ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 'Stray Donkey Strut'

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This is a ReMix that I shouldn't have made. Not for any musical reasons, but simply because I already had a different mix in mind for a long time and I've been really busy and this cut into my schedule in numerous ways. But I saw the ReQuest on our forums, and it occurred to me that this is a cool piece that should have been covered by now. Furthermore, I'd been listening to several versions of the Charleston by Spike Jones, Jelly Roll Morton, etc., and thought it would be fun to try to incorporate some of that style into a ReMix. Also, I just hooked my Motif up via SPDIF instead of 1/4th analog, and wanted to test it out. Thus I chose a particularly saucy upright bass in Gigastudio, some brass swells as well, and put together some drums, organ, jazz guitar, flute, vibes, piano, two synth pads, and a wah-wah electric piano on the Motif. That's quite a few different instruments to blend into one piece, but I think it's passable. This is jazz coverage of the first-level music in Donkey Kong Country, with some big band thrown in. The bass is definitely the foundation, though sometimes a low piano doubles it for that old-time pomp feel. Most of the times it's melodic and fairly close to the original spec, but towards the end it switches over to a walking pattern instead. The first time the melody comes in, on the wah EP (which Yamaha suggests should be used in jazz fusion contexts - whoops), the chords underneath don't change and are a little more complex. Then there's the "big whoopy" section as I like to call it, after which the organ comes in and the chords do change. By downloading this, you make a pact to play it loudly and on speakers, not headphones :) (I've found it works much better that way). Doesn't sound like too much else on the site, largely due to how the brass is used+abused. Pretty short, but doesn't repeat identical portions. Hope you dig.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
SubNormal J3
on 2011-03-20 22:43:16
djp's last two mixes definitely raised the bar, and, remarkably, so does this one. Not only is the production incredibly clean and refined, but there is so much going on musically that fits both the genre and the source very well. It's nice to hear some more classic djp improv as well.
Crulex
on 2010-12-29 10:40:04
Maybe it's just me, but the beginning build is pretty sweet. It just sounds like something big is coming, and it does. This is funkier than Funky Kong....and that pretty funky. The piano was a pretty nice little breakdown before the grand whooping section. Loud and proud, this ReMix is.
OA
on 2010-01-12 15:02:52
Pretty funky stuff, and a very recognizable take on the source. Not sure interpretative to my ears beyond some minor counterpoint bits and some sound upgrades, but enjoyable enough. DJP's done better, but this track holds up decently at least. :-)
42
on 2009-01-20 17:58:09
eh, its not bad.
very experimental and an original and interesting take on a good theme.
I don't particularly care for it, but still an A for effort.
Bummer
on 2005-09-29 16:58:36
Agent 000 Donkey, we meet again... :nicework:
That´s my opinion where this funky tune would fit perfectly, mmyess.
Great remix pretzeldude, some nice funky brasses and a cool spy synth, along with a sub-tropical feel, I like it. It was time for the mönkey to leave his jungle anyway.
And what more do we have, ah, a lovely piano at the end with the whole package to finish it off smooth, agent donkey style.
Until we meet again...
Txai
on 2004-11-14 15:50:14
Good work, Djpretzel.
It is the music of the first phase. Very interesting the melody, full of these "wenswens". The piano enters evident in the 01:13 of music, and unhappyly it finishes in the 01:31.
tyler_lucero
on 2004-11-14 06:25:15
I've been downloading a lot of djp-specific stuff lately, and I believe I can safely conclude one thing: Somebody likes "wah" effects... Nice work, djp -- as always. It's going on my brand new iPod! Yay! :D
jordex
on 2004-09-21 22:02:30
Great remix!
I love the first minute and a half or so, I love when djp uses his "wah wah" sounding instruments, his sorta bubbly-ish instrument. I love it and I love his jazzy sorta ways, the kinda music you listen to when playing pool. I don't know what it's called but do you know what I mean? Yeah and I love how he changes the melody around to these jumpy, jazzish, improvised tunes!
The flute goes along so well in this song!
debeerguy007
on 2004-02-09 03:05:25
Mr. Lloyd, you have a style in remixing that has yet to be matched or even emulated for that matter. A style which has sorta encouraged me to save up for a MOTIF7ES for myself. :D
I personally have never played a single Donkey Kong Country game, but after listening to 'Stray Donkey Strut', it doesn’t really matter if I did or not... because this remix is so frickin’ cool. All the instruments go together really well. I especially enjoy the use of piano under the brass swells, giving it, as you said, that “old time pomp feel”. That’s the way to use a low piano, in my opinion. Very Elfman-like, and very jazzy. It makes me smile when I listen to it. Definitely one that I’ll keep in my collection, right alongside “ Diddy Evolution.”and such.
Very nice work going on here. Thumbs up! oh... god no! I just made an Ebert & Roeper reference. I have to bang my head really hard on my desk now.
"thud" :oops:
Aamp
on 2003-10-03 00:32:39
How the hell do you make it sound so funken real!? This sounds like a live studio session, only better! 8)
Aninymouse
on 2003-08-20 02:33:08
The sheer mix of instruments here is commendable, but this piece is alltogether swingin! The DKC1 Jungle Theme is an epic theme indeed... it goes on and on, and just when you think you've heard it before, it seems to evolve... This piece would have to be about four more minutes longer to really get that, but nonetheless, it's a swining time in the jungle for all!
8/10
DJ Pili
on 2003-08-08 03:47:34
Hey!When I listen to it, I feel like dancing as those girls in the movie "Chicago". Who can imagine it's a remix from a v-game soundtrack?
Ultimo Hedgehog
on 2003-05-12 22:04:52
Yeah! Jazzy swingin' stuff from one DJP! This just screams Nightclub, or something like that. Pipes, Drums, Bass instruments, and a whole mix of stuff, including the trumpets all the way through! Gotta love this, cuz even my mom was dancing to this! Score another for DJP!
AnotherOneBitesTheDust
on 2003-03-08 18:12:26
I liked it when I first heard it, but its true power didn't get unleashed until I started to make steps in DWI for it. At some point I just kept on playing it...over and over again. Everything's good sounding up until 1:13 when it turns into TOTALLY AWESOME and then becomes one of my favorites from djp at 1:49 and keeps this way until 2:44 when the brass swells and I'm exploding eight times over.
The part at 1:49 I think is a variation of the original melody but I don't really remember the original fully. Variated or not, I have caught myself whistling that part randomly in the day with extreme enjoyment.
As I said earlier, making the steps made me like the song. It must have been the movement of my fingers on the arrow keys that made me think I was emulating djp jamming on the keyboard. It's a really good song to move to, but not necessarily with your whole body. I suggest tapping YOUR fingers to the rhythm and each time the attack of the notes occur!
PassivePretentiousness
on 2003-02-24 17:12:05
oh zut alors this is good. It's jazzy, it's fun, it uses techno effects without sounding forced and moronic. This baby has it all. My only quibbel (which I admit is probably bigger than it would be for most people) is that it strays (HA PUN :roll: ) so much from a song I truly enjoy. 7/8