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Rhythm Encounter 138 – City Poppin’

Rhythm Encounter 138 City Poppin - artwork from Boyfriend Dungeon and a space casino from Final Fantasy XIII-2

Almost exactly a year ago, we published a fun episode on jazz and funk RPG music. Today we are back with a spiritual sequel, talking about jazz, funk, but especially city pop. All our tracks in this episode represent one or more of these genres, but all are excellent listens. So sit back and listen to some great tunes from the likes of Shin Megami Tensei NINE, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, space casinos, jazz-loving parents, and much more!

Featuring: Mike Salbato, Hilary Andreff, Gio Castillo, Tin Manuel; Edited by Paul Dennis

Links for this episode


Wind In My Hair Block
0:10:30 – Prince of the Wind (From Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes – Town) (Falcom Sound Team J.D.K., arr. Etsuko Yamakawa) – Falcom SPECIAL BOX ’91
0:14:51 – Honolulu City Lights Full Spec Edition (Chihiro Aoki) – Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth

Neon City Block
0:34:15 – ‌Karmotrine Dream (Garoad) – VA-11 HALL-A
0:36:33 – Harajuku (Tsukasa Masuko, arr. Masaki Kurokawa and Takahiro Ogata) – Shin Megami Tensei NINE

Casino Block
0:52:45 – Serendipity (Naoshi Mizuta) – Final Fantasy XIII-2
0:57:19 – Casino Calavera (Peter McConnell) – Grim Fandango Remastered

Contemporary Block
1:20:54 – Diamonds (Marskye; vocals and lyrics by Madeleine Mcqueen) – Boyfriend Dungeon
1:24:06 – 07:41 The Beginning of Something (Danger) – Haven
1:47:00 – Mike’s Bonus Track!

Album Links

Boyfriend Dungeon Original Soundtrack

Falcom SPECIAL BOX ’91

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Original Soundtrack

Grim Fandango Remastered Original Soundtrack

Haven Original Soundtrack

Ryu ga Gotoku 8 [Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth] Original Soundtrack


VA-11 HALL-A Prologue OST – Sounds From The Future

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Mike Salbato

Mike Salbato

Mike has been with RPGFan nearly since its inception, and in that time has worn a surprising number of hats for someone who doesn't own a hatstand. Today he attempts to balance his Creative Director role with his Editor-in-Chief status. Despite the amount of coffee in his veins, he bleeds emerald green.

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