From Guardia With Love, Richie Branson's hard hitting hip hop tribute to Chrono Trigger and more

From Guardia With Love, Richie Branson's hard hitting hip hop tribute to Chrono Trigger and more

I had the chance to catch Richie Branson perform at MAGWest a couple months back, and what a performance it was. Definitely got to catch this guy live, if you have the opportunity. This is his album from 2013, and also happens to be the album Branson sold to me, and then signed for me at MAGWest. It was the only album he had on him, but still, sold! It's not often I hear an album on CD.

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Chopped up, hip hop tribute to games, anime, and more by Chief Takinawa in Hannya The 2nd: Blossoms

Chopped up, hip hop tribute to games, anime, and more by Chief Takinawa in Hannya The 2nd: Blossoms

Another wonderful album of chopped, flipped, and remixed beats via DJ Chief Takinawa. I've been following this guy for a few years now and have found constant enjoyment with his tunes. These tracks would feel right at home in a cel shaded bullet hell game. Really digging this album. I would have included the dope Gorillaz remix REPAIRS on the SUBCON podcast, but don't want to get hit with another blocked video on YouTube. You better give it a listen right now though. Track 5 yo.

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Watch SUBCON 64 Metroid, The Fall 2, game books

Watch SUBCON 64 Metroid, The Fall 2, game books

Do you like Metroid games? Do you like Metroidvania games? Do you like nachos? Sorry, I mean, this week I talk about Metroid Samus Returns for 3DS, and get ever more hyped for upcoming indie game The Fall 2 Unbound by Over The Moon Games. I also talk about some Splatoon 2 and enhancing my mental capacity for video game facts. All this and dope new tunes by Jahn Rome, Earthbound Rejects, FrivolousShara, GamerGad and more! Not to mention the latest beats and instrumentals by DJ.mma Productions, DJ Chief Takinawa, Jay Tholen, Zalenka, the Pixel Quemado crew, Dale North, Blipperactive, Schematist, Jon Poulin, and then some!

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An eclectic tribute to the music of Super Metroid, 'C A Z A D O R A' from the Pixel Quemado collective

An eclectic tribute to the music of Super Metroid, 'C A Z A D O R A' from the Pixel Quemado collective

Covering the music of the Metroid series is very hit or miss. Stray too far from the source material and it can be too different from the ambient sounds of planet Zebes, or SR388, etc. Play it too close to the source material and now it's too ambient and ominous to be true listening music. Well the Pixel Quemado crew has a handle on the fickle music of Metroid and so they have dropped over a dozen tracks in a variety of styles, and all dedicated to possibly the best damn game ever made.

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Materia Collective presents the SPIRA collection, two albums of 100 tracks dedicated to Final Fantasy x

Materia Collective presents the SPIRA collection, two albums of 100 tracks dedicated to Final Fantasy x

Sorry it took me so long to review this album, but I had to listen to it first! I grew a beard in that time. Okay, sorry. This is a legitimately grandiose album that is well worth sitting down and listening through 100 incredible and loving tributes to the PS2 classic Final Fantasy X.

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Easy on the Ears, a collection of chill mixes by BeatmakerKelz

Easy on the Ears, a collection of chill mixes by BeatmakerKelz

BeatmakerKelz does it again! Beats that is! This guy is always dropping exactly what I want to hear, whether it be game music remixes, original beats, or whatever next thing he decides to chop of flip this time. Groove on these chill beats, ESPECIALLY that wonderful I Love Lucy remix that gets me way too nostalgic for some quality classic comedy shows. 

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now youre playing with powar x: endgame by Temp Sound Solutions

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This currently appears to be the final album currently available from temp sound solutions' Powar series. tss takes a handful of tracks from the soundtracks to some overlooked games, and tears them up in the way only this group can. From Ecco Jr to Garfield, expect the unexpected on this album, and expect to rock out to the unexpected as well.

Somehow I have covered most of temp sound solutions' Powar series. Yet, somehow, I missed out on the most recent one, now youre playing with powar x: endgame. I'm glad I scrolled on through the tss bandcamp page to rediscover this one. Much shorter track listing than some albums in the series, but the full live tss band is on display for the entire album as well. So if you multiply tracks by musicians, then it's even more incredible.

temp sound solutions’ 10th (technically 12th) video game tribute album is a full-band effort chronicling some of their favorite tunes from games remembered at the end of their respected systems cycles, lost or forgotten, or heavily revered songs that will always be remembered as being the top of the crop. while the future for these four souls may be unclear, one thing is certain: this is endgame.
— temp sound solutions

The soaring sounds of adventure in Phenomenal Star-Force by Tekkaxe

The soaring sounds of adventure in Phenomenal Star-Force by Tekkaxe

Talk about a wonderful surprise of an album. If there is a game series I love for it's infectious, upbeat arrangements, it's definitely the Kirby games. Tekkaxe channels his inner Jun Ishikawa & Hirokazu Ando along with a touch of super hero lore, and uses that power to create an adventurous and eclectic album. Too bad this isn't a video game, now I'm a little bummed. This album will cheer me right up though, so I'm going to listen again!

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Watch SUBCON 63 SNES Classic, hacks, Super Mario Odyssey

Watch SUBCON 63 SNES Classic, hacks, Super Mario Odyssey

I talk about hacking the SNES Classic, general hacking anxiety, and then get hyped for Super Mario Odyssey. On the hip hop side, I've got the latest from the Earthbound Rejects, the very first Duosis ReCut by JH Sounds to be featured on SUBCON, not to mention the latest from The Grammar Club, courtesy of Shael Riley himself. Plenty of instrumentals this week as well, including FrivolousShara, DJ BlazeWave, MarcusCross, beek, Sean Schafianski, and Coda. Then we close the show with a very special Super Famicom game.

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2 Mello's latest collection of laid back hip hop beats, midnight broadcasts vol. 2

2 Mello's latest collection of laid back hip hop beats, midnight broadcasts vol. 2

2 Mello is back with the follow up to his original follow up to an album of eclectic but laid back hip hop beats. For the late nighters among us, and those suffering from a long, hot day, midnight broadcasts is for you. Plus you can learn how to make some proper mixed drinks.

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Intense Techno music by Blipperactive in the indie game 'Greedy Guns - Original Game Soundtrack'

Intense Techno music by Blipperactive in the indie game 'Greedy Guns - Original Game Soundtrack'

I'm glad indie games exist. Not just for their great game content, but for the fact that it has let such a vast array of musicians to contribute to all these games. So it goes with the new indie game Greedy Guns. Blipperactive has composed some intense dance beats that build up and then shake your eardrums for a minute. Current favorite track for me is Thief, and I bump some Mother Roll on the SUBCON podcast as well.

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The Games & Anime hip hop Mixtape by Bleak, The Apostle

The Games & Anime hip hop Mixtape by Bleak, The Apostle

Another collection of rhymes I discovered on datpiff, luckily Bleak posted his album to bandcamp as well, so I can embed the Games & Anime mixtape right here for the impatient folks among us. Listen to some dope rhymes out of Dallas, Texas. Dude doesn't seem to have the largest social media profile, but hope he's hustling on his follow up. 

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