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Brand new self-titled EP from Please Lose Battle

We left it a while between releases this time, but we're back with a bang to kick off 2014! We've got the debut release from Please Lose Battle, a French duo who write music for the NES sound chip, and they add bass and drums when they play live. Check out a video of them in action here, and then check out the EP.

PTE046 release page

"This debut EP from Please Lose Battle is a tribute to childhood gaming and the emotions we experienced back then: distraction, frustration, joy, impatience...

Everything here was made using FamiTracker with 2A03 + N163 or VRC6 (there is no DPCM channel, except for the effects at the end of the final track). The goal was to explore the possibilities and restrictions of a unique tool, in turn challenging musical creativity and songwriting."

HarleyLikesMusic brings his sounds to the Squad

Pterodactyl Squad are very proud to announce our first release by a Sheffield dude: it's HarleyLikesMusic with the hard-hitting The Sixth Extinction. There's even some involvement from dinosaurs on this release - rad!

PTE045 release page

"HarleyLikesMusic's debut on Pterodactyl Squad is an epic concept album: the soundtrack to various threats (zombies, aliens and dinosaurs) to the earth's human population. Using his Nintendo DS Harley creates industrial synth sounds and sets them to bouncy rhythms, but on The Sixth Extinction he gives his music a decidedly dark twist.

This guy is the world's premier KORG DS-10 musician for a reason - now you can find out why."

You can also hear Harley explain the concept behind this release over at his SoundCloud page.

Abinox II by lpower

An internet commenter once described lpower thusly: "Clever arrangements with unexpected turns that smell of higher education."

Pterodactyl Squad are proud to finally release the second piece in lpower's trilogy, Abinox II. This release is extra special because it's in partnership with Telefuture, who have produced a limited run of 50 cassettes*. We don't expect these to last long so we'd recommend grabbing one soon from the Telefuture store if you're undecided.

PTE044/TF15 release page

"With Abinox I lpower explored what makes a video game soundtrack tick. On Abinox II he returns with a similar concept in mind. Once again, the basic components (sounds, structures and emotions) of his favourite soundtracks are used as building blocks, this time using a wider sound palette, including the Nintendo Entertainment System and DX7 Synthesizer, allowing space for more experimentation and resulting in a deeper, darker release. Moreover, the compositions are longer but refuse to repeat or loop, creating a strong narrative and constant progression. Telefuture and Pterodactyl Squad can safely say that this is one sequel that doesn't suck."

Get involved and let us know what you think about Abinox II through our Twitter or Facebook pages.

*The cassette features only Abinox II, not both Abinox I and II as previously stated.
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