2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Sonic. Later this year, we will see the launch of two new games starring the iconic Sega character, including both the old-school Sonic Mania, and the more modern (and 3D!) Sonic Forces. With all of this going on, you may well be in the mood for a Sonic fix right now. Well, there’s good news: this week, video game music collective Overclocked Remix released a fantastic celebration of the series’s long musical history.
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Called Speeding Towards Adventures: 25 Years of Sonic the Hedgehog, the new album features 23 classic Sonic tracks, remixed and reimagined by 30 different artists. As with all of the many OC Remix projects — which include everything from a jazz-inspired Chrono Trigger album to a sprawling, multi-part Final Fantasy V tribute — Speeding Towards Adventures features an eclectic range of musical styles. It starts with the thumping “Gotta Start From Somewhere” (complete with a twist on the “Sega!” opening jingle), before moving on to more serene sounds like “The Power of Choices.”
“My vision for this project was to be simple: I wanted to cover as many games as possible as well as to represent a variety of musical genres to represent the variety of Sonic’s journeys,” explains co-director Stepan “Black_Doom” Sudilovsky. The collection manages to strike a balance between nostalgia and surprise. You can check out the entire thing now, for free.