Dual Core has done it all in their musical lifespan, but it has been a while since the duo of C64 and Int 80 have dropped an album. Five years since 2012's All The Things, and I for one am very glad Dual Core is back with Downtime. I'll talk more about it on an episode of SUBCON. They are world renowned though. Don't need me to sell them.Read More
The triumphant return of Dual Core with their new album Downtime, Nerd based hip hop in Wreckfest by Wreck the System. Finely aged chiptune EP, noneday from Vidboy. Some hip hop vgm mashups from 8-Bit Mullet. Then the high calorie sounds of SUGARBURGER by LONELYROLLINGSTARS.Read More
It is finally June 1st, and you know what that means! The highly anticipated album from Random AKA Mega Ran and producer K-Murdock is finally available. Forever Famicom is 14 songs of incredible and fresh nerdcore rap over some of the best (and often more obscure) video game beats I have yet to hear.
From Earthbound, to Chrono Trigger, the album covers a bit of everything from the NES and SNES days, and not just as fan service. K-Murdock seems to have chosen the best songs, despite their obscurity or fame, to create amazing hip hop beats with, and work seamlessly with Random's various rap styles which show up on this album. K-Murdock's beats take on a ton of various styles like the rocking Chrono Trigger track Epoch or the upbeat nostalgia in the Little Nemo beat flowing through the track Dream Master.
Of course Random lays down the rhymes. He touches on autobiographical incidents in Dream Master, and, of course, what it's like to be a gamer in this day and age with the jaded gamer anthem Drop The Load. The latter track listens like a list of complaints that game developers in this day and age could really take heed of. And seeing how I have complained about many similar things as well, this is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album. We also have to stop back at the track Epoch, which lays down a rocking remix of Chrono Trigger beneath an intense, reference heavy set of rhymes that I think would make a fantastic music video (hear that Ran?).
On the lyrical side we also hear from two other heavyweight nerdcore rappers in int80 of Dual Core, and Schaffer The Darklord in the laid back anthem For The Gamers, which is another amazing track on an album full of nothing less than stellar tunes. This track ends with a fantastic shout out from Random to a ton of classic games which shows off both his gaming knowledge and rap skill in one quick attack.
This is only touching on the album as well, expect a fuller review of the album soon, until then, give the album your own listen and of course grab your copy through this link (or physical copy via this link). I thoroughly recommend grabbing this album, not to mention seeing Mega Ran and K-Murdock live this June 15th in Los Angeles at West Coast Wigout 2!
If you like your music full of grit and glitch you are in for a treat with the TDS netlabel's release of GM4A favorites, Videogame Orchestra. The new release, WERK, is available at the official Bandcamp page for the album. The album is nine tracks of futuristic crunches, chirps and clanks. Things kick off with the robot fueled Enemy Approaching and the ominous corridors of Electro, Music, Transform.
Two stand out tracks are the ones with some guest appearances on them. This includes the track We Got The Energy (vs. Tonylight) which has some slow moving laser shots and vocoded vocals creating a catchy atmosphere out of seemingly dissonant sounds. The other track featuring a guest musician is Electric Hero (vs. Dual Core), a grittier remix of their track from Here Comes a New Challenger. The song is just as catchy as ever, and sees the track get a lengthy instrumental as well.
It should come as no shock that I myself am quite the fan of Videogame Orchestra, and that I highly recommend this release as much as all their past efforts. This albumtakes the glitched out experimentation that started off in their Pause release of the RIOT EP last year, and takes it in a futuristic setting akin to films like Blade Runner and Terminator. Videogame Orchestra continues to push their music in different and wild directions and I certainly can't wait to see where they go next.
A few months ago an amazing event was brewing and has finally exploded to the surface like an incredible volcano which rather than lava, seems to rain down some sort of nerdy type of liquid...Bawls possibly? Anyway, with the failing of that analogy I would like to introduce you fine folks to the coming invasion. Nerd Invasion.
Now before I go and make more terrible analogies to aliens and social awkwardness or what have you, I will just hand things over to the Nerd Invasion press release.
Start Time: Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7:00pm End Time: Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 12:00pm
Silver Screen Entertainment Complex 7280 Plantation Road Pensacola, FL
This is Nerd Invasion. And it's going down November 6th - 7th, 2009, in Pensacola, Florida! THIS IS AN ALL-AGES EVENT!
Proceeds go towards the "Open Source Rhymes Project," which is a charity organization that helps underdog Nerdcore artists with musical instruction, performance assistance, and purchasing of equipment to less fortunate musicians. It will also put on many more events just like this!
Confirmed so far (much more to be added!):
PERFORMING Schaffer The Darklord Scrub Club Krondor Krew Zealous1 Dual Core Shael Riley Marc With a C The finalists of Scrub Club's Versus Mode competition
(Scrub Club artists making an appearance / performing: MadHatter, Dr. Awkward, Kabuto The Python, Benjamin Bear, Chester, Kasparov, and DJ CutterJ... so far)
SPONSORS Nerd Rockstar Scrub Club Records Wizards of the Coast White Wolf Games Asahi Brewery Homefield Sports and Games
EVENTS Magic: The Gathering tournament Versus System tournament 8Bit Conflict: A classic NES tournament Console gaming Tabletop gaming Rocky Horror Picture Show at dawn Panels with musicians, gamers, and others Cosplay contest Miss Poindexter '09 The Secret Thirteen World premiere of George Clinton's "Gongafunkadine" Nerdcore music video showcase
OTHERS Full bar / restaurant open 24 hours 8 hotels within walking distance
If you were to be a long time reader of this blog, you can imagine that I am quite a large fan of cross continental nerdcore all-stars Dual Core. Well with the coming and going of Nerdapalooza 2009, the seminal group has released their newest effort, Next Level. You can grab the album at the bands official site, or through popular places like Amazon and iTunes as well.
Their fourth album in just about as many years as a duo, Next Level is an amazing step up musically and lyrically just as with the movement from each former album. From the hard rocking beats of opening track For You C64 comes out of the gate heavy while int80 gives thanks to the fans who have brought the team so much success over their career. From there we go on an aural trip through a tabletop game through the nerdcore looking glass in Natural 20s as well as reminiscing about the early days of the internet in I Remember (ft ytcracker). The espionage fueled story of The Game detailing the life of a hacker, and one of the stand out tracks of the album of grade-a material. Also for avid users of Twitter we have the amazing posse track known as Magnificent Seven which is stated to simply feature "Nerdcore" (which more specifically includes Random, Beefy, Schaffer The Darklord, MC Frontalot, ytcracker, and MC Lars) and includes all included artists throwing down short twittercentric lines throughout the entire song. If you were at Nerdapalooza last month you will definitely remember this song as a highlight of the album.
Another fun song is the all too common woes of Here to Help (ft Remington Forbes). The song takes you through the day in the life of one of the many help desk operators in one of many companies and is a song any of the tech saavy can relate to if you ever had to help a family member with their computer problems. Showing the other side of int80's skill as a lyricist is the personal and heartfelt track Painting Pictures which just has to be listened to.
The album comes to a close with the epic track simply named Alright. This song shows off the amazing skill of both C64 and int80 to finish off this phenomenal album. Be sure to grab your copy from dualcoremusic.com right now!
So I have hastily tossed together a quick mix of love songs for all the nerds and your significant others to enjoy! And I hope you do. If you decide to play this for them, definitely let me know how that went in the comments!
Also, since I don't really have permission to be releasing these tracks I will only be having this compilation available until the end of February, so grab the songs while you can! Most of the songs on this mix are free and in higher quality from each respective artist, so definitely check out each artists website!
Sorry kids! The album is now offline! Check out the links below and dig up the songs yourself though! Most of them are free and all of them are amazing! If so compelled though shoot me an email and I might hook you up!
1. My GF is... by Dual Core from the album Lost Reality - dualcoremusic.com
2. Erica by Joel Tetreault
3. Necrophilianomenon by ZeaLouS1 from the album Assimilation Process: Complete - zealous1.com
4. At The Arcade by Dan Plus Add from the album Matters of Great Importance - danplusadd.co.uk
5. Take My Hand, Take My Heart by Lumine Hall from This Album Stinks - myspace.com/luminehallmusic
6. Less Than Three by Shael Riley - shaelriley.com
7. Tecmo Bowl (in the style of T Rex) by XOC from the in progress album VGMITSO - xocmusic.com
8. Orange Crush by hiphopmcdougal from the EP Time Circuits On - myspace.com/hiphopmcdougal
9. I Love My Computer by Colon:P - myspace.com/colonpmusic
10. Aqua Soul (Robot Love) by Random from the album Mega Ran - megaran.com
11. Laura's Lullaby by Elfonso from the album Tako wa chikyu o suku - myspace.com/elfonsomusic
12. Bits and Pieces by Shael Riley from the album Toybox - shaelriley.com
13. Splash Woman (produced by Samik) by Random from the album Mega Ran 9 - megaran.com
14. Butterfly Kisses by The Depreciation Guild from the album In Her Gentle Jaws - inhergentlejaws.com
15. Rapgirl by MC Lars from the album The Graduate - mclars.com/
16. I Can't Run To You Fast Enough by Pixelh8 from the album The Boy With the Digital Heart - pixelh8.co.uk
The artwork for the album is originally by Steffo from My Parent's Favorite Music.
Dual Core, as many folks have heard me speak about, are a band that is constantly amazing me with their skill, hard work ethic, and enthusiasm. Their debut album Zero One was released just about a year ago, garnering them a ton of fans and attention (even from Gabe up at Penny Arcade). Their second album dropped just a few months ago, also to much acclaim, Super Powers was a great concept album, which I was lucky enough to review a few months back. Now, in this incredibly short span of time, Dual Core is already out with their third album, Lost Reality. You can purchase the album from Dual Core's website for $10, or grab it with an older album for $15. This album steps it up even more for the ever working Int Eighty and C64. This is an amazing album, for Dual Core, and nerdcore as well. Dual Core shows a ton of diversity in style, and subject matter throughout this compilation.
The first track on the album is for the "Emcees and real rap fans." It's titled For Real and speaks on the growing experience and love Int Eighty had and continues to have for hip hop. c64 has a great beat on this song as well, which uses some very catchy piano riffs to give this track a great feeling all it's own, and makes for an excellent end to the track. It's a great way to start out a rap album, and a nerdcore album. Then we come to Beginning of the End, which outlines another large part of Int Eighty's life, that of a computer hacker. He talks about his hacking experiences from his ISP suspending his account all the way to making it a legitimate career, drawing a portrait you can almost see through his words. And all this is told through Int Eighty speaking to his mother, which gives the song a quite personal perspective. This song has some awesome effects with beats and voices playing backwards on the track, giving it a sort of disjointed feeling throughout, which works very well for the subject matter involved.
Unplug is the third track, and is dedicated to another set of folks, the programmers, developers, and other hardworking coders working hard all day and many nights. This song really draws a vivid image of the hours and hours of work that these folks go through, and how it can become the only thing in one's life. This song also reaches to anyone who has ever had that job that keeps you from doing anything else, cutting you off from your friends and family and life itself especially with the chorus of, "Sign the first line, It was just nine to five, quickly realized it became nine to nine. 24/7, 365, a process that separated me from my life." This song has a slow, sort of lo-fi beat going through it, which works great with the message of isolation. This is a fairly sad song with it's slow pace and realistic subject. This song gives way to the first seriously rocking track though, Hold On. This is the kind of track that gets you fired up for a round of whatever it is you get really competitive about. With the hard beats and quick lyrics, this track is definitely anthem status.
My GF is... is the ballad of this album, if there could be one. It's a catchy track about some folks dream girl, a gal that is also a hacker. The beat on this track also brings up images of classic R&B love songs. A great track over all and would make an epic single, if nerdcore artists even release singles. The next song, just may be the definition of "epic nerdcore track" The track is Fantastic Four (ft. Beefy, ytcracker, and Wheelie Cyberman). That's right, did you see the list of folks on this track!? some of the biggest heavyweights of nerdcore hip hop are all on this track, and really bring their skill and style to the song. Even C64's beat shows off the epicness of what's happening on this track. This one you'll just have to listen to yourself.
The seventh track on the album is Random Bits, the shortest track on the album, and, as it's name suggests, goes over a few random things in a quick catchy beat. This track also seems to kick off the second half of the album, wich covers ever more topics. The title track Lost Reality (ft. Ill Poetic), speaks on some heavy subjects like video game censorship, net neutrality, and other important political topics with the help of Ill Poetic. This is a great track, with some amazing samples and scratching as well. This is a great track, that shows that nerdcore can tackle serious subjects as well, in fact even better than other forms of music.
This takes us to an amazing themed track, Judgement Day. Just guess what movie this song is about. Being a huge fan of this series of films, I am in love with this song. Int Eighty brings a lot of skill in his rhymes, and you can tell he knows more than a thing or two about Terminator. C64's tracks also fit very well in the world the movies create.
Track ten brings us Rock It and rock it they do in this song. This is another great anthem like song, along the lines of Hold On. This is Dual Core's "We're Dual Core and we kick ass!" song, and it's a song they have every right to do! C64's beats are loud and in your face, along with Int Eighty's smooth lyrics. Along these lines, you may know that Dual Core rocks most hard, but do you know why? the song, aptly named Dual Core, answers this very question. This song is one hell of an awesome autobiography for the band. From Int Eighty's beginnings at Notacon 3, to hooking up with C64, through their album releases up to this album release. If anyone asks you who Dual Core is, you can just show them this track, and they will get a history lesson and know how amazing Dual Core is all in one attack. This may also be one of my favorite tracks on the album! (Thanks in part to a semi-thanks in the track for reviewing Super Powers.)
The intro for Take It Forward sets up an interesting mood for this song that seems to bring memories of classic black and white films. Int Eighty raps about the stereotypes of hackers, gamers, and rappers. A great track speaking about the often wrong ideas that politicians and activists can have of these different social groups. The next track is for the console gamers, a group I am heavily entrenched in, which makes this my favorite song on the album. The track, Take It Back (ft. Stephanie KB), opens with some more samples from C64, which abruptly breaks into a high tempo beat and Int Eighty busting some quick rhymes. The chorus, sung by the ever amazing Stephanie KB also makes this a stand out track on the album. Stephanie's vocals against Int Eighty's rhymes makes for a great juxtaposition of styles. Int Eighty's lines have a great way of reminding you why you and your friends get together to rock the latest fighting game, as well as the times when you spent days and nights trying to finish that RPG you've been working on. Even the very often overlooked joy of just hanging with friends and talking about classic video game memories.
This brings us to our final track. Player vs Player is the closest we'll get to a diss song from Dual Core, and it's a great one. With the live sounds, the drum heavy beat, and the awesome, tech referencing disses Int Eighty is throwing out, it makes for a great track, and a way to show off the skills that nerdcore rappers bring to the table. I'm also a fan of the Mortal Kombat samples mixed into this track. An excellent end to another amazing album from Dual Core, but would you expect anything less from this band at this point?
But alas! We also get a bonus song! We also get the epic Fantastic Four (Remix ft. Beefy, ytcracker, and Wheelie Cyberman)! A remix of the earlier mentioned song. and it is one awesome remix no less. showing off more of C64's intense and varied beatsmithing skills.
I speak a lot on how impressed I am by Dual Core's professionalism and skill. With this album, my thoughts not only hold true, but are even multiplied. Dual Core can handle subjects of varying degrees of weight and seriousness amazingly well, which is shown through this album, covering such diverse things as Terminator and video games, to politics and stereotypes. Int Eighty has also stepped up his skills as a lyricist, being able to craft words that make you feel like you can see what he's talking about on some tracks. He also has a way of invoking memories you've had, both good and bad, on the subjects he tackles. Now C64's beats have really stepped it up as well. He has always been amazing at crafting amazing tracks, but his use of samples and effects are beautiful on this album, not to mention how varied the tracks are, and how they all have their own definite unique qualities to them. All the beats he has created could easily make amazing songs on their own. It's easy to say that Dual Core stand tall over most all other rap groups, mainstream, nerdcore, or otherwise. Once again, go buy their album over at Dual Core's website. in fact grab all their albums!
Man, oh man, oh man, oh man! Why am I so excited? Why because my good pal and the man I strive to be every day, Z. from Hipster, Please! has (finally) released his latest compilation! It goes by the creatively titled Old Nerdy Bastard, and can be downloaded FREE from Z's website!
Z has managed to wrangle some of the best names from all around the geeky music community's. From Wiz rockers The Whomping Willows, to some of my favorites from Nerdcore such as The Grammar Club and Dual Core. Plenty of other huge names as well like MC Frontalot, YTCracker, Optimus Rhyme and more. Folks I can only hope to get on one of my compilations some day.
Anyway, all those folks are remixing songs, or getting their songs remixed, there are some wonderful classics that you will no doubt enjoy all over again with new beats and rhythms. As well as songs you may have overlooked the first time out, just to be hit with them now like a sack of bricks. Musical bricks. Hard musical bricks.
Well as you have probably gathered by now, I can't praise Z. or this compilation enough! Major props go out to Z. and everyone that put together this album! Well done good sirs and ma'ams. Now go to Hipster, Please! and pick up this album! Not sure why you didn't go earlier, I've mostly just been rambling for a while now...
So you know about our Super Mario RPG compilation known as Heavy Troopa is Ready to Launch! but DID YOU KNOW we are also coming out with another compilation very very soon!?
That's right, that compilation is titled Here Comes a New Challenger. First I'll hit you with some teaser art from the amazing Doctor Octoroc.
Now that the art has sufficiently blown your mind, let me explain further. This compilation was created to open up different sections of video game inspired music to more folks. We have musicians, producers, singers, rappers, DJ’s, and more all collaborating together for their love of video games and music! All the songs on here are collaborations between different musicians! This album has been a long time in the making, and all the bands are trying something new by working with these different individuals, so this should be a really amazing compilation to hear! We have some great and unheard of collaborations going down for this compilation! Groups like the above mentioned Dual Core VS Videogame Orchestra, Random VS Doctor Octoroc, Elfonso VS CasioKid and way way more!
If that's not enough, you can even listen to a preview teaser for the compilation!
Looks like Dual Core, one of the greatest and probably the hardest working nerdcore duo today, have just finished up their latest album! Lost Reality is 15 tracks of brand new songs from the team of Int Eighty and C64. I was tossed a review version earlier (review coming soon of course) this week and must say, folks will be very impressed by how amazing and catchy these songs are. Also the diverse range of topics they hit upon. Not to mention the diverse styles of music they use, and the guests they ahve on this compilation.
The release date is set to coincide with Dual Core's Notacon show on April 4th. So if you are in Ohio, hit up the show and grab yourself a copy of the album! For everyone else, the album will also be released on Dual Core's website around the same time!
Awesome new pals at La Rock Inc. Records announced a while back an EPIC compilation known as Necker Cube 2 which will see release April 8th. An album with an array of amazing and eclectic artists that just has to be seen, though just to name drop a few, Leeni, Dual Core, Square Wail, and of course Johnny La Rock and Mush Mouth. Well they have even more news about this highly anticipated compilation, just read the words straight from La Rock himself.
Batch One - which is up NOW - includes: Ceschi & David Ramos "You Killed Rock & Roll" To hear these songs now, visit MYSPACE. COM/LAROCKINCRECORDS If you like what you hear, be sure to pass the word along!
We're only a month away from the release of La Rock Inc. Records Necker Cube 2 compilation CD! Each week, from here until the release, we'll add a new batch of tunes from the disc to our Myspace Music Player. These tracks won't be available to download, just to listen to.
MC Homeless "The Winter Song"
Johnny La Rock "Reincarnation"
FURFACE "Krime & Justice"
Deaf By Arms F/ Johnny La Rock & Mush Mouth "Sleazy's Cut"
Swordplay F/ Domer "Teletelevision"
You heard him! Listen to these very awesome tracks. Seriously, I am hooked on each and every one of them. SO, listen to the songs on their myspace page right now! Then go spread the word!
Batch One - which is up NOW - includes:
Ceschi & David Ramos "You Killed Rock & Roll"
To hear these songs now, visit MYSPACE. COM/LAROCKINCRECORDS
If you like what you hear, be sure to pass the word along!Remember, they're only up for a week at a time - so keep checking back to hear the next round.
So Hex has finally gotten around to proceeding with his top 100 after a brief delay. This week it's number 40-11. He has already covered 100-71, as well as 70-41. Read the latest countdown at his Nerdapalooza Blog.
There are some big names on the list this, like Shael Riley, ZeaLouS1, Dual Core, and more. Almost all the bands I imagined would make hex's top ten (or my own personal top ten if I made such a list) have practically all been exhausted, so seems like there should be some big surprises in his final top ten.
In honor of Dual Core's most recent release Super Powers which I reviewed earlier this month, I had the pleasure of sending a few questions their way about their latest release and what the future just may have in store for one of nerdcore's hardest working duos. Read on to get some insight as to the making of Super Powers.
1. How did you guys come up with the idea to make a song about Super heroes and villains. Were you guys looking to do a themed album and decided on this, or did the idea of rapping about super powered people come before wanting to do a themed album?
eighty: I had wanted our music to give some focus to traditional comics, and doing a themed album seemed to be a good outlet for that. The whole dynamic of superheroes and supervillains has always been of interest to me. You have counter-acting forces, equal and opposite (re)actions, and one side could not exist without the other. In a way, that relationship is reflected in Dual Core with c64 making the beats, and me rapping over them. I certainly wouldn't be around without c64.
c64: I think we were finishing off tracks for our Zero One album when Eighty suggested the Super Powers concept. There was so much scope for creativity that I just had to go with it. Soon after, we both started firing all these crazy song concepts back and forth, most of which ended up on the album! It didn't take long to put the project together, as we had so many different ideas floating around.
2. What things have changed for you guys since Zero One came out. Any change in your production or writing? Anything change since getting pretty famous, being linked from Penny Arcade and everything?
c64: I now get hounded in the street on a daily basis, and have to fight the paparazzi off with a stick! However my production methods are pretty much the same. On the Super Powers album I tried out some more electronic/synthy-sounding beats than on Zero One, but the way I make tracks hasn't really changed. Also I met int eighty.
eighty: There haven't been that many changes from my perspective. Arguably, c64's beats have gotten better, but I've always been a fan anyways. Probably the most significant change has been that we have actually met in person now. We had only worked over the internet up until July of 2007, and as you know Zero One was released in April of 2007. Other than that, it is "business as usual".
eighty: We pretty much made Zero One in a vacuum. There wasn't any exposure to any other nerdcore, we were just having fun making songs. After the release, I discovered other artists, and it seemed like it would be fun to work with them.
c64: Who knows what will come in the future...
4. Do either of you have a favorite track on the album? Was there any track that was particularly easy or difficult to do?
c64: My favourite track keeps changing, but it's currently End of the World. I wanted the song to have a strange, eerie feel, like in a movie where there isn't much time left and the world is about to end. Eighty really delivered with the rhymes, and Stephanie did a great job on backing vocals. I believe that we ended up with a really strong track.
eighty: My personal favorite is Orbit. It was actually rather easy to write for some reason, everything just came together right away.
c64: The most difficult, simply from a mixing viewpoint, was probably the bonus track called 'Just Made Up'. I was over in America to visit for a week or so in the summer. We decided to finish the album off by showcasing Eighty's considerable freestyle skills, so we called in Odub, threw on one of my beats, and the song was literally made up on the spot. The guys were going back and forth on the mic for probably 20-25 minutes, and I had the job of editing down all of the recorded vocals and mixing the track. It was still lots of fun, but pretty time consuming!
5. Have you guys already set to work on a new album? Any ideas for another themed CD?
eighty: Our third album is well under way; and we will just say that I am very excited about everything, especially the production.
c64: The album will be not be themed in the same way as Super Powers, but will be very good!
6. Finally, do you folks have anything else you'd like to add about the making of Super Powers? Any interesting stories to be told?
eighty: The only actual story that comes to mind is from August of 2007. We were playing a show at Defcon in Las Vegas, and then another show at the CCC Camp in Germany a few days later. We planned to do an unofficial US release of Super Powers at Defcon, then an unofficial EU release at the CCC Camp. Everything was going well at Defcon until we sold out of the CDs we'd had pressed. I was really excited at first, then realized we didn't have any CDs to sell in Germany. Fortunately, we were able to create some less-official copies with the help of CCC Camp attendees.
c64: It was funny, we had three or four borrowed laptops all burning Dual Core CDs at the same time! Many thanks to those people for helping us out.
Int Eighty and c64, collectively known as Dual Core, have just released their latest album effort. Dedicated to both super villains and super heroes. Dual Core along with guest songs by YTCracker, Beefy, ZeaLouS1, and MC Wreckshin travel through 12 songs looking at heroes and villains from many different perspectives.
I've been listening to this album pretty much nonstop since Int Eighty sent it over to me. It's an amazing album for anyone who enjoys nerdcore hip hop. We'll try to go through this track by track to allow me to explain the diversity in this album.
The first track is called Super Powers Theme Tune, and is, appropriately enough, the albums introduction. Coming in at the second longest track on the album, it paints a great picture of how it would be if super heroes got together for a big video game tournament. This song sets up the album very well, and drops a ton of super hero names, as well as video games. The second song on Super Powers comes courtesy of Beefy. The track, I'm No Superman, speaks about Beefy being "no Superman" but still a hero to some. An uplifting track that has an interesting acoustic country style sound running through it.
Next up is another song by Dual Core, this time about the heroes, toys, cartoons, and more from the 80s. Another great catchy song, especially for those who actually did have a childhood in the 1980's. Another guest track is after this. One of my two favorite tracks on the album, Super Super Hero by YTCracker. The song goes by too fast, but is very great while it lasts, with YTCracker namedropping a ton of comic book heroes and villains. The namedropping comes along with why YTCracker is more awesome than any of them. This song also features some awesome beats.
The next track is where the album takes a very interesting turn, and starts to look at super heroes and villains from different perspectives. The song Shadows looks at two spies trying to take each other out. Next up is another guest track called The King. This time from the great ZeaLouS1. He states that his track is about "a super hero I know." This is another amazing song, looking at what heroes really are, and I give major props to z1 for making this track.
Orbit is a track about a new super hero going by the name c64. It's a stellar track about being a hero and doing the right thing, as c64 easily does in the song. Day's Work is about a slightly less amazing new hero Int Eighty, who regales you with a day in his life as a super hero. This is another one of my favorite tracks on the album, and has a great beat that you wouldn't imagine would work with a song like this. But the beat easily works in the hands of Dual Core.
The final guest track, The Choice, comes courtesy of MC Wreckshin, and is told through the perspective of a villain seeing the error in his ways after it's too late. The song is on the short side but uses an interesting beat that sounds like it would be in a 1940's newsreel, but he works with it quite well.
The final three tracks all come from Dual Core. In Cahoots is a great song that will make you think twice about all your favorite super heroes, and how just they really are. It's another fantastic track that shows things from a very different perspective. What happens when the super heroes fail. That's what the track End of the World discusses. It's a slower track and a great way to end the album. The final track, Just Made Up, has the feel of a bonus track, and is by far the longest track on the album. It's a song that establishes Dual Core's Int Eighty as a crafty and amazing freestyle rapper, along with Odub, another amazing freestyler.
Super Powers is definitely a solid album from beginning to end. Incredibly diverse in music, flows, and perspectives. It is well worth the price of admission, and I'm sure that most everyone will find a favorite song on it. The contributors also bring a lot to the album. The production value on Super Powers, much like Dual Core's Zero One, is through the roof. Dual Core certainly outdo themselves again on this release. I'd say this album is a definite buy, but would we really expect anything less from Dual Core?
You can head over to Dual Core's site dualcoremusic.com to purchase the album for $10. Also, if you have already purchased Zero One from Dual Core, you can grab Super Powers for $5. And if you buy both Super Powers and Zero One together, you get them both for $15!
PS. Hey Dual Core, I totally voted for the green cover.