Listen to 'hacked' Streets of Rage OST 'STREET SAFER, GO! by HACKORDIE16

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).

STREET SAFER, GO! is a homage both to SEGA’s golden age of game production and the musical genius of Yuzo Koshiro.

Streets of Rage - or ベアナックル 怒りの鉄拳 (Bare Knuckle: Furious Iron Fist) - is a seminal entry in the beat-em-up genre of the 16-bit era. Gsaurus has hacked this game over and over and over, and one such hack resulted in the present release, simply consisting in mathematically inverting the code for the original score’s note values.

Much to our surprise, Yuzo Koshiro’s 16 bit masterpiece still sounds great if played back “from the bottom up” :O Everything is different yet recognizable as the streets we remember beating up so many a punk in. Almost as if we’re in the same city but at a different time period.

So the original score is so good it still works if you turn it on its head - guess Yuzo Koshiro is the man!
Enjoy :)
— HACKORDIE16

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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SquareLove EP - a taste of the future of The World is Square

Be square my heart. 

Tracks both new and old in the Square-Enix pantheon are featured in SquareLove, an EP that is essentially a preview of the fantastic compositions to come when The World Is Square's next full length album drops next year. Until that time, jam to some funky acoustic rearrangements of music from Bravely Default, FFIX, Breath of Fire, and Super Mario RPG.

“SquareLove” is an EP by The World is Square.
A full length featuring these songs and more will be available 2016.
— The World is Square

16 Bits of Originality in SNESQUE by Zackery Wilson

Zackery Wilson’s “SNESQUE” is the marriage of Super Nintendo soundfonts (i.e. collections of samples from original Super Nintendo video games) and modern-day audio production (i.e. EQ, delay, reverb, filters, etc.). For each original track, Zack adhered strictly to self-imposed limitations: Each was created using only one soundfont (exclusive to each respective game), again, only taking liberties with audio production and some creative sample manipulation (i.e. pitch-shifting, time-stretching, etc.); the structure of each track limited to roughly a minute’s worth of music, looping once (in the tradition of standard video game “level” music) before fading out.

From progressive rock to jazz fusion, samba to swing, “SNESQUE” is a hodgepodge of musical styles, connected by the nostalgic sound of Super Nintendo video games and the familiarity of present-day audio production techniques.
— Zackery Wilson

2 Mello drops a meteor of funk in the mashup album PLANET ROCK EP

Sure shot

I hope 2 Mello has insurance, because I just burst into flames while listening to this album. It's hot. The album, it's hot, is what I'm trying to say. On my first listen I am marking out hard on the matches Mello sets up in his mashup arena.. 

Mello digs deep to find some hard hitting mashups. Though the beat source is far from new territory, the fresh raps and Mello's style bring it all together to stand apart from not just other mashup albums, but other FFVII mashup albums.

The album starts off with the titular remix of Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force. The nostalgia of Final Fantasy and classic funk is an almost deadly fusion. If you can survive the intro though, you can hear more hot bangers like my secret favorite FFVII track, Cosmos Canyon, combined with Youngbloodz for the heavy hitting jam, "Cosmos Be Damned." This track is the perfect theme for a crazy band powerful rebels preparing to take on the entire world (including the ocean).

This album also marks the first time 2 Mello has set Biggie to one of his beats. It works. If "Dream From the Struggle" was the theme for Barret Wallac... aaaah crap I just realized that the B.I.G. and Barret have the same last name! They even both have first born daughters. Oh man oh man, this rabbit hole is growing by the second. Time to do some research!

But first, this album. So, if your mind hasn't melted from the growing Notorious Barret theory, then you can enjoy the track, which is really good. and 2 Mello means free album, so download it now.

(Side note, I also love the brevity of this album. Seven songs is perfect. Anyone thinking of mashing up the entire FFVII soundtrack, please do not do that.)

Then help me bug Mello to drop his next rap album. We are waiting Mr. professional musician now.

The best Hideki Naganuma track is actually two tracks from the underrated Sonic Rush

#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. 

If you missed it, check out the full countdown!

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

#6 "Oldies But Happies" from Jet Set Radio Future

#5 "VENDOR POP" by skankfunk from Yakuza 5

#4 "Let it Go from Ollie King

#3 'Rock It On" from Jet Set Radio

#2 "Ebb & Flow [Remastered]" originally from JRA PAT

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The Consouls perform Dreamer from Streets of Rage II

The funk hits the streets

Dreamer composed by Yuzo Koshiro
originally from Streets of Rage II for Sega Genesis (1992)

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Listen to FFmusic Dj & Geoffrey Taucer's bluesy ToeJam & Earl remix 'Killer Toe Funk'

Down home outer space guitar funk

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• Game: ToeJam & Earl (Sega, 1992, GEN)
• ReMixer(s): FFmusic Dj, Geoffrey Taucer
• Composer(s): John Baker
• Song(s): ‘Toejam Jammin’’
• Posted: 2015-05-11, evaluated by the judges
— OverClocked Remix

Naughty Bits, intense chiptune dance album by Glenntai

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The provocatively named Glenntai drops a straight X rated level of dance in his sophomore album, Naughty Bits.

Released back in 2012, but new to me thanks to the one and only Glenntai responding to a random tweet of mine recently. As with any album I pass over, or miss out on for some reason, I feel some despondency to not getting some great music out to the readers without such a time delay. 

Better late than never though I believe. So get the lotion and settle in for a long night of Glenntai.

Full length funk rock album from Mutherpluckin' B - The Mushroom Variety Show

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Unbelievable free flowing funk rock jazz blues from the one and only, my favorite, and should be yours too, Mutherpluckin' B!

This album was years in the making and doesn't disappoint. Thirteen tracks of some of the funkiest VG remixes in the world. The album is masterfully formed into one master track as each individual song blends seamlessly with the next. Before you even know it, you've gone from the sewers of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the music of Mega Man and Super Mario.

I really can't get enough of this album, and I certainly hope to have the chance to write more on both this album and MPin' B in the future!

Unfortunately, this impeccable album can not be embeded. You can listen to the full album streaming on MPin' B's site. So you aren't empty handed though, I have uploaded the opening track, "Flyin' High (part 1)" from this phenomenal album.

Listen to 2 Mello throw down some swift bars in Hardware Ace

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The way 2 Mello kicks off the verses in the closing track to the recently released Game Center CX EP get my blood pumping so quickly. Combined with the wild funk beat swirling beneath it all, it's the ultimate closing track.

I've been molded by countless albums to expect the slow jam or thoughtful reprise at the end of the album, but Mello goes in the exact opposite direction by dropping his dopest lines in the dopest way to close out the album. This song also gets me pumped for the next 2 Mello release, whenever that may be!

Watch video game jazz group The OneUps rehearsing for their upcoming album

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A few juicy bits of music before The OneUps head into the studio for their sixth album.

I remember a day when we had one OneUps album, and dammit, that was plenty. Of course a world with multiple The OneUps albums is not one I can disagree with. 

One more long rehearsal until we hit the studio this weekend to record our SIXTH studio album! We've really kicked things into overdrive for this one; expect to see more videos soon of the numerous guest musicians we'll have in studio! In the meantime, check out a couple different grooves from some of the new pieces.

Listen to International Dub Ambassadors - Street Fighter II Title Screen

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Big band jazz rendition of the very familiar opening theme to Street Fighter II. Hope this track from back in February is just a small taste of another forthcoming album. My mind always salivates at the thought of more International Dub Ambassadors.

Boss Rush, the new album of video game funk rock from Do a Barrel Roll!

The members of DABR! do battle to save the planet, taking on boss after deadly boss by unleashing all their music mastery in a funk rock blend of intense VGM covers in Boss Rush. Take a moment of rest to hear the far too short but soothing "Revival of the Great Fairy" or get swept up in the bombastic "Battle of Gerudo Valley."

Between the hard hitting Zelda, and TMNT rearrangements, the funkified Star Fox covers, and the aforementioned tranquility of one of my favorite Legend of Zelda themes, this album is well worth the price. Download the album now for $7.

Flying Fortress - Gatekeepers 2.0 album release

Flying Fortress is riding through on vanilla chrome, again! Over the top rhymes and and epic beats await you when you meet the Gatekeepers 2.0. That's right, this shit has upgraded to a whole new level. The group combines underground Los Angeles rap with the largely internet based territory of nerdcore emcees. Flying Fortress is a hip hop group made up of video game playing, anime loving, nerd embracing emcees and producers, NamelessLCk!x, and Illgill. The group combines their powers like a mecha tank ready to take over Los Angeles. I've had the pleasure of seeing them perform on several occasions, and the same energy they bring to their live sets are certainly present on this album. Gatekeepers 2.0 is the groups sophomore album and was released December 2011 for download via bandcamp. The official liner notes read,

"The album "Gatekeepers 2.0" embodies influences from Los Angeles' eclectic Hip-Hop scenes and the Nerdcore phenomenon. The four emcees/producers fused their distinct styles to make this music project the entrance to their further works and histories. This album delivers a healthy dose of electro-funk with a "Party On!" attitude. Raise your drinks and prepare for take-off with Flying Fortress' "Gatekeepers 2.0"! "

I can tell you one thing. Kirby Superstar's The Great Cave Offensive theme has never sounded this intense or offensive until Flying Fortress' track Hungry. Beside the instant Kirby classic, I have a strong smattering of favorites from this album. Vanilla Chrome remains a modern nerd classic. The free to download bonus track Anime drops a ton of old school anime references. The album finishes off with Final Fantasy Finale, a track that quickly veers into a dirty but driving victory theme for Flying Fortress to ride out in style. The album is available to stream, or to download for $5. You can also download the aforementioned track Anime for free.

Killed by Koopa - Stage One album

Man I was out of the scene for a while if Mutherpluckin' B could gather a band, and turn out a whole new album of funked out, funked up, and funked out of town video game covers. MB's got  posse, Killed by Koopa, and they are ready to start Stage One. This might be the most soulful, bluesy, funky, rocking album of classic VG jams to hit my ears since Mutherpluckin' B's last album. These instrumentals will stir the soul, and gets that blood flowing.