Apes In The Net compilation by Soichi Terada premieres on Bandcamp

Jerry on 2024-03-08
Far East Recording has published Apes In The Net, an extended-track Ape Escape music compilation by Soichi Terada. The album is available as a twelve-inch vinyl release, while the digital edition is published through Bandcamp and streaming on Spotify.

Excerpts of all six tracks are streaming on Rush Hour Records. The vinyl release also ships from distributor Black Screen Records in Europe. Ape Escape Originape Soundtracks is streaming on YouTube Music, Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited.

PlayStation platforming adventure game Ape Escape joined the PlayStation Plus Premium collection of classic game titles, enhanced with up-rendering, rewind, quick save, and custom video filters. The Japan Studio title launched in 1999, among the earliest games to make full use of the DualShock controller's twin analog sticks.

Studio album Asakusa Light by Terada ships on two analog records. The house music album utilizes the same synthesizers and drum machines featured in the composer's music produced in the 1990s, preceding his score for Ape Escape.

From the product page:
While those in the know cherish his 90’s house records on the Far East Recording imprint founded alongside Shinichiro Yokota, most people’s exposure to the work of Tokyo producer/composer Soichi Terada came via the Sony Playstation. Terada was a prolific video game scorer around the same era, an outlet that provided Terada an opportunity to explore more outre forms of dance music that he loved, namely jungle and drum and bass.

This new EP Apes In The Net collects tracks created for 1999’s Ape Escape game for their first official release in America, and they indeed favour more rave-ready sounds than the moodier, more soulful tunes he was banging out under his own name. Apes In The Net features plenty of grace too though, just peep the seamless techno fusion of ‘Spectors Factory’ or the technicolour ‘Mount Amazing 2’ for proof of purpose.
Rush Hour Store - Apes In The Net Vinyl / Asakusa Light Vinyl

Black Screen Records - Apes In The Net / Fantavision 202X Original Soundtrack [CD] by Soichi Terada

YouTube Music - Apes in the Net / Ape Escape Originape Soundtracks