ReMix: Kirby Super Star "Floating Islands of Grand Beach Manitoba"

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Kirby Super Star

Wow - fun and creative mixage from Double A Ron. Quintessentially danceable, this is some really good house techno that's simply well-constructed throughout, as well as being intelligent enough to pull some breaks and vary instrumentally and rhythmically. The bass alone is worth noting - the bassline is relatively basic, but the patch used is phat and has a lot of presence. Drums are layered, filtered, panned, and otherwise manipulated to ensure they're always doing something fun, and the simple usage of a clean(ish) electric guitar for intro and outro chords works well. Wasn't too keen on the sudden "here's a piano chord" closure - the ReMix deserved something with more presence and punch - but the variety and mix of textures, upbeat groovability, and the avoidance of repetition with some groovy breaks all earns this some props in my book. Fun stuff - easy to listen to, won't give you a headache, but also not cookie-cutter or monotonous. Recommended.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Salluz
on 2012-11-06 21:19:40

Listening passively, loving it. Enjoying myself, becoming happier and happier. Nothing's wrong but then there's the end and I'm WTF. High score, just got thrown off by that piano donk.

Crulex
on 2010-02-19 10:42:50

A great dance beat. This mix pretty much explains itself and I really dig the idea. Gotta love the vocal at the beginning, as that sold it for me. Oh oh oh yeah!

Nutritious
on 2009-12-14 02:24:25

Nice soundscape here to start things out. It seems like A Ron was going for a specific sound and was able to achieve it. Hearing some distortion/clipping from that beat, so be careful to keep the levels in check. Some of the changeups and transitions sounded a bit clumsy or unfinished. The beat fading in and out at places like 1:37 1:53 or the transition at 1:15 specifically. Overall, though, it's a nice listen with a happy feel to it.

Marmiduke
on 2009-11-28 02:22:53

The obsessive-compulsive, anal-retentive in me screams in frustration that this is labelled as Kirby Super Star when it's a Dream Land song. I know it's just a label, but it's akin to labelling the Mario theme as coming from Super Smash Bros. It just isn't accurate, and that gets to me a little.

As for the mix, there were things I enjoyed and things I didnt. I didn't enjoy the clipping, as it's a pretty prominent issue and once you hear it, you can't unhear it. I also get a sense that the mix sounds a little too thin or spacious. There's obviously some intent behind that, evident from the large gaps and the portion of silence. However, I don't think it does the arrangement or the structure many favours by having so much white-space on the canvas. Luckily, there are a lot of bits and pieces that work in this mix's favour. I love the little vocal at the beginning, and I like most of the intruments chosen. Things mesh accordingly, but like I said, the soundscape is very wishwashy and thin to what I'm used to hearing.

As good as the arrangement and ideas are, some glaring issues (as well as some of my own deep-seeded ones) get in the way with this one. Still not too bad, considering.

yosefu
on 2009-10-11 11:34:28

A very nice groovy track that is well worth playing again.

OA
on 2009-03-17 19:01:25

some light clipping on my earbuds- i'd be really nervous to hear this on my home setup. :/

Arrangementwise, this is really fun, with some well chosen sounds and a good progression, complete with good transitions, though unfortunately not complete with a good ending. I appreciate the token root chord, but there's no lead up to it at all. I'm guessing you had just had enough with this one and wanted to move on to your next mix. :-)

Still a peppy and fun mix, and it'll sound good on your ipod. :-)

Rekklis
on 2008-02-08 21:09:08

This should be in a new edition of JSR.

Rozovian
on 2008-02-02 18:39:29

When looking for remixes to put on CDs for my parents as xmas gifts, I came across this one. Instant addition. Rhythm, melody, sound, everything works together wonderfully. Bass totally rocks, especially on high volumes. :D Haven't heard any special comments about it from my folks, but _I_ like this a lot! Relaxing, positive and cool, it's all it needs to be. OCR needs more stuff like this.

Rekklis
on 2008-02-02 16:03:40

Oh man, this is AWESOME!

11/10

KogeJoe
on 2007-01-24 08:34:26

I actually liked this. Loved the set-up, keeps the melody and chords true to the source.

But you know what would have been cool? If you had added on the beach music from the other games in Superstar. (Namely, Sir Metakight's Revenge) If you notice, both original sources have the same kind of percussion beat. And meTHINKS they're in the same key, allowing for a smooth segway.

But nice work! The Floating Islands track has been one of my faves ever since Kirby's Dreamland for the GameBoy back in 19-who-knows-when... Halken has also done a great job of re-releasing the track in different games in different re-mixes... (Kirby's Dreamcourse, Kirby Superstar, Kirby's Dreamland 2, etc...)

The Hurricane
on 2006-09-07 01:07:06

Wow I love this tune and do you know what makes it even more special, I got a Cabin at Grand Beach.

I was looking for some awesome remixes and saw, "(Floating Island of)Grand Beach Manitoba" and I was like Hey I have a cabin there, I should Download it! You know what, to me it sounds like what a remix should. The tune actualy has a good feeling of how the beach feels, except when its busy and I am working at the consesions. Realy it sounds like a good days work, I think whoever made this captured the esscence of Grand Beach. Well to me anyways.

DrkSummoner
on 2006-03-10 11:09:31

Yeah, I found a copy of this song on the Stepmania site and the way they set it up, it's impossible to dance to. Though it was a good try. You can find the dance file here: http://www.stepmania.com/download.php?file=downloads/Songs_TalesOfGenji_Kirby.smzip

anosou
on 2005-05-27 12:26:28

We need MORE of these!

Kirby is waaay underrated and should be remixed as lot as Final Fantasy.. almost

anyways, I like the mix a lot!

One thing that bothers me though is that everything seems to "mush-up" in a not-so-nice-ish way when the piano comes in.

Maybe the drums are a bit to loud to.

otherwise this remix is GREAT! I mean GREAT-ish!

good

jordex
on 2004-12-29 14:01:27

ahh i remember this from the gameboy kirby!

ive been looking for this song and here it is

wow, this is pretty sweet

main synth sounds alot like elastic new year's but thats good

whewt i love this song *sings along*

Eccles
on 2003-07-20 15:43:13

oddly enough I agree with mustin that sometimes its a little loud. Specifically when the piano kicks in...and actually, the entie track from then on.

The drumloop does begin to grind after a while, but then there's so much going on in the track that you dont really notice it.

Listening to it again, I think the drumloop is sometimes too loud...that it stands out too much over all the other stuff, specifically the guitar chords.

Pretty good...

Good to dance to at beach parties and such, so I recommend it to all ^_^