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"Hot Pursuit"

Primary Game: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Nintendo, 1996, SNES), music by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic

Posted 2002-10-30, evaluated by the judges panel


Happy Halloween! We'll have more mixes later on tonight, but I had some time midday to post this interesting ReMix from Wintermute. I've been busy refinancing my home lately, so things have been hectic :) This is our first DKC3 ReMix, and though the soundtrack to the third installment of this excellent trilogy was similar to the first two (i.e. excellent), this mix is unlike previous DKC ReMixes in that it has a harder, industrial edge to it and even some vocals, after a fashion. Introing with a guitar-like delayed synth then some pads, soft acoustic drum loops, and a "nothing can stop me now" refrain sung by the artist, the real fun starts at 0'57" with heavy industrial drums and a gritty, pitch-bending low-end synth with some teeth to it. There's a break to a quieter section with some respectable choral work, and then back full-on with more prominent vocals for a couple lines. At this point, I was fairly impressed at this clearly NIN-inspired (from the combination of pop synth and harder textures and more blatantly the vocals) arrangement. The next section was problematic for me - it goes major-key with a more exposed repetition of the "nothing can stop me" line. Didn't feel right, didn't like it. But the rest of the mix is good enough to counter-balance this portion of the piece, for me, and it was certainly interesting to hear what DKC through the lens of Reznor-esque (circa Pretty Hate Machine) industrial sounds like. Risky, unique stuff from Wintermute - I woudn't say it succeeds on all levels, but overall it's an interesting idea that's been well executed. Check it out if that description piques your interest.

djpretzel

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WesternZypher
on 2013-03-07 21:56:01

what a cool source tune, wish more people remixed it, I love the steady driving energy behind this.

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yosefu
on 2010-02-06 22:19:09

Fantastic mix Wintermute.

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Crulex
on 2010-02-06 21:52:46

It's an interesting mix, and definantly not the worse thing to come out on the site. I don't really mind the vocals, but at some parts they just don't seem to work out like they intended to. I like the mix, just saying it's not a head turner. Then again, maybe it's just cause DKC(2,3) soundtracks are my fav. that I cut this a bit of slack. ;-)

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42
on 2009-12-27 22:49:47

No matter how you dice this one up, this is just a weird mix.

The initial synths reminds me of like some Asian dish being stir fried in a wok. I have no idea why that reminds me of that, but it does. ¯\(°_o)/¯

This whole mix just has a weird, very excitable energy that reminds me of a Japanese professor I once had. It's just so unique and it's an interesting listen. Things just fly by so quick that the listener is all like "What the crap just happened?" and listens to it again. In the end, I really like this mix.

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Emunator
on 2009-12-08 18:23:33

I actually happen to like this one a lot, compared to some of the other reviews here. It stays close to the source, but past the first 30 seconds I think the vocals were enjoyable and added a lot to the song. The airy section at 2:33 is my favorite part.

Sure, it's not perfect, but it's a very old remix and I still think it holds up as a listenable track by my current standards. But that might also be because I'm a whore for DKC music :

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metalsnakejuice
on 2009-12-08 10:04:57

I am really digging this. I think you did a good job Wintermute.

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OA
on 2009-03-21 16:47:24

The intro strangely mixed and with wonky volume levels, making me feel the production of this isn't really up to par. THe opening vocal clip is annoying too. :/ The strings playing the chords also have too slow of an attack, and it's throwing me off. Once the distorted beats and synths come in, it starts to sound a lot more balanced, and I can dig that section. Vocals coming don't really fit the soundscape set up, but are decent enough otherwise.

Really weird track here, i'm not sure what to really think.

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FlamingTP
on 2008-04-28 00:54:48

Review# 2/1522 Donkey Kong Country 3 'My Red Hot Pursuit' This remix Started out great with some nice oriental tones, the voice didn't detract from the general tone of the mix either. Throw in some deep vibrato synth to seal the deal and you've got gold. However, at the half way point the voice got a little bit louder than the beat for my tastes and towards the end the ReMixer's voice singing "Nothing can stop me now" with some 80's standard keyboard effects bothered my ears a bit. however over all I'd consider this a keeper.

Score: 8/10 "Recommended"

-FlamingTP

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Dafydd
on 2007-10-13 07:05:01

Well... while this wasn't terrible, this is a remix that makes me glad that standards have gone up somewhat since 2002. The volume levels are little funny at times, the singing isn't exactly in tune and there's some rather ugly synths in here. Overall though, it was a pretty nice remix, especially considering what year it was made.

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Bummer
on 2005-09-30 08:21:19

I haven´t played this game, but that doesn´t mean you can listen anyway, eh?

As pretzeldude said himself, this was quite interesting. There aren´t many mixes with vocals, I don´t just connects it with what these lyrics have with the name of this song. It´s a pursuit alright, OH that´s why!

The synths very cool but also buzzy or whatever you can call them, the one in the beginning sure sounded alot, but I guess that´s good for the image of a pursuit.

Truly different dude.

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Krythan
on 2004-06-14 02:10:27

I downloaded this like 8 months ago and forgot about it until a few days ago. I wish I would have listened to it back then - its pretty sweet! I normally hate vocals in a remix, but this is an exception. The vocals fit in with the mood of the song, and flow with the beat, which has a very groovy industrial feel.

Man, this rocks! Excellent job, Wintermute!

8/10

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TCK
on 2003-06-28 21:10:24

God knows if this is NIN-sounding or not, but no matter this is one of my favourite ReMixes from the site and the best DKC mix. Very suprising since I wasn't a fan of the original. I can't pinpoint exactly what I like about this mix, but the section from 0.22 to 1.00 is probably my best part. 1.00 to 1.38 is also good. After that, the track perhaps doesn't live up to the beginning, but it's still not bad. The lyrics were ok, the only lyrics I didn't like that much was from 2.36, but the rest of the lyrics were suitable, and keep the track going well. The introduction with the sitar (apparantly) starts off the track well.

Any fan of the DKC series, especially those who played DKC2, but not 3, should download this, along with those who like NIN (in order to comment on its apparent NINness) and those who like electronica.

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Ultimo Hedgehog
on 2003-05-13 19:44:22

Well, this one was interesting. Strange and interesting. Some weird instrument through the whole first half, some guy saying something that I can't understand until the end, etc. Pretty good, but I think Winter has better ones.

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the warlock
on 2003-04-29 19:37:02

Well to be honest i didn't like this when i first heard it so i thought i wodn't bother with a review but now im kinda gettin' into it. Okay truth be told im not a big fan of this song and Wintermute has done some quality ReMix's better than this but the opening minute is breathtaking. Love the voice samples, nothing special ut very catchy plus they don't play down the actual music. Once the song reaches 1:00 however everything seems to get too repetative for me, maybe i would appreciate it if id played DKC3 more than once.

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Ferret
on 2003-04-27 05:23:45

For the life of me I can't quite figure out what's going on with this song. I like it, that much is sure. And although I can't quite figure it out, it's fun, it makes me smile, and it's not half bad. Way to go, Wintermute. Keep this up and you'll have one weird fan to add to what I'm sure will someday be an impressive list.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Nintendo, 1996, SNES)
Music by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic
Songs:
"Hot Pursuit"

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Donkey_Kong_Country_3_My_Red_Hot_Pursuit_OC_ReMix.mp3
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3:15

Nothing can stop
Nothing can stop
Nothing can stop me now
Nothing can stop me now

Nothing can stop my red hot pursuit of you

[x2]
Nothing can stop me
Nothing can stop me
Nothing can stop me now
Nothing can stop my red hot pursuit of you

Hey, heyyyyy

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