TAGAP 2 features a brand new funky soundtrack composed, arranged and produced by Petja Heiskanen. The soundtrack covers wide range of genres, all the while sounding distinctly, well, TAGAP.
Like TAGAP 2 itself does with the gameplay, the soundtrack, too, triumphs over the original in every way that matters. Unlike with the first soundtrack that started as a MIDI project and gradually grew into a full-audio production, the sequel had the proper production values from the start and the maestro Petja Heiskanen had all the knowledge on how to utilize them.
Clearer direction didn't hurt either, as the soundtrack of TAGAP 2 sounds a lot more like a whole despite the greater variety of genres present. The song that laid the groundwork was "Mr. Hammond and the Crew", the very first song Petja composed for the game in late 2007. Shuffle rhythm, wah-guitars and overdose of Hammond became the signature sound of TAGAP 2.
Another interesting anecdote about the soundtrack production is the theme of General Primo. What originally was just a rhythmic outro for "TAGAP 2 Theme Song" got a life of its own and grew into a menacing and flexible villain anthem, one that works brilliantly as both Hammond-infused rock and fully orchestral score. This is retcon at its finest; While the song already combined themes of Pablo ("TAGAP Theme Song") and Pedro (original "Challenge Him"), turning the outro into Primo's theme pretty much perfected it!
I'd love tell you more, but this foreword is already getting too long. But fear not; If you'd like to know more about the production of the music or would love to hear more behind-the-scenes anecdotes about individual songs, try to unlock the TAGAP 2 Jukebox by completing TAGAP 2 campaign. Jukebox covers all the in-game songs with detailed descriptions of each track – and you'll definitely start to appreciate all the hard work Petja put into this project. And hey, you can get to watch jammin' penguins while you're at it!
Jouni Lahtinen, the head penguin, 2011