Nick Dwyer brings it home with some of the best video game music not featured yet this season – plus, Kuedo turns in one last top five.
As with the final episode of the first series, the finale of this second season of Diggin’ in the Carts features nothing other than every last anthem not covered in the series already. This is an all-killer, no-filler Japanese video game music special. Host Nick Dwyer does break to present one last top-five for the season: an exploration of some favorites from British experimental electronic producer Kuedo.
For anyone not well acquainted with the concept of the arcade system board, here’s a comprehensive list of the variations, which were popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Check out recent works by the very active musician and video game composer Junya Nakano, famous for his work on Threads of Fate and Final Fantasy X.
Longtime Planet Mu artist Kuedo, who shares his top five video game soundtracks here, appears on the Flying Lotus-curated soundtrack for the Shinichiro Watanabe-directed short Blade Runner 2022.
Before Dylan Beale’s 1994 soundtrack for Wolverine: Adamantium Rage was rediscovered in 2016, Youngstar’s 2002 track “Pulse X” was widely considered the earliest example of grime.
Fatima Al Qadiri is an expert when it comes to all things 8- and 16-bit. In an episode of the Diggin’ in the Carts video series, she discusses her the influence of the Castlevania soundtrack on her own music.