EA revs up Most Wanted soundtrack

Eclectic soundtrack for street racer will feature crossover collaborations between Jamiroquai and Timo Maas and The Roots and BT.

Electronic Arts has long collaborated with high-profile musical artists, ranging from the latest Madden rockin' soundtrack to Def Jam: Fight for NY, which features hip-hop artists, as well as their music. It's all part of the EA Trax music initiative, which, since its inception in 2001, has sought to bring popular music to gamers--through EA games, naturally.

So it's little surprise, then, that a slew of top-selling artists is featured on the soundtrack for one of EA's highest-profile holiday releases, Need for Speed Most Wanted. Besides offerings from rappers P$C (short for Pimp Squad Click) and rockers Avenged Sevenfold, the game's soundtrack sports some interesting crossover collaborations. Disco-funk favorite Jamiroquai is remixed by techno DJ Timo Maas, hip-hop quartet The Roots team up with progressive-dance master BT, and downtempo innovator DJ Spooky aligns with heavy metal drummer Dave Lombardo and rapper Chuck D. of Public Enemy fame. A full track listing is below:

ARTIST / SONG
Avenged Sevenfold / Blinded In Chains
Bullet For My Valentine / Hand of Blood
Celldweller feat. Styles of Beyond / Shapeshifter
Celldweller / One Good Reason
Dieselboy + Kaos / Barrier Break
Disturbed / Decadence
DJ Spooky and Dave Lombardo feat. Chuck D / B-Side Wins Again
Evol Intent, Mayhem & Thinktank / Broken Sword
Hush / Fired Up
Hyper / We Control
Ils / Feed The Addiction
Jamiroquai / Feels Just Like It Should (Timo Maas Remix)
Juvenile / Sets Go Up
Lupe Fiasco / Tilted
Mastodon / Blood And Thunder
Rock / I Am Rock
Static-X / Skinnyman
Stratus / You Must Follow (Evol Intent VIP)
Styles of Beyond / Nine Thou (Superstars Remix)
Suni Clay / In A Hood Near You
The P$C / Do Ya Thang
The Perceptionists / Let’s Move
The Prodigy / You’ll Be Under My Wheels
The Roots and BT / Tao of The Machine (Scott Humphrey’s Remix)

Besides the soundtrack offerings, Need for Speed Most Wanted will sport a cinematic score from composer Paul Linford. Linford has written music for many high-profile Hollywood films, including Bad Boys II, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Enemy of the State, and Con Air.

Need for Speed Most Wanted will be released for the PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, and PlayStation 2 in mid-November. The game will also be released for the DS and Game Boy Advance, though it's unclear which selections from the soundtrack will accompany those versions. A PSP variant, Need for Speed Most Wanted 5-1-0, will also be available.

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