Air Gear OST II – Who Wants More Groovy Trick!!?? – Chain (Short) Instrumental Remix Extravaganza

The Air Gear opening theme – Chain is one of the songs that introduced *lots* of people (including yours truly) to the wonderful band that we all know as Back-on, and since reading the interview by JaME, I’ve become intrigued by the idea of remixes, since Back-on have said that they would like to:

rearrange Chain in DUB

where DUB is apparently a form of Jamaican music with reggae origins. To bring this into context, Back-on‘s name was given by Jesse of the Japanese metal, reggae and rap band RIZE. :)

So how does this all relate to the Air Gear OST II?

I have to confess that I haven’t actually seen the anime Air Gear beyond Episode 1, because I became a bit too obsessed intrigued by Back-on to continue watching it, but listening to the second OST (original sound track) is really helping to change my mind!

Air Gear - OST I - Cover from Amazon.co.jp

The first OST (original sound track) “What a Groovy Trick!” was hailed as a great album, but for fans of the show, it appears to have lacked the instrumental versions of Chain used throughout the anime.

Air Gear - OST II - Cover from Amazon.co.jp

The producers haven’t made the same mistake twice, and the second OST “Who wants More Groovy Trick!!??” features 8 (short but) different instrumental remix versions of Chain by Skankfunk! And in all honesty, I love them all!

You can see the track-listing below (courtesy of Wikipedia):

  1. Chain [ROCKIN’ 8 GLIDER MIX]
  2. Massiveness
  3. Chain [TEKNO VALUE MIX]
  4. Fear 4 Terror
  5. Chain [MAGNIFICENTRAL MIX]
  6. Delusion
  7. Chain [POPPY HOPPY MIX]
  8. Melopole
  9. Chain [ACOUSTIC COWBOY MIX]
  10. Rise Electric
  11. Chain [UNDERWATER MIX]
  12. Sky-2-High [BATTLE-MENTAL REMIX]
  13. Chain [FOLLOW UP 30 MIX]
  14. Chain [FOLLOW UP 15 MIX]

My personal favourites include Chain [Magnificentral Mix], which starts off with quite a mellow rendition with synthetic violins and electric piano (I think) but towards the middle, that unbelievably catchy beat just *HITS* you and well… the only thing that matches this in variation is Chain [ACOUSTIC COWBOY MIX], with at least 3 different remix-styles in one. Of course, I mustn’t forget the signature Chain [ROCKIN’ 8 GLIDER MIX], as it really gets you going! :)

Now that I’ve raved on-and-on about how much I love “Who wants More Groovy Trick!!??“, it would be irresponsible for me to *not* say where to find the OST online. Thankfully, this time you won’t have to rely on torrenting (although the original source file did come courtesy of Nipponsei) because Japtard.com have kindly made both OSTs available for download directly from their website!

Japtard.com - Air Gear OST 2 - Who Wants More Groovy Trick!!??

In addition to the downloads, you can also listen to Air Gear OST II by using the Flash-player located on the website – it’s pretty high quality, and provides a very welcome distraction when waiting for the download to finish!

So a big thanks to Japtard.com for providing the readily-available download, and hope you all enjoy listening to the (albeit short) Chain instrumental remixes! Please let us know what you think! :D

p/s: There are also has one or two other Back-on related downloads that you can find if you read the comments on Japtard.