ReMix: Crazy Comets "Komet Non-Stop"

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Crazy Comets

Now this here is one creative ReMix. You'll often hear me throw honor & respect towards the c64 remixing scene, which has been around longer than OCR and produced tons of great, innovative mixes, and this is the type of track that supports those statements. Marcus Nilsson, alias Makke, gives us a ReMix of the popular title 'Crazy Comets', originally by veteran c64 composer Rob Hubbard, in the style of . . . Kraftwerk! If you're like me, and I know I am, when you hear 'Kraftwerk' you think slightly-goofy but deadly-serious short-haired European men singing like robots to catchy, rhythmically mechanical synth pop. Well, that hardly sums it up - if you've never heard of them, you should have, as Kraftwerk are ubiquitously credited as being one of the more influential bands in the history of synthesis, bringing synths to the forefront of a "band" and making some influential tunage as well. The title here is a reference to their 'Musique Non-Stop'. Okay, history lesson over. Makke has taken Crazy Comets tunage and run it through a veritable 'Kraftwerk filter', and the result really does sound authentic. You've got original lyrics, sung in an amusing but musical robotic monotone, some great speak n' spell style synth voice at the intro, and overall just a lot of creativity at play. Over top a funky beat, replete with synth fx augmentation, an anchoring synth bass riff gets its thang on whilst various discrete layers of delayed synths vary between counter-melody 'leads' and backing chords. The DSP here expands the stereo field significantly, as you can hear reverb + delay trails on either end of the stereo spectrum as they diminish. To arrange game music while at the same time so wonderfully emulating the style of a well-known, groundbreaking electronica act such as Kraftwerk is really an accomplishment unto itself, and to do so with vocals and the types of subtle touches Makke has added is just great. Even if you don't know Kraftwerk OR Crazy Comets, or even the venerable c64, this is worth checking out. It's catchy minimalist electro-pop that remains true to two masters - Hubbard and Kraftwerk - whilst adding its own spin on things. Recommended.


Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2012-10-19 00:53:20
This is a fun song, largely due to the vocals. A bit minimalistic aged a bit poorly, but I can enjoy this.

The emphasis on good production would actually ruin the feel here, as the 80's sound wasn't really about perfect EQ and was all about lots of reverb and retro synths - it just wouldn't be the same with modern production techniques, in my humble opinion. So to me, it's aged perfectly :

EDIT - the artist was going for an 80's sound, not that it was MADE in the 80's just to clarify, so don't get yer knickers in a knot about technicalities and what have you ;)

on 2012-10-18 20:33:24

This is a fun song, largely due to the vocals. A bit minimalistic aged a bit poorly, but I can enjoy this.

on 2008-06-13 13:13:34

Woah, it is the end song from revenge of the nerds!

Awesome pitchbends on the lead, and the vocals are total space synth. I really like the counterpoint parts as well, and though I could never see myself creating something like this, I can appreciate it's style. I think I actually prefer this to most of Makke's other tracks, though they all contain something that I like.

The laser sounds are great, and though the beats are somewhat repetitive, I can't resist the non-stop comet action.

on 2007-01-20 00:39:03

This is one old school, cool mix...

Swallowed Shyguy
on 2007-01-17 17:36:38

Wow, this is extremly cool! I dig both Kraftwerk and Hubbard, and the way you put them together is nice. I especially like your true-to-the-rolemodel singing, very classy! How come there are so many game music/unexpected music genre remixers from Sweden? (You, Game Over, Neskvartetten) I´m not a fan of Swedish contemporary music, but this makes me so proud... And happy!

Amayirot Akago
on 2005-09-05 14:24:16

One of my first (and favourite) OCRs. Great tune, great lyrics, greatness all over!

Anybody happen to have the lyrics, by the way? They're not in the song's review on the site.

on 2004-04-21 11:54:48

Perfect Kraftwerk style remix of the excellent "Crazy Comets" tune!

If there's an instrumental of this mix (no vocal), thanks to let me know.

on 2004-04-04 18:04:38

i love this one... didn't know it was on overclocked. i think i may be the one who recommended makke to submit it here.

anyway. it rocks. kraftwerk rocks.

and if you like this one, download makkes other works. i especially like "great giana rastas"

on 2003-11-23 23:21:42

Whats the song say at the VERY BEGINNING... even before "c60-4"

on 2003-06-23 08:14:06

This seems like it was live frome Europe. Amzingly funny!

on 2003-04-10 22:34:50

this is a seriously good remix

Kamikaze Noodle
on 2003-03-10 22:18:25

OMG IM IN THE 80's!!! This is awesome! I mean, I'm not a big fan of synth-pop, but the way you pulled this off, makes it awesome. Very sweet synth work. (especially the bass) The vocals make me freakin laugh my ass off! "Non-stop comet elation" Oh it's pure genius! Makke, you are a breath of fresh air and a kick in the pants as to what can be done with a remix!

K-J N.
on 2003-03-07 16:10:58

The echoey voice at the very beginning says "Musique non-stop".

Scotty B.
on 2003-03-07 11:10:28
... Whats the song say at the very beginning?

It's saying "C sixty-four", like the C64, unless you're talking about the echoey section before the beat starts. If that's what you're referring to, then I have no clue.

on 2003-03-04 01:06:01

Yay, I have no idea what C64 is, I just like hearing new stuff!

I have one complaint... It's that I don't have a flippin complain!

I also have one question... Whats the song say at the very beginning?