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Swedish punk rock group Refused is writing, recording, and producing an EP of the “greatest hits” of Cyberpunk in-game band Samurai. Samurai is a popular chrome rock group in the Cyberpunk universe that features Johnny Silverhand, who will be now-famously depicted by actor Keanu Reeves, as lead vocalist
The EP, which is being created in collaboration with CD Projekt Red’s music and composer team, features tracks inspired by the original source material, as well as new ones created by the band exclusively for the Cyberpunk 2077 game. You can listen to the first single off the EP, titled “Chippin’ In,” above. The song was referenced in the Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop game, with lyrics even appearing on the front cover of the Second Edition release of the game in 1991.
Refused itself has released four full-length albums, as well as multiple EPs, over the course of its existence, which began in 1991. Vocalist Dennis Lyxzén is excited about bringing the music of Samurai to life. “Like us, Samurai is a group of rebels, albeit in a different time and place,” he said in a press release. “Working together with CD Projekt Red, writing music and song lyrics for Cyberpunk’s chrome rock icon was fun, but also very different in the creative sense. It was an unexpected challenge that turned out to be right up our alley and really got us going. The songs turned out great and the game looks insane.”
“Chippin’ In,” is available now on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Wimp, Amazon Music, and Deezer. Cyberpunk 2077 is currently scheduled to launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020.