STARCHILDLUKE's Road 2 Switch: VENOMTAPE/BOWSERTAPE

There comes a time in ones life to recognize what’s important in this world, everyone strives for that bit of happiness that brings them much joy and that joy is called Nintendo Switch haha. Starchildluke is releasing beat albums to help fund a Switch purchase, the man is talented so know you’re getting quality. Listen below and support the fam!

This is VENOMTAPE , the brand new beat tape from UK producer Starchildluke. It comes as part of his #Road2Switch series where all proceeds from the series will go towards a fund to get him a Nintendo Switch. This is actually the second installment of the series, with Boas Festas released in December 2018.

VENOMTAPE is comprised of rock samples from the 60s all the way to the present day, in a similar vein to Madlib’s Rock Konducta  project. You’ve got some psychedelic rock, krautrock, math rock, jazz rock, and a few Randy Savage promos to glue the project together.
But why Venom? Here’s what he had to say:
“Venom is my favourite supervillain not called DOOM and I wanted to show my love in the best way I could: through music. Using rock samples also got me out of my comfort zone.” – Starchildluke

Starchild also said to expect sequels as the series continues through 2019 with an album every month.

VENOMTAPE will also be out on Spotify soon.

BOWSERTAPE is the second tape of the series and is made up of samples from mainly R&B and soul, with some easy listening and pop thrown in for good measure.

“Bowser's pursuit of Princess Peach is notorious and problematic so I wanted to make an alternative love album on that concept.” – Starchildluke

What is WGM up to?!

I know, I know… it’s been a while since something was posted here but we are back with a new focus and introducing new shiny artists that are part of When Giants Meet now. There’s been a good amount of behind the scene happenings and a video game related project being worked on as we speak. Cool right? The true vision of this site is starting to materialize and very excited to see it grow yet again.

Currently we are reworking the site little by little so each collective member has their own corner here and once that is taken cared of, I will be formally introducing each member here and on social media with individual posts. You'll start seeing new pages popping up and them sharing their craft n’ thoughts. Also in the works is a Discord server for anything WGM related and channels ranging from art to crypto, it’ll be a chill hangout for our members and you guys out there so stay vigilant for that invite link on Twitter.

For now I want to at least give you a heads up on who the new members are and hope you give them a follow! We now have theOneCam, AJ, Crypt0Dad and The Hidden Level aka Johmby officially joining the hoard. These are individuals whom I’ve been personally inspired and embolden by, I’m extremely happy to have them be a part of the collective to create greatness and push each other upwards as a team. Once a few more things are set in place, their pages are going to be added but for now we got some work to do.

Thank you for all the support you’ve shown WGM and can’t wait to share even more with you all!

Stay Giant

Forward Slash Backlash

As gamers faithful to certain game franchises, we (including myself) can be pretty stubborn about change or new additions that don't make any sense to us. With the rage of Diablo Immortal and tons of people hating Fallout 76, it's been a hard time for publishers looking to try something new since we keep asking for it yet shun anything that might deviate from our beloved formula.

We as gamers should always keep developers and publishers on their toes regardless of what's currently hot but when is it too much? When people are sending death threats or hateful messages to the publishers or booing people off a stage? Territorial as us gamers can be, people need to know when they cross that line and engage with devs and publishers in a threatening way, there's absolutely no need for it. This might sound crazy but hear me out on this next one. Perhaps that game might not be for you?

I know, you've invested tons of hours and money on their games in the past and have personal attachments but what if they are trying to reach a new audience with their established brand or just giving you another way to play? In Blizzards case I can't personally hate on them for making Diablo go mobile, there is an insane amount of gamers that solely play on phones and tablets. Now the shared look and feel of Crusaders of Light, that's a viable and welcomed discussion but we should also listen first before getting our pitchforks out. Fallout 76 is getting an incredible amount of pushbacks on it's look, feel and mechanics from the recent B.E.T.A. gameplay. I personally didn't think it was bad and played it myself. I'm not a diehard Fallout fan so certain players gripes might not resonate with me but I understand some of the frustration.

At the end of the day we don't own the developers, franchise and publishers, treat them with respect if you really love videogames and the industry. You really got a problem with a game and they don't listen to civil feedback? Let them know how they'll fully understand on a different and more effective level... their pockets. Just don't complain next time when a publisher is looking to change things up to give you something new, when your actions show that all you want is more of the same.

Originally posted on MINDS.

Curbside Jones Channeling JetLag

You know… I really like beats and albums that have a more personal and vivid personality over who’s in it or what equipment you used. Curbside Jones an emcee and producer that I can listen to forever and appreciate his sound for what it sounds and talks about in a natural setting besides writing about it. His upcoming project Another Sip consisting of 13 tracks which will be audio representations of his last trip to Japan, cool shit right? This is the first single and one more coming before he drops the Another Sip beat tape and a 100 page book titled the same, both tape and book will be dropping the same day (soon) and will be of limited run so keep your eyes open and vigilant.

Hard Boiled Rocca

With the highly anticipated release of Zilla Rocca’s Future Former Rapper on November 9th, let’s revisit his August 2018 EP release Hard Boiled. A 7 track starry night, wet streets boom bap gem, as usual oozing with feeling and those roll off the tongue quip rhymes Zilla’s known for. If you’ve followed WGM for quite some time, you’ll know how I feel about his solo work and how his rhymes paint vivid pictures for me. My favorites are Alive & Paid, Rabbit Will Run and Time Ran Out but ALL the tracks bump, play this EP with me below till the 9th and you’ll see why I’m excited for Future Former Rapper .