Our second Album of the Year award goes to Undertale, which lovingly combines the sounds of the NES and SNES with modern chiptunery. The result is a 100-track OST that can’t be missed – but be prepared for some light spoilers!
If you’re a fan of Rare’s Bear & Bird duo then odds are you’ve been following the creation of Yooka-Laylee, the Mighty Number 9 / Bloodstained-style spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie. Numerous ex-Rare folks are on board, including Banjo’s original voice, level designers from the N64 days and several others who date back to the DKC days. But perhaps most relevant to VGMpire is the fact composer Grant Kirkhope is returning as well, and IGN has a quick sampling of some of the game’s tunes!
Somewhere around my 100th listen to the Tropical Freeze soundtrack, I started thinking about how game music has conditioned me to enjoy types of music I’d otherwise shrug off. Banjos, harmonized chants and even oboe solos were never on my list of ‘music I’d ever listen to,’ but thanks to VGM I’ve learned that hey, this stuff is great and I shouldn’t write off any instrument or genre.
Remember World 1-2, the ensemble-cast album featuring new jams from Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden), Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill) and Manami Matsumae (Mega Man)? The folks who put that fine piece o’ work together (Brave Wave y’know) have just released a new solo album featuring even more notable names from the VGM-verse.
Another look at amazing OSTs from the indie space, including Escape Goat, Bastion and Luftrausers.
Earlier this year an all-star cast of seasoned game musicians teamed up for World 1-2, an amazing tribute album packed with remixes and brand new work from folks like Manami Matsumae (Mega Man), Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill), Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden) and Metroid Metal. Now, Koopa Soundworks and Game Chops are offering even more with World 1-2: Encore.
Support indie musicians by jamming to Castle Crashers, Dustforce and more, then buying their soundtracks direct!
I’ve been a Virt fan for some time now – probably beginning with this incredible Shadowgate remix – and ever since he became part of WayForward he’s continued to crank out quality stuff. This latest release isn’t tied to a game, but FX4 is nonetheless worthy of a listen, as it channels all the awesomeness of a newly energized NES, ready to blast the world with 8-bitty goodness.