Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today, I bring you a treat: a bunch of games! All featuring killer tracks from mainstream musicians.
Say what you will about Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (actually, please don’t, that game does not deserve the negativity), but at least it had killer music. The game’s pulsing, moody soundtrack—scored by the inimitable Magnus Birgersson, whom you may know as Solar Fields—was supplemented by a song from a band called Chvrches. Maybe you’ve heard of them.
The Glasgow-based electro-pop group sits among a small pantheon of famous (or semi-famous) mainstream musicians who’ve created music for video games, including Florence and the Machine, Breaking Benjamin, and, of course, 65daysofstatic, whose crunchy, industrialized riffs are encoded into the DNA of No Man’s Sky. More often than not, these tunes are terrific. Case in point: that Chvrches song, “Warning Call.” Have a listen:
If this song wasn’t explicitly denoted as a song from a video game, you’d think