Get Your Remix On: GameChops’ Powerglove Remix Contest

 

VGM netlabel GameChops has recently presented its very first remix contest for Dj CUTMAN‘s track “Powerglove (It’s So Bad)” featuring Benjamin Briggs, which takes a classic NES sample and throws in “a heaping dose of french electro and gritty automation to create something so good, it can only be called ‘so bad'”. The winning remixes will be featured on an upcoming GameChops release.

Remixes must be hosted on GC Soundcloud dropbox and submitted through the GameChops website on or before the deadline of June 25th, 2012. All genres and interpretations are welcome, but winners will be decided on strength of concept, mixing quality, and goodness of the song itself.

While you can listen to “Powerglove (It’s So Bad)” above, download the remix stems here (or here). Happy remixing!

Benjamin Briggs’ Diddy Kong Racing: Bootleg Circuit Just Released

Remember when chasing intergalactic pig wizards was the right thing to do? Or how about collecting those elusive amulet fragments? Don’t mind us over here, just fondly reminiscing about Diddy Kong Racing.

Benjamin Briggs has us at ‘hello’ with keen memories of DKR. While we’ve gone on and on about his expressive talents as an upcoming artist within the VGM scene, Briggs’ Diddy Kong Racing: Bootleg Circuit has finally inspired the creative juices in us once more to gush about his latest endeavor with smooth house and disco influences. Even as his first-ever sampled game audio album, Briggs really takes the time to both highlight and complement Dave Wise’s original  arrangements that most gamers have come to know and love about one of the fastest-selling racing games within video game history. For example, “Hi There! (Lobby)” evokes sentimentality of Wise’s thumping cadences but efficaciously transitions into what we’d call a classic “Briggs-esque” twist, leaving the listener with toes tapping and heads bobbing when noone is looking… or when they are. Who are we kidding? “Hot Pockets (Hot Top Volcano)”, another favorite, encourages a major chill-out mood with entrancing rhythms while bringing about nostalgic yet gut-wrenching feelings for that damn volcano stage.

Did we mention that all the tracks have been mastered by Dj CUTMAN? Released exclusively from Dj CUTMAN’s new music label Gamechops, Brigg’s newest EP gives us an exciting preview of what we should expect from this group of artists who are driven by the simple passion of creating music. Diddy Kong Racing: Bootleg Circuit is available on Bandcamp now, which you have no reason NOT to download because it’s free!