It's not much, but it's a lot. I'll take any Dale North I can get. Ever since my early forays into game music on the internet, I had already been hearing the name Dale North. Four new tracks for the very accurately titled indie game Gunducky.
I had the chance to catch Richie Branson perform at MAGWest a couple months back, and what a performance it was. Definitely got to catch this guy live, if you have the opportunity. This is his album from 2013, and also happens to be the album Branson sold to me, and then signed for me at MAGWest. It was the only album he had on him, but still, sold! It's not often I hear an album on CD.
We have reached the eleventh temp sound solutions Tuesday since I began doing this monthly look at the ever growing catalogue of music by shawn phase and temp sound solutions. This time it's a short but sweet EP of experimental electric sounds.
Another wonderful album of chopped, flipped, and remixed beats via DJ Chief Takinawa. I've been following this guy for a few years now and have found constant enjoyment with his tunes. These tracks would feel right at home in a cel shaded bullet hell game. Really digging this album. I would have included the dope Gorillaz remix REPAIRS on the SUBCON podcast, but don't want to get hit with another blocked video on YouTube. You better give it a listen right now though. Track 5 yo.
Do you like Metroid games? Do you like Metroidvania games? Do you like nachos? Sorry, I mean, this week I talk about Metroid Samus Returns for 3DS, and get ever more hyped for upcoming indie game The Fall 2 Unbound by Over The Moon Games. I also talk about some Splatoon 2 and enhancing my mental capacity for video game facts. All this and dope new tunes by Jahn Rome, Earthbound Rejects, FrivolousShara, GamerGad and more! Not to mention the latest beats and instrumentals by DJ.mma Productions, DJ Chief Takinawa, Jay Tholen, Zalenka, the Pixel Quemado crew, Dale North, Blipperactive, Schematist, Jon Poulin, and then some!
Covering the music of the Metroid series is very hit or miss. Stray too far from the source material and it can be too different from the ambient sounds of planet Zebes, or SR388, etc. Play it too close to the source material and now it's too ambient and ominous to be true listening music. Well the Pixel Quemado crew has a handle on the fickle music of Metroid and so they have dropped over a dozen tracks in a variety of styles, and all dedicated to possibly the best damn game ever made.
Sorry it took me so long to review this album, but I had to listen to it first! I grew a beard in that time. Okay, sorry. This is a legitimately grandiose album that is well worth sitting down and listening through 100 incredible and loving tributes to the PS2 classic Final Fantasy X.
BeatmakerKelz does it again! Beats that is! This guy is always dropping exactly what I want to hear, whether it be game music remixes, original beats, or whatever next thing he decides to chop of flip this time. Groove on these chill beats, ESPECIALLY that wonderful I Love Lucy remix that gets me way too nostalgic for some quality classic comedy shows.
Talk about a wonderful surprise of an album. If there is a game series I love for it's infectious, upbeat arrangements, it's definitely the Kirby games. Tekkaxe channels his inner Jun Ishikawa & Hirokazu Ando along with a touch of super hero lore, and uses that power to create an adventurous and eclectic album. Too bad this isn't a video game, now I'm a little bummed. This album will cheer me right up though, so I'm going to listen again!
I talk about hacking the SNES Classic, general hacking anxiety, and then get hyped for Super Mario Odyssey. On the hip hop side, I've got the latest from the Earthbound Rejects, the very first Duosis ReCut by JH Sounds to be featured on SUBCON, not to mention the latest from The Grammar Club, courtesy of Shael Riley himself. Plenty of instrumentals this week as well, including FrivolousShara, DJ BlazeWave, MarcusCross, beek, Sean Schafianski, and Coda. Then we close the show with a very special Super Famicom game.
It took me a minute, but I've finally gotten this Swych album into my rotation. Thanks to rediscovering this album, along with the latest from Swych, dude has become one of my main emcees of 2017. Don't make the same mistake I did, and bump this immediately!
2 Mello is back with the follow up to his original follow up to an album of eclectic but laid back hip hop beats. For the late nighters among us, and those suffering from a long, hot day, midnight broadcasts is for you. Plus you can learn how to make some proper mixed drinks.
I'm glad indie games exist. Not just for their great game content, but for the fact that it has let such a vast array of musicians to contribute to all these games. So it goes with the new indie game Greedy Guns. Blipperactive has composed some intense dance beats that build up and then shake your eardrums for a minute. Current favorite track for me is Thief, and I bump some Mother Roll on the SUBCON podcast as well.
Another collection of rhymes I discovered on datpiff, luckily Bleak posted his album to bandcamp as well, so I can embed the Games & Anime mixtape right here for the impatient folks among us. Listen to some dope rhymes out of Dallas, Texas. Dude doesn't seem to have the largest social media profile, but hope he's hustling on his follow up.
An album dedicated to the music of Legend of Zelda. Now this is something I won't get sick of. I won't even feign to be sick of it, the way I do with Final Fantasy or Tetris. There are three discs worth of music here, which adds up to over 2 hour, for anyone who doesn't remember discs that played roughly 80 minutes of music. Sixty musicians cover dozens of songs, all from back before these newfangled 3-dimensional Zelda games hit the scene. It's all classic top down themes (except the side-scrolling Zelda 2, of course), and it's time to take a deep dive into Pixel Mixers' tribute to classic Zelda games.
It's an extra long episode of the SUBCON podcast this week! I've got a lot of upcoming games to discuss, some Kirby music to gush about, and a little more MAGWest to recap. I've got a never ending list of dope tunes to play for you and I just can't get them to yours fast enough! This episode features the likes of 2 Mello, GamerGad, Swych, Spiegz, Doug Funnie, Richie Branson along with a few features! On the instrumental side I've got remixes, indie game OSTs, original arrangements, and more thanks to Doug Perry, BeatmakerKelz, Tekkaxe, DaMonz, Blipperactive, and the folks from Pixel-Mixers crew and the PixelQuemado collective!
Where are the seven other remixes? I'm not sure. I'm going to have to look into it. This one is more than worth worrying about now though. Five intense remixes that could best be described as metal glitch chiptune hip hop beats? Something like that. It's temp sound solutions tuesday though! You know the drill by now. Prepare your brain for some quality sounds and hit play.
If there is something I love, it;s gimmicks! I have had the chance to hear various reversed and inverted game sounds in my decade or so of listening to VGM. Stemage is the latest of these wayward composers to take some beloved themes and twist them into semi recognizable bursts of sound. Listen to these awesome tracks, forwards and backwards!