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PHILADELPHIA – November 3, 2023 – GameChops and artist Funk Fiction are pleased to present Sonic & Chill, a love letter to the Sonic the Hedgehog series that has been years in the making. GameChops is known worldwide for its fan-favorite "& Chill" album series, featuring gaming's biggest franchises remixed to chill, relax, and study to. Funk Fiction is a composer (No Straight Roads, Omega Strikers, Cytus II) and producer known for his meticulous attention in crafting electronic atmospheres infused with elements of funk, hip hop, and more. Sonic & Chill features 14 tracks from across the franchise's history, with classics such as "Marble Zone" and "Chemical Plant Zone," among others. The launch trailer can be enjoyed above, and the album is out on all digital storefronts and streaming platforms today with a physical vinyl edition to be available in the coming months:
"Sonic & Chill is my love letter to Sonic, Sega, and Sonic fans," notes Funk Fiction. "The very first melodies I ever hummed were 'Marble Zone' and 'Green Hill Zone,' and since then Sonic music has played an integral role in shaping my musical identity. In order to reimagine the higher energy sound of the originals into a more chill style, I drew inspiration from Jamiroquai, Sade, Yuzo Koshiro, Michael Jackson, west coast hip-hop, bossa nova, new jack swing, '80s and '90s RnB, soul, city pop, acid and smooth jazz, disco and classic house, and '90s dance. These diverse influences coalesced into an overall sound throughout the album that could be described as 'HiFi Vapor.' Sonic & Chill has truly been a passion project and it brings me great joy to present what is my tribute to the legacy of Sonic music and its composers."
The full track listing for Sonic & Chill is as follows:
Chill Zone Act 1 (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)Welcome to Station Square (Sonic Adventure)Marble Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog)Green Hill Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog)Comfort Zone (Sonic Mania)Angel Island Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)Chemical Plant Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 2)Chill Zone Act 2 (Sonic the Hedgehog 2)Oil Ocean Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 2)Spring Yard Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog)Press Garden Zone (Sonic Mania)Hydrocity Zone (Sonic Mania)Can You Feel the Sunshine? (Sonic R)File Select (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)
Learn more: https://www.gamechops.com/sonic-and-chill/
Sonic & Chill Vinyl Edition: Pre-Orders Coming Soon
About Funk Fiction
Also known as Funk Fiction, Pejman Roozbeh materialized by the coastal waters and urban sprawl of Los Angeles. As a '90s kid, he grew up influenced by the 16-bit era and the advent of electronica. Though a funkster at heart, he comfortably dissolves genres; blurring the lines between smooth RnB, nu disco, HiFi vapor, synthwave, and deep house. As a composer, Funk Fiction’s projects cover eclectic videogame genres, and as an artist, his music spans from choice originals to freshly reimagined covers of videogame favorites. Blessed with celestial waves from the ether, he embodies funk so good it comes from fiction.
Learn more: https://linktr.ee/funkysynths
GameChops is the original game music record label, producing licensed remixes of videogame music. Established by Dj CUTMANin 2011, GameChops has a dedicated following on Spotify where it's known for releasing high-quality and clever electronic remixes of gaming's biggest franchises.