8-Bit Rally Soundtrack, poisoncut, 2011
After some promising demo work, the 8-Bit Rally soundtrack confirms poisoncut as a retro composer to watch, producing material that’s as strong as the classics he models his work after – in this case, the Amiga’s Lotus series of racing games. The base for each track are driving, danceable beats that find the sweet spot between persistently pushing grooves and the necessary variety to keep things fresh. On top of this immediately energising bed of rhythms, poisoncut layers fantastically catchy melody hooks and arpeggios, while smartly addressing each race track’s location. “Midnight Diversion”’s sleek 80s synths are the perfect underscore for a Miami Vice-style car chase through the city’s neon-lit streets, while “Phantom of the Road” creates a starkly different atmosphere with its claustrophobic beats and a chromatic melody that possesses a fitting ‘haunted house’ flair. “Distant Journey” integrates chirpy early 90s techno that kicks into euphoric overdrive in its second half, and “Miles of Funk” introduces poisoncut‘s excellent, futuristic funk style that he would develop further on Scrumple Ship.
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