GTA is a game lauded for its innovative use of music. So it comes as no surprise that its publisher, Rockstar Games, would eventually launch its own label.
Every time a new Grand Theft Auto title comes out, the first thing I do is hop in the closest vehicle, turn on the radio and blast the soundtrack for a couple of hours whilst cruising around the city. Rockstar Games has long had its ear to the underground music scene, giving a platform to artists like Earl Sweatshirt, Kavinsky and Flying Lotus well before they exploded into the mainstream.
Rockstar Games’ keen sense of taste and knowledge of a variety of musical genres has not only developed memorable soundtracks but also helped bring a virtual city to life by featuring a diverse range of artists that truly reflect the mood of the game’s setting.
So it comes as no surprise that Rockstar Games has made a huge first step into the music industry by partnering with Circoloco, an international dance brand, to create Circoloco Records. So what does this mean?
Well for starters, we’ll be receiving the label’s first release on June 4. Titled Monday Dreamin’, the album will consist of a compilation of tracks from TOKiMONSTA, Moodymann, Carl Craig and many more artist who have been with Circoloco since its inception in 1999.
Each week Circoloco Records will release a small selection of tracks from the compilation, before a full release on July 9.
— CircoLoco Records (@CircolocoRecs) May 24, 2021
We are unsure of how this will affect Grand Theft Auto V or the rumoured sequel. However, it’s reasonable to expect more virtual performance from real artists, akin to GTA V Moodymann residency, or Travis Scott’s Fortnite performance.
We could even see Rockstar Games open up a dedicated live music space in one of their games featuring a rotational act list of real artists. I just hope they also include a mini-game where you have to do as many sneaky key bumps in the club without getting caught.
— Here's Troxy (@sethtroxler) May 24, 2021