The following collaboration article piece on “A State of Sugar: Chocolate” is presented by Horse Music Herald, and is Co-written by DrakeEmberHeart, Luck Rock, NickRomney, Simon the MadhatterBrony and Makenshi. Article proofread and edited by Canatime.
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“Lofi Hip Hop” refers to a genre of music that mashes up traditional hip-hop and jazz elements to create an atmospheric, instrumental soundscape. LoFi Hip Hop is derived from the forgotten genre Instrumental Hip Hop.”
So, I gotta tell ya brony fandom, our music scene is not JUST high energy electronic music or rock! Equinity 3: Breach features a lot of the variety of this music community. You’re probably wondering what Lo-Fi is, right? Well, not a problem! Those that are already familiar with Steryotype’s work will tell you that this genre of music is so silky smooth and so chill. The slick delivery of this song tells you that Starlight and Trixie just want to put on a show with style. The song features some vibing and composed melodies and stylish and glamorous harmonies with a taste of classic beat box style beats. The vocal chops add to the style of this track, which fuses The Roaring 20’s with classic hip-hop. This is just relaxing brony music, so enjoy something different, and also check out Vibeponiez, the home of Streyotype. As always, This Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.
Yanamosuda’s arranges of MLP show songs are always so appreciated and I’m happy that we’re getting a new one now! This has got to remind me of Touhou doujin/fan music/arranges of similar genres! Make A Wish now sounds more Lounge-y and classy than ever, and it’s such a bliss!
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You know purity when you hear it. Pure authentic jazz is something magical. It has the ability to sweep you off your feet or reflect in the moments of truth. Leave it to this man to take one of Twilight Sparkle’s crucial character moments and turn them into something so emotionally deep and smooth.
Toby has a distinct reputation of being one of the most original musicians and frankly unappreciated for this talent for music making in the Brony fandom. That might be up for debate depending on who you talk to, however. He has a reputation of making incredibly unique pieces of music, and this track is right on par with those, or even more special. Incredibly smooth piano and saxophone playing, even jazzy drum beats with a dash of Lo-Fi for the electronic flavor. The manipulation of Twilight’s vocals from “You’ll Play Your Part” into more jazz-styled vocals is stunning. Interestingly enough, the music is purely original, created from the ground up from Toby’s craft. Credit to him for making the vocals flow with it!
The most amazing thing about this track is that even without Twilight’s vocals, this song is still good. All the melodies and magic of jazz music is super smooth and fluid.
Imagine this for a moment. The newly crowned princess of Equestria is standing on her balcony with Spike, and these vocals are going through her head with this glorious melody. It really puts into perspective how important that moment in season 4 was for her character growth. As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.
No better tag team could there be for this song! Yanamosuda’s expert composition mixed with Zephysonas’ saxophonic brilliance create a beautifully smooth jazz piece! The bass in G4 is incredible with the speed and fluidity of the moving low tones. The saxophone carries the melody with fantastic syncopation, runs, and all-around high-level performance! The drums and piano accentuate the piece well, and make for an incredibly crisp and finely-tuned jazz song!
Replacer’s latest outing sees a return to Passing By in the form of a VIP, originally the 68th track from Ponies at Dawn: Echoes. While the core song has remained the same, this VIP version strips down some of the musical elements and has a more refined feeling, especially in some of the piano chords throughout that are played differently and sounding more ominous when combined with the bass. It even has a slightly longer runtime, clocking in at exactly 4 minutes long. While it’s a step in the right direction, that amazing psychedelic feeling hasn’t gone anywhere!
The introduction that we’re all so familiar with has never sounded so musically inspiring! Pianist Aaron Breeze has taken the Friendship is Magic theme music and combined it with jazz and gospel influences to create a medley of sounds in celebration of season 9 of My Little Pony. What better way to show homage? This rendition of Daniel Ingram’s timeless song shows such a musical proficiency that it becomes hard to believe it started with improvisation. The piece commences with Breeze’s piano, which serves as the cornerstone of the arrangement, accompanied by the embellishments of strings and woodwinds. An electric bass and subtle strokes on a drum set slowly lead the piece into an outburst of soul and funk sounds. The arrangement ends with one face-melting orchestral chorus, and the sophisticated sound of Aaron’s jazziest playing. These types of creations were what YouTube was made for, check it out!
This track, short and sweet, is genuinely one of the most refreshing pieces I’ve listened to recently. The audible influences behind this song search far and wide to create a unique composition reminiscent of a multitude of different sounds. The piece commences with an atmospheric introduction composed of reflective, ambient chords and lo-fi drums. But it’s then to be interrupted by a heavy snare roll which introduces the RnB-like riffs of the bass guitar and the fusion-y electric piano chords. The verse, which also contains a spacious saxophone, evokes a very present contemporary jazz flavor in the song. Unique compositions like this should not go unrecognized, have a listen!
A Diamond at Sea is pure serenity. Showcasing Branrich’s familiar jazzy style, the song sets out to depict a scenario of Rarity showing off her graceful beauty on a boat. Nothing gets in the way of her lovely looks. Although the video doesn’t showcase the beautiful art that inspired the song, it’s still a lovely sight to sea. I’ll be here all week.
Nyancat380 is back again, this time experimenting with a genre we don’t get enough of in this great fandom of ours: jazz! Specifically, Latin jazz. This dark, smooth Latin piece incorporates a muted bass, a collage of brass instruments, and of course, tons of Latin percussion. The song ends with overwhelmingly jazzy solos from the piece’s piano and brass elements.