On July 6th in 2012 TWG opened its doors with ‘Ragged Smile’ by Starpilot. Mixing elements of psychedelic rock, progressive experimentalism and post-punk, Starpilot crafted a hugely infectious mix of chiptune and indie that to this day, over a year later, still stands proud as one of the greatest releases we’ve put out. It cemented TWG’s ideals in one fell swoop; chiptune experimentalism, the new and the old entwined both through instruments and stylistically.
As such, owing the great talent for both an explosive launch title and his continued moral support, it was with a great deal of bittersweet sorrow I greeted the news he’d be moving on. Following the release of ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow’, his final collection of new material under the Starpilot moniker, I felt a tribute should be paid to his, needless to say prolific, past. A week or two later and, upon his request, we’ve curated down nearly three years, twenty releases released by multiple labels and countless compilations into a single, 17 track solidified statement and testament to the huge talent this incredible artist holds; a small example of why so many will be sad to see his absence.
Not everyone’s favourite tracks will be present, and not every release is covered, but as a manifesto of a hugely active artist this Retrospective hopefully does him proud. For the fans already; enjoy revisiting the classics along with some more hidden stuff you may not have heard before. To the first-timers; enjoy the journey in which you’re about to embark!
released August 22, 2013
All music and lyrics by Düane 'Starpilot' Asteroid
Compiled and curated by Andrew Kilpatrick
Download also includes back cover.
For the original location of each track, check the included text file.