After debuting the project with a pair of dusky remixes for Alex Metric and Heretic, producer Thomaas Banks looks to the past for inspiration in a dark, techno interpretation of the theme song to Speedball 2.
The game, originally released in 1990 on gaming platforms like Amiga, Commodore 64, and the Atari ST, was based on a futuristic sport spawned from American football, hockey, and handball. The original theme song echoed the metallic, violent characteristics of the game, and now, Thomaas Banks has retrofitted the 26-year-old soundtrack to feel equally at home in the warehouse as it does on the loading screen. Thomaas tells NEST HQ about his “cover” over email —
As a kid I played [Speedball 2] all the time and loved its music, so it’s got a real sense of nostalgia for me. Since starting this project I’ve been delving back to influences like this and experimenting and seeing where it takes me. The original was about 130+bpm so I’ve dropped it way down to get some drug chug back!