ReMix: Rygar 'Trippin' on Snails'
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Mazedude must be one clumsy fella, because it seems like every other mix he's trippin' on something new (it's funny . . . laugh, damn you!) - whether it be rainbows, alligators, or snails - three items that I actually can't imagine are commonly tripped on (in a Cheech & Chong sense of the word) or over - the result remains consistently enjoyable, risk-taking, and musically transporting. This time Mazedude takes on the wonderful world of Rygar, Tecmo's seemingly forgotten hero who was recently revived for a next-gen sequel. Opening with a delayed upright acoustic bass (which you normally wouldn't hear delay applied to), things get very jazzy and funky FAST; this is probably Chris' best jazz work to date. A shuffling, hybrid electro-acoustic beat is the underpinning for some mean, delicious piano riffage, wailing saxophone work, low end wah guitar chords (icing on an already formidable cake), a breakdown with a bit of Chris on his trombone, a pick-up with muted trumpet which then breaks back in with piano, sax, and trombone all going simultaneously and maintains excellent intensity for a considerable while, then ends on a fadeout. Mixing is very clean - to have this many instruments riffing at the same time and not have the mix turn into chaos and start sounding ass is a testament to Mazedude's ever-improving skills. The arrangement is stellar, a new personal benchmark for Chris, with excellent performances all around from a mean assortment of players. The piano and sax in particular were superlative, and everything fits together VERY tightly and never even approaches the vicinity of adjectives like 'stale' or 'repetitive' for a nanosecond. For me, this is Mazedude's best ReMix since RiverCityRammStein and lends Rygar's tunes a whole new dimension. Highly recommended.
I can see why people are calling this 'Industrial Jazz', and I gotta say I'm liking what I'm hearing. The middle section I love in particular, where the trumpet and sax almost seem to be dueling it out and it gets even better and more packed towards the end.
A highly fun and energetic piece by Mazedude.
- Sir_Downunder on December 17, 2009
The part where the horns are playing the main melody in unison really clicked with me, and the various drum breakdowns beforehand were great too.
Fun stuff with a lot of energy, even if it almost gets to be too much. :-)
- OA on March 17, 2009
- Liontamer on October 5, 2007
- OpenAmp on December 3, 2005
THis song needs to be heard by more people!
- jordex on October 31, 2004
This is another Mazedude classic, and I think it's his best work ever. Even if you don't normally like jazz, this mix has a great pace and a variety of instruments. Excellent work, Maze.
- Corporal Eschebone on April 4, 2004
I like the piano riff you use. Fits really well.
Makes me want to make a martini. :)
- Atomic Dog on April 10, 2003
- Dougzee on April 10, 2003
good work mazedude
- TFLthuG on April 1, 2003
- Kamikaze Noodle on March 23, 2003
Not that that's a bad thing. I fricking [i]love[/i] this song. It's so delightfully funky -- a previous poster called it "industrial jazz". I didn't even know that style existed, nor that I would even like it, but dangit, I heard this mix, and it became another favorite style -- and mix -- of mine. Hat's off, Mazedude. Keep 'em comin'.
- TheVoid_Jeremy on March 17, 2003
MY favorite portion was in the center, where the meat of the original melody was really kicking in. Lots of neat ideas, and well executed. My only problem with this mix was that I would have liked to have heard more of the original bassline intact, at least at some point. That's one of the most delicious bass riffs in NES history.
But as it is, neat ideas....nice change of pace and direction, and GREAT song choice. I also dig the neat sax swirls and guitar wahs....
- Quinn X5 on March 7, 2003
- Ryan8bit on March 6, 2003
Something sounded slightly amiss though, somewhere in the gumbo. Maybe it was trying to do too much, I'm not sure...
But the trombone was the definitely the weak link to me. Intonation was just far enough off a couple places that I winced... plus, the tone on the 'bone was odd - too mellow throughout... it would have sounded much more at home backed up by a contemplative drumset and lazily walkng bass rather than the funky, energetic, beat it's with here.
But that's only a small part... overall, still very good. Not only is this industrial jazz thing not done often, it's done well here, so props.
- fisherman on March 5, 2003
- Nigel Simmons on March 5, 2003