Wired Productions have got their fingers in many pies, but now they are looking to branch out even more than before, blurring the lines and bridging the gap between video games and music with their new label – Black Razor Records. And the debut EP – Arcade Paradise – won’t just be found with ex-Prodigy live drummer on board, but the proceeds will be whisked off to charity.
Aiming to join up the worlds of video game and music, Black Razor Records is Wired Productions’ new music label. The debut release is that of Arcade Paradise – and yes, that does come on the back of the release of the game of the same name.
See, the charity EP has tunes that feature in Arcade Paradise – a game we highly recommend you play – as the titular song Arcade Paradise follows the story of Ashley and their dysfunctional relationship with their father, combining anger and determination to show just what can be done with the right focus.
This 4-track EP is a collaboration between writers Kieron Pepper (ex-Prodigy live drummer 1997-2007), Ben Pickersgill (Brighton producer [Klax, Critical]), and singer Stu Brootal (Ivar & The Horde). All proceeds from sales via Bandcamp will be donated to the video games mental health charity, Safe In Our World.
If you’re unaware, after being set up in 2019, the main goal of Safe In Our World is to create and foster mental health awareness within the video game industry for gamers and industry people worldwide. The charity supports people from all walks of life, including those like Ashley, the protagonist of the Arcade Paradise video game, who find themselves under immense pressure and have to juggle everyday responsibilities with challenging personal relationships. Ashley’s story is just one but resonates with many.
”The story of Ashley and their struggle with authority is one we have all experienced at some point in our lives. When we were briefed about the theme, it was easy to quickly understand and relate to” said Kieron Pepper, composer and producer for the Arcade Paradise EP. “Stu Brootal and his crew [Ivar & The Horde] smash it out of the park with the right level of anger and energy.”
“I hope gamers and music fans alike appreciate the song’s message and how the money it raises will contribute to the great work that Safe In Our World does” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions. “Music has always been in the DNA of Wired Productions, so setting up a music label is a natural step for us. As we are independent we choose the projects we work on, so our first release combines our favourite things… video games, great music and supporting a video game mental health charity close to our hearts… because we can!”
Arcade Paradise EP Tracklist:
- Ivar & The Horde – Arcade Paradise (Explicit)
- Ivar & The Horde – Arcade Paradise (Future Funk Squad Electro Mix)
- Ivar & The Horde – Arcade Paradise (Radio Edit)
- Ivar & The Horde – Arcade Paradise (Instrumental)
Whether you’ve played Arcade Paradise and want to take in the tunes that it holds, or are just looking out for a fresh new listen, you’d do well to check out the Arcade Paradise charity EP. It’s available to purchase from Bandcamp today for £3.00, with all proceeds scooting off to Safe In Our World.
The EP is on all the usual streaming platforms too.
Arcade Paradise, the game, is available to play on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC