The hip hop remix series continues with Voodoo Lion's "Episode IV: Open Worlds, Endless Lives"

The hip hop remix series continues with Voodoo Lion's "Episode IV: Open Worlds, Endless Lives"

This time Voodoo Lion takes on the open world soundtracks of modern classics like Grand Theft Auto, Skyrim, and Jet Set Radio. Voodoo Lion is consistently killing it with these can't miss remix collections. Make sure you check out all the previous episodes. Several of which I enjoyed so much I reviewed them on YouTube.

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Celebrate 25 years of Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past with these epic remixes

It's been a quarter of a century since Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past was released in Japan on November 21st, 1991. To celebrate, I'll be sharing tons of content! Be sure to check out my album and remix reviews, articles (coming soon), and a very special SUBCON Podcast 45, all dedicated to the Super Nintendo classic, Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past.

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Tomorrow I drop another SUBCON Podcast. It's a podcast dedicated to the best hip hop and rap inspired by video games. Unfortunately, time and format constraints led to a few great tracks getting left out.

Just like my SUBCON Link to the Past special, each song listed here is a rearrangement from the classic Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past soundtrack composed by Koji Kondo. We've got a few more hip hop vibes. Monstrously metal covers by ThePlasmas and Pokerus, and a clasy orchestral medley from Shiyru.

These tracks were shared by the amazing artists and musicians from the Game Music 4 All facebook group. Be sure to head over and join our discussions about music, gaming, and more! Check out these artists, and share some of your favorite Legend of Zelda Link to the Past memories with me on Twitter @genoboost!

#1 The Past from Hyrule Melodia Et Concordia by Shiryu

#3 Save The Princess ft Pierce Reed from GameDork: Eat Sleep Kill Robots by Nonsenze

#4 Dungeons to Explore from Infection #03 by Pokérus

Listen to Voodoo Lion's haunting hip hop remix of Pokemon's Lavender Town theme

Short but haunting hip hop remix of the melancholy music of Lavender Town from the original Pokemon games for the Nintendo Game Boy. Voodoo Lion lays it down ice cold in the most disturbing way possible. 

Funky hip hop remix of Smash Bros music by Voodoo Lion, from the remix album 'Beyond the Stars'

Get serious. 

Had to highlight this intense fighting game groove from Voodoo Lion, since I enjoy pointing out Voodoo Lion whenever I have a spare moment to do so. Get down to this funky remix of classic music from the Smash Bros series!

Listen to '6 Kong (Gorilla Gang),' a Donkey Kong Country 2 remix by Voodoo Lion

I love all the Voodoo Lion music I have heard thus far, but this particular remix of music from Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddy's Kong Quest really stands out to me for the great use of original sounds and effects from DKC2. Every game soundtrack Voodoo Lion remixes makes me wish he did a full album of just that series. Is a couple dozen remix albums a lot to ask for?

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.

Listen to 'Storm the Castle' Voodoo Lion's hip hop remix of music from Legend of Zelda Link to the Past

Superb remix of music from the SNES classic, Legend of Zelda Link to the Past. Check out more Voodoo Lion on his Bandcamp page.

Voodoo Lion strikes back with 'Episode II: Rust and Blood,' an album of haunting video game remixes

No escape. 

I ask, and Voodoo Lion delivers with Episode II: Rust and Blood. I have to take a good look at this album before October is through, because this is an appropriately terrifying album of deep dark hip hop beats. I can't imagine a better collection of tracks to get into that Halloween spirit. 

The album opens with "A Crimson Trail" which includes the creepiest start up sound the original PSX ever mustered. It's like the console disc version of The Ring.  Despite the PSX sounds, or perhaps, because of the haunted nature of this specific PlayStation 1, the album moves directly into a personal favorite from the album, though my nostalgia is appropriately biased. In "Cave of the Past," VL reimagines one of the more disconcerting tracks from the Earthbound soundtrack into another banging hip hop beat. If you're a fan of EB and Hip Tanaka, then you know how disconcerting things can get. The track starts out that very way, but as soon as Voodoo lays down the drums, it all comes together. This is also another track that needs to be in my someday Earthbound hack, Erfbound.

No horror themed VG remix collection is complete without the creepy binaural beats of "Lavender Town" from the original set of Pokemon games. Haunting sounds and fading voices really drive home the dreary cemetery atmosphere of the sad small town. Some of you beatsmiths and rappers are making me want to create another Pokemon based SUBCON sooner than later.

Another staple of both creepy and quality VGM is the eclectic music of Akira Yamaoka from the Silent Hill series (RIP Silent Hill series). Voodoo does the man proud by mixing in the dissonant sounds of "Pyramid Head" into a bumping rhythm that I could jam to all day. Did I already mention an earlier track is my favorite? If so, no, it's this track, this one is my favorite.

The full album is plain greatness. Perhaps if Voodoo Lion hits me up via some platform or another, I'll find the time to discuss the rest of the album. That's right, I'm holding this review hostage, see? You can split this with the constant love I give Vodoo on the SUBCON podcast.

So Voodoo Lion has dropped two albums in about as many months, and both of them have been hot fire on a global event scale, like a solar blast directly from the sun. Both albums have taken a section of Voodoo Lion's life, and has shared that moment with us via some ridiculously hype remixes. This guy should be Bandcamp/SoundCloud famous long before I write these words. Guy should at least get a Twitter. 

Still don't know much about this guy, but he has dropped not one, but two of my favorite albums of 2015. If he keeps this pace up, I might just have a heart attack before the year is through. What I am saying is, this guy needs all the support we can muster. Call me selfish, but I do not want Voodoo Lion to stop making these intense, one-of-a-kind remixes. Maybe I should go back and review Episode I a little harder too...

Press Start: An 8-bit Childhood- bumping video game based beats by Voodoo Lion

This is ridiculous, every time I think I 'get' the song, and get ready to skip to the next one (this is an initial listen mind you, and I seriously have a lot of albums to go through) but I CAN'T skip any tracks, because Voodoo Lion keeps switching things up on me. Tracks can progress to whole new places through the span of these short beats. 

I can definitely use more of this. Some of these beats are simply mesmerizing. Especially the Metroid based beats, which invoke the ominous and lonely mood of the series, while still making you bob your head. The Metroid series tends to be my barometer of how 'hot' a video game based artist is, and Voodoo Lion nails it. The suffocating feeling in The Hatchling, which definitely invokes the parallels between Metroid and the Alien movie series. The immersion into the game world is complete with well timed sound effects. Contrast that with the angelic tones of The Mother. This track takes a simple but important of music from the game, and build an entire world around it.

Then we get to the Castlevania track. "Mallory Kane (Bomb the Banquet)" takes it's inspiration from Simon's Quest and murders more people than Dracula with this track. It makes me yearn for a full Castlevania remix album from this guy (and many other artists)

The vibe flowing through the entire beattape shows that this, uh, lion, is very familiar with the source material.