Nerd Music Releases: April 2017 Edition

We’re springing into the May nerd music releases much earlier than last time. How about that? I hope your spring has been good so far. In the month of April, we had Your Name in North American theaters, Wrestlemania and Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, plus the best of Orlando nerd music at Orlando Overdrive. It was a killer month, to say the least. There was some music to go with it so here we go!

MegaDriver – TriMetal

The video game shredders know as MegaDriver hail from Brazil and I have loved their stuff for several years now. I was won over with their metal fighting game compilation Double K.O. and now they enter the world of Hyrule with TriMetal, which as you can guess are hard-hitting metal renditions of Legend of Zelda tunes. This album rules hard like everything else MegaDriver has done and I highly recommend that you rock out to their entire discography before we go any further.

Tiny Waves – DankEP

The crew at Tiny Waves have another fun video game remix album to dance and chill out to, this time dedicated to the music of the Donkey Kong games that Rare made during the 90s. The fantastic compositions of David Wise and Grant Kirkhope have been re-imagined in DankEP by James Landino, RoBKTA, Ben Briggs, RoboRob, Steven Silo, Lemon Drop and more. There is even an accordion jam from the world-famous Jackson Parodi. DANK.

Auxcide – Star Wars EP 1

The chiptune artist known as Auxcide released a short but very sweet Star Wars EP 1, containing chiptune dance remixes of the character themes of Luke Skywalker, Rey (Skywalker?), and Princess Leia. They familiar melodies come in very subtle, but amp up as each track progresses. Luke’s has the most energy and probably my favorite of the three. Now I want Auxcide to create a sequel.

Jake “virt” Kaufman – Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment OST

Anytime we get to talk about the works of Jake Kaufman (aka virt), it’s always a good time. The compose of Shantae, Contra 4, Mighty Switch Force, Double Dragon Neon, and the original Shovel Knight is back again with the Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment OST.

Based on the DLC adventures of villain Spectre Knight, you hear different takes on past Shovel Knight jams. It’s very much a remix album, though there are some new compositions that fit right in. Shovel Knight is one of the best video game soundtracks of the last decade and it’s great to hear more music in that style.

WillRock – Undertale & Chill

What?! ANOTHER Undertale album? Yessir. I feel like Undertale has caught up with Mega Man, Legend of Zelda, and Final Fantasy when it comes to most covered and remixed video game soundtracks. This one goes for an ambient sound and it is okay.

I’ve heard so many renditions of Undertale music in such a short time that I am actually burnt out on it. (And I STILL haven’t played the game yet.) I like WillRock though so if you aren’t tired of this yet, give Undertale & Chill a shot.

8-Bit Mullet – LatchKey Kid Mixtape Volume 1

If you are under the age of 30, 8-Bit Mullet’s LatchKey Kid Mixtape Volume 1 is not for you. This is an onslaught of 80s/90s nostalgia in the form of bizarre dance, hip hop, and electronic remixes of theme songs of various sitcoms, kids shows, and anything else that was big with the children of those two glorious decades. It’s weird as hell and you may or may not like it. I still don’t know how I really feel about it.

A bunch of different producers got together to make their own renditions of themes from Who’s The Boss?, Saved by the Bell, Power Rangers, Cheers, Matlock, and more. The album features the tracks separated or as a full dance mix where each track blends into the next. You have been warned.

There was even more music to come out an April. Check out these release and let me know what you think in the comments.

Abandoned on Fire – Transit
Auracle – Colors EP
B-Type – Phonic Histrionics
DDRKirby – Remixes – Volume 1
flashygoodness – Rivals of Aether
Graz – Teru Taiyo Junglist
Kirby’s Dream Band – Singles
Laffe the Fox – Undergrounded
Materia Collective – Spark: The Electric Jester OST
MPG – A Message to Those Listening
Rainbow Gravity – No Regrets
RetroCompute – Neon Dreams
Switched on SNES – Switched On: A Link to the Past
TIRAC – Pixel Physics
The Troubleshooters – Lead Time
Viking Guitar – ROM HACK


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Kent Ward was created from the combination of anime, classic videogames, and pro wrestling. His obsession with crazy cartoons from Japan led to the founding of Propeller Anime, a prominent anime club in Orlando, FL. Kent also runs Ongaku Overdrive, a music festival dedicated to all sorts of music inspired by anime, videogames, and all things geeky. You can follow him on twitter @FistoftheMFK.

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