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Published on April 18th, 2013 | by Kris

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Top 5: Music from SSX


This might be headlined as a Top 5, but the following definitely has a lot of ”Background Noise” in it as well. In the year 2000, Electronic Arts released a Snowboarding game for the Playstation 2 entitled SSX. This game has gone down as a classic, especially in the difficult to nail down extreme sports genre. Beyond the general game goodness that made this so great, it was the presentation that took it over the top. Almost all aspects of the design were created to appeal to the snowboarder style of the time. And what did (and still does in many ways) the snowboarding culture value? Why music naturally. Here the developer spared no expense. Throughout the various iterations of the game, different music producers were involved in creating the SSX soundtrack including Mix Master Mike (from Beastie Boys fame) and Junkie XL. As you can imagine, the music was sick. Here is my Top 5.

5) Shake What your Mama Gave You (Skank)
Ok, so the vocals definitely get into your head. I am warning you now; you’re going to be lip syncing this to yourself if you listen to it. Beyond the vocals though, you are talking about a solid upbeat track utilizing sax, guitar, and pacing. This is a mood setter for sure.

4) Song for Dot (Space Raiders)
This one might be a bit of an acquired taste. I wasn’t sure about it the first time I heard myself. However, the more I listened to it, the more it grew on me. Between the flirty whistles and general fun loving tone, you can see where the title is coming from. The break neck pace is what really makes this track in many ways. The fantastic mixing of different synth sounds and random instruments probably makes this the most unique track on the list.

3) Gin and Sin (John Morgan)
What’s there not to like about this one? Solid 70s feel mixed in with some insane bass and a little bit of modern synth mixing. The result is really a track that feels old and new at the same time. It’s another fantastic mood setter when running down the slopes.

2) Finished Symphony (Hybrid)
This track plays during the last race of the games single player campaign. It is meant to be you as the racer, coming down a completely unmarked mountain while an avalanche is chasing you. It’s supposed to be awe inspiring and exciting. The track delivers on both accounts. The soothing violins throughout play well into the symphony title while the rest of the track’s pacing helps to keep your blood pumping. Great song.

1) It’s Tricky (Run DMC remixed by Pretty Lights)
Take the legendary Run DMC, mix them in with some modern music magic, and you’re looking at the number 1 track. Not even sure what to say that will truly capture everything this track does so well. It has fantastic pacing that rivals some of literature’s greatest examples. It’s a head bobber, with rich sounds, and a fine attention to the little details required to make tracks truly stand out. Just listen…you will know.

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Kris

is a Polish born, Canadian raised, IT professional that needs music to maintain his sanity. Follow him on twitter @KrisPMN You can also read Kris's Video Game blog at www.derangedgamer.com


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