Editors’ Notes While Toronto-based percussionist and composer Kristofer Maddigan didn’t write the soundtrack for the video game Cuphead to be listened to as an album straight through, the music stands on its own, thanks to the sterling live band performances in a host of early-20th-century styles. Matching the game's vintage look with original music of a similar mood, Maddigan delves into solo piano and orchestral ragtime, marches, heart-pumping big-band blowouts (like “Botanic Panic,” “Threatenin’ Zeppelin,” and “Aviary Action”), and even barbershop quartet and tap dance. Somehow he filters John Philip Sousa, Jelly Roll Morton, Benny Goodman, and a bunch of other reference points into a singular madcap aesthetic. His meticulous research and source material, posted on his blog, is also worth checking out.

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Don't Deal with the Devil
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0:42
 
Don't Deal with the Devil (Instrumental)
2
1:04
 
Introduction
3
3:31
 
Tutorial
4
1:40
 
Elder Kettle
5
5:14
 
Inkwell Isle One
6
3:15
 
Botanic Panic
7
4:01
 
Die House
8
1:36
 
Elder Kettle (Piano)
9
5:11
 
Threatenin' Zeppelin
10
3:28
 
Treetop Trouble
11
2:54
 
Ruse of an Ooze
12
4:25
 
Floral Fury
13
3:45
 
Inkwell Isle One (Piano)
14
3:07
 
Clip Joint Calamity
15
3:54
 
Forest Follies
16
2:47
 
Inkwell Isle Two
17
2:49
 
Sugarland Shimmy
18
3:41
 
Aviary Action
19
4:03
 
Inkwell Isle Two (Piano)
20
2:49
 
Carnival Kerfuffle
21
4:01
 
Fiery Frolic
22
3:37
 
Funfair Fever
23
2:19
 
The Mausoleum
24
1:24
 
Legendary Ghost
25
1:45
 
Pyramid Peril
26
5:40
 
Victory Tune
27
1:40
 
Hurry Up
28
0:35
 
A Quick Break
29
1:11
 
Coin-Op Bop
1
4:55
 
High Score
2
1:05
 
Funhouse Frazzle
3
3:09
 
Inkwell Isle Three
4
2:54
 
Honeycomb Herald
5
4:38
 
Porkrind's Shop
6
2:15
 
Shootin' 'n' Lootin'
7
3:47
 
Dramatic Fanatic
8
4:57
 
Perilous Piers
9
2:09
 
Murine Corps
10
4:09
 
Junkyard Jive
11
4:24
 
Rugged Ridge
12
3:20
 
High Seas Hi-Jinx
13
3:22
 
Railroad Wrath
14
4:15
 
Inkwell Isle Three (Piano)
15
3:22
 
The Airship
16
5:07
 
All Bets Are Off
17
1:36
 
Inkwell Hell
18
2:46
 
The King's Court
19
3:51
 
Inkwell Hell (Piano)
20
2:43
 
Chief Evil Officer
21
0:41
 
Admission to Perdition
22
3:47
 
Ominous Interlude
23
0:10
 
One Hell of a Time
24
3:02
 
The End
25
1:21
 
Winner Takes All
26
2:14
 
Closing Credits
27
7:10