovely smile. Origami Repetika always makes me happy and I believe the secret is probably because it’s so very personal and passionate without a negative vibe. Always a recommended listen..
The next track is one by someone I can’t talk too much about. It’s yet again a close relative which would make me not even biased, but overly insanely biased too say some words about it. So I refrain from it and let your own ears do their judgmental things for themselves. It’s ‘Toxic Chicken’ with a track named ‘Luna Banani goes hoola hoop’…
Hectic Head isn’t a stranger to lobit land, or netlabel land or the underground in general. I’m not really sure if he had stepped in the extreme sound of 8kbps before producers wise, but as we can all agree; here we can hear Hectic Head soaked in deep in the 8kbps sound. His work is named ‘The Lost Zone’ which is a great title for his track that sounds like the purest form of lobit fuzz that brings out all its warmth to the foreground and leaves you there to wonder around in.
An artist I’m not familiar with is the one that is named ‘Pirtek’, it brings an experimental noise track to the compilation which is titled ‘Prokaryotes’. To me it sounds like going on a pair of jet-ski behind a speedboat and go for a hard core ride over the waves with lots of splashes of water all in the microphone as the captain of the boat does its best to make us fall off into the cold water… But we are holding on!
DiZE7 brings a catchy danceable beat to the scenery and the muffled sound really adds a prettiness in the feeling of it. The track ‘8b-dh’ got me dancing and tapping my feet like an orchestrator at a spaced out techno party with cotton candy in both my ears. Bubbling minimalism that always seem to get me moving.
Another lobit hero, veteran, friend, brother and underground groundbreaking father that makes all these things (including this very own compilation) possible is ‘Pollux’. Here the French artist brings an organic piece of ambient tones with a slumbering beat as a rhythm for extra pleasant comfort. I love how the beat heats up the final moment and wish it all could be miles longer.
But luckily miles longer would be too long of a wait to hear the fabulous return of one of the most respected lobit composers out there ‘The Cryovolcano’. I think most lobit civilians are always excited when new Cryovolcano activity appears and after a little bit of non-activity you can expect the artist to be fully back on track this year! If you pay attention you can see that Cryovolcano is now not just Cryovolcano but had added ‘The’ in front of his already legendary name. So if that not speaks to you and triggers a form of ultimate excitement than you should check out the ‘Helping Hands’ track the artist specially created for this compilation. Here he delivers the full set of a bubbling catchy electronic bass melody, a groovy rhythm and his ultimate robotdroids vocals that will leave your ears astonished when realizing it’s all done and sounding so superbly clear in this extreme lobit rate.
I know my writing and enthusiastic love for this artist goes a bit out of proportions over here, but I just received the news that his newest album will come out on a self-released tape cassette which everyone should get! (will let you know when this must have goody is out..)
From the overly praises of the former artist it’s a bit of an awkward situation to return to a more or less more pure 8kbps sound that is delivered by this artist named ‘Gefilte Fist’. The lobit rate eats the work ‘The Most Exciting Math Theory I Guess’ completely and we can munch on it along with our hungry ears.
The track ‘morning when I went’ by ‘copor’ is the first guitar orientated work on this 26 track counting compilation. It is just already for that fact a very pleasant refreshment among the others and music wise it is pretty too. The soft background sound creates an exclusive warm atmosphere while the crystal guitar in tiself is played with great room for the background to come out and appear. A track that made me think of being close to a musician who has a love relationship with an instrument that could translate feelings by playing notes.
Project’s Stretch is like a dark mysterious soundtrack that creeps up on my ears like a doomed world that settles in the middle of some strange natural environment like a forest. It’s a thrill to listen if you have a enough imagination to go for an aural travel and a love for something as mysterious as this Project.
The one and only Dr. NoiseM (who is someone legendary, but under this moniker is out there to make a reputation as a pure madmen in the noise scene destroying all other music). Here Dr. NoiseM present a track called ‘The Killboy’ which strangely comes across as highly orchestrated fuzz with pulsive impulses that keeps it somewhere in a thrill kill and something that is easy going. A bit of a weird one if you asked me (which on its own is already something than worth to check out I guess) It’s like Dr. NoiseM is calling you with a whistle as he steps around waiting for a fuzzy victim to operate on..
The last track is done by one of those other legendary outsider artists that I’m always excited to hear from. Ichtyor Tides is the name and the music track is titled ‘Hazlav’. Which probably is a wink to the actor David Hasselhoff. For some reason this track comes over as very hollow, almost as if the inspirational actor had again filled up his liver and mixed it with a burger to basically pass out and only leaves small little crispers and some soft breathing noises in the mix.. It’s a very quiet peace, so a good way to end a successful reunion of lobit worldwide lobit people and some new faces that came out to see what the 8kbps sound is all about.
You can hear all these tracks described above with your own ears by downloading this compilation for free to fully appreciate the wonderful diversity of the 8kbps sound: