Nerd Music Releases: May 2017 Edition

Welcome to the May 2017 edition of Nerd Music Releases. It’s about to get hot here in Florida. Which means it’s time to cool down at the beach or in your swimming pool. Mega Con just happened, which means the Summer convention season is underway. Pick and choose wisely, but make sure you have some rad tunes to listen to on your adventure Which brings us to some new music for you to check out!

Reuben Gingrich – Blue Island

I was drawn into Reuben Gingrich’s jazz/funk band with a video performance of Chrono Trigger’s Secret of the Forest that blew me away. I wanted to hear more and found, Blue Island, that was describe a “space funk.” I enjoyed the compositions, but had trouble recognizing them outside of that one Chrono Trigger song.

It sounded like music that could fit into a video game, particularly in the JRPG genre, but I had realized that the rest of this album is all original music and they intelligently hooked in gamers like me with a very well-done video game cover. Well played, gentlemen. I was on the edge about including this album in the month’s article, but it was way above everything else that had come out, so I felt I had to share.

Super Marcato Bros – Live From The Lair

The Super Marcato Bros recently popped up on my radar, but they have been around for a little bit, making both video game covers and even their own music for indie game soundtracks. Live From The Lair, are one-take recordings of many classic video game tunes. They start off right with the opening stage theme from Mega Man & Bass, and go into a lot of the usual suspects of the 16-bit era like Sonic the Hedgehog, Kirby, and Yoshi’s Island.

It’s a solid release of covers that are a mix of rock, jazz, and synth, but I can’t help but state that I have heard better versions of these songs countless times from other video game bands. At this point, I think it’s time for newer video game bands to start looking at different eras of video game music to perform as the 80s and 90s have been well-represented for quite some time. It will help them stand out more.

DaMonz – Kirby’s Liberation Service

OverClocked Records released an EP from DaMonz that is a love letter of sorts to Kirby Super Star on the Super Nintendo. There has been a resurgence in Kirby music over the last year and Kirby’s Liberation Service is the latest addition to that. It’s a decent release of four tracks, but Kirby covers and remixes have tread into that Undertale territory where it may be getting a little tired.

Nokae – Weeb Music

I come from the age of United States anime fandom where we call anime “Japanimation” and we new Japanese animation was superior to American animation for many reasons. Both Japanese and western animation have changed a bit since then, but I still have that love for anime. With that said, I really hate the word “weeaboo” and all it’s variations as it’s a derogatory term meant to mock those for appreciating a different culture.

So when Tiny Waves released Nokae’s Weeb Music, I cringed at first, because I also hate that there is a subset of anime fans that have ironically embraced that term. Thankfully, this turned out to be a fun release with several songs of anime-influenced EDM with catchy, upbeat melodies. I dug the opening track, Swords Dance, the most as it had the most energy of the three. I was left wanting more at the end, and hopefully more good stuff will come from Nokae.

There were more releases that came out this month. Check them out and let me know what you think in the comments:

Ap0c – Field Work
arthur x medic – Not Quite Unrequited
Bitonial Landscape – Supa Pawa
Echorobot – Out of Town EP
HangOnGetReady – ANYYES
Nanode – Voyager Remix EP
Producer Snafu – Producer Snafu’s LSDJ Kits
Project Paula – Amiga
Shiryu – Chiptune of the Night
Starving GOGO – discredit denial destroy
Tuxic – unrelated
Uctumi – Helcoid
Unicorn Hole – Legend of the Light Gem


Kent Ward
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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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