Music Collector 2: CD Consoles – Sony Computer Entertainment, Apollo Four Forty, 1997
An almost forgotten PS1 racer, Rapid Racer managed a bit of a coup when it came to its soundtrack: an entirely original score by one of the era’s more prominent electronic music artists, Apollo Four Forty. Released like several other 1990s game scores only as the bonus item of a French game magazine (under the title Music Collector 2: CD Consoles – Sony Computer Entertainment), this is a hidden gem that represents a lighter and more agile take on pumping 90s electronica than for example the competent Extreme-G. As a consequence, the Rapid Racer soundtrack’s fairly extended compositions have a firmer grasp on engrossing dynamics and feel less dated than other genre representatives, while still maintaining high energy levels all the way through (something the original music written for the first few WipeOut games struggles with). Not every composition is a stunning genre-blender like “Golden Sands, Miami”, which traverses surf rock, drum ‘n’ bass and salsa, but the composers find an individual, atmospheric and yet pulse-pounding approach for every single racing track in the game.
Not commercially available anymore – try music streaming services or second hand stores.