Listen to new Duosis Mixtape - Amazing Feats by JH Sounds

JH Sounds drops a mixtape of chill game inspired jams for the incoming heat of Summer.  Vibe on this fusion of famous hits and game audio beats. Amazing Feats for amazing heat. Sounds like the soundtrack to a 16-bit bootleg version of Lollipop Chainsaw and it's awesome.

The Duosis Mixtapes is a podcast dedicated to gathering the various audio clips of the world and re-contextualizing them. Sounds are mixed, mashed and juxtaposed based on a theme that changes per episode.
— JH Sounds

Super Smash Bros inspired remix album 'Dairs & Bairs' by Emrls

Super Smash Bros inspired remix album 'Dairs & Bairs' by Emrls

Emrls drops a genre spanning synth tribute to the original twelve fighters from Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 64. Ten tracks in tribute to the ten franchises represented in the original SSB. No melee here folks. Although the classic status of the game doesn't stop Emrls from skipping the time stream and remixing music from modern day games such as Yoshi's Woolly World and Mother 3 alongside classic niche OSTs like Kirby's Block Ball.

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Game inspired chillwave debut EP 'Soft Dreams' from Marquice Turner

Like driving down a PSX Anti-aliased highway. I don't care if chillwave is a real thing or not, it is now, and this is it. Hope to hear more from Marquice Turner in the future.This is also another artist falling under the Nostalgia Infinite label, which I didn't even know was a thing until now. Good on them because I definitely loved the vibes Aviscerall and Groovy Godzilla are putting out there. To add another to their group with the same aesthetics is great to see. Keep up the good work NosInfinte!

The Debut.
— Marquice Turner

SublimeCloud drops futuristic hip hop beats in the new 'Delusions of Grandeur EP'

An engrossing collection of chill hip hop beats inspired by the sights and sounds of anime, video games, and various other things that one may describe as 'kawaii' 

I definitely have to keep this album in my pocket as part of my heatwave emergency kit. The nourishing chillwave beats from SublimeCloud are the perfect respite to the constant yet unusual heatwaves that infect my home city at any given moment. 

Despite the consistent soothing nature of the album, Delusions of Grandeur holds quite a bit of variety. Opening track, "Numinous Travels," sounds somewhere between a slow dance ballad and a race track. "Sunsets With You" veers more traditionally with winding vocal samples and a mix of traditional sounds and future beats.

The final track, "See You Tomorrow," Everyone, is as grandiose as the EPs title implies. Soaring vocals, a deep bassline, and the constant smattering of samples and riffs keep the four minute song interesting right on through to the end of the album. I'd be glad to hear this track at the conclusion of any harrowing journey.

'Balloons' Animal Crossing inspired orchestrations by Ryan Stunkel

Float away

Balloons is a relaxing acoustic album, inspired by the music from Nintendo’s Animal Crossing series. With this in mind, I had two goals. One, I wanted to make the style fairly minimalistic, while keeping it emotional. And two, I wanted to make each track represent different times of day. So, I based each track on a general time during the day, starting with “Wake Up” for the morning. I wanted to incorporate a lot of my own style and personal taste into the composition and arrangement of each track. Although the album is not particularly themed towards Animal Crossing, the games remained my source of inspiration and I created this album to sort of give them under my own interpretation!

There is a story to this album, but I don’t want to say what it is because I like hearing other peoples interpretations of a story for the music! So if you have any ideas for stories I would love to hear them.

The entire album was created using the following VST and AU sample libraries:

Versillian Studios - vis.versilstudios.net/hand-chimes.html
East/West Hollywood Strings
East/West Symphonic Orchestra
East/West Goliath
EZ Drummer

But thanks for coming by to listen to Balloons! And another thanks for if you liked it enough to download it. The support is greatly appreciated!


Feel free to contact me to ask questions or just say hi!

Website: ryanstunkel.com
Email: ryanwstunkel@gmail.com
Skype: stunkel2
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/pianoatlarge
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/ryan-stunkel
— Ryan Stunkel

The Hideki Naganuma greatest track countdown is down to the final stretch

#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?

Massive chilled out remix album Playing Video Games by Magicxbeats

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Not one, not two, but over two dozen laid back beats from music producer Magicxbeats. Get your fix of chill remixes ranging from tons of VGM new and old. From Chrono Cross to Final Fantasy XIII-2, from Mortal Kombat 3 to Marvel vs Capcom 2, with dozens of tracks in between. Nearly every system from the past twenty-something years is represented in this massive collection of amazing tunes. 

With this many tracks, I've got to point out some of my favorites, including the video game sampled intro that really sets the tone for the full album. The aforementioned MvC2 gets a lovely remix of the famous Clock Tower theme. A nearly six minute remix of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time's Windmill Hut is a hypnotic track to light up to. Despite the nostalgia permeating the aforementioned tracks, my absolute favorite has emerged as the stirring remix of Pokemon Black & White track "Emotion"

I also can't forget the outro, which is simply, and appropriately, the audio of one of my favorite sketches from The Chapelle's Show.

You can have the entire collection for a mere $5 via Magicxbeats bandcamp site.

Spirit Climes - a Tales of Xillia inspired electronic album by Emrls Community Music

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I love these types of albums, such as Spirit Climes from ECMusic that take inspiration from a game, then flip that into an original album full of tunes inspired by that game. It's almost as if you get a bonus disc of amazing music included with the game. In this instance, said game is Tales of Xillia 1 & 2 from the often overlooked Tales of... series of RPGs. Though I haven't played this particular iteration of the series (I am also doing some o that overlooking, sorry Xillia fans), I feel like I can recognize the style of To... series composer Motoi Sakuraba.

This album opens with a breezy, cool summer evening style atmosphere, a sharp contrast to the burning sunlight hours of August, when this album debuted. As the album continues, tracks such as "Sylph" and "Volt" create a different atmosphere. One filled with a little more adventure and perhaps a few enemy encounters.

Even in this albums most intense or bass thumping moments though, there is always a sense of calm flowing just beneath the surface. I believe it's that undertone that shows the influence of the renowned but slightly obscure music of Motoi Sakuraba through the entire album.

The seven track instrumental album is available for download via the ECMusic bandcamp page.

Losap debut album Party Sometimes 'Gamewave' chiptune album

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Laid back 'gamewave' chiptunes from the mysterious Losap. I honestly couldn't find out much about this fellow on a few rudimentary searches. All I dug up was a smattering of unrelated posts over on chipmusic.org.

Normally, I do this to send some love each musicians way, with a twitter link, or a soundcloud page, but due to Losap's general anonymity I can do no such favors this time. So if you are reading this, and you are digging some of Losap's chill tunes such as the earlier discussed November, or the party anthems of the album, "VIDEO GAME SH***************," and "Superbowl Party 3076" as much as I, then help in this grand search.

What's most unfortunate is that the last known whereabouts of Losap originate from Los Angeles. I'd love to see this entity at a live performance. 

Absolute Terror drops the Terror Days [Full Mixtape]

A Memphis hip hop fueled trek through a variety of well known game soundtracks such as Professor Layton and the legendary sounds of the Donkey Kong Country 2 and Final Fantasy. The moment the sounds of DKC hit your ears in the opening moments of the Terror Days Mixtape, you're already wrapped up in the deep bass and rhythmic beats of the album.

Ultimate chill album of low frequency beats to get you through those sweltering summer days. I can't express how much I appreciate albums like this during the eight or so sweltering months in the California desert. Keep that terror coming.

Listen to the album now on Soundcloud.

Crystal Tokyo releases self-titled album of chillwave hip hop beats

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A funky chill journey through back alleys littered with platforms and spiked pits. Let Crystal Tokyo take you on a trip. Relaxed melodies comprise much of the album, but a few mood changes such as the album defining "Aeroplane" and the washed out rendition of "Stickerbrush Symphony" (originally by David Wise, who composed the entire Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest soundtrack). CT has been on a flurry of releases since the beginning of 2014, so I hope to hear even more soon!

Not to mention Crystal Tokyo is straight out of my childhood town of Moreno Valley. Props fam!

Listen to the latest VG inspired chillwave from Crystal Tokyo - Aeroplane

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I should have more on Crystal Tokyo soon. I am really digging the spacious, relaxed tone of the full album, but have to take it all in a bit more before then.

Give a listen to "Aeroplane" by Moreno Valley, California based  from his latest, self-titled album. Haunting hip hop beats that fall somewhere between the "The Song of Unhealing" from Ben Drowned and the creepier levels of classic DKC. Currently my favorite track on the album. Hope this guy makes a Halloween album, hope this guy plays shows.