Super Metroid Memories, a drama + arrange tribute album by Hyde209


I'm a fan of words, for those who may not know. So an album of not just Super Metroid music, but also an SM dramatic reading? Cameos by some incredible VG musicians? The bandcamp page even has lyrics! This album hits me in all the right places. 

The album takes Super Metroid fans on a trip back to Zebes as Samus Aran retells her story of visiting the ruined and dangerous world in search of the last metroid. 

Besides the excellently done narration, the album hosts a ton of remixed music from Super Metroid. These metroid rearrangements are a diverse set, with electronic, metal, and symphonic sounds all collide. These tracks heavily reinforce the Super Metroid mood you will quickly find yourself in once you hit play. 

I personally love the perilously metal "Intergalactic Warrior" and not just for the Mutherpluckin' B cameo. The track features amazing production values and not only reminds me of the Super Metroid playing of my youth, but also the large volumes of metal music I consumed during my teenage years. It all combines into one intense, but not over the top track that any metal fan will love.

The entire 18 track album is available free and learn the full story via Hyde209's bandcamp page.

The Cheat Code release audiovisual space adventure soundtrack Sélénite (Live)


Explore the alien landscapes of the new album Sélénite (live) from Dataglitch and The Cheat Code, a visual and musical interpretation of Victor Lejeune's illustrated short story Sélénite. A circuit-bending, ambient chiptune journey through the cold vastness of space. 

The music is very spacious, and sometimes disorienting, but seems to always come back to fall back into place only to escape again. It does a great job of using effects and silence to force the vastness of space on you. This, along with the vast assortment of electronic beeps and buzzes can evoke some of the more disorienting Hip Tanaka tracks of Super Metroid and Earthbound fame.

Due to the ambient nature of a significant portion of the album, the rhythmic, almost danceable beats that make their way in and out of the songs create an amazing juxtaposition. As if you found the only sentient life station within a few light years and it's bumpin'. This is most pronounced on my favorite song, the near final track, "Ville secrète" with its wiry use of bending notes and adding strange tones throughout. The finale also leaves a lot of musical questions about this journey, guess you'll have to read the book!