The Music of Forza Horizon 2

Will Tuttle
Thursday, August 28, 2014

For Forza Horizon 2, Playground Games has teamed up once again with renowned festival organizer and BBC Radio DJ Rob da Bank to curate a massive and eclectic soundtrack ranging from rock and pop, to the latest dance and electronic music. There’s something to suit every driver and every mood – because who doesn’t love listening to music in their car, especially while cruising the exotic roads of Europe?

 

 

You might recall Rob da Bank as the same DJ who curated the original Forza Horizon soundtrack, or as the mastermind behind Bestival – one of the largest music festivals in the world, located in the UK. For Forza Horizon 2, Rob approached the soundtrack in the same way he’d approach one of his own music festivals, from big names and classic tracks, to fresh new music and bands. As a result, some of the songs handpicked for the game have also made their way onto real-life radio playlists, festival stages, and club dance floors this summer.

 

“Working with Rob again on Forza Horizon 2 has been a fantastic experience,” said Ralph Fulton, Creative Director at Playground Games. “Rob just knows music, and hears the latest tracks and the hottest artists months ahead of the rest of us. He did a fantastic job with the original Horizon’s radio stations – people still talk about it as one of the great video game soundtracks – and this time, we’ve allowed him to be even more creative.”

 

In fact, Forza Horizon 2 features nearly 150 tracks across seven stations – more than twice as many songs and stations as the original Forza Horizon. You’ll start the game with three of the Horizon Festival’s stations pre-tuned on your in-car radio: Horizon Pulse, Horizon Bass Arena, and a new station called Horizon XS. Get ready to listen to music from artists as diverse as Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Nero, The Clash, and Jane’s Addiction. As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock new stations with an even broader variety of music to accompany your European road trip.

 

Rob da Bank also reached out to his friends in the music industry, to include radio stations from three of his favorite independent record labels from around the world: Hospital Records, Innovative Leisure, and Ninja Tune. Be sure to check out as-yet unreleased tracks “Believe” and “Slipstream” from Metrik on Hospital Records Radio; three brand new tracks from Bass Drum of Death’s upcoming album (releasing later this year), including “Electric”, “Everything’s the Same” and “Lose My Mind” on Innovative Leisure Radio; and last but definitely not least, unreleased new tracks like Roots Manuva’s “Krunk Guide” and Andreya Triana’s “Better Days To Come” on Ninja Tune Radio.

 

Finally, there’s Radio Levante which plays soothing classical sounds. What could be better than exploring Tuscany in an open-top Ferrari while listening to Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four Violins?”

 

We recently got a chance to chat with Rob da Bank regarding his work on the Forza Horizon 2 track list.

 

“The original [Forza Horizon] was my first time doing a video game soundtrack,” Rob said. “I’d never done it before. It was a really big process.”

 

Rob has created soundtracks for other projects, including television shows for the BBC – but he describes video games as a “new world.”

 

“It’s brand new, and very exciting. I’m a little fish in a big pond here, but I really like the challenge.”

 

Forza Horizon 2’s soundtrack – much like Rob’s personal taste – is an eclectic mix of songs that stand the test of time. With stations spanning multiple genres, racers can switch from rock to electro to classical, depending on their moods.

 

“I’m really chuffed with the final mix,” Rob told us. “It matches very closely with my tastes, there’s nothing on there that I don’t love.”

 

Check out the Forza Horizon 2 music stations and full track list below. For a sneak peek at a few of the cool jams you can race to starting Sept. 30, check out the Best of Forza Horizon 2 playlist!

 

Horizon Pulse

  • The festival’s coolest selection of laidback pop, summery nu-disco and electronica – perfect for cruising with the roof down as the sun sets.
  • “I Might Survive (Goldroom Remix)” by Architecture In Helsinki
  • “Busy Earnin'” by Jungle
  • “The Heat” by Jungle
  • “Luna” by Bombay Bicycle Club
  • “The Mother We Share” by CHVRCHES
  • “Free Your Mind” by Cut Copy
  • “Love Sublime (feat. Nile Rodgers & Fiora)” by Tensnake
  • “Bridge & Tunnel” by Holy Ghost!
  • “Never” by Phonat
  • “Can't Beat The Old School (feat. Jasper Wilde)” by Bo Saris
  • “Come Alive (feat. Toro y Moi)” by Chromeo
  • “Jealous (I Ain't With It)” by Chromeo
  • “Operators” by Jetta
  • “Always (Classixx Remix)” by Panama
  • “Brighter Days” by Saint Raymond
  • “Pica Disco” by Lazyboy
  • “Klapp Klapp” by Little Dragon
  • “With You Forever” by Pnau
  • “Wolves (feat. Youngblood Hawke) (RAC Remix)” by Digitalism
  • “Nitrous” by Nick Mulvey
  • “Sea” by Roosevelt
  • “The Phoenix” by Pyramids

 

Horizon Bass Arena

From house to electro and techno, Horizon Bass Arena plays the biggest dancefloor anthems of the year all night long.

  • “I Got U feat. Jax Jones” by Duke Dumont
  • “Still (Richy Ahmed Remix)” by Katy B
  • “Hey Now (Arty Remix)” by London Grammar
  • “Only For You” by Mat Zo
  • “Touch (Grum Remix)” by Shift K3Y
  • “NRG” by Duck Sauce
  • “Changes” by Faul & Wad Ad & Pnau
  • “Crisis” by Turtle
  • “Thinking About It” by Just Kiddin
  • “Running (Disclosure Remix)” by Jessie Ware
  • “Satisfy” by Nero
  • “F.A.T. (Original Mix)” by Pryda
  • “36” by Redlight
  • “Hyperparadise (GANZ Flip)” by Hermitude x Flume
  • “Survive” by Kidnap Kid
  • “Pushing On” by Oliver $ & Jimi Jules
  • “Delorean Dynamite” by Todd Terje
  • “Liberate” by Eric Prydz
  • “Here For You (feat. Laura Walsh) (Extended Mix)” by Gorgon City
  • “Gecko (Overdrive)” by Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill
  • “Aeropolis” by BeatauCue
  • “Astral” by Pyramids

 

Horizon XS

Horizon XS combines classic acts with hot new bands, all playing the best indie and alternative rock in the perfect festival set.

  • “Hoochie Coochie” by Band of Skulls
  • “Peace Keeper” by Bear Hands
  • “Teenage Rhythm” by GRMLN
  • “Debaser” by Pixies
  • “XXX” by The Bohicas
  • “Just Because” by Jane's Addiction
  • “Come Closer” by Miles Kane
  • “Put Me To Work” by Papa
  • “Train In Vain” by The Clash
  • “Red Eyes” by The War on Drugs
  • “Out of the Black” by Royal Blood
  • “Solemn Skies” by Childhood
  • “This Much I Care” by Skaters
  • “Mesmerise” by Temples
  • “I Come From the Mountain” by Thee Oh Sees
  • “It's Been So Long” by TOY
  • “Take It Or Leave It” by Cage The Elephant
  • “Get Away” by Circa Waves
  • “All Day” by Tom Williams & The Boat
  • “Fool For You” by Wild Smiles

 

Hospital Records Radio

London’s undisputed kings of drum & bass bring all of their top artists to Horizon for the very first time.

  • “Move Around feat. Ian Shaw” by Camo & Krooked
  • “Like A Byrd” by Danny Byrd
  • “Spoken (S.P.Y. Remix)” by Etherwood
  • “Hydra” by Fred V & Grafix
  • “Recognise” by Fred V & Grafix
  • “The Road Goes On Forever” by High Contrast
  • “Nocturne” by Keeno
  • “Out Of Nowhere” by Keeno
  • “Seasons (feat. Lifford)” by Logistics
  • “Somersaults” by Logistics
  • “Yikes!” by London Elektricity
  • “Believe” by Metrik
  • “Slipstream” by Metrik
  • “Roundabout” by NuTone
  • “Valence” by NuTone
  • “Photone Recruits (Phace Remix)” by Rawtekk
  • “Break Em” by Reso
  • “Lunar” by Royalston
  • “Cold Harsh Air feat. Total Science & Grimm” by S.P.Y.
  • “Love Life” by Netsky

 

Innovative Leisure Radio

The LA-based indie label bring their diverse roster of artists, and some brand new, unreleased music to the Horizon stage.

  • “Crawling After You” by Bass Drum Of Death
  • “Electric” by Bass Drum Of Death
  • “Everything's The Same” by Bass Drum Of Death
  • “Lose My Mind” by Bass Drum Of Death
  • “All You're Waiting For” by Classixx
  • “Dominoes” by Classixx
  • “Stranger Love (RAC Remix)” by Classixx
  • “Better At Making Time” by De Lux
  • “It All Works All The Time” by De Lux
  • “Moments” by De Lux
  • “Other Side” by Feeding People
  • “Build, Destroy, Rebuild” by Hanni El Khatib
  • “Family” by Hanni El Khatib
  • “Pay No Mind” by Hanni El Khatib
  • “Reassuring” by Jim-E Stack
  • “Some Place” by Nick Waterhouse
  • “Eclipse Blue feat. Kazu Makino” by Nosaj Thing
  • “Geri” by Superhumanoids
  • “So Strange” by Superhumanoids
  • “Cherry Street” by Tijuana Panthers

 

Ninja Tune Radio

Long-standing British legends Ninja Tune bring their impeccable indie credentials and incredible line-up of artists to Horizon.

  • “Better Days To Come” by Andreya Triana
  • “True Skool (feat. Roots Manuva)” by Coldcut
  • "Spinnaker” by John Matthias
  • “Friday Fish Fry” by Kelis
  • “After Dawn” by Letherette
  • “Champion Nibble” by Mr Scruff
  • “Wannamama” by Pop Levi
  • “Krunk Guide” by Roots Manuva
  • “Rick Rubin (Radio Version)” by Spank Rock
  • “We Can Make It Out (Yppah Remix)” by Spokes
  • “Can You Seen Straight” by The Death Set
  • “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy
  • “Wings” by The Invisible
  • “Renegade” by The Qemists
  • “Take It Back” by Toddla T
  • “That Girl” by Two Fingers
  • “F.I. (Instrumental Mix)” by Wiley
  • “Again With Subtitles” by Yppah
  • “Luxelife” by Kid A
  • “Sun Models (feat. Madelyn Grant)” by ODESZA

 

Radio Levante

A local radio station based in Tuscany, Radio Levante has been playing classical music to a small, and dwindling, audience for more than forty years.

  • “Lohengrin - Prelude” - Richard Wagner
  • “Overture, The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • “Symphony No. 41, Allegro Vivace” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • “Symphony No. 8 in G major, Allegro con brio” by Antonin Dvorak
  • “Concerto for 4 Violins, I. Allegro” by Antonio Vivaldi
  • “Flute Concerto in F Major” by Antonio Vivaldi
  • “Symphony No. 9, Andante Allegro” by Franz Schubert
  • “Carmen Suite No. 1: V. Les Toreadors” by Georges Bizet
  • “Overture, La Cenerentola” by Gioachino Antonio Rossini
  • “Overture, The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Antonio Rossini
  • “Symphony No. 2, Finale, Allegro con spirito” by Johannes Brahms
  • “The Flower Duet (Lakme)” by Leo Delibes
  • “Pictures At An Exhibition - The Great Gate Of Kiev” by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
  • “Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner
  • “Symphony No. 35, Finale (Presto)” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • “William Tell Overture” by Gioachino Antonio Rossini
  • “L'Estate, Summer, Le Quattro Stagioni” by Antonio Vivaldi
  • “Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Allegro con brio” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Allegro presto” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “1812 Overture” by Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky