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Soundtrack review: Wheel and deal (Neon Dos – 2015)

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I am not a fan of club or rave music. I mean I could listen to it for a little while before it becomes too much. But every once in a while a score comes along that lures me into its world with that kind of sound and I get hooked. I am though a fan or regular electronic music, especially the 80s kind. And when it’s fused with the second most favorite film score sound of mine, the over the top cool 90s guitar rock I am giddy. “Wheel and deal” is a game for iOS which revives the classic arcade shooter look. It looks really awesome for a nostalgic like myself and I will try in on if I can find it on Android.

Neon Dos is the name of the guys (or guy?) who wrote the score and it truly is everything an 80s synth fan like me could wish for. I feel as if I am back in the age when Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk ruled the world with their groovy and addictive metallic sounds. When I hear “Dekorean rumble” I have this strange sensation that there’s nothing around me left to remind me of the present. This sweet little cue just strips everything modern from around me and sends me back to a time when clothing and hair were weird and people had all sorts of colors on them.

I listen to “Wheel and deal” and I imagine one of those discos with the globe hanging from the ceiling and a floor made of tiles that light up in different colors depending on the movement of the feet. I see lasers shooting everywhere and I can only imagine how awesome the score sounds in the context of the game. Yes it’s simple and yes it’s repetitive but that’s what it’s all about. This is the sound, this is the joy, this is the biggest shot of nostalgia I could get and I love it.

I mentioned Moroder because the music could also work as instrumental part for some awesome 80s vocal songs. I can totally see this working among all the goodies he wrote for Scarface for example. The bonus of the awesome electric guitar only makes this score better and I don’t care it’s for a probably obscure game and that it’s very short; for me, it’s one of the highlights of the year. Picture me happy, not caring about the ones around me and dancing weirdly in my own little world. With a couple of laser guns in my head. Stop. Rewind. Replay.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 12 / 12

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

New Miami Nights

Space Police Getaway

Dekorean Rumble

Laser Coupé

Hyper Beatdown

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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