The official Japanese Twitter account for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has just shared a spooky treat in time for Halloween: a remix of the song "A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup" from Sonic Adventure 2 by longtime composer of music for this and other Sonic games, Tomoya Ohtani.
In its original form, the unremixed song serves as the background music for a stage called Pumpkin Hill, which is even referenced throughout the song's lyrics. Vocals come courtesy of Hunnid-P, a rapper whose most well-known credits are all songs from Sonic games. In each of the tracks on which he's featured, he raps in-character as Knuckles the Echidna, even starting his verse in "A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup" with "you know me, the fighting freak Knuckles, and we're at Pumpkin Hill." It's just the right combination of cool and weird that the Sonic franchise consistently nails when it's at its best.
Ohtani's remix keeps the song's central melody intact, but utilizes a new production style that sounds spacier and admittedly spookier than the original. Listening to it now, a prominent bassline and record scratches here and there cause the original track sound to like rap from a bygone era—which it is. The new version lowers the bassline and boom-bap beat in the mix and adds some trap drums and modern-sounding strings to give the remix a sound more akin to what's current in rap production. The accompanying video, of Kunckles on the Pumpkin Hill stage underneath a dark filter, even looks like a modern day Soundcloud rap music video.
In addition to the new tune, the Japanese Sonic Twitter account shared official art of Cream the Rabbit in a witchy Halloween costume alongside two Chao (only one of which is in-costume) on the very same Pumpkin Hill stage. Meanwhile, the English-language Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account has shared its own Halloween-themed Sonic art: a poster for a fake movie titled "Halloween at Castle Eggman," featuring Sonic in an Indiana Jones costume, Eggman as a vampire, Amy Rose in a Victorian dress, and Tails (appropriately) in a flight suit.
This year marks the second time Sonic has celebrated the spookiest holiday with a remix of its spookiest song. Last year, the Sonic team released a 10 hour loop of "A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup." The new remix makes it official: listening to "A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup" on Halloween is a bona fide tradition.