Limited Run Games to release the Iconoclasts OST on vinyl

Limited Run Games have announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to the game Iconoclasts on vinyl. Please note that this title will be exclusive to Limited Run Games and will not be available through other retailers.

The release will be a 2LP on black vinyl and will be housed in a gatefold jacket. It will be limited to 600 copies.

It is priced at $35 and it is not currently clear whether it’s ready to ship or if it’s a preorder. It can be ordered from Limited Run Games’ store here on January 18, 2019 at 10AM EST.

Iconoclasts - Front & Gatefold

Donut County soundtrack to be released on vinyl by iam8bit

iam8bit have just announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to the game Donut County on vinyl.

The release will be a 2LP with one record on pink vinyl and the other on green vinyl. It will come in a large 48″ fold-out jacket with new artwork by Lily Nishita.

It is priced at $40 and is scheduled to release in Q2 2019. Preorders are open now via iam8bit’s store here.

Donut County - Front & Vinyl
Donut County - Fold-Out Jacket

iam8bit have opened preorders for The Banner Saga 3 2LP

It was confirmed by Austin Wintory last year, but now there’s an official announcement from iam8bit as well – the soundtrack to The Banner Saga 3 is getting a vinyl release. They have also previously released the soundtracks to The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga 2.

The release will be a 180g 2LP with one record on black and the other on silver colored vinyl. It will be housed in a gatefold jacket with new artwork by Arnie Jorgensen. The release will also include a download card for a digital copy of the soundtrack.

It is priced at $40 and is scheduled to release in Q2, 2019. It can be preordered from iam8bit’s store here. 30 signed copies are also available to preorder from Austin Wintory’s Bandcamp here.

The Banner Saga 3 - Front & Vinyl
The Banner Saga 3 - Gatefold

Ghost Ramp to release the Pikuniku soundtrack on vinyl

Ghost Ramp have just announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to Pikuniku on vinyl.

The release will be a single LP on red vinyl. It comes in a regular LP jacket with game art. It will also come with an enamel pin with the game’s main character. The first pressing will be limited to 1000 copies.

The release is priced at $30 and is scheduled to release in Q2, 2019. It can be preordered from Ghost Ramp’s store here.

Pikuniku - Front

2018 – The Year In VGM Vinyl Releases

2018 and 2019 in numbers

It’s a day late, but it’s here! It’s now 2019 and it’s time for the big look back on the year 2018 in VGM vinyl like we do every year.

And what a year. It’s the third year in a row where the record for most VGM vinyl releases in a year have been broken. 2017 was a great year with around 130 new titles, but 2018 had around 145 new titles. And this number does not include different color variants and repressings of older titles – it’s all new stuff!

We still have plenty to look forward to, too, as I’m currently counting 72 upcoming titles that have yet to be released. And there’s no sign that the lovely people at the many VGM vinyl labels are slowing down this year (so hide your wallets).

The Labels

Once again iam8bit is the most productive label with a massive 17 titles released in 2018 with Old Man’s Journey just shipping beginning to ship out before Christmas. They have slowed things down a good bit, though, with only 3 announced upcoming titles for 2019 (as opposed to the 15 announced titles they had at the end of 2017). They have also become the first (and so far only) VGM label to announce a title and later cancel the release (and doing so twice in 2018).

The big surprise label in 2018 is Fangamer who have completely exploded onto the stage with a 11 new titles. They seem to have really found their place with releases of popular indie game soundtracks and finished off 2018 strong with the anticipated Stardew Valley 4LP box set. They only have one confirmed announcement for 2019, but I’m sure they’ll be releasing many titles again this year.

Yetee Records have also really found their niche with some more obscure indie game soundtracks and released 10 VGM vinyl titles in 2018. They have 2 confirmed VGM titles announced for 2019 including a very interesting Star Fox arrangement.

Ship To Shore PhonoCo. had a busy year, too, with 9 new releases. They are continuing strong with their Konami partnership and also put out the soundtrack to Celeste, which is arguably one of the most popular indie game soundtracks of 2018. They have 9 upcoming titles announced, most of which are scheduled to release in 2019 too, so we’ll be hearing a lot more from Ship To Shore this year.

Black Screen Records had a somewhat slower year compared to 2017, but still managed to put out 7 new titles in 2018 including one of my favorite releases of 2018 – Spaceplan! They have 2 upcoming titles announced for 2019 as well.

Laced Records also had a strong year with 7 new releases including the massively anticipated DOOM (2016) soundtrack and surprisingly music from RuneScape. They also have 2 confirmed titles announced for 2019.

Mondo also had a good year with 7 strong titles including the highly anticipated Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night and Katamari Damacy – which was the VGM vinyl community’s favorite release of 2018 in the poll I did with the Video Game Grooves podcast.

Data Discs put out 5 new releases including some titles from new partnerships with Konami and Capcom alongside their popular releases of Sega soundtracks. They have 1 title announced for 2019 – the very popular Thunder Force IV soundtrack.

Ghost Ramp also had a good run of 5 new titles including the highly praised Hollow Knight soundtrack. They’ve also promised more good things to come in the new year and have 2 confirmed titles coming.

Other worthwhile mentions would be Brave Wave with 4 releases, with more to come next year, and Materia Collective who put out their first 4 vinyl releases in 2018 and already have 4 more titles scheduled for this year.

There are many more, but the list is already dragging on – in short, it’s been a very strong year for VGM vinyl labels. Many great and varied titles coming out and it looks like it’ll continue on in 2019.

Blip Blop in 2018 (also in numbers)

Blip Blop has now been a thing for almost 3½ years, which is crazy considering I sort of started out on a whim. Thanks to all of you who follow the site and enjoy the content. I’m sorry about your wallets, though.

Last year for this post I had done over 200 news posts for the site and I’m currently well over 300, so it looks like I’m on a 100+ posts a year now. Last year there was just over 1000 releases in the directory and now we’re sitting at over 1200 – 1223 to be exact (including color variants, promo copies and such).

Listings – both available and upcoming – include music from 1296 different games on 77 different gaming platforms.

And what about the users on the site? Well, there’s been 20670 unique visitors this year, which is a nice increase compared to last year. You visit from mostly the same places as last year with almost half of all visitors being from the US, almost 10% from the UK and 5% from Canada, Germany and France respectively. The majority of users are people who have visited the site before, so it looks like you guys like what you’re getting here.

If this is all a bit too heavy on the numbers and you’d like a more discussion-based look back on 2018 I once again joined the good folks from the Video Game Grooves podcast for their “Best Of 2018” episode.

So what does the future hold for Blip Blop? Well, I have the same boring answer as last year – more of the same. I don’t have the time to set up any drastic changes, but I’ll continue keeping you guys updated like always.

If you made it all the way down here then thanks for reading and checking out this look back on 2018 in VGM vinyl. 2018 was a great year and it looks like 2019 will be great as well.

Star Fox arrangement EP now available from Yetee Records

Yetee Records have teamed up with Materia Collective to release “Fortuna: The Sector X Sessions”. It is an EP with arrangements of music from Star Fox by R23X, Slime Girls, Smooth McGroove, Jackson Parodi, Saskrotch and Glen O’Neill.

The release will be a 10″ on “Corneria Planet” blue and green swirl colored vinyl. It comes in a 10″ jacket with a lenticular front jacket and artwork by Drew Wise. It is limited to 300 copies.

It is priced at $28 and will begin shipping on January 7, 2019. It can be ordered from The Yetee here and will also be available from their booth at the upcoming MAGFest.

Fortuna: The Sector X Sessions - Front Lenticular
Fortuna: The Sector X Sessions - Vinyl

Final Fantasy metal arrangement album now available on vinyl

The metal band Knight Of The Round, who does covers of music from the Final Fantasy series, have just announced that they are releasing their latest album “War Of The Triad” on vinyl.

The album features metal versions of tracks from Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI.

The release is a single LP on clear vinyl with black smoke. It comes in a regular LP jacket.

It is priced at $30 and is ready to ship. It can be ordered from the band’s Bandcamp here and will also be available from the band at the upcoming MAGFest.

War Of The Triad - Front
War Of The Triad - Back

Dragon Quest XI vinyl release coming in March

A listing on Japanese Amazon have confirmed that an orchestral arrangement of the soundtrack to Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age appears to be getting a vinyl release.

Information on the release itself is quite sparse, but it appears to be a 3LP on 180g vinyl released by King Records.

It’s priced at ¥9504 (~$85) and is scheduled to release on March 27, 2019. It can be preordered from Amazon Japan here, although please note that they do not allow cancellations for this release.

Celeste Piano Collections available to preorder on vinyl

Materia Collective have just announced that they will release a piano arrangement album with music from Celeste on vinyl.

The release will be a single LP on purple marbled vinyl. It will be housed in a gatefold jacket with design and layout by Rozen.

It is priced at $28 and is scheduled to release around March 2019. It can be preordered via Bandcamp here.

Celeste Piano Collections - Front & Vinyl
Celeste Piano Collections - Gatefold
Celeste Piano Collections - Vinyl

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War II + Space Marine vinyl OSTs up for preorder via Laced Records

It was leaked a couple of days ago from an early listing from a distributor, and now Laced Records have announced it officially – the Warhammer 40,000 soundtracks to Dawn of War II and Space Marine are getting released on vinyl.

Dawn Of War II will be a 3LP on mint opaque green colored vinyl. It will be housed in a triple gatefold jacket featuring game art.

Space Marine will be a 2LP with one record on blue and the other on white vinyl. It will be housed in a gatefold jacket featuring game art.

Dawn Of War II is priced at €45 and Space Marine at €33. Both are scheduled to release in March 2019.

Both albums can be preordered from Laced Records here.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War II - Front
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War II - Gatefold
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Front
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Gatefold