Fans of video game music now have a jazzy new album to listen to as OverClocked Records releases Press Start, the latest album from Southern California's 8-bit Jazz Heroes.
The album is comprised of ten laid-back jazz renditions of classic Nintendo themes arranged for guitar and upright bass played by band members Adam Bellotto and Robby Delosier. Album tracks include a number of themes from the Mario and Zelda franchises alongside Metroid and Tetris. OverClocked Records says that Press Start was "smoothly-crafted" and does well to set its video game covers into a jazz club setting typical of the West Coast.
"When you think of the legendary works of Koji Kondo and Hip Tanaka, they're generally upbeat ditties, so it's fun and unique to hear special themes like these slowed down and delivered with a more mellow, relaxed energy," notes OverClocked Records co-founder Larry Oji. "Upright bass in particular has a lovely sound that you don't hear often enough in game music, so you're going to enjoy everything the Heroes have brought to Press Start."
Press Start's track list:
06. Falling Blocks (Type A from Tetris)
Press Start can be found via Spotify, iTunes, BandCamp, and OverClocked Records' online store.
8-bit Jazz Heroes is a two-man band comprised of guitarist Adam Bellotto and upright bassist Robby Delosier. Bellotto and Delosier have a combined 40 years of musical experience and have individually performed at the Kennedy Center, the Arsenio Hall Show, Twins Jazz, the Blues Alley Jazz, and Supper Club.