Chilled out beats from the depths of synthesized space. Classic track from before this blog even existed! All the way back to 2000 with these crazy and innovative sounds.
Like some kind of electronic babel fish, Sweet Valley has quickly burrowed through my ear and deep into my psyche. Simply put, these are some of the most intriguing instrumental sounds I have had the pleasure of hearing over the past year.
Perhaps it is the litany of samples (upwards of 140 according to Sweet Valley themselves) that barely prick your eardrum before disappearing in a maelstrom of other sounds. Maybe it's the Final-Fantasy-VII-esque undertones that get my mind racing with alternate Cloud-based realities.
No matter what the reason Sweet Valley music pulls me in like Scorpion, Jenova is far and away worth a listen. Easily a top five album from 2012.
Perhaps it is because of the shadow of Michael Jackson that lives on in the Sega Genesis' FM chip. Maybe it's the pop sensibilities of Jun Senoue and Crush 40 from the Sonic The Hedgehog series. All I know is that the Genesis is custom built for the catchy synth sounds captured in The Flight Away's latest album, Sega Swing.
Pop music isn't always the most well-liked, especially in a genre as niche as VG inspired Genesis sampled chiptune music, but those pop sensibilities are necessary and very much appreciated as I continue to adventure through the vibrant depths of video game inspired music.
Admittedly I have little data about Sweet Valley or their new album, but from what I can ascertain, the eternal champ has proven himself, and his true resolve has been revealed. A fusion of hip hop beats and electronic ambiance, with clever sampling that will make you wonder if some sort of shadow person is playing video games in the darkness just outside your vision.
This is why I like running this site. I love getting emails about things I would have never run across on my own. I had never even heard of the game Pharaoh before (gasp). Until I get an email about a 'Smooth Egyptian' mixing some nice beats to samples of this Pharaoh. I can only hope that there is a person reading this, loves Pharaoh, and is now bobbing their head in time with this album.
Some of these tracks are begging to be rapped on.
But only if you rap on them as Pharaohs, or at least people from ancient civilizations.
Listen to this when planning the best way to build a city, or when you are watching a show about aliens building the pyramids.
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