When you ask people about their fondest video game memories, a number of different consoles come into mind but I for one will always look back on the Nintendo GameboyBreakbeat Heartbeat as my favourite. This handheld classic has helped many a person on a long journey kill some time with Mario and friends but did you ever see your Gameboy as a musical instrument? Breakbeat Heartbeat is one of a growing number of musical artists using the themes and sounds from the 8bit era to make his own songs.


At only 22 years old, the musician, based in Chopwell, has self produced and released over 11 different albums so far and shows no sign of stopping. His success has not only been limited to the UK with avid listeners and fans coming from Norway, Japan and all around the world. Not just sticking with one particular style, BBHB has tried to use all of the different musical styles that influence him to create a wide and varied back catalogue ranging from hardcore dance to acoustic ballads. His latest release Delta takes you down a different musical route with expertly crafted chill out moods.


The title track from Delta is a perfect example of what BBHB set out to achieve with this album. The nostalgic square wave melodies combined with a deep bass line and chopped up drum loops really help this sound stand out by keeping it relaxed but adding subtle complexities to the mix, which can sometimes be missing from relaxing electronic music. The track “Butterfly” even has somewhat of  a liquid dubstep vibe about it with the simple kick and snare drum pattern helping the colourful melodies bounce over the solid rhythm track in perfect harmony.  Overall this new foray into the world of Nintendo inspired ambient electronic is definitely a solid one.


In a world where the chart hits all sound like the same song with a different vocalist it is refreshing to see a young artist making the music that he wants to. I recommend you have a look for Breakbeat Heartbeat online where you can download his entire back catalogue for free! It doesn’t really get much better than that!




Find Breakbeat Heartbeat on his Facebook at www.facebook.com/BreakbeatHeartbeat and listen to more of his music online. 

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Chris Brown
Christopher Brown is Consett Magazine's lead journalist. Chris enjoys meeting with a whole host of different people to report on what's happening in Consett, Co.Durham.


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