The FIFA series has provided more than triumph and heartbreak on the virtual pitch for almost two decades. EA’s golden line of footie games has long featured an eclectic mix of records featuring artists from all over the globe. Besides, it only makes sense for the world’s game to headline acts from the US to New Zealand. The series’s tunes has long served as a great way to expand your listening boundaries. FIFA 12, however, features one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in a sports game in a while. This year’s game has got your covered from hip-hop, electro to indie rock and even Moombahton for you trend-hopping folks out there.
Now, as usual, this isn’t an all inclusive list in so much as it’s just a collection of songs I happen to enjoy the most from the game. Feel free to, ahem, kick it with me* as we peruse some of FIFA 12’s top records.
*I’m sorry guys.
Sleigh Bells – “Kids” — FIFA 12’s intro track really gets you pumped up to hit the pitch. It’s noisy, obnoxious leanings really lend to the energy fueling football’s international stage. Say what you want about hipsters but this Williamsburg tandem is fine by me.
TV On The Radio – “Will Do” — The song works best while filing through your highlights to relive your best moments or wonder why your spine randomly gave out on a run or tackle. I gotta give an extra special shout out to the impact engine for those latter occasions.
Tittsworth & Alan Risk – “La Campana” feat. Maluca — Just crank this joint to 11 and let the beat ride. Besides, anyone named Tittsworth gets a hi-five from me especially if he’s behind tracks like this.
Foster The People – “Call it What You Want” — Everybody seemed to love “Pumped Up Kicks,” well, at least everyone but me. Yall can have that mess while I continue jamming to the LA outfit’s superior gem.
CSS – “Hits Me Like A Rock” — My rap nerd tendencies usually make me shun such poppity-pop efforts. Nevertheless, I can’t escape this song’s infectious hook and ska-flavored melody. Plus the video’s pretty cool too; let those kids cook.
Little Dragon – “Nightlight” — Yukimi Nagano’s sweet voice work wonders on this discrete, toe tappin’ affair. Plus here’s a fun fact. This song, CSS’s record and The Naked and Famous’s “Punching in A Dream” means FIFA 12 features three biracial Asian women across three continents. Now you’re hearing globalism at its best folks.
DJ Raff – “Latino and Proud” — Oh my word, a DJ’s actually doing his job on a track?! Thank you real God! In all serious, hip-hop and salsa make a happy couple on this one. The funky piano loop is the glue that keeps the street meets latin club sound perfectly in line. Also the song invites you to play spot that vocal sample on every spin.
Empresarios – “Sabor Tropical” — Speaking of salsa, the old-fashioned variety is alive and well in FIFA 12. Those with two left feet need not apply when this joint hits the speakers.
Marteria – “Verstrahlt” feat. Yasha — Man, lemme find out Germany’s got some beats. Language barriers aren’t an issue when you can produce like this. It gets a little trance-y at the hook and the finale so beware if that’s not your thing. Anyway, I think the instrumental is cold throughout.
The Strokes – “Machu Picchu” — Julian and the gang drop off some more genre-defining rock for our enjoyment. The final product adds another hit for practice runs in the arena.
The Chain Gang of 1974 – “Hold On” — There’s no denying the bass line on this one. Then the keys, synths and the frontman’s brooding voice kick in to develop a nice contrast between airy tones and a heavy groove.
Rock Mafia – “The Big Bang” — First off, yes that’s a dude singing. Weird? Of course. At any rate, pop with a blues rock tinge set the scene for the duo’s smooth recording. Plus all you Miley stans can ogle at ol girl in the video.
Thievery Corporation – “Stargazer” — The production on this traditional reggae infused jam really live up to the song title’s name. The dreamy, compelling makeup of “Stargazer” will have you asking your local selector to pull up over and over.
Alex Metric & Steve Angello – “Open Your Eyes” — OK so FIFA’s version only hosts the instrumental. At least this diddy by FIFA regular Alext Metric and Steve Angello got a bugged out Rocky meets Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots video treatment.
Kasabian – “Switchblade Smiles” — Kasabian’s contribution to FIFA 12 sounds a tad too moody for the beautiful game at first. Still the song manages to find its place when its time to play a rival in career mode, on the couch or online. Just keep from hurling the controller at a wall if things don’t go your way.