Pokémon Celebrates 25th Anniversary with The Red EP

Cyn Vince Staples Mabel
Photo Credit Jerry Maestas, Tyree Harris, Ashley Verse

Channel your inner Pokémon Master as you cruise through this modern twist on nostalgic memories with Pokémon 25: The Red EP.

In celebration of 25 years of massive success, the Pokémon franchise has released its very own Pokémon 25: The Red EP. As an homage to the first Pokémon Red GameBoy game that came out a quarter of a century ago, this three-track EP features all original music from music icons Vince Staples, Cyn, and Mabel. Each of these tracks touches on common themes and tropes that fans will recognize from the beloved franchise, offering a modern twist on those classic nostalgic sentiments. These uplifting songs carry a cheeky attitude that will beckon you to your next adventure.

The first track, “Take It Home” by Mabel, is an energetic pop song that is an ode to the power of love and friendship. The marching nature of the drums will fill you with cheerful defiance, and the lyrics are an express reminder that with friends by your side, anything is conquerable because “you and [them] are unstoppable.” This track sets the perfect tone for the spirit of this EP. After all, one of the most famous Pokémon quotes is from Misty when she says, “Don’t you know that love is the most important thing in the whole world?” The next track “Wonderful” by Cyn carries on this lighthearted theme of love and friendship, with dreamy tones and ambient soundscapes that generate feelings of wonder and journeying.

The Red EP finishes with an upbeat hip-hop track from Vince Staples – “Got ‘Em” – a play on Pokémon’s flagship theme song and tag line “Gotta catch ’em all.” ’90s babies in particular will recall spending painstaking hours memorizing the rap version that played over the credits after every episode finished playing on your VHS. Vince Staples’ take on this iconic Pokémon classic is a melodic yet moody track laden with his signature bounce in the basslines. In “Got ‘Em,” Vince Staples raps about the many challenges that are faced in our daily lives as we try to succeed, but through the medium of Pokémon references and analogies, and with particular inspiration from Mew and Raichu.

I’ve always been a fan of Pokémon, so it was particularly special to be asked to take part in this 25th-anniversary celebration. I’m excited for people to hear ‘Got ‘Em,’ and hope the song resonates with fans, especially those who grew up with Pokémon like I did.

– Vince Staples

Pokémon 25: The Red EP is just the beginning of the musical escapades that they will be taking us on for their 25th anniversary, as Pokémon will be releasing a series of music projects which pay tribute to the original franchise. Mirroring the tradition of dual releases for the first Pokémon GameBoy games, just like how Pokémon Red was followed up by Pokémon Blue, the end of this month will see the release of The Blue EP. This new EP will feature remixes of tracks from the first, by heavy-hitting electronic music artists including ZHU. In addition, tracks from the EP series will appear in a separately curated P25 Music compilation album which will be released by Capitol Records this Fall as part of a large-scale music campaign with Universal Music Group.

It’s been 25 years since we watched Ash save a stubborn Pikachu from a fearsome pack of Pidgeys, and now Pokémon is an undeniable cultural institution. Whether you first discovered your dream to be a Pokémon trainer when you bought your first Pokédex, or if your introduction came much later with Detective Pikachu, this EP will fill you with hope and courage necessary to embark onto your next episode of antics.

Listen to Pokémon 25: The Red EP on Spotify below, download/purchase the EP on your favorite platform, and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

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Pokémon 25: The Red EP – Tracklist:

  1. Mabel – Take It Home
  2. Cyn – Wonderful
  3. Vince Staples – Got ‘Em
Pokémon 25: The Red EP

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A slave to the rave for nearly a decade now, Jennifer's passion for electronic music originally stemmed from her roots as a basshead and has since spread to all genres that make up the scene. In particular, she is drawn to styles of music with grittier basslines, textured sonic elements, and clean production. Inspired by her diverse exposure to dance music culture spanning from her first Coachella, Southern California desert parties, events in Berlin and Amsterdam superclubs, and highly regarded international festivals such as Dimensions Festival (Croatia) and Bass Coast (Canada), she brings a nuanced and critical perspective to all things electronic music and events. An attorney by day with a specialization in music business issues and a recent JD from Harvard Law, she can also be found in and around the Los Angeles nightlife scene - running sound and lighting for events through her production company, curating local showcases and spinning signature sets under her moniker "Party Fowl".

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