Counting down my top seven Hideki Naganuma tracks

#4 "Let it Go from Ollie King

A hip hop inspired, arcade only track.

As with most things I love, through sheer force of nerdery I end up falling in love with things that are just a tad too niche, even for retrogamers or VGM fans. Due to this, finding more of what i enjoy so much is a trying endeavor to say the least.

Such has been the story of my love and fascination with Hideki Naganuma. his music has been a huge influence for me in falling in love with sample heavy mixes and mashups. Naganuma's soundtracks have also had a clear influence on what I expect out of game soundtracks to this day.

If it was several years ago, this list would have been nothing but music from Ollie King and the JSR series, luckily the internet has seen fit to host so many more Naganuma songs to those of us seeking them out. 

As for the track, "Let it Go" is more of that signature sample heavy, hip hop and DJ influenced style that made him number one in my heart. This song is a great place to start with when digging into Naganuma's music. This is definitely a banger and I am clearly partial to the heavy hip hop sampling in this track. Ah crap, I forgot to vote for any characters from JSR in the Smash Bros ballot...

Hideki Naganuma week begins! Counting down my top seven game themes by Naganuma

#7 "The Concept of Love [The Concept of Passion Mix]" from Ollie King

A Naganuma remix of a Naganuma classic

According to my sources (Wikipedia), it appears that today is Hideki Naganuma's birthday! Be sure to wish him a happy birthday on Twitter (although, considering the time difference, maybe his birthday was yesterday now?)!

To celebrate, I have decided to spend the next week counting down my favorite Hideki Naganuma tracks, one per day. Stick with me for the next week for some of the all time best Sega music ever produced!

About this track, I've never actually had the chance to play Ollie King, but discovered the music after hunting down any music of Hideki Naganuma's I could find after becoming infatuated with the Jet Set Radio series. This is my favorite rendition of the Jet Set Radio Future opening track Concept of Love. 

Come back tomorrow to find out the next song on the countdown!

Also share some of your favorite Naganuma tracks and memories from Jet Set Radio and Ollie King in the comments!