Western anime arrangements are a lot more prevalent than you might think. Just go trawl on retailers like Amazon for anime music and you’ll stumble upon quite a few which often take the form of dance mixes or trance/techno albums. I’ve been tempted to check them out for awhile now, except that there are two reasons why I haven’t. First off, the quality looks suspect and second, I’m not sure which artists to go for. It doesn’t help that the music labels that produce such albums are relatively unknown and haven’t really made themselves known.
Some are making an effort. Pete Ellison at Disko Warp Music has been working on getting his record label’s name out there by promoting Anime Love Hardcore, an album consisting of 10 tracks from a scattershot of anime series that go as far back as Lupin III all the way to more recent fare like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan. As you can probably guess from the album’s title, the music consists of techno remixes in the same vein as the music in the Exit Trance series with an emphasis on happy hardcore more so than trance music. [Read more...]