The worldly folks over at Ghost Games, an interesting mix of Swedish, UK, and Romanian-based talent, have clearly discovered what all too few developers know these days: Drum n Bass music goes pretty damn well with fast-paced gameplay.
As the superior form of audio entertainment, the high BPM of Drum n Bass is a perfect fit for racing games, action games (DmC knew it), arcade, and more. The upcoming Need for Speed will take advantage of this, and a couple of Aussie producers will benefit. There are some non-DnB tracks on there too, and some clever programmer has made some good choices. All things considered it's looking quite stellar. It's perhaps not "FIFA 09" stellar, but it's looking not too far off.
Our very own Sydney-based DnB producer, Royalston, makes an appearance with his forthcoming track Blight Mamba. I remember seeing Royalston's first DJ gig, when he was a wee lad getting the hang of beatmatching. Since then, he's risen to great heights through the Hospital label, and now his name is put in big ol' letters on all the party fliers.
Trap makes a decent appearance too, with another local legend, Alison Wonderland, making an appearance with U Don't Know.
There's a hefty portion of DnB on this soundtrack, and they're not just sticking with the usual mainstream stuff like Pendulum. Some of it gets nasty. Like this business from Reso's Ricochet album:
Or this rather heavy stuff from June Miller:
Phace, who's on tour in Australia at the moment and plays at Manning Bar in Sydney tonight (say hi if you see me there), also gets off:
Surprisingly filthy bass music for a triple-A game, and I'm 100% on-board.
There's also this fun one from Lynx. The music video is worth checking out:
In amongst it all are a few hip hop tracks from the likes of Run The Jewels. But DnB is the real star, with some decent Trap too, and it's good to see a few Aussie artists in there.
You can check out the full soundtrack here.