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A collection of animation inspired hip hop and more in Nerdcore Absolution Volume 3

Geek E. Inc brings us 10 tracks from a dozen hip hop artists, all in tribute to classic animated shows like Dragon Ball Z, Hey, Arnold, Reboot, and more. This compilation features some talented emcees such as Tekforce, Shubzilla, Ultraklystron and many more. Grab the full, ten track collection for $9, and grab the bonus deluxe songs while you are there too. 

Nerdcore Absolution Volume 3 is the 3rd album in a series of Nerdcore Hip Hop albums. First track debuts May 3rd. Get ready for the best songs you’ve heard. Artists on the album include TekForce, Ish1da, Kadesh Flow, SkyBlew, Shubzilla, Aramis, Wreck The System, Ultraklystron, and Eye Q. Get your copy today.
— Geek E. Inc Productions

Listen to SUBCON Podcast 49 Nintendo Switch preview

Listen to SUBCON Podcast 49 Nintendo Switch preview

I'm back with an all new year of talking video games and bumping dope VGM hip hop! It's an extra lengthy episode as I tackle all my thoughts about the upcoming Nintendo Switch. I also take a moment for Advance Wars DS, and Fina Fantasy VII. I also bump dope new tunes by Nonsenze, K-Murodck, Frivolousshara and more!

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K-Murdock returns with Hero Muzik Vol. II, an album of video game hip hop

The Hero returns! K-Murdock is back with a crew of the best emcees in nerdcore and underground hip hop. Readers of this blog will be familiar with names like Sammus, Mega Ran, and SkyBlew, and should come to know names like EyeQ, Kadesh Flow, and the rest of the artists on Hero Muzik Vol II.

I hit play and Murdock is already killing it with those stereo CT sounds, changed up just enough to get your head nodding. That beat flows through the entire album. Layered underneath some great verses from incredible emcees like Sammus, Mega Ran, Doug Funnie, and so many more. This is not an album to be slept on. Don't shut down like robo and let hundreds of years pass before you get down to this album.

Hero Muzik 2 is the second installment of K-Murdock’s “Hero Muzik” series which features K remixing music from his favorite role-playing games growing up; Volume 2 focuses on the ever-present SNES classic RPG Chrono Trigger. This album was a labor of love that took K over 2 years to complete and it was initially intended, like its predecessor, to be an instrumental album, BUT at the advice of his business partner/frequent collaborator Mega Ran, Hero Muzik 2 turned into a full-scale production project that prominently features various artists from the Nerdy People Of Color Collective (NPCC), which Ran & K are members of as well. Though this album boasts an assortment of features, much like the diverse cast of characters in the actual game, the underlying goal in Hero Muzik 2 is showcasing the breadth of amazing music from Chrono Trigger, which composers Yasunori Mitsuda & Nobuo Uematsu originally created, via K putting his signature “neo-sonic” touch on!

Feel free to check out/revisit Hero Muzik Vol. 1 at: neosonix.bandcamp.com/album/hero-muzik-vol-1
— K-Murdock

SUBCON Presents the Bad Buffalo Mix

Brand new mix of my favorite tracks from the SUBCON Podcast. This mix is dedicated to the countless hours consumed by many a brilliant RPG, including Earthbound, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Final Fantasy VI, and VII, and more! 

Head over to gamemusic4all.com/badbuffalomix for links to all the songs and artists featured on this mix! 

It's a hard dose of RPG inspired beats, remixes, and mashups from the SUBCON podcast Season 3. Listen to this one when you're becoming a great hero, or when trapped in the harsh but ridiculous desert.

Check out the SUBCON podcast at gamemusic4all.com/subcon for the latest episodes and links to all artists featured on the episode

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Chilean produced VGM compilation WORLD 1-1 from Pixel Quemado

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Pixel Quemado is a collective of video game inspired musicians out of Chile, and their first compilation is impressive. featuring both known and unknown talent for readers of this blog. I'm glad to be knowing all these artists and groups now though! This compilation is dedicated to those most memorable of opening stage themes. From Mega Man to Kirby, Doom, Metroid and more, reintroduce yourself to these classic games with these epic VGM rearrangements. 

it’s our first full-Length album of arrangements of video game music like Pixel Quemado, collective of artists of vgmusic from Chile. As its name indicates, this first job (hopefully the first of many! ) is made up just for tracks of “ Stage 01 “ or “ first stage / level “ of varied degrees classical and modern from undertale, metal slug, donkey kong country, doom, Metroid, Megaman, Kirby and more! :)
In this album included the talented YZYX Kbt Psycho Crusher,,,, Pokérus VGMusic Satou and other guests as from Jazztick Milton Jara and DarkSness Tributo Al SuperNintendo in arrangements that van From the experimental rock to metal heavier.
— Pixel Quemado

Capcom chiptune rock megamix '6-5-16 pt2' by c&sstockreports

This year, I have decided that the final Tuesday of the month on here will now be known as "Temp Sound Solutions Tuesday!"

This means I'll be talking about at least one temp sound solutions article every month. Near the end of every month I will highlight a classic tss album from his extensive back catalogue, or discuss the sure to be incredible new tunes shawn phase unleashes in 2017. 

This month we are playing catch up by talking about a 2016 release from c&sstockreports. Each c&sstockreports album features about twenty solid minutes of hard hitting drum work and incredible renditions of just some of whatever ridiculous amount of tracks Shawn Phase has nailed since the last album. 

6-5B features tons of Capcom classics, all getting the shawn phase treatment with over 20 minutes of intense drum work that will power you through even the toughest trials and most trying moments. Make sure you grab the high quality version from the c&sstockreports Bandcamp page for only $4!

Capcom cluster—-k. Gonna be a lot of Capcom songs in here dig what I’m sayin’? All that stuff from your youth.
— Shawn Phase

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Stirring orchestral tribute to Skyrim by Rozen 'Keizaal: Journey to Skyrim'

An enticing trip through the sounds of Skyrim thanks to Rozen and the Materia Collective. Such perfect Winter music. This is the type of album I have to keep in my back pocket for when the desert heat rises to temperatures so high that the only respite is trying to think as cold as possible.

Let the chilling winds of Skyrim take you back to where the snow is thick and dragons abound. From musical storyteller Rozen comes an experience out of the coldest corner of Tamriel, awaiting your discovery in this orchestral and cinematic rendition of some of Jeremy Soule’s masterpieces.

Discover more at keizaal.com

Full credits: www.materiacollective.com/music/keizaal-journey-to-skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and related Skyrim properties are © 2011 Bethesda Softworks LLC. Materia Collective and Rozen are in no way affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Bethesda. Musical compositions are © 2011 Bethesda Softworks LLC and are used with the permission of ZeniMax Media Inc & PEN Music Group, Inc.
— Rozen

A review of the genre spanning, multi-game medleys of 'Chaos Theatre' by The Runaway Four

A review of the genre spanning, multi-game medleys of 'Chaos Theatre' by The Runaway Four

It's the long awaited debut studio album from Vancouver's The Runaway Four. The six song album reminds me of classic rock albums like Pink Floyd. I'm talking, the type of album that only has half a dozen tracks, but lasts an hour and takes you through a variety of genres and emotions.

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Listen to the Bystanders Podcast - Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow crossover discussion

This episode is a recap of the Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow super crossover series of episodes! We also get hyped for Young Justice season 3, and desperately try to avoid talking about DC movies.

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Debut album by ACMenes, 'Meet The Light' a Jazz rock tribute to Kid Icarus

It's been five years since the phenomenal and one of a kind game Kid Icarus Uprising came out on the Nintendo 3DS. That means in only fifteen years, another veteran developer will dust this IP off the shelf and give it another grandiose reboot.

That is a long way off, but fan and fighter of Pit, ACMenes keeps light alive in this hard rocking four track EP dedicated to the Kid Icarus games. Through four tracks, we hear a variety of styles from key themes in the series, starting off hard with a rearrangement of Dark Pit. This is one of my personal favorite themes from Kid Icarus Uprising since it was featured in the stage I played most repeatedly. A heavy attack of guitar, drums, and horns create the perfect background music for an intense battle with your greatest rival. Though Dark Pit is my favorite track in the game, I think my favorite track on this album has to go to Hades. This laid back jazz rendition of another favorite theme from KI:U has a smooth tone perfect for the king of the underworld to snap his fingers to. 

The intensity picks up again in the slow but aggressive Destroyed Skyworld, but descends into some somber tones before driving the song home. Like the best rock albums, the final track is a wistful ballad titled 'Home.' The album closes on a soft note, and left me with a lot of nostalgia for my favorite 3DS game, Kid Icarus Uprising. Maybe I'll even pick up my dusty old GCN controller and put in a few rounds of Smash as my personal main, Palutena.

“Meet The Light” is a 4-track EP of music from the Kid Icarus series, remixed in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series.

For more information on the album and the guest artists, please download the album (it’s free!) and see the liner notes.
— ACMenes

Listen to Trigun inspired hip hop track Planet Gunsmoke ft. Toad the Newsense by An Hobbes

The anime inspired bonus cut from 2012 hip hop space opera Diaries of a Space Cadet by An Hobbes. I'm a big fan of Trigun, and this track inspired by it.