Summer Chill VGM Zone act 1

Music has the power to bring back memories and evoke emotions. Video game music to me has the very same effect.

Despite the wintry weather I’ve been ready for spring for quite a while. So for this chilly snowy, rainy  April  I will tap into the trove of laid back summer inspired melodies to bring the feelings and memories of summers past. This list consists of mostly low tempo relaxing music not full on summer, like spring a slight sedge way  into the bright energy of summer.

The following tracks are not in any particular order (by game or year).

Let’s begin!

Sonic the hedgehog and summer VGM go hand and hand especially the older games think “retro Sonic” games Sonic through Sonic 3d blast. Sonic adventure and beyond took sonic music in a totally different (not necessarily bad) direction. With sonic mania Sonic returned to his retro styled tunes.

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Sonic Mania- Press Garden, Blossom Haze

This cool tinged smooth jazzy track is like a cool breeze on a hot day.

Sonic Mania -Stardust Speedway

This smooth remake of the original  stage from Sonic CD continues the laid back vibe perfect for driving.

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Grandia II was a bastion of beautiful music. I remember being surprised that the game came with a soundtrack cd (they must’ve knew the music was that good lol) 

Grandia 2- Inn town Ageel

This song was always a hit with non- VGM listeners. Sounds like summer!

F-Zero  – Sand Ocean

The classic! With its unusual melody and hypnotic quality this is one of my favorite stage themes of all time. I was highly disappointed that they did not provide a remix for the next F-zero..(but they did a remix of Big Blue).

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Knuckles Chaotix-Midnight Greenhouse

Remember That super awesome game  Knuckles Chaotix? Me either! Just kidding! 😀 This obscure game had some seriously decent summer infused music.

and to further prove my point…

Knuckles Chaotix- Evening Star

Knuckles Chaotix- Seascape

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This Dreamcast game had some great music especially the character themes.

Time Stalkers- Rails theme (field arrange)

 

Retro Sonic just represents VGM summer nostalgia. Sonic cd  Japanese version took the music up a notch with the chill factor.

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Sonic CD-  Tidal tempest Present (JP/EU)

How does this not sound like total summer chill music?

Sonic CD- Crystal Quadrant Good Future(JP/EU)

We have come to the end of Summer Chill VGM Zone act 1.

Stay tuned for the next act! What are you’re favorite summer chill VGMs? Tell me in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check it out. Jonghyun Shinin’ MV

Jonghyuns’ album Poet|Artist is now released.  I will be posting a album review soon. For now check out his final MV. The album is also on iTunes.

 

What do you think of the mv?

 

Watch This! The New Edition Story

A you a big fan of Boy bands? K-pop? Pop in general?  Have you heard of New Edition? If not you should. Considered the trailblazers of the modern boy band  New Edition was founded in 1978 in Boston, MA. Unfortunately like many pioneers they are often forgotten and the credit given to those who became more “successful” in their wake.

Their former manager Maurice Starr went on to create another boy band comprised of members of the caucasian persuasion named New Kids on The Block who became a huge success and the face of the boy band  in the U.S.and around the world.

All you K-pop and boy band fans should watch this movie to get a little history.

 

Check Out the New Edition Story Jan 24th on BET!

How do you think New Edition influenced the pop and K-pop world?

 

Let’s go back…..Christmas in 1999

Christmas 1999 the last Christmas before the millennium  and in the K-pop world SMTown’s  first Christmas album Christmas In SMTown.com. Featuring the hottest artists of time and the original pioneering groups of K-pop.

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I like how music video gives the feeling of the SMTown  artists as an family.

Even though these next songs are from  albums  released in 2000 and 2001 it still has the 90s vibe their predecessor contains.

One of my favorite Christmas songs. I even include this song in my Christmas mix for Christmas parties lol.

Another great music video with the SMTown “family”. Angel Eyes is not your typical sounding Christmas song but is upbeat and joyous (and it also sounds like songs from the  Sonic R video game lol).

Do you have any favorite K-pop Christmas songs?

 

Merry Christmas!

 

 

Check this out! Exo Love me right~ romantic universe version teaser

I had just spoke on how video games and video game music often finds its way into music and/or music videos and recently I have found this teaser for Exo‘s Japanese debut single Love me right-romantic universe check it out below!

What do you think of the teaser?

I will be doing a review of the album when it is released so stay tuned!

SHINee Married to the music review

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With their latest release of their repackaged album Married to the Music SHINee takes on a retro theme. I have always been a been fan of retro fashion, music and movies be it the 50s thru the 80s and even the 90s (now that its considered retro ) so I excitedly awaited this release. Check out my review of the new songs on the album and the unusual (for k-pop anyway) music video here

What do you think of the single or the music video? Better yet what you think of the new tracks?

Let me know in the comments!