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Phils Game/Pop Music Similarities #252 - Sigma Salsa


Featuring Mega Man X and mostly Salsa music.

Greetings fellow game music lovers,

we're moving in reverse apparently this time. Because today's sample is from the first entry in the Mega Man X series for the SNES in 1993. Unlike the classic series the X series has a habit of providing a second stage select theme as soon as the area of the final enemy (read: Sigma) becomes available. And it starts with a sample that cries "let's get dangerous!":

The beginning of this song has a sample where I repeatedly heard stuff with similar rhythm and structure in Salsa music. Some examples:

Joseito Mateo - "Guaguanco Moderno" (1970 or 73):

Marvin Santiago - "Vasos en Colores" (1978):

Later instances can also be found in Funk:

CHIC - "I Feel Your Love Comin' On" (1982):

Finally, the obligatory sample from a japanese production:

Nadja - "Paradise Catcher ~サンスブラッシュの悪夢~" (1989):

Next week maybe one more Mega Man X sample before the next Final Fantasy series starts.

Phil out.

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