Game: Grand Theft Auto IV
Song: Soviet Connection
Composer: Michael Hunter
Above: Soviet Connection from Grand Theft Auto IV (which is actually available for free on Amazon, by the way)
The Grand Theft Auto series has always been known for including a fitting selection of music for each game's locale and time period. In GTA IV in particular, a lot of the tracks, like the lyrics-focused "Dirty New Yorker" and "Where's My Money" are quite literal in their interpretations of the setting and story. But Soviet Connection by Michael Hunter also does an excellent job setting the tone for the game through a purely instrumental track, and it's fitting that a remixed version of this track plays on the start screen. It has a subdued hip-hop feeling, with a good mix of strings and some interesting instrument choices.
Above: Holy Thursday by David Axelrod
Another instrumental track from the OST called Holy Thursday also deserves a mention - it plays on the Fusion FM radio station and is included in the Music of Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack that was came with the special edition of GTA IV. It's a jazzy track that's great for laid-back driving around Liberty City.
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