FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 7

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA arrives next week! How many of you already got your hands on the demo? Exciting stuff, right?!

In anticipation of the game’s release, we’ve been counting down the weeks by focusing on some of our favorite tracks from past installments. Catch up to us by listening to the tunes in Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3, Pt. 4, Pt. 5, and Pt. 6. We’re one more post away from the end!

FIFA 2010 World Cup

Buraka Som Sistema – “Restless”

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FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 6

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just weeks away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and gameplay updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14′s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

Also check out the great tunes in Pt. 1Pt. 2Pt. 3Pt. 4 and Pt. 5.

FIFA UEFA EURO 2008

Boys Noize – “Don’t Believe The Hype”

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FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 5

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and gameplay updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14′s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

Also check out the great tunes in Pt. 1Pt. 2Pt. 3 and Pt. 4.

FIFA 2006 Germany World Cup

Ladytron – “Destroy Everything You Touch”

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FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 4

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and gameplay updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14′s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

Don’t forget to read Pt. 1, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3 if you haven’t already.

FIFA 2005

Mala Rodriguez – “Jugadoras, Jugadores”

This one was very difficult. Continuing from the impressive soundtrack of last year’s installment, FIFA 2005 boasted an impressive roster of artists with licensed and original songs. Paul Oakenfold returned with the original theme “Beautiful Goal” exclusively for the game. This year’s installment was also heavy on contributions from alt./indie rock acts and Latin alternative artists: Air,Nortec Collective, Los Amigos Invisibles, Franz Ferdinand, Morrissey, Scissor Sisters… I can’t praise this collection enough.

The award for Best Track out of this amazing lineup goes to “Jugadoras, Jugadores” by Mala Rodriguez. The song introduced the young female MC from Cadiz, Spain to the world and her music has only gotten better since then. Don’t believe me? Listen to her two latest singles, “La Rata” and “33,” and try to tell me I’m wrong.

FIFA 2006 ROAD TO FIFA WORLD CUP

DuSouto – “Ie Mae Jah”

You can’t talk about football/soccer without ever giving a nod to Brazil and the contributions of its countrymen. DuSouto hails from Natal, the capital city of Rio Grando Do Norte. “Ie Mae Jah” comes from their 2005 debut album DuSouto No Samba. The trio does play samba but they also mix it up with drum n’ bass, funk, and reggae. It’s beyond me why this group isn’t more popular than it is. Swing over to their website and download their latest album, Cretino!, free of charge.

FIFA 2006

LCD Soundsystem – “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”

It was very difficult to choose just one track as my favorite off this soundtrack especially considering how the music transported me back to my days at my rock n’ roll party palace (my apartment/neighborhood) in Hollywood at the time. Plus, there’s no shortage of great music here though that may just be my nostalgia talking.

The final vote went to LCD Soundsystem’s “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” because LCD founder James Murphy is my hipster anti-hero who wrote the soundtracks to my own personal life without ever meaning to. Hey, it just happened that way!

I do want to tip my afro to a couple of other artists whose songs tickle my nostalgia bone: Bloc PartyDamian Jr. Gong Marley, Nine Black Alps, and The Rakes.

Written by: Afroxander

FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 3

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and gameplay updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14′s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

Catch up on Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 first!

FIFA 2002

Gorillaz – “19/2000 (Soulchild remix)”

This one was easy! Artist Damon Albarn’s (then) new collaborative project, Gorillaz, caught us all by wonderful surprise and took control of hearts and ears. What wasn’t a surprise, then, was EA’s inclusion of one of the band’s hit singles in the game. The song was also the official theme of the game. Albarn & Co.’s track is a wonderful deviation from a soundtrack that was still plagued by techno and breakbeats.

FIFA 2003

Dax Riders – “Real Fonky Time”

Besides techno and all that Euro stuff, French House was also pretty big during the first decade of the new millennium. You’d be wrong to think that Daft Punk were the only ones bringing up the bass and funk though. Dax Riders (Oliver Dax, Cédric Azencoth, and Nicolas Berger Vachon) were also on the French House train. “Real Fonky Time” sounds like a b-side from George Clinton’s Parliament of Funk era what with the rubber band-ish bass lines and funky-robot vocoder action.

FIFA 2004

Radiohead – “Myxomatosis”

Finally! This was it! The turning point in FIFA soundtracks! The electronic music was still there but it was sprinkled alongside a great variety of music. Nestled alongside the requisite electronic tunes were rock, alternative, and dance songs and they were great ones too! I dare say this was the first true FIFA soundtrack created thanks to heavyweights such as Timo Maas and Underworld appearing alongside Cafe Tacuba, The Ravonettes, The Stone Roses, Junior Senior, not to mention the short-lived but very much loved Tribalistas.

In the end, it came down to Radiohead for the simple fact a group like them and sports don’t typically mix. Imagine Radiohead appearing on a Madden soundtrack…yeah, not gonna happen but it happened here!

Written by: Afroxander

FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 2

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and gameplay updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14’s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

Don’t dive in without reading Pt. 1 though!

UEFA EURO 2000

Paul Van Dyk – “Out There And Back”

Information on this game was difficult to come by. One source claimed that half the tracks on the Euro 2000 compilation album were on the game while another claimed that DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold was the sole artist for the game. I’m going to go with the former because, well, it’s just so terrible and hilariously cheesy!

This installment of the series made the leap from breakbeat hardcore to trance and techno. It makes sense, really, considering it’s made specifically for our friends across the Atlantic and what we Yankees once called “Euro Trance” was all the rage back then.

There’s a lot of cheesy stuff in here such as Nagano All Stars’ “Push It To The Limit” and E Type’s “Campione.” Paul Van Dyk’s track, thankfully, is anything but.

FIFA 2000

Elite Force – “Call It Brisco”

With FIFA 2K, Electronic Arts began adding music from other genres. Reel Big Fish and Gay Dad (yes, that’s a real band name) shared the bill with the usual gang of bassheads. Sadly, there isn’t one standout track in this soundtrack. The whole thing seems like a list of “top hits” thrown together at the last minute because the company needed something to play during the menu screens.

Elite Force’s “Call It Brisco” is a nice one though and it reminds me of Propellerheads (they had a nice hit with “History Repeating”) from around the same era.

FIFA 2001

Curve – “Chinese Burn (Lunatic Calm remix)”

This is a two-in-one. The original track is by Curve, a electronic/alternative rock duo from London. Big Beat duo Lunatic Calm (AKA Simon “Shack” Shackleton and Howard “Howie” Saunders) got their hands on it and turned it into a lengthy EDM track straight out of The Matrix.

The soundtrack also included “Bodyrock” by Moby who has easily had the longest-lasting career out of anyone on this soundtrack.

Written by: Afroxander

FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 1

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and game-play updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14’s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

ROAD TO WORLD CUP ’98

The Crystal Method – “Busy Child”

The 90s were defined by two particular items: flannel shirts (re: grunge rock) and keyboards (re: breakbeat hardcore, drum & bass, other electronic styles). One of the best and most defining artists of that era is The Crystal Method – AKA Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland. The duo was at the forefront of an electronic music explosion, filled with keyboards, samplers, and beats, alongside The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, and others.

“Busy Child” is off their most popular and best-selling album Vegas named after their hometown. Give it a spin. It still holds up great today. In fact, I’ll take this over Doctor P or Cookie Monsta any day of the week!

WORLD CUP ’98

Wizard Of Oh – “Terminal Intensity”

This installment contained enough songs to be counted on one hand but it’s this break-beat hardcore track by Wizard Of Oh (Omar Santana) that stands out. Fluke’s “Absurd” and Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping” are obvious products of their time that just don’t hold up on any playlist other than a 90s party nostalgia bender while Boymerang’s “Soul Beat Runna” just sort of exists.

“Terminal Intensity” is also an obvious product of its time (test it out by playing this to any techno fanatic and they’ll probably guess the year it was released) but a damn good product nonetheless.

FIFA ’99

Lionrock – “Rude Boy Rock”

FIFA ’99 had many classic tracks by some great artists. Fatboy Slim was in there along with Danmass, Dylan Rhymes, God Within, and Gearwhore. My ears and heart, however, belong to big beat group Lionrock’s “Rude Boy Rock.” It stands out for the fact that it sounds nothing at all like big beat/breakbeat hardcore but is instead an old-school ska/dancehall jam. The group released two albums before calling it quits.

Written by: Afroxander