Voodoo Lion drops 'Beyond the Stars' hip hop remixes of space-themed VGM

Space jams. 

Another monster collection of beats from Voodoo Lion. I'm not sure how long his Press Start series will last, but as long as they keep coming out you'll get no complaints from me. 

This time, the songs take on a more new age approach to retro games with soon to be classics such as Mirror's Edge, Smash Bros Melee, Portal, StarCraft, and more! The set list definitely makes the most of Beyond the Stars' space theme. 

I'm posting this soon after the album has dropped, so I haven't gotten enough time to dig deep with a review the way i would have wanted. Perhaps in the near future, but until then, expect me to sing the praises of this album throughout upcoming episodes of the SUBCON podcast

The album features all the well timed samples, swaggering beats and surprising turns that Voodoo Lion has made his calling card. From the intense opening moments of First Contact the album seems to be pushing it's own narrative through the themes VL chose to tackle. The center of the album is well anchored by an unbelievable pair of Star Wars remixes that have single handedly gotten me excited for the upcoming Episode VII. the tracks, "I Am Your Father" and "Jimi Skykisser" have me super nostalgic about Star Wars Rogue Squadron as well, since Rogue Squadron was actually my true introduction to the Star Wars franchise.

The album closes on a far more upbeat tone than it opened with. Although, "Continue?" hides  an unsettling undercurrent, like being on the moon in Majora's Mask, or getting the 'The End?' credits in the original DKC. Is the ending theme's ambiguous title drawn from that indecisive feeling?

So the final question I have left is, does Voodoo Lion got another Press Start trilogy in him? Or perhaps a side project is in order? Whatever it is, I can't wait to hear more from VL, although I could use more time to ingest these albums, but I said I wasn't going to complain.

Jesse Jace Thomas presents remix album Space Pirate Collection I

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An eclectic journey through classic game & movie sounds.

A haunting tribute through a variety of films and video games. Remixes of Metroid and FInal Fantasy VII fit perfectly alongside mashups of the Akira and Star Wars films. The full result is a nostalgic, intense trip through classic fictional worlds. I can definitely see some space pirates blasting this album as they traverse the cold reaches of space in search of their next bounty.

The album opens with a varied rendition of music from the classic Metroid soundtrack. "Ripper Zoomer Zeb" hops between industrial, ambient, and even dubstep. This contrasts sharply with the hard rocking synth sounds of Long Live the Red Falcon, a bass heavy tribute to the music of Contra.

The body of the album features an impressive remix of Akira that will impress fans of the classic anime film, as well as tributes to Life Force and The Guardian Legend. I could never forgive myself for not mentioning the other two Metroid tracks as well. "Red Soil" a remix of music from Super Metroid, is a bass heavy industrial tribute to Kenji Yamamoto's music from the classic SNES soundtrack. On the other hand, "Gamet Geruta Holtz" another remix from the original Metroid, is much more playful, though not without its darker moments.

The final track is the relatively recent game Street Fighter IV. Thomas' remix is a funky take on the SFIV theme 'The Next Door' by Exile combined with a variety of sounds from the Capcom fighting game. This final track ends the album on a much brighter tone than some of the instrumentals haunting segments of the album. This makes for a roller coaster experience as you take in the moods and mashups of the full album.

Grab Space Pirate Collection 1 via Thomas' bandcamp page. I hope that part 2 is already underway.