Check out the debut, self-titled chiptune rock album by Marshall Art

One of those albums you hate yourself for not posting when it dropped.

I love the shizz, and I love all the shizzies and other folks who appear on this far too short album.

This album seriously has everything, even SPAMTRON!

Review definitely incoming, been a while since I had some time alone with a brilliant chiptune album. 

Marshall Art is a transatlantic band made up of Jeffrey Roberts from Canada and Mikhail Ivanov from Russia. Combining the cold structural beauty of NES chiptunes and the hot energy of live guitar, they play instrumental music influenced by post-rock, progressive rock, ambient and various electronic genres.

Papercut You Into Little Pieces (05:21)

Asteroid Driller (06:11)

They’re Like Locusts (feat. spamtron) (05:52)

Nothing Can Be Fixed Here. God, Burn! (05:42)

Marshall Art (19:19)

All songs by Jeffrey Roberts / Mikhail Ivanov.
Except “They’re Like Locusts” by Jeffrey Roberts / Mikhail Ivanov / Guerin McMurry.

Additional vocals on “Marshall Art” by Cory Johnson, Cydran, C-jeff, destoo, Erik Peabody (Viking Guitar), GearX2, Harmsing, Hoodie, Janx, John Schock, Katamari, Level 99, Mama Ryn, Masha Zalivanskaya, Monte, Multi-Memory Controller, norg, Ryn, Travis Morgan, ViridianForge and zyko.

Mixing and additional production by Cory Johnson.
Cover art by Andrei Karlin.

Marshall Art would like to thank Andrei, brodan, Cory, Dino, Dmitry, Emily, Guerin, Hoodie, Remy, Legacy Printing & Design, pixie druid, The Shizz, Mandy and Masha.

Mustin - Vision Quest EP release

The Extra Men - Vision Quest
The Extra Men - Vision Quest

Musician, remixer, and member of The OneUps, Mustin, is blind.

Okay, maybe not blind per se, but he has trouble seeing, like many nerds do. So he is in the market for some new glasses. To that end Mustin has released a brand new EP of collaborations for download. This album is available now via Bandcamp, and aptly named Vision Quest.

The album kicks off with a remix of He-Man, known as You'll Never Get Away With This! And combines Mustin's production and nerdcore rapper Beefy's heavy rhymes. The song see's The Beef playing supervillian versus what I assume is Mustin the hero. This track kicks off the album with a ton of power, and one of the catchiest hooks in nerdcore I have heard this year. This is followed by The Lion's Roar, a mellow streets of rage remix filled with a lot of well done urban ambiance. This track is fronted by well known musician zyk0 who throws down some smooth flows about the gritty streets that build very well through out the song.

This gritty tune takes us into the surreal music of Earthbound with the track I Want to Be Beside You. This song is fronted by the equally surreal group The Crackaz, who you may know from the Bound Together album. This is another one of those tracks where you have to just sit back, and take it all in. Suffice it to say though, this is definitely The Crackaz material. Mustin of course holds it down with a catchy R&B flavor to the catchy Earthbound tunes. This makes a good transition into the oft revered, yet rarely covered Bust A Groove soundtrack. Natural Playboy goes into full on seductive R&B tones thanks to Mustin's piano work alongside Dale North's impressive vocals that could easily be mistaken for a catchy radio tune.

We finally come to a close to this EP with another catchy tune. This time from Street Fighter II and my personal favorite tune from the soundtrack, Chun Li's theme. Beautiful Spring sees rapper Lucio telling the tale of the world's strongest woman. This song has a catchy flow and style very similar to the opening tune, which creates a very nice circular album.

This album is definitely worth the price of admission, and some of these songs are definite must hears, particularly the opening track, and the surprise catchiness of Natural Playboy. Lucky for you the EP can be streamed free and is available via OneUp Studios' Bandcamp for the reasonable price of about five bucks. And of course as mentioned above, it is going to help Mustin level up his vision back to 20/20.

OverClocked ReMix releases Donkey Kong Country 2: Serious Monkey Business

After a very long time in the making, OverClocked Remix has reached their 2000th ReMix, and alongside this landmark for VG inspired music, we also see the release of the newest OCR ReMix project, Donkey Kong Country 2: Serious Monkey Business, An OverClocked ReMix Album.

As the title indicates, the album is a tribute to the classic game Donky Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and it's incredible soundtrack by David Wise. Speaking of which, David Wise, alongside Grant Kirkhope and Robin Beanland actually contribute a track to this amazing album. Many other musicians are included all across this album, including virt of VGMix and The Smash Brothers and amazing vg composer for several great games himself. Also personal favorites such as Nicole Adams and Starla, Sixto Sounds, zyk0, and way too many more to name individually.

Simply put, I have been very excited about this album ever since hearing about it a very long time ago from Nicole Adams and others from the OCR community, and it surely doesn't disappoint any fans of the original. It has been a long time since the original games release (fifteen years!? I feel old now), and now it finally has a tribute worthy of the game itself. So if you haven't yet, check out the video below and then head over to dkc2.ocremix.org and download the album via torrent or direct download right now for free!