Sometimes in chiptune & VGM, you hear some of the craziest music. This time is now. This week’s album was something I found a while back when I was scouring through all types of VGM. ‘Mash Bandicoot’ is the insane experiment by British artist Psycosis, and is exactly what you’d expect. A mash up of all things Crash Bandicoot whilst combining hip-hop & rap. Sounds extremely ludicrous?
You’re right. It is. But for a Bandicoot fan like myself, it’s so so good!
The first track to hit your ears is, ‘Overworld Celebrity’. It’s a a brilliant mash up that takes the track, ‘Oh Yeah’ by Yello, whilst mixing it almost perfectly with ‘N.Sanity Beach’, the first level of Crash’s adventure. It works amazingly well, the bounciness of ‘N.Sanity Beach’ against ‘Oh Yeah’s rhythmic lyrics, throwing itself superbly against the tip-tapping of the former track’s lead. ‘Overworld Celebrity’ also manages to retain the cheekiness from the music of ‘N.Sanity Beach’. This something which can’t be said for a couple of tracks from the rest of the album, such as ‘Fuck Tawna’.
Another track which fantastically mashes together well is ‘Up The Super Bass’, which uses Nicky Minaj’s track ‘Super Bass’ against the 10th level on Crash’s soundtrack, ‘Up the Creek’. Psycosis blends both tracks, complimenting ‘Up the Creek’ by adding a large amount of reverb to ‘Super Bass’. It really helps mellow out Minaj’s rough rapping, as well as lending itself to the seapunk genre she’s mostly known for (ruining).
One final mashup track is one you wouldn’t actually think would work, but it totally does. ‘Toxic & I know it’ takes ‘LMFAO’s Sexy & I know it’, ‘Britney Spear’s Toxic’ and mashes them up with the music of ‘Toxic Waste’. Now, ‘Toxic Waste’ isn’t a level I especially love (seem to remember those barrels being real bastards), but the music superbly mixes in well with both LMFAO & Britney, each complimenting the other. The rusty bass works extremely well with LMFAO’s lyrical hook, “Girl look at that body” throughout, whilst the buildup with the track almost makes it feel like ‘Toxic Waste’ was made for LMFAO. It also helps that Psycosis went through ‘Toxic Waste’ and restored the synth strings, to give them more impact whilst keeping them sounding fresh.
Although these three tracks hit perfectly, there are some that don’t necessarily mix well together. As said before, ‘Fuck Tawna’ doesn’t work well, but others such as, ‘Wild I Are’ kinda miss the mark as well. However, that’s not to say this isn’t one awesome album, and I hope people are more adjourned to do stuff like this in the future.
If you want to hear more, check out the bonus round created by ‘Triple-Q’, with some more crazy ass Mash Bandicoot: [Link]
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