Akira The Don – Be Brave

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Here you go then. A beautiful sleeve, and a full CD Quality MP3 bundle of Be Brave – The Hype Machine Number One Mega Smash from “the best gaming mixtape you’ll ever hear” (tm and c. Kotaku), ATD23: The Street Fighter Mixtape.

Be Brave was the first song I wrote for the mixtape. For about half an hour it was called Superted, until – as is the way with these things – I sort of dragged the song out of the air (or idea space, or whatver you like to call it), and held it down, thrashing and wiggling about, as they do, until I could make sense of it. Then, very quickly, it became Be Brave.

I knew it was righteous straight away, but Envy confirmed it: she said it was her favourite thing I’d done. Not everyone was as immediate – my girl didn’t get it until the day before yesterday! But, as IcyLiquid, a newcomer to this Don business, said on Twitter today: It’s “weird.” So no wonder.

It was based around a sample from the Blood On The Asphalt remix of Guile’s Ending Theme, from the Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD remix project, an ambitious and accomplished fan-created project made aware to me by numerous Google searches and forums during my quest to find the best Street Fighter music out there. Forsooth:


Pretty neat, huh? The moment the chorus became the right one was when I stopped listening to the main song and focused on the fade-out. That fade-out amazed me. It was also the fade-out that made me use Auto Tune. Dry vocals didn’t feel right on it. It’s space music – lush, alien, digi-tal. My apologies to the Jay-Z stans, but it was entirely necessary. I had no choice in the matter. I do what I am told by the Gods, that is all. I am a humble conduit.

A humble conduit who’s ace song called Be Brave go to number one!




Actually, we just got knocked off by two Kanye Wests. TWO KANYE’S!


So anyway! Two things. 1: I wanna get together some kind of visual for it, for Youtube posterity. It needn’t be complicated – in fact, the less complicated the better. Ideas?

And thing 2: I am gonna focus in on two more tracks from The Street Fighter Mixtape. What should they be?

Oh, and here’s an extra. It’s time for you to start getting really excited about The Life Equation. Cos all this stuff? This was the warm up.

— Saturday, May 29th, 2010

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  1. Hunchbakk
    May 29, 2010
    11:19 am

    two people pretending to be street fighter characters.

    but intentionally looking rubbish: no special effects, shaky camera, people making idiots of themselves

    the kind of thing a mentally unbalanced geek might find the need to film

    iparticularly like the idea of just pretending that there was a sonic boom, as if the effect would be added later

  2. Karl
    May 29, 2010
    8:18 pm

    Completely unconnected to Streetfighter but – RIP Dennis Hopper.

  3. Akira The Don
    May 30, 2010
    2:09 pm

    Heh, weird you say that, considering what Joey sent me last week…

    May 30, 2010
    5:36 pm

    I second this idea.

    I especially like the idea of ATD wearing Guile's ridiculous haircut.

    I mean, the sheer amount of hair gel Guile must go through every day to keep his hair like that….

  5. BloodRed
    May 31, 2010
    3:27 am

    woah would we get to see this video? ( i still never got to see the zombie film)

  6. Hunchbakk
    May 31, 2010
    2:19 pm

    what did joey send you last week?

    the same suggestion or an actual video exactly as i have described

  7. Karl
    May 31, 2010
    4:22 pm

    I think he might be talking about this, which I sent him. If not, he should be!!!

  8. Raydome
    May 31, 2010
    6:40 pm

    Is this the video you mean BloddRed? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csjbpidHkTQ

  9. Raydome
    May 31, 2010
    6:45 pm

    I think the video for Be Brave should be be set in your front room chillin eith your favourite people man, maybe the second verse in a pub or around the town, depending on how easy that is.

    Mix some manga in there too, you can never go wrong with that :) SF2 and SF alpha anyway, Generations was a bit weak.

  10. zap pow
    November 8, 2010
    2:26 pm

    *poke, shirley…

  11. Anonymous
    November 8, 2010
    2:49 pm

    What’s with all the poking? This isn’t 2008 and this isn’t Facebook!

  12. ZenPyramid
    November 8, 2010
    3:09 pm


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