Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “New You (DJ Real Shoe)” from Splatoon 2. It’s actually 4 tracks in one, but we’ll get to that in a second.
Released in 2017 as the sequel to the successful WiiU shooter, Splatoon 2 eventually saw DLC in the following year. There was a lot of music made for the game, as its composers decided to make diegetic music of several genres, often overlapping several genres at the time to great success. One of the things the game’s composer does often is repurposing themes, a tool we’ll be listening to today.
There are two themes we’re going to hear throughout “New You”, the track(s) that play in each of the shops for gear and weapons. The first theme is a two-note motif first heard from an electric guitar that sort of foreshadows the second motif. We hear the second motif, which is our most melodic motif around 22” into the shoe shop version (the first sub-track). Try to hear each of these in each of the four sub-tracks, at the following timestamps: 0:35, 1:10, and 1:43.