Press Start with the 8-bit Jazz Heroes

Press Start with the 8-bit Jazz Heroes

I had the chance to catch these folks performing at MAGWest last year, and have been looking forward to this album for a minute. Glad to finally share this smooth collection of classic game sounds. Fans of Nintendo soundtracks better listen up. Super Mario and Legend of Zelda get some special attention, along with a tribute to Metroid along with the original Tetris.

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Incredible collection of chiptune jazz by Shnabubula 'Cybersoccer 4141 Perfect Best Selection'

Both Shnabubula and sci-fi sports game fiction both hold a special place in my heart. It's the best of both worlds with the latest spo-sci-fi music collection Cybersoccer 4141. 

Cybersoccer 4141 was the much anticipated follow up to the arcade smash Cybersoccer 2099 offering bigger better visuals and sound, the release scored major goals for its publisher.

In order to celebrate this hugest of successes, this 5 tack arrange/medley EP was made, Unfortunately it was a Jupiter exclusive, until now as it is FINALLY getting an earth-side release.

This EP is also a prequel, taking place 10 thousand years before the universe shattering events of the upcoming EPIC “Cosmic Diaspora” Stay Tuned and enjoy! LET US YEAH TO THE MOMENT!

Music: Shnabubula
Artwork: Francis Coulombe (
— Perelandra Records

A review of the genre spanning, multi-game medleys of 'Chaos Theatre' by The Runaway Four

A review of the genre spanning, multi-game medleys of 'Chaos Theatre' by The Runaway Four

It's the long awaited debut studio album from Vancouver's The Runaway Four. The six song album reminds me of classic rock albums like Pink Floyd. I'm talking, the type of album that only has half a dozen tracks, but lasts an hour and takes you through a variety of genres and emotions.

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2 Mello's Adult Swim inspired album of jazz hip hop beats, 'midnight broadcasts vol. 1'

2 Mello's Adult Swim inspired album of jazz hip hop beats, 'midnight broadcasts vol. 1'

This is the latest, hottest, jazziest fire that Mello has dropped since, oh right, EarthBIG. When I think Mello couldn't hit me in the core of my nerd any harder than Nastlevania, he dedicates a full album to those surreal messages from the dudes at Williams Street, those classic Adult Swim bumps you'd read, and hear, between the various animated series.

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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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8 Bit Instrumental - Extended Pixels: More Music From Lobei EP

Check out the 2009 album that started it all for 8 Bit Instrumental, a group I have written about numerously in the past, but for some reason I never blogged about their debut effort.

The first EP composed originally by the band.
— 8 Bit Instrumental

Rukunetsu's Splatoon inspired album of retro remixes BERING C - RETRO DIVE DAYS

Dive in. 

Don't you love that feeling, when you head over to check out the latest from an artist, and they have someonething even newer than that on their site? I barely covered Rukunetsu's PSX tribute EKI' 95, and here I am again talking about this Splatoon influenced tribute to classic Nintendo games.

The drums on this album!

Tracks from the for-fun would be underground Inkopolis band, Bering C. Remixes from a few old Nintedo games, and even an original thrown in there for good measure.
— Rukunetsu

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

Project R's album of PSX inspired beats EKI' 95

Disc based drum and bass. 

Let those 32 bit memories wash over you with the chill grooves of EKI' 95 from Rukunetsu. About a dozen PSX games get the Project R treatment, including the PSX start up theme remix I've been waiting my whole life for.

A simple album themed after the PS1/ a few of the games I’ve played. Perhaps there’ll be a volume 2?
— Rukunetsu

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

Arrange EP by Project Dolphin free to download

Rumored to exist

This group seems to have some sort of mystical shoot-em-up tinged style that I can't get enough of. I'm absolutely in love with the EP opening track Airship Stage. 

Project Dolphin is a personal favorite of mine, but I failed to write about this album closer to release, thanks to one of this site's many past crashes. Hopefully Squarespace doesn't put me in the same situation (fingers crossed). 

It’s free! Download it now and check out our other EP ‘Silvergun’
— Project Dolphin

Travis Morgan releases genre-bending metal tribute to Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge

The forgotten CVII

An hour long genre-bending aural journey covering the entire soundtrack to Castlevania: Belmont’s Revenge.
— Travis Morgan

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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Our first studio EP is available now!
— The Consouls

Listen to Tetrimino's jazz arrangement of 'Inside the Castle Walls' from Super Mario 64

The low key lobby music gets a grand five minute tribute

Check out our new Tetrimino performance "Inside the Castle Walls" from Super Mario 64 on the N64! Our jazz fusion remix does the unthinkable-- expands the simple song into a 5 minute jazzy piece!

This is our contribution to the “Operation: 1-UP” video game music cover album. All proceeds will go to John Means, a young teenager who is currently suffering from kidney failure. The money raised will help cover the cost of John’s medical expenses, including the dialysis treatments and kidney transplant.

Because the title of the album is called "Operation: 1-UP", we decided to cover another song from Super Mario 64. We chose a song that's not often covered, but we're sure you'll remember "Inside the Castle Walls"!

Even though this song is meant to be subtle background music, we created an arrangement to be much more dynamic. We incorporated viola to cover the lower harmonic notes, making more space for the piano. Add some groovy bass and upbeat drums, and you have a full-fledged arrangement of the music that you hear inside Princess Peach's castle!

We hope you enjoy the nostalgia!

Guacamelee! Week ends with the 'Super Turbo Bonus Track'


The saga ends with the ultimate 'Championship Edition'

A whole week dedicated to Guacamelee! Comes to an end, but I hope the franchise continues for some time. To end the week, I introduce not one, but two songs. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is the full title of the deluxe version of the game. The Wii U version of which is how I got into the title.

Enjoy two versions of the 'Canal de las Flores' theme included in the expanded game. 

You can learn more about Guacamelee! and the developers Drinkbox Studios on their website, and by following them via Twitter @drinkboxstudios

Share some of your favorite tracks from the Guacamelee! albums, and be sure to let us know what other games and video game moments of history we should honor in the future.

Listen to International Dub Ambassadors live performance of Donkey Kong Country's Main Theme

One of my favorite groups, the International Dub Ambassadors, are so for the reason of this very song. An incredible live rendition of the memorable and beloved music of the original Donkey Kong Country. Nothing quite had the impact of the very first DKC game.

Once Cranky gets it with the bomb barrel, my whole childhood changed.

Watch The Altered Beasts perform an acoustic jazz guitar cover of the Super Mario Bros 2 Overworld Theme


Absolutely beautiful cover of the music from Super Mario Bros 2 by The Altered Beasts, an offshoot of the amazing The OneUps VG jazz group. 

Considering they are part of the impeccable OneUps, it's clear that they know their instruments, and create an impressive jazz rendition of this well known, but sometimes overlooked theme from the odd middle child of the SMB family.

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Guitar Duo project by William Reyes and Tim Yarbrough of The OneUps.