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The Human: Fall Flat soundtrack is getting a vinyl release

Today Super Rare Games have announced that they will be releasing physical copies of the game Human: Fall Flat for the Nintendo Switch. Not only that, but they will also release its soundtrack on vinyl.

It will be a single LP on black vinyl housed in a regular album jacket with game art. The release will be limited to 500 copies.

It is priced at £30 and is scheduled to release on March 20, 2018. Preorders are open now via Super Rare Games’ store. There is also a bundle option with the Switch game, trading cards and vinyl soundtrack available here for £50.

Human: Fall Flat - Front Cover

Supergiant is releasing the Pyre soundtrack on vinyl

Supergiant Games just announced that they are releasing the soundtrack for their game Pyre on vinyl.

The release will be a 3LP available in two color variants – a version on red, yellow and blue colored vinyl and a version on limited edition 180g black vinyl. It will be housed in a triple gatefold jacket with new artwork by Supergiant’s art director Jen Zee.

The release will also contain arrangement and bonus tracks not available in the game and a download card for the album as well as a set of bonus tracks.

The colored variant is priced at $50 and the black limited variant at $60. They are available to order now and appear to be ready to ship now. The colored variant can be ordered here and the black variant here.

Pyre - Contents, Colored Vinyl Pyre - Contents, Black Vinyl

The Floor Kids soundtrack can now be preordered on vinyl

Kid Koala have announced that Arts & Crafts will be releasing his soundtrack for the breakdance game Floor Kids on vinyl.

The release is a 2LP and will be housed in a gatefold jacket with game art. It’s being marketed as a limited edition, but there are currently no specifics about how limited.

The release is priced at $30 and is scheduled to release on April 27, 2018. It can be preordered from Arts & Crafts here.

Floor Kids - Front Cover

Fangamer to release Thimbleweed Park on vinyl

Fangamer have just announced that they are releasing Steve Kirk’s soundtrack to the game Thimbleweed Park on vinyl.

The release will be a single LP on blue translucent vinyl with black smoke. It comes in a regular LP jacket with new art and a printed inner sleeve.

It is priced at $23, is available to order now and appears to be shipping immediately. It can be ordered from Fangamer here.

Thimbleweed Park - Front + Vinyl Thimbleweed Park - Back + Vinyl

iam8bit to release the Shadow Of The Colossus soundtrack on vinyl

Yester iam8bit teased that they would be revealing a “dream project” and today they did – they’re releasing the acclaimed Shadow Of The Colossus soundtrack by Kow Otani on vinyl.

The release will be a 2LP with one disc on translucent white and one on translucent petrol green colored vinyl. It will be housed in a triple gatefold jacket with new artwork by Nimit Malavia, who also did the artwork for iam8bit’s vinyl release of the The Last Guardian soundtrack.

The release is price at $40 and is scheduled to release in Q2 2018. It can be preordered now from iam8bit’s US store here and their EU store here.

Shadow Of The Colossus - Front + Records Shadow Of The Colossus - Gatefold

Brave Wave’s Panzer Dragoon Saga arrangement album can be preordered now

In mid-December last year Brave Wave announced that they would be releasing a Panzer Dragoon Saga arrangement album titled “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement“. Well, now it’s almost here!

What’s really interesting is that the arrangement is done by the original soundtrack’s composer Saori Kobayashi. In an interview with The Verge Kobayashi has stated that: “I was able to achieve the kind of music that I wanted to do 20 years ago“.

Also present on this new arrangement is Eri Ito, Triforce Quartet, and Maho Azuma.

The vinyl release will be a 2LP on lilac colored vinyl. It will be housed in a gatefold jacket with artwork by Katsumi Yokota with additional design by Cory Schmitz. The release will include a booklet with essays and liner notes by people who worked on the game as well as archival artwork.

The release will be priced at $35/€35 and is scheduled to release early April 2018. It can be preordered via Fangamer for people in the US here and via BigWax for people in EU/RoW here.

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga - Records Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga - Front Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga - Gatefold Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga - Back

The My Singing Monsters soundtrack is getting a vinyl release

As announced by Bi… eh in a video on YouTube, Sumthing Else Music Works will be bringing Dave Kerr’s soundtrack to the mobile game My Singing Monsters to vinyl.

The release will be a single LP on blue vinyl, which will be housed in a gatefold jacket with game art.

Its prices varies from store to store, but is usually around $23. It’s scheduled to release on January 26, 2018 and is available to preorder now from Amazon and several other retailers.

My Singing Monsters - Front

The Spaceplan soundtrack is getting a vinyl release from Black Screen Records

Black Screen Records have announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to the game Spaceplan on vinyl.

The release will be a 2LP with one black and one red record.  It will be housed in a gatefold jacket with a gloss spot varnished game title.

It is priced at €24 and is scheduled to release in early February 2018. It can be preordered now from Black Screen Records here.

Spaceplan - Front + Records

Square Enix to release a Vinyl Edition for Life Is Strange: Before The Storm

UPDATE: After posting this I’ve been informed that the records in the box set are in fact 7″ records and not LPs like it says in the article. I apologize for this error.

Today Square Enix have announced that they will be releasing physical editions for the game Life Is Strange: Before The Storm. This includes an edition with the score by Daughter on vinyl. It is not yet clear if the licensed songs will be included in the vinyl edition.

The release will be a 4LP box set with 2 records on white vinyl and 2 on pink. It features game art and will also include a soundtrack CD.  And since this is a physical edition for the game it also comes with that on the console of your choice (PC, PS4, XB1) as well as DLC and an artbook.

It will be priced at $70/€70 and is scheduled to release on March 6, 2018. It can be preordered from Square Enix’s NA store here and their EU store here.

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm - Mockup

 

2017 – The Year In VGM Vinyl Releases

2017 and 2018 in numbers

The big numbers post for 2016 was a great success, so I thought “why not make this a tradition”? So here we are at the beginning of 2018 with a look back on 2017 in VGM vinyl releases.

Last year I claimed that 2016 had been an insane year and the year with most ever VGM vinyl releases. Well, that record has now been taken by 2017 – and with quite a few releases.

While 2016 had around 90 releases, 2017 had almost 130! And that’s just different soundtracks – not different variants and repressings. We even had 2 VGM flexi disc releases, which hasn’t happened since the early 90s.

It doesn’t look like the market is stagnating either as there’s currently 76 titles scheduled for 2018. With that development from last year, there’s a good chance that 2018 also will have more new titles than ever before.

The Labels

Just like last year iam8bit is the most productive VGM vinyl label out there ever. Finishing with their much anticipated Persona 5 box sets they end with 21 new soundtrack releases in 2017 alone, which brings them to a total of 56 releases in their back catalog. And with another 15 announced titles planned for 2018 there’s no sign of them slowing down.

Another label that had a very productive year is Black Screen Records who released 12 new soundtracks on vinyl including label founder Kevin Schultz’ dream release – the Earthworm Jim Anthology 2LP. They have 4 titles confirmed for 2018 with another few announced, although without any strict ETAs.

Data Discs continued their series of high quality remastered Sega soundtracks as well as the soundtrack for the new Sonic Mania game. They also surprised us with the Metal Slug soundtrack, which was the first from a new partnership with SNK. They have 2 new titles announced for us in 2018 and I’m sure we’ll see more from their new partnership with SNK as well.

Ship To Shore PhonoCo. had 4 new vinyl releases in 2017 as well as a hand in one of the flexi releases. 3 of the 4 titles followed up on their partnership with Taito and Konami – including the highly regarded Snatcher release. They have several announced titles as well – 3 of which are planned for early 2018.

Mondo had a strong year and followed up on their partnership with Konami with several titles from the Castlevania and Contra series. That is planned to continue in the new year – as well as new partnerships with the newly announced Katamari Damacy soundtrack.

Spacelab9 had 7 new soundtrack titles in the past year as well as new pressings of older titles. Among their releases were the acclaimed Dark Souls, The Witcher 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim soundtracks. They have 3 announced titles coming this year, including an interesting Namco compilation.

Ghost Ramp followed up on a good 2016 with some solid new titles for 2017 including Nuclear Throne and Crypt Of The Necrodancer. They already have 2 titles coming early in the new year as well as some confirmed titles we’ve known about for some time.

Laced Records also released 3 good titles in 2017 including the charming Yooka-Laylee score. They have announced the Absolver and Ruiner soundtracks for 2018 so far and I’m sure we’ll be seeing even more from them.

A surprise among the labels are Yetee Records, who had released a few titles in the past years, but had a whopping 7 new vinyl soundtracks for us this year – plus 2 flexis. These included the popular Starbound soundtrack and a partnership with Tribute Games, which will continue into the new year. And speaking of the new year – there’s already 6 confirmed titles.

Another label with a great year is Brave Wave who had 7 new releases this year including classics like Ninja Gaiden and newer soundtracks such as Shovel Knight. They have 3 new releases confirmed for the new year, but I’m sure we’ll see even more.

2017 also saw several newer labels join in such as Gamer’s Edition and Gamemusic Records, alongside G4F Records. All 3 of them put out 2 releases each and it will be interesting to see what they have in store for 2018.

If you want to read more about all the different labels putting out VGM on vinyl, then I have a small guide to them here.

There are of course more labels putting out game music on vinyl than those above – and there are still new ones coming.

Blip Blop in 2017 (also in numbers)

The end of 2017 marks almost 2½ years of Blip Blop, which is incredible! I’m stoked to still be able to do this and I’m super happy that still more people follow the site.

I’ve been doing a whopping 4 contests/giveaways where I’ve partnered with the great people from The Yetee, Video Game Grooves and a generous fellow collector.

A year ago I celebrated my 100th post and right now I’m well past 200! Where there was almost 800 different releases in the directory last year, there is now more than 1000 – 1033 to be exact!

There are listings with music from more than 1100 games from 73 different game platforms in the directory.

And how about you lovely people who visit the site? Well, we’ve had 17543 unique visitors to the site this year. Almost half of all visitors are from the United States, with 10% coming from the UK with Germany, France and Canada close by. There’s also been an increase in Japanese visitors. More than half of you guys and gals keep coming back for more, so I must be doing something right 🙂

Most visitors come from Google, but a lot of you are visiting from social media as well, which goes well with a consistent increase in followers on Facebook and Twitter. So thanks to all of you who are following the site there.

If you’d like less numbers and more discussion about the releases from 2017 I’d strongly recommed giving the last Video Game Grooves episode from 2017 a listen. I’m featured as a guest on that episode and we take a look back at our favorite titles from 2017.

So what’s to come? To put it a little boring it’s gonna be more of the same. I have some personal things which will likely prevent me from doing a lot of extra improvements on the site programming-wise. But fear not – I still plan on bringing you the latests news on new (and old!) game music releases on vinyl.

2017 was a great year for video game music on vinyl and 2018 looks like it will be just as impressive! Looking forward to what it will bring.