If you’ve played Lumines before (on any platform), you’ll know the colour-matching drill – if you haven’t yet indulged, it’s pretty quick to pick up (and, like the best of them, suitably difficult to master).
What sets this new one apart though – other than Vita functionalities – is the soundtrack. Q Entertainment envisioned a game that would take players through a “diverse but unified sampling” of electronic music, and with the latest tracklisting revealed by the developer, I’d say they’re onto a winner.
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The electronic symphony you’ll be matching blocks to includes more than 30 tracks spanning more than a decade of block-rockin’ beats from classic artists including Air, The Chemical Brothers, Mark Ronson, Goldfrapp, Deep Dish, Aphex Twin and the Pet Shop Boys.
James Mielke, producer at Q Entertainment explains:
Our goal was simple. We wanted to tell a story through sound. With this in mind, our song selection was done to replicate a groovy lounge instead of trying to develop a non-stop 140BPM megamix. The soundtrack is designed to rise and fall like waves, giving the player both rhythm and respite, which would feel like a musical journey.
…in no particular order, here’s your itinerary:
- 808 State – Pacific 707
- Aeroplane – Superstar
- Air – Kelly Watch The Stars
- Amon Tobin – Wooden Toy
- Anything Box – Automatons
- Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
- Art of Noise – Close (To The Edit)
- B.T. – Embracing The Future
- Bebel Gilberto – Aganju
- Benny Benassi – Good Girl
- Deep Dish – The Future of the Future (Stay Gold)
- Faithless – Flyin’ Hi
- Goldfrapp – Rocket (Tiesto Remix)
- Gouryella – Gouryella
- Howard Jones – Celebrate Our Love
- Ian Pooley – What’s Your Number
- Kaskade – 4 AM
- Ken Ishii – Sunriser (Publicmind Remix)
- LCD Soundsystem – Disco Infiltrator
- LFO – Moistly
- Mark Ronson & The Business – Bang Bang Bang
- Mylo – In My Arms
- Pet Shop Boys – Yesterday When I Was Mad (Jam & Spoon Mix)
- Safri Duo – Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)
- SCSI-9 – Autumn Love
- System F – Out Of The Blue
- The Beloved – The Sun Rising
- The Chemical Brothers – Dissolve
- The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl
- The Go! Team – Apollo Throwdown
- Underworld – Always Loved A Film
- Wink – Higher State of Consciousness
- Wolfgang Gartner – Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony
…and if you make it all the way to the game’s credits, you’ll be treated to another stellar track: Never, by Orbital.
Mielke explains the soundtrack was designed to include “the finest electronic musicians in the world in one game”, and Q figures the team has done a pretty good job.
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For a brief chat with an assortment of the musicians involved, head to the PlayStation.Blog to find out how artists like Benny Benassi feel about being involved in a video game like Lumines Electronic Symphony.