24 April 2024

LMH Mixtape #210: Beyond 16-Bit 4

It's time once again to explore outside the world of third and fourth generation video game music to a land beyond 16-bit.  You might think that some of these tracks were actually from the third or fourth generation, with how well some modern composers have been able to re-create that style.  A prime example of that would be the fantastic Shovel Knight soundtrack by Jake Kaufman.  Other composers like Toby Fox blend vintage and modern styles to create a "best of both worlds" sound.  Of course a Beyond 16-Bit episode wouldn't be complete without some great CD era tracks like Rusty Ruin Zone Act 1 from Sonic 3D Blast which sounds like it would fit right in on a new age album by groups like Enigma or Delerium.  This mixtape clocks in at a little over an hour in length, so there's a lot to explore in this land beyond... time?


Instant Favorite ("We're saving our own lives"): Pilotwings Resort - Glider
Another Instant Favorite: Sonic 3D Blast - Rusty Ruin Zone Act 1
Beautifully hypnotizing: Celeste - First Steps
Too many favorites to choose from: The Messenger - Into The Depths (Catacombs) (Past)

Track listing and original episode:

17 April 2024

LMH Mixtape #209: Creed II

We've got another free play full of bangers for your listening pleasure.  Looking to relax?  "Chillin'" from Side Pocket is a perfectly apt name for that track, with its tropical flavor and laid back tone.  Don't get too comfortable though, because you may be called upon to save the world with some pumped up tracks like "Outside The Base" from The Cyber Shinobi and "Hotel Dada" from The Great Battle V.  And to cap off this mixtape is a great track by Soyo Oka titled "Megalopolis" from the unreleased SimCity for the NES!


Instant Favorite: The Great Battle V - Hotel Dada
Another Favorite: The Cyber Shinobi - Outside The Base
Unreleased but not unappreciated: SimCity - Megalopolis

Track listing and original episode:

10 April 2024

LMH Mixtape #208: Ending Music 3

The boizz celebrated the start of a new year with a focus on ending music.  This is the third focus of its kind, and as you'll hear, there's no shortage of supply for great ending tracks, tracks that really shape the mood and tone of the conclusion of a game and this case, a whole range of expressions.  There's a great bluesy track from Darkwing Duck, a cool jazzy number from Viewpoint, a fully-pumped and triumphant piece from Gley Lancer, and you guessed it, so much more.  You've battled through all the levels, defeated the final boss, and so, now it's time to relax and receive your reward.


Instant Favorite: Darkwing Duck - Ending
Another Favorite: Bells & Whistles - The Day Peace Returns to Planet Mel (Ending)
Favorite track that sounds a lot like Army Dreamers: Ordyne - Ending

Track listing and original episode:

03 April 2024

Episode 271: Shooters

Not to be confused with "Flying and Shooting," the topic of this episode is Shooters.  So not just shoot-them-up games, but any game with some sort of shooting.  Shooting of a gun, shooting of a camera, shooting of balls in a panchinko machine, whatever.  Brent gets a little delirious on this one, by the way.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Super Bonk - Masaaki Nishizawa, Keiji Ueki, Kennosuke Suemura - Shoot the Smiley! - Red/Hudson - SNES - 1994

Winning Shot - unknown - Day 3 - Data East - PC Engine - 1989

Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension - Takano, Nakajima, Tonkupon, Chatrita - Landbase (Decisive Battle) - TOSE/Bandai - Super Famicom - 1996

Eliminate Down - Tatsuya Matsumoto - Round 4-1 - Aprinet/Soft Vision International - Mega Drive - 1993

International Superstar Soccer Deluxe - Hideyuki Eto, Harumi Ueko, Tomoya Tomita - Staff Roll - Konami - SNES - 1995

Double Dribble: 5 on 5 - Tsuyoshi Sekito - Team/Settings Select - Konami - Game Boy - 1991

Gley Lancer - Masanori Hikichi, Noriyuki Iwadare, Yoshiaki Kubotera, Isao Mizoguchi - Stage 11 (Rescue Failure) - NCS - Mega Drive - 1992

Nice de Shot - Toshiyuki Takine - Classic Course - Magical Company/ASK Kodansha - Super Famicom - 1994

Pachinko Kuunyan - H. Suzuki - Pachinko Chamomile and Tieguanyin Center - I.S.C./Soft Vision International - Mega Drive - 1992

Trouble Shooter - Fumito Tamayama, Yasuyuki Hamada, Youko Suzuki, Shigenori Masuko - Stage 4 - Vic Tokai - Genesis - 1991

Axelay - Taro Kudou - Mother - Konami - SNES - 1992

Aoki Densetsu Shoot! - Kennosuke Suemura - Title - Affect/KSS - Super Famicom - 1994

Bionic Commando - Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya (arr.) - Albatross Munitions Base - Capcom - NES - 1988