This week features Lena Raine's highly rated Celeste album, Tributes to Zelda in Marshall Art and Cory Johnson's Timeline EP as well as Pinhead Larry's new remix album, Memory Palace 2. Shinesparkers present Harmony of a Champion, a compilation tribute to the original Pokemon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow. Then it's another indie game OST with Chris Porter's YOMOTSU album.
When I first hit play on this EP, it suddenly washed over me how much I enjoy this band. The album seems to pick up right where 2015's Rowboat EP left off. Building from the lo-fi crunch of Rowboat to the clear, assured sounds of this album, it feels like a nice, natural progression of The Mimmos' sound. As with the previous album, there are many references to water, the sea, and water related things, which I really love. Water might be my second favorite reference point for music, the first being outer space.
This week is a tribute to Diddy Kong Racing via a ton of artists from Materia Collective, Shane Mesa pays tribute to the Mother series in the fictional Mother 4 Soundtraaaack! More Earthbound via Super Soul Bros on their debut album Motherlode, and Rozen is back with an epic tribute to the Legend of Zelda series.
Talking about the new album Memories Of Toky-o: An Ode To Jet Set Radio by 2 Mello. It's a tribute to the work of Hideki Naganuma, who also has some hidden tunes to discover on his SoundCloud page, including music from the Japanese arcade game Dead Heat Riders.
As with most Mello mash up albums, there is always that theme or through line. Basically, 2 Mello's mash up albums sound like fully realized albums, and not just a collection of mashups he just bundled up and shipped out. It's just one part of why 2 Mello is the man.
Streets of Resistance has a vibe as if the story is being told by all the 'criminals' living in… oh, the city doesn't have a name. Well, crime is a complex thing, you can't get rid of it by just beating it up. Even if you have a bad ass soundtrack while doing it.