VGM All-Star compilation SOUND WAVES: A Tribute to Ecco the Dolphin

An ocean of music. 

This compilation has over a hundred total musicians paying tribute to beloved niche game soundtrack Ecco the Dolphin. Best believe I'm going to be jamming to this over the next couple weeks. It's going to take quite some time to dig through this vast ocean of new music, but I am game for the challenge. 

Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the entire series, or you only played for five minutes on your friend’s Sega Channel before quitting in a fit of rage, Ecco the Dolphin made a distinct impression on gamers across the globe with its unexpected, immersive, and haunting world of marine exploration, aliens, and time travel. Once Colleen and I began thinking about how we wanted to follow-up our last compilation, Super VG Christmas Party, the unique ambiance of these soundtracks came to mind almost immediately. Spencer Nilsen, András Magyari, Brian Coburn, Attila Héger, Attila Dobos, Andy Armer, Tim Follin, Gábor Foltán, László Fazekas, Csaba Gigor, David Young, and Brad Kaiser crafted such a beautiful soundscape for these games, and the massive group of diversely talented musicians that have stepped forward to join us in paying tribute to these great aquatic themes is both overwhelming and deeply appreciated. I encourage you all to check out the eight original soundtracks, as well as support the other works of the various bands and artists featured on this album. Thanks so much for listening!
— Ian Luckey, Producer

Watch the music video for Mega Man X - Storm Eagle Cover by Game & Sound

Been a moment since I last brought some Game & Sound on my blog. Glad to bring him back up for this intense remix of Storm Eagle from SNES classic Mega Man X. Storm Eagle remains my favorite MMX stage simply for the big show that is Storm Eagles boss entrance. 

Be sure to check out the Game & Sound Youtube page.

My arrangement for Storm Eagle’s theme, from Mega Man X. I wanted to make this cover since I made Spark Mandrill’s one, some months ago. Hope you’ll like it!

The composers of the original track are Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara, Toshihiko Horiyama.
— Game & Sound

ZEN ALBATROSS returns with all new industrial techno chiptune EP

Latest Transmission. 

It's been quite some time since I had the chance to mention Zen Albatross on this site. I think I might actually have his business card around here somewhere, an incredible feet for a hermit such as me. 

It's also been a long time since I was able to get down to something this intensely glitched out and crunchy. White noise is real, and it infests this album in the most pleasurable way possible. Beneath the gritty texture though is where the real fun happens. Zen winds his way through a series of foreboding, hard hitting, and or dance inducing melodies.

In this long-awaited transmission, ZEN ALBATROSS summons massive black monoliths of low-fidelity dance floor anxiety. Screaming cassette decks provide air support for slow-building Game Boy drones as waves of radio static and percussive noise hit like Hellfire missiles – an imperfect anthem for our contemporary dystopia.
— Zen Albatross

Listen to SUBCON podcast 29: Sakurai and Kojima theories, New RPG-Unit, Anime!

The only podcast dedicated to video games & hip hop. 

I make my triumphant return by choosing my favorite VG inspired 'beat tapes' of 2015. I highlight a few of my favoriote remixes by BeatmakerKelz and Voodoo Lion. I also review Xenoblade Chronicles X. I also talk a bit of Smash Bros and discuss the Story of Seasons/Harvest Moon/Bokujou Monogatari kerfuffle while getting hyped for Return to PoPoLoCrois Story of Seasons Fairytale.

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Watch The Bystanders play The Fall for Wii U part 3

On another installment of The Fall, we get one disgusting step closer to escaping the desolate planet our protagonist is stranded on.

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Taking in the colors: Jahn Rome - Winter in Color EP review

Rhymes from the heart. 

Alt rap flows from Jahn Rome, who readers may know better as one half of beloved hip hop duo Marcus and Rome. Rome takes on some personal demons in five laid back songs. It took me a moment to get drawn into this album, and at first I was hoping for something grittier, more visceral on the first go through. More in line with the Rated 'D' For Dope album that introduced me to Jahn Rome. As I shifted through various new music though, I caught myself mumbling some of the hooks from the album, namely Way Back (Prod FKA Yandere). So despite my innate reluctance to get into a more personal type of hip hop flows, the album grabbed hold of me like a great squid.

Technically there are no true references to video games, but the light, flowing electronic grooves clearly evoke some clear chiptune stylings. Each track is produced by a different composer, but the album keeps the airy flow of rhythms consistent throughout.

As I mentioned, Rome takes a personal, introspective look at himself over five tracks. The vulnerability and self doubt he expresses in I Know You're Scared (Prod. swell) and Lead You, You Go (Prod. Alice) are expressed clearly, but far from the cornball direction some 'serious' rap can go. There are plenty of emotional highs as well, such as the aforementioned Way Back, which features plenty of hopeful and uplifting lines.

When you juxtapose this with Rome's previous album, M&R's Rated 'D' For Dope, you can see quite a bit of versatility in Rome's flows and writing.

Expect to hear a track or two from this album on future episodes of SUBCON. Needless to say, this album gets bonus points for also being a Winter album. I'm highly partial to season based music, especially ice cold winter tunes that I can bump as I melt in the summer heat starting in about a month.

Whether Jahn Rome decides to drop more solo music, or team up with Marcus for another album, I can't wait to hear more from this guy, I'll be playing this album on repeat in the mean time.

I’m ready to go.
— Jahn Rome

Watch The Bystanders Podcast 30: NFL Rams move to Los Angeles, alien conspiracies, and aquatic apes

Sports, the opposite of video games.

Frank's brother and longtime NFL Rams fan, Kevin, joins The Bystanders to talk about the Rams relocating to Los Angeles. We also talk Lakers, and veer off into the iPod conspiracy, and even touch on the aquatic "ape theory."

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The MOON II RemixTape by AGenius & company

History repeats. 

It’s finally here! Of course my most successful album deserved a RemixTape! Thanks to all producers involved. This took time from them and was a labor of love.

Also thank you all for the unending support. Skull Kid’s saga is almost over.
credits
released August 7, 2015

Producers/Remixers:
Natsu Fuji - soundcloud.com/natsu-the-producer
Kenshi - soundcloud.com/kenshi-muzik
jtbs. - soundcloud.com/davey-mignott
SLRxFLR - soundcloud.com/slrxflr
uRiah - soundcloud.com/uriah92
Perry the Producer - soundcloud.com/perrytheproducer
D-Shocka - soundcloud.com/dshocka
STB. - soundcloud.com/stanthebeatsmith
JVST X - soundcloud.com/just_x
DJ KID SOUL - soundcloud.com/soulxksp
— AGenius

Listen to SUBCON podcast 28: Instrumental Hip Hop Special! Super Mario Kart, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Smash Bros & more!

The only podcast dedicated to video games & hip hop. 

I make my triumphant return by choosing my favorite VG inspired 'beat tapes' of 2015. I highlight a few of my favoriote remixes by BeatmakerKelz and Voodoo Lion. I also review Xenoblade Chronicles X. I also talk a bit of Smash Bros and discuss the Story of Seasons/Harvest Moon/Bokujou Monogatari kerfuffle while getting hyped for Return to PoPoLoCrois Story of Seasons Fairytale.

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