Mord Fustang's 'Elite Beat Agent': Exclusive Premiere
Mord Fustang has fully embraced his inner nerd.
The Estonian producer channels overt video game influences on his forthcoming first artist album, 9999 in 1, which he named for random numbers that came stamped on the pirated Russian game cartridges that populated his childhood.
The LP contains throwback electro house offerings like the Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter timer-inspired "Press Play" and "Skyward World," which Fustang describes as being "built around the sound that would happen when you'd pull the cartridge out of old Genesis consoles."
Listen to the full premiere of Mord Fustang's latest single "Elite Beat Agent" exclusively on Billboard:
With a quirky synth lead that evolves and adds layers above electric organ chords and buzzing 8-bit flourishes, the track is an upbeat homage to the Nintendo soundtracks of Fustang's past.
"The Elite Beat Agent is a super agent, the coolest guy this world has ever known," he says. "Of course, he doesn't actually exist. The Elite Beat Agent saves you from every type of problem, be it a need for sick beats, or to save a cat from a tree, no crisis is too weird!"
Mord Fustang's debut album, 9999 in 1, will be available on Jan. 20 through his Magic Trooper imprint.