It's finally the end of the DS/3DS era. Somehow it was fantastic but people still talk about the Game Boy. Remember the three pillars of Nintendo, Home Console, GBA, AND DS? There is an alternate reality where the DS bombed, Nintendo frantically shifts back to a new GBA, and all the while PSP sales just launch into space. No, the PSP could never do that. What a piece of junk.
I heard of this album because I was tagged on Twitter. Not even @'ed. Just tagged. Don't matter though. Get me your album somehow. Doesn't have to be a classy PR letter. Just make sure I know about it. So without much more info than that though, this didn't exactly shoot to the top of my must listen list. During a shuffle through the latest albums I've got here, the Track “Abyss” popped up. It starts off slow, but then BAM, once it really kicked off, I had to stop what I was doing, writing an earlier episode of this, and say, 'what the H is this?” The H it's Linanni Vaanija. Grab the album for ten euro, and you should.
LONELYROLLINGSTARS. One word. All capitals too, by the way. I am both a fan of this band and of the people in this band as individuals. Ailsean, Cubosh, finbeard, norg, Mega Beardo. Their album is up for free download on bandcamp, or grab the album on a gaudy USB slap bracelet. I wish I had one to show off, but no one sends me anything. Good. This album is as eclectic, and decadent as the name suggests. It's a very filling album. There's a lot happening. LONELYROLLINGSTARS. They make the best song cover choices. Gauntlet, Gitaroo Man, and the one I'm highlighting here, a tribute to the weird, had to have played it as a kid to get it N64 title, Mystical Ninja 64. Make sure you check this one out!
Wreckfest, the latest from hip hop group Wreck the System, has quickly grown on me. Wreck the System have really brought it for this full album tribute to con culture. I've been to a con or two in my life. I've also got bad social anxiety so that's all the cons I've been to in my life. That's why I'm a fan of the track Culture Shock. Look for me to be bumping more of these tunes over on the SUBCON podcast as well.
So I was all set to post about “Johto Legends (Music from "Pokémon Gold and Silver") by Braxton Burks” but when I went to his bandcamp page to get the requisite album info, he had already released another album. Curious, I said to myself. And, oh man, oh wow. Burks has five albums, all of various length, and all in tribute to the music of Pokemon. Each of these five albums has been released THIS YEAR. All back in the month of January.
Dual Core has done it all in their musical lifespan, but it has been a while since the duo of C64 and Int 80 have dropped an album. Five years since 2012's All The Things, and I for one am very glad Dual Core is back with Downtime. I'll talk more about it on an episode of SUBCON. They are world renowned though. Don't need me to sell them.
I've been a fan of ThePlasmas for years, ever since GM4A first started out. The best possible context to talk about ThePlasmas has also come up with the release of the nearly two dozen track tribute to Castlevania known as Holy Whiplash Plus. It's very difficult to go with just one track to share, but will go with Black Night for this go. I hope this is far from the last time I'll be covering classic Castlevania music. Headbang to this for a minute.
Definitely digging Schematist's electronic soundtrack here. Very eclectic style to accomodate all the areas this Metroidvania style Mega Man might encompass. Find this album on Schematist's bandcamp page, and download at any price.
JDWasabi's instrument choices give the Dragon Fin Soup Soundtrack a warm, inviting mood. Makes me nostalgic for a game I haven't even seen game footage of. You can grab the album via JDWasabi's bandcamp page for eight pounds. I'm sharing the adventurous sounds of Bleemshroom Forest. Also, I like saying Bleemshroom. Like saying Bleem for Dreamcast, anyway, music.
Can we shift 'scary game music' into it's own category. You know the stuff. Lavender town, anything akira yamaoka. Many of the themes represented on Pinhead Larry's latest, Memory Palace II, certainly fit that mold. Whichever themes don't, Larry goes and remixes down into some chilling sounds anyway.
Marshall Art is two wonderful folks known as jmr and streifig, who blew my mind with their debut album. Then there is Cory Johnson, who has multiple times blown me away with some incredible game tribute albums. Now the two combine forces over four tracks.
It might be ten years old but it's not too late to download this CLASSIC tribute to the CLASSIC music of 1996 Super NES classic Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars. This compilation covers every single track from the SMRPG soundtrack, and even more than that! Grab all the songs via the bandcamp page. Download free, but any donations are greatly appreciated!
This week I've got the debut album Underground by jazz rock group Octorock, intense beats by Doughboy the Producer on his new beat tape Nintendo 64 Instrumentals. A tribute from ThaSauce to classic game series in Miss Might Anniversary Collection, an eclectic tribute to Secret of Mana from The Travelers VGM titled Heart of the Forest, and a new collection of smooth guitar work by MYRONE on new album Hue.
I'm back, for the first time with the new Game Music Shop! In stock this week is the stellar new Where the Water Tastes Like Wine OST by Ryan Ike, the eclectic Flight of Light soundtrack, and Street Fighter: The RVA Warriors, a hip hop compilation out of Richmond, VA. Then we close with the latest EP of intense game metal with Clockwork by Super MadNES, and the spacey sounds of Continuum Kingdom's new album 7 dmns.
I tried to look into what the deal is with this album. I know there is, or maybe was, a fan project known as Mother 4. Does this album come from that? Maybe? After my search for answers led to a reddit thread, I gave up. Anyway, this is a wonderful addition to the sounds of Shogo Sakai, Keichi Suzuki, and Hip Tanaka. There are a lot of tracks here. 60 tracks, specifically. Both new, inspired, and rearranged tracks in the mood of the Mother series. The perfect soundtrack to dream of the day that Shigesato Itoi makes another video game, and it's not about fishing.
About two dozen musicians have come together to pay tribute to the classic N64 (and Nintendo DS) game Diddy Kong Racing. More specifically, we get an electric dance party of a tribute to Diddy Kong Racing. Is this a bad time to say I don't like Diddy Kong Racing?
New York based composer Spencer Bambrick has released a collection of music from the currently in development indie game BestLuck. The album bio describes BestLuck as, “...a story-driven puzzle game set in a dreamworld. The narrative is beautiful and emotional, with a soundtrack to fit the mood.” The soundtrack we are discussing right now. The bio continues, “The music features a string quartet and solo soprano voice. This chamber ensemble sets the tone, and highlights the heartfelt events that occur in BestLuck.”
Eclectic sounds this week. Soulful remixes by BeatmakerKelz on Deadlines. Indie game sounds in the SUPERBEAT: XONiC Extra Soundtrack and the Bacon Man: An Adventure (Original Game Soundtrack). Then game rearrangement albums Reprisal by Harry Lode and Glory to Metal (A Symphonic Metal Tribute to NieR: Automata) from Ferdk.
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.
I've got hip hop in the form of Side Missions 2 from NyteXing, and Doc Isaac with his album Attract Mode. Also got some stellar compilation efforts out of Pixel Mixers with Kirby - The Green (Greens) Album and Boost Power!. Also got some laid back beats by Marquice Turner.
I've seen half of this band perform at multiple times, in multiple places. One day I will see the full band in one place at one time though. Got to have life goals. VGL really runs the gauntlet here with seven tracks from seven different series. None of them Gauntlet though. We do got some Mega Man X2, Ninja Gaiden 2, The 7th Saga, aaand Zelda, Secret of Mana and Ghosts 'n' Goblins. One series being an anime and not a game, though I think there was a Trigun game once.