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Tuned Logic’s 24 Shades - Some of you might recognize the OCRemixer tag Detuned Logic. For those of you who do remember his contributions to OCR, remixer and electronica artist Mike Feinstein is back (under a more harmonious moniker) with his album 24 Shades. Those of you who aren’t familiar with Logic, this album is a pretty darn good showcase of his skills. Featured on this episode: “Caught in the Rain”, “Never Better”, “Still”, “Pulse”.
November 2010 Dwelling of Duels Contest – The theme for the November 2010 Dwelling of Duels contest was “Virt Month”. Jake “Virt” Kauffman, the video game remixer turned composer, has already had his hands in several great games. This month’s DoD is a celebration of those games as well as some of Kauffman’s personal favorites. Featured on this episode: Koelsch “Taco Flash”, M-H “Dracula Man Again! Demons the Fighting”, Snappleman & prozax “POWEREX”, Rize “The Desert Scourge”, The Prince of Darkness “Groovy Taco Bell Bacon Club Chalupa Town”
OCRemix “Link’s Awakening – Threshold of a Dream” Interview with Benjamin Briggs
Obligatory Ice Level Day 2010 – Obligatory Ice Level Day, that annual celebration of all places cold in video games, is back with yet another free EP by some of your favorite video game bands and remixers. Don’t try to make sense of it, just sit back and chill (see what I did there?). Featured on this episode: Select Start “Rainbow Resort”, DCT “The Polar Express”, Select Start “Night of Fate”, Joshua Morse “Rondo Sanctuary”
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Thunderclash’s Nostalgic Pleasure – Metal covers of video game music are nothing new, but Thunderclash’s freshman effort Nostalgic Pleasure distinguishes itself with some clever arrangements and tight performances. From the obligatory Mega Man medley to the excellent Kirby/Tetris mashup, Thunderclash’s debut album is a crowd pleaser. Featured on this episode: “The Pink Block”, “Mega Medley”, “Dark Lord Bowser”, “Thrash Fatality.”
MasDaMind’s Rust Covered Remixes – MasDaMind has been producing excellent video game/hip-hop mashups to his youtube channel for a year now. In that small amount of time he’s amassed quite a few tunes, and his latest album is some of his best work yet. Featured on this episode: “New York Rush”, “Neo Cortex Backstory”, “Streets of Heroes and Villains”, “From the Cradle to the Finale”.
OCRemix’s Link’s Awakening: Threshold of a Dream remix album – OCRemix’s first Zelda remix album is a mellow, downtempo outing which highlights the hidden gems in the cult favorite Link’s Awakening soundtrack. The music lends itself very well to the chilled out tone, and the remixers have done their best to make Threshold one of the strongest OCRemix albums yet. Featured on this episode: Theophany “Full Moon Cello”, Level 99 & prophetik “Threshold of a Dream”, Benjamin Briggs “Lucidic”, Iggy Koopa “Oceanfront View”, Benjamin Briggs “Climb My Mountain, This High”, Mustin “Inception”.
Alexander Brandon’s Tyrian Soundtrack – MAGFest 2011 headliner Alexander Brandon, of Deus Ex and Unreal Tournament fame, is a big name in the world of Western video game composers. Just in time for his MAGFest appearance, GoG.com released the PC shoot-em-up Tyrian for free. Brandon’s soundtrack to Tyrian is filled with energy and techno goodness. Featured on this episode: Main Title, Tyrian, Camanis, Asteroid Dance, Deliani, Gyges, Space Battle 2, Ending 2.
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jmr’s Skywave Effect- Remixer and all-around good guy jmr treats us to some original chiptunes in his album Skywave Effect, courtesy of CalmDownKidder records. Skywave Effect consists of catchy, NES-style chiptunes which are sure to please. Featured on this episode: Airport Doors, Skywave, Day Dream Somniloquy, Yellow Hat, Leave This Place.
little-scale’s I Am Still Breathing – An inspired, mellow chiptune album, I Am Still Breathing makes you want to sit back, chill out, and reflect. The production is really solid on this album, and I’m really looking forward to more from little-scale. The album is hosted by the nice people at Pause Music. Featured on this episode: I Am Still Breathing, Up Against the Wall, Kinetic Energy, My Heart is Forever Collapsing, A Nocturne for Necromancy.
Bound Together, an Earthbound tribute album – Earthbound has attained cult status for its quirky sense of humor, its unforgiving gameplay, and its jazzy soundtrack. The music holds up well to this day, so it’s no surprise that there are many covers and remixes of tunes from Earthbound. Bound Together is one of the best remix projects out there, with great track upon great track. Deciding which tracks NOT to play was a difficult task, so be sure to grab this massive project. Featured on this episode: virt “Get on the Bus”, Dhsu “Bound Together”, Diggi Dis “Side Four Turns Winter”, bLiNd “Snowbound”, Less Ashamed of Self with Bladiator & Prizm “Latest Fail.”