Rhymes and video game remixes in The Cartridge family by JimmyTheLoch by genoboost

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Fresh beats. Hot rhymes. The Cartridge Family slid easily into my playlist.

Catch JimmyTheLoch spitting over remixes of Chrono Trigger, some underworld Super Mario Bros, and even a room shaking Pokemon battle theme. Listen to Jimmy kill it on the mic over 13 tracks. "False Psychic" is the aforementioned Pokemon track, and it has become a stand out track. My personal favorite from the album currently, is the Tetris inspired 'Blocks' which has one hell of a hook that I can't get out of my head, no matter how many lines are destroyed.

I am getting spoiled on legit VG rap in this day and age. JimmyTheLoch holds it down over a full album, and has remained a mainstay of music for me since hitting play for the first time when the album dropped back in July. 

Grab the full Cartridge Family album by naming your own price on the albums official bandcamp page, or stream the full album below!

Listen to heavy metal Kirby remix Year 3 by Dethraxx by genoboost

The cutest pink puffball known to humanity just got metal as fuck. Dethraxx lays down an intense heavy metal rendition of Gourmet Race from the SNES (and now 3DS) classic Kirby Super Star.

Head bang, which for Kirby, means his entire body, to this.

Support: Fangamer's You Are Now EarthBound Kickstarter by genoboost

Featuring all new Earthbound tribute album by Bad Dudes.

The ever expanding Fangamer is back with an incredibly ambitious kickstarter all about the Earthbound fans of America. For the price of $100,000 Fangamer will be producing a feature length documentary about US EB fans across the country. There is also the requisite tons of one-of-a-kind merchandise that only Fangamer can produce. Reward tiers begin at $16 for digital merchandise to over $8,000 for an all expenses paid trip to Japan with Fangamer.

Check out the kickstarter page for the run down on the insane amount of products that can be nabbed for the proper donations.

Of particular interest to readers of the site, is that part of the Kickstarter is a brand new album by musical collective Bad Dudes. Psychokinetic will be filled with an eclectic series of beloved themes from the Mother / Earthbound series, including "Snowman," and "Eight Melodies."

Listen to a sampling of themes from the upcoming album below. (listen for one of my all time favorite Earthbound themes at the 1:25 mark.)

The album can be collected along with plenty of other goods, such as the Earthboound handbook, documentary, and more starting with the $32 pledge tier.

Be sure to head over to the official You Are Now Earthbound Kickstarter page to learn more, and check out the nearly finalized tracklisting for the Bad Dudes' Psychokinetic album.

Listen to Super Luigi centered hip hop track My Year by Levar Allen by genoboost

Luigi living every year like it's the year of Luigi.

Levar Allen steps inside the green clothes and spits a track from perennial sidekick Luigi, and tells it like it is with a cool flow and smooth beats.

H.A. Sedda pays tribute to Koji Kondo & Motoi Sakuraba in new album 'Chosen Giants' by genoboost

Guitarist's original album influenced by the Legend of Zelda and Tales of series.

Sedda has quickly returned to the studio for a follow up to his impressive VG tribute EP Vignettes from Millennia. In his latest, he continues his fusion of influences. This time, not just in tribute to two particular games, but two incredible pantheons of games, the niche RPG series Tales of, which began with one of my personal favorite games, Tales of Phantasia for the SNES. The second title is about as far from niche as a game could get, of course I'm talking about the wildly acclaimed and beloved Legend of Zelda.

Motoi Sakuraba and Koji Kondo have been the foremost composers for their respective series, and it's clear that H.A. Sedda has worked hard to provide music worthy of these influences.

Chosen Giants starts softly with "Melomakarono" (which Wikipedia tells me, is a type of Greek dessert). The song quickly spirals into a fusion of genres, including glitch, jazz, rock, and more. Once the song kicks into the closing half, the gentle tones give way to a foreboding shift in mood. The guitars cackle out riffs as the drums and deep bash push forward unrelentingly. This track goes from 'resting at an inn' to 'boss battle' in under four minutes, like a medley of songs from a game that never existed.

At this point I can't help but think of a few of my favorite scenes from Tales of Phantasia, such as the snow falling as Mint and Cless have a conversation outside an inn, or dropping to the depths of the ocean to find a now destroyed ancient civilization (as many RPGs do).

'Klutz Nicolette' follows. This theme takes on a much more positive tone, though no less adventurous. That's not to say that Sedda doesn't fill the song with his brand of eclectic instrumentation and mood. The songs finale builds, as if a great strength is enveloping the hero as the track comes to a close.

Title theme, Chosen Giants, brings the EP to a close. The guitar work on this track is vibrant, and ever flowing. It's easy to get drawn in, making this my favorite track of the clearly too short album. The final track evokes some of that deep dark dungeon exploring that is at the heart of so many classic adventure games and RPGs. It's easy to imagine descending deeper and deeper into the depths of the earth as the song pushed forward. This, of course, includes the requisite dungeon boss battle. The struggle builds and builds, with a single final note deciding the fate of the album. and possibly some grand mission by a group of ragtag adventurers.

The constant shifts of mood in each song create a varied and emotional trek through his music, surprisingly reminiscent of the games S.A. Sedda is influenced by. Thanks to this, he has quickly rose through the ranks of my favorite VG inspired guitarists. Now, I hope Sedda can find the time to nail down a full album. I can't imagine how many influences he could muster in a full 45 minutes.

No matter what musical endeavor H.A. Sedda takes on next, at least he can rest assured that Zelda fans are a patient breed thanks to Nintendo and game delays.

Download the album by naming your own price on the Chosen Giants bandcamp album page, or stream the full EP below.

The GM4A Weekly Recap for October 20-26, 2014 by genoboost

Another week ends, and with it, much of my fascination with Smash Bros for 3DS. Fortunately, there is an even bigger, even more in HD-ier version of Smash Bros coming in just under a month. Get hyped all over again!

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