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Video Games and EDM (Part 1)


Part of a series I’m writing for an EDM website, I’m going to be exploring the relationship between EDM and video games. This is an excerpt from that story, which begins by chronicling some of the earliest instances of EDM in video games, part of a shift that helped raise awareness of electronic in the US in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Video Games and Electronic music enjoy an intertwined relationship


Electronic music and video games, in some respects go hand in hand. Whether it’s promotional trailers often featuring EDM, locations and dance clubs actually a part of the game, or the game soundtrack, the industry seems to have taken notice. The same feelings that make EDM fun to dance to and get hyped to, are also fun to game to.

Not only can a lot of EDM be found in today’s video games, but even in the past, video games helped give electronic artists and video game music producers a platform for their music to shine. Before we talk about today’s EDM in video games, let’s talk about some of the earliest instances of electronic music in video games.

Many studios out of the UK were already experimenting with EDM in games

Some of my first experiences with electronic music were while playing video games. Back in the era of Nintendo 64, the original Playstation and early 2000s PC games, games developed by British and European studios helped expose Americans to dance music. American studios did eventually catch on, but until the arrival of dubstep, electronic music was still very much a niche genre in the US.

If you were lucky enough to have stumbled across some of the more quirky games of the 2000s era, you would have been treated to some early electronic music, some in-house and some licensed. The frantic RC racer game, Re-Volt, was one of these games that helped cement my love for EDM. Several Nintendo 64 games, especially those developed by European studios featured UK house music, such as the action-adventure game Buck Bumble.


Re-Volt (N64, PSX, PC, later re-released on Android)

Published by Acclaim, this unconventional racer had players control RC cars along small miniature tracks scaled to the small RC cars size. Tracks within the game took you to locales such as the aisles of a local supermarket and its parking lot, or through a child’s room, littered with toys and teddy bears serving as obstacles. Just to add to the craziness, the game also threw in Mario-Kart style items like firecrackers, oil slicks, nitro boosts and even a self destructing bomb that could be passed off in “tag you’re it” style fashion.

As soon as you load up the game, you’re greeted by an upbeat house track with filtered vocals. Re-Volt was one of the earlier games to actually use MP3s in the game, and on the PC version, you could pop the game CD in your computer and the soundtrack would play directly from those files.

Each of the music tracks in the game, presumably created in-house, had electronic music flair, indicative of the UK based game developer’s studio. “Little Toy Carz 2” was one of a few insanely epic tunes for it’s time. Drum and bass, a bit of breakbeat, and techno sounds into a blazing fast BPM definitely set the tone for the lightning fast races within the game. The theme for the supermarket track, “Toys for the Boys” incorporates elements of speed dance, rave and Goa with an intro that I will never forget, some fifteen odd years later.

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[Electronic:] 22 Bullets – Surya


[Electronic:] Surya (feat. rmcm) – 22Bullets

Electronic artist 22Bullets releases this powerhouse track “Surya” featuring rmcm, an energy packed electro number that’s got an early Zedd sound to it. Signed to KSHMR’s Dharma label, the track released through Spinnin’ Records is a perfect anthem for Summer 2019.

Check out more from 22 Bullets below:

Follow 22Bullets:
https://www.facebook.com/22bulletsmusic
https://www.instagram.com/22bulletsmusic
https://twitter.com/22Bulletsmusic
https://soundcloud.com/22bullets

Follow rmcm:

https://www.facebook.com/djrmcm
https://www.instagram.com/djrmcm
https://www.twitter.com/djrmcm
https://soundcloud.com/djrmcm

Follow DHARMA:
https://www.instagram.com/dharmaworld… https://www.facebook.com/DharmaWorldwide
https://twitter.com/DharmaWorldwide
https://soundcloud.com/dharmaworldwide
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC32W…

[Concerts/Festivals:] [Deep Prog. House:] Boris Brejcha – Blue Lake (and more) @ Tomorrowland 2018


Boris Brejcha’s “Tomorrowland 2018” Set

(Catch “Blue Lakes” and any other song in his Tomorrowland set, which is tracklisted in the info on Youtube. This video starts at Blue Lake 52 minutes in)

Progressive DJ Boris Brejcha put on a hell of a set at Tomorrowland 2018 in Belgium. Several standout songs were in his set, which featured exclusively only Brejcha’s own music. The German DJ had fans locked into his realm of entrancing soundscapes for over an hour and a half and received rave reviews for his performance (as well as many others he has done as of late). Be sure to check it out!

 

[Eclectic EDM Series:] [Future Lounge] Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding – Outside (Anevo Remix) // [Anthem Dance Music] Eric Prydz – Opus (Original Mix)


[Future House / Lounge]
Calvin Harris (feat. Ellie Goulding) – Outside (Anevo Remix)

We’ve got two eclectic EDM highlights today coming from some very talented artists.
Our first selection is an amazing future-lounge remix (think music played in posh waiting rooms in 2025), of Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding’s monumental classic “Outside” remixed by Anevo. Anevo’s take on the song adds additional layers of chill, Ellie’s smooth vocals, calmingbeach-song” guitar chords create a perfect combination of dance music elements. The result is a “future-banger” ready for downtempo clubs, and waiting rooms (heh, couldn’t help) across the world.


Also check out another smash-remix of Anevo, his cut of one of my favorite new electronic groups, Years & Years, “King (Anevo Remix)”

•Anevo:
https://soundcloud.com/itsanevo
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anevo/1…
https://twitter.com/ItsAnevo

•Calvin Harris:
https://soundcloud.com/calvinharris
https://www.facebook.com/calvinharris
https://twitter.com/calvinharris

•Ellie Goulding:
https://soundcloud.com/elliegoulding
http://facebook.com/elliegoulding
http://twitter.com/elliegoulding


[Festival Anthem House-Trance] Eric Prydz – Opus (Original Mix)

 

Eric Prydz has been a staple EDM artist/DJ/producer since before the term “EDM” even existed. Having released music under numerous aliases, such as Pryda (also the name of an iconic album Prydz released in 2012). “Opus” is the culmination of the evolution of electronic, house music, and dance festival anthems. The Original Mix of the song has a lengthy build-up which peaks with a “drop” further cementing a sound reminiscent of Daft Punk or deadmau5. Check out more from Eric Prydz below with some of his other hit songs and links to his web presences below:

[Deep Progressive House] Pryda – With Me

Pryda – With Me
Purchase Link:-
https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/c…

Eric Prydz on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricPrydzOff…
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ericprydz
Website: http://www.ericprydz.tv

 

[NEW FUTURE CHILL:] Mikos Da Gawd – Sparagus (with Tito Tunes) // KRS – Make Her Dance (Bandz A Make Her Dance Future Chill Remix)


Got some new future music for everybody out there. First we are highlighting the simply dreamy, serotonin-inducing aural roller-coaster ride that is “Sparagus” coming from EDM artists Mikos Da Gawd with help from Tito Tunes. Let your mind go for a ride as you mellow out to this future chillwave track.


Next up is an amazingly chill re-work of popular rap/trap hit “Bandz A Make Her Dance” originally by Juicy J. For this incredibly chill remix we highlight EDM artists KDS who has turned the trap banger anthem into a relaxed afternoon, bass-heavy future wave single. Chill is an understatement here and the use and variety of samples used is refreshing. Don’t sleep on this! Thumbs up all around here!!

[Dance / House]: Kygo – Stole the Show


New release from Norwegian DJ and producer, KygoStole the Show” has a very original dance, house feel with what sounds like rainforest or pan flutes accentuating it’s calming, but funky rhythm. We’re left with a very chill track, perfect for rounding out a long day or relaxing at the end of one. The song’s music video is also noteworthy for a very different aesthetic approach featuring two “in love” astronauts and lots of breaking, waving, popping and locking. Check it out above and hear more from Kygo below:

Kygo’s Soundcloud

M83 Remix:

[MGMT Cover]:

[Rap/Future Wave] Rich Boy – Paradise (feat. Lil Hick & Dev)


Rich Boy sellin’ crackF*ck niggas wanna jack / Sh*t tight no slackJust bought a Cadillac (Throw some D’s on that b*tch!)
Just bought a Cadillac (Throw some D’s on that bitch!)
Just bought a Cadillac!”

Rich Boy, of “Throw Some D’s” fame (see below) has released a new track with Lil’ Hick and Dev (the singer associated with The Cataracs and Far East Movement, sang the chorus on “Like a G6”). The track is a mélange of hip-hop, electro sounds, smooth wavey piano chords and calming vocals in the chorus and background. Give it a listen and decide what you think of it!


The song that put Rich Boy on the map (released back when I was in high school, but a classic nonetheless!)