Nerd Music Releases: March 2017 (Really) Edition

Hey guys, you may laugh or be disappointed, but I got the March 2017 edition of Nerd Music Releases up. I have been swamped with work, and Wrestlemania also came to town, which is serious business. I know we are way into April, but bah gawd I am getting this article out. On the plus side, I had more time to listen and some very good albums came out. So, I wanted to make sure they got the spotlight they deserve instead of just skipping the month.

Better late than never, here’s a look back at the nerd music of March!

Eric Buchholz – Hero of Time

Hero of Time is the music of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time arranged and composed by a 64-piece orchestra. Eric Buchholz and Materia Collective raised over $50K on kickstarter to make this happen and the results are majestic. On it’s own, Ocarina of Time’s soundtrack has aged very well and will always stand the test of time.

However, this orchestral arrangement takes the beloved music of OoT to new heights. Not only that, mixed in are melodies from other Legend of Zelda games as well as music from Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke! That makes Hero of Time even more special and this glorious release may very well be one of the greatest video game music albums ever made.

Lex Liu – Lex is More

Lex Liu is an Asian-American emcee from California whose debut EP, Lex is More, comes off as a smart, witty, and charming take on what it’s like to be a lady in a nerd world dominated by nerdy dudes. It’s the rap version of every horror story I have heard from girls that have gone to fan conventions, nerd events, and Full Sail University.

No topic is left untouched, including sex, drugs, discrimination, and the wide range of self-confidence issues women can have within our community. Lex’s approach to rapping sounds very much like if Daria did it, but this is definitely worth a listen.


It’s sometimes hard to get into new chiptune releases, especially when it’s just Game Boy music. Acts such as Danimal Cannon, Professor Shyguy, Urizen, and Anamanaguchi have taken the sounds of 8-bit gaming hardware and have integrated it into something more musically diverse. Others, like Boy without Batteries or Trey Frey, have done tremendous work to make chiptune something you can legitimately dance to,

Mexico’s ROWITECH does not do either of those things with Dragon EP, but it is kinda catchy and this works if you are the kind of nerd who prefers to sway back and forth like only nerds can instead of trying to dance.

Mega Ran – Mat Mania

I saw Mega Ran a whole lot recently when Wrestlemania and 80+ piggy-back wrestling events came to Orlando last week. Wrestlemania may have been a dud show overall, but it was a fantastic weekend nonetheless. Mega Ran released another wrestling rap album and even had a show at The Social to celebrate. Mat Mania: The Revenge remixes iconic wrestling theme songs and gets into the minds of the wrestlers they are for.

Mat Mania: The Revenge features tracks dedicated to Bill Goldberg, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, Dusty Rhodes, the NWO, the Road Warriors, and even New Japan’s Kenny Omega. It’s superior to the original Mat Mania, with less interview clips, more sick raps that bring out the personalities of the featured wrestlers, and dope beats from Lynx Kinetic. (Man, that Strong Style beat.) This album is too sweet and if you want more Mega Ran, he also released a Notorious B.I.G. tribute in March titled Ready to Live.

Marc Straight – Souls and Blood

I must confess that I have never played any of the Demon’s Souls games. One of these days I will, but Souls and Blood from Marc Straight and Materia Collective is a fantastic tribute to the music of Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne.

Much like Hero of Time above, this album goes for an orchestral take on the music from FromSoftware’s games, but it is much darker and stirring. I can’t compare how it represents the original music of the Demon’s Souls series since I have not played them, but this album does sound very beautiful.

Doni – The Streets

Hot damn, it’s a remix album dedicated to the Yuzo Koshiro-composed music of Sega’s justice simulator, Streets of Rage. I never heard of Doni until this came out, but good on GameChops for discovering him and getting The Streets out for the world to hear.

Doni slows things down and adds in some great beats and synth to make this something that you would chill out to rather than dance or fight in the streets to. But hey, if you need to go bare knuckle on a fool, they won’t see it coming if you play this music first.

There was more music that came out in March. Not a huge month of releases and the quality is all across the board. But check these guys out and let me know what you think in the comments:

Bubblegum Octopus – Decent Company
Cheapbeats – Cheapbeats X Cheapbeats Vol 1
Coins – The Exploding Hot Death Lava Mixtape
Cyborg Jeff – Storytelling
Father Glamor – I Just Lost My Job EP
In Love with a Ghost – healing
LX & Philonius Phunk – Cerebro
Max James – 30 Days Beat Tape Volume II
Mega Flare – At Home with the Trees
Mega Ran – Ready to Live
Pulsing – The Sky Runner EP
Rock Candy – Rock Candy
Rhythm Bastard – Fire in the Hole
Smooth McGroove – VGM Acapella Volume 9
SwigglesRP – The Wild (Music from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
The Travelers – Prelude to a Fantasy
Tokyo Elvis – Re-Tail

Author: Kent Ward View all posts by
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, video games, and all things geeky. You can follow him on twitter @FistoftheMFK.

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