Album Releases in 2020 So Far
LaLa - July, 2020
There have been a slew of remix and scene album releases in the first half of 2020, so let's catch you up on what's new!
8-Bit Symphony Pro
Let's start with the biggest, and probably most anticipated release of all: 8-Bit Symphony Pro. Following the success of the Back In Time Symphonic Collection Kickstarter, C64Audio.com brought us an even more ambitious project: 20 tracks spread over a double album, all arrangements recorded with the Czech Studio Orchestra conducted by Robin Tait. Yes, you heard that right: SID music properly arranged for a symphonic orchestra and played by a Hollywood-grade, 85 piece ensemble, recorded in Prague on February, 2020 - just before the pandemic hit hard in Europe. And just two short months later the recordings have been made available as a digital download, with a physical CD coming later (as the COVID-19 virus allows).
If you haven't been a part of the Kickstarter of this epic project, fear not: just click the album cover to pre-order yours today!
New Back In Time Albums
Project Hubbard Releases
Matt Gray: Reformation 3
And we're still not done with crowdfunded remix album releases! Matt Gray was also busy getting a digital release out this year, and this latest album in his Reformation series is a beaut. I have been a big fan of Matt Gray's remixes ever since I heard the first notes of a preview track from his Last Ninja 2 album, and this double-disc (!) album follows much of the same energetic style that he has become known for on the remix scene. Twenty-five brand-spanking new remixes from a legendary SID composer - it's a sure hit!
Some lucky backers even received a bonus album along with this release: several of Matt Gray's SID tunes remixed by artists like the Fastloaders, Marcel Donné, Romeo Knight, Slaygon, and others.
And guess what? Some bird at Kickstarter-land told me that his 4th Reformation album has also been funded with a release slated sometime in 2021!
C64Audio.com Compilations on Spotify
Chris Abbott: Arcade Classics Vol. 1
Chris sure has a way of making every one of us quarantining in our homes look super-lazy in comparison! Besides also being involved in pretty much all of the above-mentioned crowdfunded releases, he somehow found time to make even more remixes and release them as an album - you know, just for fun.
Okay, so including his latest album here may be a bit of a stretch for Remix64, since technically this one contains remixes of classic Sega arcade game tunes, heavily leaning on Hiroshi Kawaguchi's genious soundtracks. But, you know, Passing Breeze, Splash Wave, After Burner and a few others were technically rendered as SID tunes, too, so...?
If you are a fan of those crispy FM synth sounds from the late 80s and early 90s, or if you just like the lighter side of remixing, this is the album for you. I am especially fond of all the noodlings Chris has added to Magical Sound Shower, but I'm sure everybody will find their own favorite on this album. Start your engine and ... erm ... insert your Spotify into the ... erm ... streaming player of your Ferrari Testarossa?... (Okay, admittedly, that analogy went south pretty fast. I feel old now...)
Instant Remedy: M1x3d Up
A new album from Instant Remedy that sits somewhere between a full album and an extended EP. But don't fret that it contains
You thought we were done with the Kickstarters? Ha! Here's another one for you: Amiga Power -
LMan: SID Chip Club
Last, but not least, here is the final crowdfunded album release I'd like to draw your attention to: SID Chip Club by our very own LMan. Are there any remixes on it? No. It's all original compositions by the master SID-tweaker: techno and house tracks that represent both an artistic and a technological achievement. Can it be downloaded as a D64 image? Yep. Because you'll hear nothing but the glorious SID chip on this album! Wait, whaa...? All those sounds are coming out of a SID chip? Yep, they sure do! Is it available on vinyl, too, I wonder? Yep, sure is! How about on a C64 cartridge? Check!
In fact, I don't think you can call yourself a real fan of the SID's sound if you don't listen to this album!
Phiew - that's a LOT of wonderful new music to listen to that is sure to keep fans busy for a while!
Let me know if I failed to mention a scene or remix album here that was also released in 2020, and I'll make sure to give it a shout.