Norrin Radd drops an infectious collection of Sega Genesis FM chip based arrangements,
Fall into a world of FM chip based techno, IDM, and more with Sega system by Potential differenSe and DETROIT UNDERGROUND
RadioSEGA gathered some Sega inspired artist to pay tribute to Sega by remixing classic Sega jams, and the result is the most Sega thing I have heard since actually playing some Sega Saturn. Great tracks from folks like RoBKTA, Sir J, Audio Sprite, and more! Hopefully RadioSEGA organizes a few more of these compilations in the future.
Best of all is the super bouncy remix of music from the oft forgotten Puyo series thanks to Rexy. Can't get enough of them super obscure extra catchy game remixes.
I'm trying to sort out all the strife happening in my mind due to this album. I've seen mods and hacks of video games proper. But a hack of an OST!? Apparently that is what the group HACKORDIE16 has done, warping the classic FM sounds that are the Streets of Rage OST into some kind of alternate earth vaporwave known as STREET SAFER, GO!.
'Don't let the strange concept keep you up at night like it does me. Just get groove to the eerily familiar themes of a classic beat em up that may or may not exist in this reality (oh, it actually does exist, enjoy).
Witness the sonic recording of the first gathering of the Shindiggaz. Get down to the Gunstar Hero inspired beats as the Shindiggaz drop flows in full force. Shindiggaz legendary meeting is remembered in Adventures on Gunstar9.
Original Character Rap.
I am constantly reminded not to judge a book (or album, as it were) by it's cover. If I did so, I wouldn't have discovered this album full of Sonic The Hedgehog inspired hip hop, and you know this is a big plus for my Sonic inspired SUBCON podcast that will come to fruition someday.
Hope you love the FM chip because oh shit. This is some great teamwork from Mrsonic699 and General Offensive. This album has sunk it's teeth in me. I am in such need of a VG Metal podcast. That crunchy FM chip sitting in the Sega Genesis gets me every time, especially with the intense rock style that leaves you with a sense of dread, and a need to rock out on every track.
The most mystical cave zone I know of
I wasn't planning on posting more from MRsonic699 so soon, but a cover of my favorite Sonic the Hedgehog theme will do it. Hopefully MRsonic updates this one in the future, since it has so much potential. The pushy drums and fusion of instruments in this quick remix will hold me over for now though.
A humble collection of hot beats
As I write this, and take my initial listen of the album, I am not quite sure exactly which songs are originals, and which are remixes and covers (except for an epic Doom remix). This means I have failed the challenge set forth by Urban Flow, the album's creator. I think I might get a better score with some repeated listens. Those listens are happening. It doesn't matter though, because any of the songs that aren't in a game (or anime, etc), could certainly stand among some of the best.
From the remixes I do recognize, there is an unbelievable Mystic Cave Zone remix from Sonic The Hedgehog 2. That is my personal favorite theme from the Sonic series(Escape from the City is #2). Even as a person who actively seeks out remixes of this track, I haven't heard a take on it quite like this before. Not game related, even if I had games based on it for the PS2 and GBA, the YuYu Hakusho remix hits all the right Nostalgia buttons, while still getting me pumped for a battle. "Time to Fight definitely makes it onto my fighting game music playlist (although this whole album makes it on the list, technically).
#1 TIE "Vela Nova" and "Wrapped in Black" from Sonic Rush
It should have been a tie between the entire Sonic Rush OST
It could have easily been a ten way tie for how much I love this soundtrack. I will refrain from such shenanigans though, and simply include the two tracks I think most exemplify Hideki Naganuma's Sonic Rush soundtrack
As if it were an answer to my prayers, after the beginning of my search for more Hideki Naganuma, the game Sonic Rush is released to the Nintendo DS in 2005. The soundtrack, is, of course, by Hideki Naganuma, and the beats he was pumping through my DS speakers left me in amazement. If it weren't for Meteos on the DS earlier that year, I would have had no idea that the DS was capable of such sounds.
Sonic Rush (the soundtrack and the game) were both phenomenal. Not only did Dimps nail my idea of what a Sonic game is all about (going fast), but the music by Hideki Naganuma was simultaneously a breath of fresh air for the series, and also very much in line with Sonic's colorful world.
This one starts off slow but builds into an upbeat dance mix perfectly fitting when speeding your way through endless loops, raills and corridors. Wait a minute, with the rail grinding, ability to do tricks, and epic Naganuma beats, is Sonic Rush actually a 2D Jet Set Radio!?
I'm a little shocked I didn't see all the similarities to Sonic Rush and Jet Set Radio before, but now it's too obvious to deny. That probably explains why i think Sonic Rush is the most definitive Sonic experience since Sonic The Hedgehog 2.
This closing track makes a strong testament to the greatness of any quality Sonic game though, the epic Supersonic ending. That intense final sequence in Sonic Rush is accompanied by the track "Wrapped in Black."
If hard pressed, I would choose Wrapped in Black as the go to track from the album, but a lot of what makes it great is the dark contrast of this music compared to the soulful and upbeat playfulness of the rest of the soundtrack.
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#2 "Ebb & Flow [Remastered]" originally from JRA PAT
Looks like Naganuma's most chill track is Japan only
I only recently discovered this chill track from none other than Hideki Naganuma's own SoundCloud page earlier this year. After years of flailing helplessly in the hunt for rare Naganuma tracks, the man just up and posts them online himself. I couldn't be happier to live in this high tech age.
Much of that happiness is from this fantastic theme from an obscure Dreamcast title. As obscure as obscure gets, just placed right on my lap.
What do you think of composers like Naganuma uploading their music to SoundCloud, iTunes, and other online music sites?
Are you happy to be swimming in legally purchasable VGM, or do you long for the days of import CDs and shady forum posts?
One dreamy Sonic remix
Check out another music video of classic VGM by Game & Sound.
#3 'Rock It On" from Jet Set Radio
One of the tracks that started it all
This song definitely gets me into Jet Grind Radio mode, or is it Jet Set Radio mode? Either way, this song is one that absolutely takes me back to grinding and leaping across the endless rooftops and power lines of Tokyo-to. At the time I heard it, I was amazed that a song like this would even be in a video game. Everything up to this point had been orchestral or electronic soundtracks with the occasional licensed soundtrack game. To hear original contemporary music unlike anything in the genre was unheard of, especially in the then saturated field of platform adventure games.
Although to simply lump JSR into the ocean of 3D platformers is a clear disservice. There really hasn't been anything like this game in a lot of respects since the series has gone dormant.
I held out hope for a long time for a Wii remake of JSR Future (with the Wii remote as graffiti spray can!) but it never happened, and now that Sega has blown all their money on Sonic game after Sonic game, I can't imagine Jet Set Radio coming to fruition in any heartening way (unless Sega sells the franchise to Nintendo and lets Masahiro Sakurai work on it! Sorry, I dream big).
#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...
#5 "VENDOR POP" by skankfunk from Yakuza 5
What's old is new, and what's monkey is gangster
I was shocked, yet not very surprised to learn that Naganuma has produced several VG tracks under a pseudonym. Luckily, the lid is off, at least for those paying attention. It would appear skankfunk just might be the eponymous Hideki Naganuma.
How an unused track in an early 3DS game rolled along like the titular Super Monkey Ball until finding itself lodged deep within the Japanese mafia simulator Yakuza 5 is completely beyond me. All I know, is that it works.
Now I must ask, what other game series do you wish Naganuma would take a stab at? Gears of War? Legend of Zelda? Let us know!
#6 "Oldies But Happies" from Jet Set Radio Future
Probably the most memorable track from JSR Future. I absolutely could not get this track out of my head as I grinded through area after area hunting down every last graffiti soul.
Come back tomorrow for the next track on the countdown!
Share your thoughts on this song and the JSRF soundtrack with us!
#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!
Looking back on 10 years since Sega's Puyo Pop Fever.
It's no secret that I love the Puyo Puyo series. After I was fooled into believing it was a Kirby game back on the SNES, I fell in love with the frenetic pace of the Puyo series (Known stateside as Kirby's Avalanche at the time).
Little did I know that some ten years later I would get an explosively colorful new iteration of the game by Sonic Team, back when those words meant something. This time, Puyo Puyo retained most of it's original name as Puyo Pop Fever when it was released for the Nintendo DS on May 3rd, 2005. Even littler did I know that this would be the final Puyo game in the US ever since.
There have been plenty of Puyo games since 2005 by the way. I've imported a few of them. Unlike the incredibly niche audience the game has garnered in the west, Japan has celebrated the 15th and 20th anniversaries of the series with robust new outings. Recently Japan received a fusion of Puyo Puyo Fever and Tetris in one strange colorful package. I am still waiting for prices to drop a tad before I import that one. Why a floundering Sega refuses to port a ready made puzzler to the US market is hard to fathom, especially in a world now replete with downloadable puzzle offerings. Unfortunately, the consistent incompetence of Sega is movie worthy, so I won't get into it here.
As the Dreamcast slowly faded away, and with it the dreams of many gamers who fell in love with DC Sega games such as Jet Grind Radio, Chu Chu Rocket, and Space Channel 5. I think that the final game to escape that era of Sega and into the wild is the Puyo series re-imagining Puyo Pop Fever. The bright and colorful cast fits right in next to the protagonists of the aforementioned series. To drive the point home about this being the end of an era, The Dreamcast release of Puyo Pop Fever (Puyo Puyo Fever in Japan) was also the final Dreamcast game created by Sonic Team.
Pour a little out for the Dreamcast.
As Sega's star fell, Puyo Pop Fever found itself ported to practically every system available in Japan at the time. Out of about a dozen different platforms, only the Gamecube and DS versions found themselves a release outside Japan. In fact, unlike the Sega published Gamecube release in 2004, the DS version of Puyo Pop Fever was published nearly a year later by Atlus.
I often wonder if this game had come out, perhaps three years earlier, at the height of the Dreamcast, would it have found the same niche audience that loves the Sega games of the era?
Did you ever have the chance to play any version of the long running Puyo Puyo franchise? Do you think Sega should release another Puyo game outside of Japan?