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.
It's an eclectic week with the varied sounds of Linnani Vaanija album SNACK. Atmospheric themes from the DIVE: Starpath soundtrack by Nick Borrego. Street Fighter inspired EDM by DJ SUPER SONIC. Soul searching nerd hip hop rock by Schaffer the Darklord, along with Shael Riley and the Double Ice Backfire on their collab album Hold Person. Then it's the chill study music of Meteo Xavier on his hour long relaxing original music playlist.
In episode one, I'm sharing music from my personal favorite Pokemon spin off, Pokemon Pinball for the Game Boy Color. Music in this episode composed by Go Ichinose, Junichi Matsuda, Hirokazu 'Hip' Tanaka.
The triumphant return of Dual Core with their new album Downtime, Nerd based hip hop in Wreckfest by Wreck the System. Finely aged chiptune EP, noneday from Vidboy. Some hip hop vgm mashups from 8-Bit Mullet. Then the high calorie sounds of SUGARBURGER by LONELYROLLINGSTARS.
Sharing music from indie game soundtrack Dragon Fin Soup by JDWasabi. Also got a slew of classic game tribute albums. Braxton Burks rearranges classic Pokemon themes in the album Johto Legends (Music from "Pokémon Gold and Silver"). ThePlasmas drop an intense metal album of Castlevania covers. Schematist imagines a world with more Mega Man ZX games. Then SonikBuster sends you to sleep with a variety of game based lullabies from the Sleep Mode album.
This week features Lena Raine's highly rated Celeste album, Tributes to Zelda in Marshall Art and Cory Johnson's Timeline EP as well as Pinhead Larry's new remix album, Memory Palace 2. Shinesparkers present Harmony of a Champion, a compilation tribute to the original Pokemon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow. Then it's another indie game OST with Chris Porter's YOMOTSU album.
When I first hit play on this EP, it suddenly washed over me how much I enjoy this band. The album seems to pick up right where 2015's Rowboat EP left off. Building from the lo-fi crunch of Rowboat to the clear, assured sounds of this album, it feels like a nice, natural progression of The Mimmos' sound. As with the previous album, there are many references to water, the sea, and water related things, which I really love. Water might be my second favorite reference point for music, the first being outer space.
This week is a tribute to Diddy Kong Racing via a ton of artists from Materia Collective, Shane Mesa pays tribute to the Mother series in the fictional Mother 4 Soundtraaaack! More Earthbound via Super Soul Bros on their debut album Motherlode, and Rozen is back with an epic tribute to the Legend of Zelda series.
Talking about the new album Memories Of Toky-o: An Ode To Jet Set Radio by 2 Mello. It's a tribute to the work of Hideki Naganuma, who also has some hidden tunes to discover on his SoundCloud page, including music from the Japanese arcade game Dead Heat Riders.
As with most Mello mash up albums, there is always that theme or through line. Basically, 2 Mello's mash up albums sound like fully realized albums, and not just a collection of mashups he just bundled up and shipped out. It's just one part of why 2 Mello is the man.
Streets of Resistance has a vibe as if the story is being told by all the 'criminals' living in… oh, the city doesn't have a name. Well, crime is a complex thing, you can't get rid of it by just beating it up. Even if you have a bad ass soundtrack while doing it.