Game music of the day: Streets of Rage 2

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April 19, 2010

Game: Streets of Rage 2
Song: Go Straight
Composer: Yuzo Koshiro

Above: Go Straight by Yuzo Koshiro

Streets of Rage 2%26rsquo;s revolutionary 1992 soundtrack was ahead of its time (is intentional tautology still funny?) It%26rsquo;s an amazing blend of swaggering house synths, dirty eletro-funk and trancey electronic textures that would feel as comfortable in a nightclub as a video game. Heard outside the context of a game console, these tracks are more likely to make you want to dance than fight. It%26rsquo;s so good, we%26rsquo;ve got to break you off another cut or two. It%26rsquo;s boom time!

Above: Spin on the Bridge by Yuzo Koshiro

Above: Expander by Yuzo Koshiro

Yuzo Koshiro is among the most renowned composers in VGM history, having written the music for Revenge of Shinobi, ActRaiser and ActRaiser 2, Ys I and II, and the Streets of Rage series. Lately, he%26rsquo;s spent a good bit of time composing and arranging for various VGM concerts around the world. Don%26rsquo;t be surprised if you hear more from this sonic genius in later Game Musics of the Day.

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