ReMix: Jackal 'Mounted-Machine Gun Funk'
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Rating high on the uniqueness scale, our first mix of NES/Konami classic Jackal comes in from Beatdrop, who's covered a good assortment of games thus far. Beginning with a nice squelchy analog bass, military snares set things off and running. Right away you'll notice one of the elements that's rather unusual; choice of kick and snare combination does vary throughout the track, but the combo that enters at 0'20" is peculiar in that it cuts through the mix and isn't quite as electronic as you'd expect for the genre. Come to think of it, it's difficult to genre-label this one - it's the type of music that can almost only come from mixing a game track, as some of those old NES tracks were spastic and jumped around quite a bit musically, as this theme does. They sort of existed outside the realm of musical genres - Konami tunes especially, Contra and similar titles. Some people have called into question whether some of the tracks on this site purporting to be "funk" actually are (my own included) but I can tell you ahead of time I would definitely hesitate to endorse that label for this track. It has more of a driving, military feel to it than a 'shake your groove thing' motif. The highlight for me was the rapid-fire lead synth sound, which has a sharp attack and is rolled and re-triggered with machine precision, resulting in some very dynamic arranging. Also like the section at 2'03" where BD throws in some nice ambient "war" sounds of guns, vehicles, etc. Some people have problems with fade-out endings - I ain't one of 'em, as long as it works with the track in question, and didn't mind it here. The schizo nature of changing kick/snare combos sometimes rubbed me the wrong way, but this is what I consider challening material and I like the way Beatdrop's handled it.
No matter the departure in sound, this still lives up to a strong reputation. The intensity is there, and for the most part things sound satisfying. I'm not totally sold on the samples; they've seen better days, but haven't we all?
I definately enjoy mixes like this: no-nonsense, all torque. That coupled with the fact that the source tune clearly rocks, make this an underappreciated morsel of awesomeness that, while not sounding like the normal Beatdrop mix, exhibits all the qualities you'd come to expect from him.
- Marmiduke on November 14, 2009
As Larry said, this isn't one of Dain's typical works on the site. I just wish the samples held better, as here's a perfect example of a mix that is in line with the original and its setting and developing it some. The arrangement itself is mostly conservative, but the elements that do differ do help develop this further.
Also if only this didn't have a fadeout ending...
- Bahamut on October 31, 2009
This mix has some odd stuff going on, but never in a bad way. I'm impressed how things kept moving, and the track never lost intensity. I'm not crazy about the 'war sounds', but I've always found that sort of stuff to be gimmicky. No problem with the fade out, it works nicely here.
- DragonAvenger on October 1, 2008
This mix does have a good deal of pep, and I like the subtle processing on some of the synths. Some pretty good interpretation with breakdowns and buildups, and overall a pretty decent mix.
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- neostormx on November 16, 2002
Not bad, an average song with some ups and downs. I liked the beggining but I din't particualrly like 2:15-2:30 because it didn't really blend in well with the mix. Otherwise a cool mix, try it! 8)
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- Mr_K on August 11, 2002
I originally created this track a LONG LONG time ago (in a galaxy far away :P), but I never submitted it because I still had other ones to submit first. However, upon listening to it again more recently, I thought it needed a revamp because it was too boring. So I changed some sounds (namely the strings, they're much better now) and tweaked the plangy (yes, it's now a word) lead, as well as adding the big section with sound FX and fixing the ending. Total overhaul. I did the same thing with my Super Metroid Brinstar remix. Much improvement over it's last version. I also plan on doing this with my Sonic 3 Angel Island remix :) Who knows, maybe we'll even see an X-Buster Mk. 18? :D
- Beatdrop on July 10, 2002
This is a great mix that pours on the energy as it moves along, and doesn’t slow down until the very end. I love those hallow sounding 404’s that it starts off with, and I wish there was more of that in this mix. Still Beatdrop keeps things interesting with the drums and string work in this piece. The gun samples are very neatly arranged so as to represent chaos but still flow as if they are an integral part of the song. Great work Beatdrop, keep it up.
- Ginnsu on June 19, 2002