ReMix: Donkey Kong Country "Industrial Fear"

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Stephen Kennedy, Executive Producer of Project Majestic Mix, which most of you should be familiar with (check the link if not), has allowed bLiNd to release this juggernaut of a trance track as sort of a promotion for KFSS Studios' upcoming trance album. If it's any indication of the production and general quality of the album as a whole, KFSS will definitely have come up with another winner, virtually guaranteed to please fans of the genre, which is not surprising given the cast of talented regulars that contribute to their projects. Introing with some great delayed bongo/conga percussion riffs over the requisite ubiquitous kick, things build nicely with the bass and heavily delayed synth lead entering around 0'40", with some cross-panned rhythmic synth patterns to fill things out. At 5'40", I really have to credit Jordan with developing this mix more than your average trance track, as there's a nice breakdown around 2'50" and from then on out you get quite a bit more additional "stuff" including a nice low subtractive analog bass riff. There's a lot of extra pads and treatments beyond what's immediately discernable in the mix, that are adding a bed of texture and augmenting the rest of the elements quite well. You can hear bits and pieces as the track ends - far from minimalist, this mix has quite a bit going on, but with no saturation or cacophony, which speaks to a mature, developed sound. This serves as a watertight, refined example of what can be done with trance game mixes, and is among the best of that genre here on OCR. A great prelude to what I'm sure will be a great album (keep your ears peeled) - recommended.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Necrox
on 2015-12-22 01:58:47

The reverbed hits in the intro are nice and that is a fat kick. I also like the arp-like delay (and the arp itslef later on). The synth at 4:15 or so is also nice. After hearing some of his other stuff, this mix seems somewhat scaled down, but it's the oldest one, so whatever. Decent mix.

phantasia
on 2010-05-19 07:08:06

I always get happy when this tune starts to play on my ipod. Awesome beat.

Crulex
on 2010-02-18 18:10:22

Gotta hand it to you, bLiNd, you know how to rock a beat. This has got to be the best tune on DKC and hearing it in full techo style is cool. While "Permutation" had an epic (as in style, not degree of awesomeness) sound to it, this has more of an "original" feel and it still makes me smile. The chorus (well, I call it chorus and don't care if that's right) at 2:48 is truly amazing.

OA
on 2009-11-12 18:03:34

Woah, vintage bLiNd, very cool stuff, especially that break into the B section at 2:48. Total 3.

It's cool to see how much he's improved since 2003, but also it

just goes to show that before even half of the mixers around had even considered making a remix, bLiNd was doing it right. Good stuff.

Caffei
on 2009-09-23 22:12:02

I just like it so much...I was suprised because I knew that the name "bLiNd" told me something XD and then I saw the name...and listened to it. I own that trance album! XD

Industrial fear was the song I preferred at first because well it has a cool DK feel to it and I like the sounds a lot. I actually took that song to make my aerobic course in front of the class which they referred to some kind of "space" music...T_T'

Anyway, I have that album since 1 or 2 years and its still one of my favorite songs when it comes to DK remixes! ^_^v

Great job!

Marmiduke
on 2009-04-17 06:45:24

Some very tasty trance.

I find that trance usually takes advantage of melodies in a way that doesn't really represent the source much at all, but this mix definately keeps that DKC feel. It's faithful, yet more high octane and ballsier than the original ever was.

There's plenty of hills and valleys spread throughout, so the otherwise derivitive beat wasn't a bother for me. Likewise, the partially hidden melody wasn't a drawback either; in fact, I thought it added a lot. The mix seems richer for it.

This is up there as one of my favourite solo bLiNd mixes to date, and reaffirms my appreciation of good trance. Awesome indeed.

Platonist
on 2008-09-29 20:06:19

wow, i can't understand how i missed this ...

it's from the OCR middle ages and wow wow wow bLiNd is .. yeah .. omg .. no words

bLiNd
on 2005-09-30 22:43:04
It's a loud mp3 compared to most. The title is the same as in game :( but I liked the original as one of DKC's better tunes. I like the percussion instrumentation; it's very Donkey Kong. The beat seems a bit too looped, though. I would have added some fills. The melody sounds a LOT like the original, not too much was changed there. I like how you did the section at 2:00 though the background sustained countermelody could come out a little more, as it's getting covered with the drums. I really liked the panning at 2:45. The originally composed section at 3:30 fits well, but is a little too mechanical and looped, even for a "factory" tune. You could have really done more with the climaxes at 4:10 4:30 and 4:40, like a pianoforte then a crescendo and a crash cymbal. The ending is kinda sudden and caught me by surprise.

It's a decent mix.

This version on OC was an early version. goto vgmix.com for the final version. I original did this in 2003 so its dated, but its kinda late to change anything according to your tastes ;)

Drack
on 2005-09-30 19:25:41

It's a loud mp3 compared to most. The title is the same as in game :( but I liked the original as one of DKC's better tunes. I like the percussion instrumentation; it's very Donkey Kong. The beat seems a bit too looped, though. I would have added some fills. The melody sounds a LOT like the original, not too much was changed there. I like how you did the section at 2:00 though the background sustained countermelody could come out a little more, as it's getting covered with the drums. I really liked the panning at 2:45. The originally composed section at 3:30 fits well, but is a little too mechanical and looped, even for a "factory" tune. You could have really done more with the climaxes at 4:10 4:30 and 4:40, like a pianoforte then a crescendo and a crash cymbal. The ending is kinda sudden and caught me by surprise.

It's a decent mix.

Bummer
on 2005-09-29 10:25:16

Wasn´t alot of fear in this one, more like the trance-drive has been activated and everyones dancin´ around.

Fear factory is one of the best tracks in DKC (actually, everyone is good, I´m the one who can´t decide), and bLiNd here was the first one to give us this mix. A whole lotta beats, which was no surprise i guess, they get the mix into the rhytm and the techno synth gets it all starting. And I believe I can hear some factory-sounds in the back, like saws or a blender, hard to say.

To make long story a shortie: bLiNd has done it again.

Those who hasn´t listened on his "Aerofunknamics" in Kong in Concert, really should do.

Selios
on 2005-09-04 11:42:18

really cool, but the 4/4 beat might be a little boring on a 5:40 remix

Txai
on 2004-11-18 10:39:51

bLiNd made a good Factory´s Remix in the DKC. The strokes please me and the melody is great!!

nodspaw51
on 2003-12-18 12:09:34

Cool. After playing Donkey Kong Country for six years you'd think I'd hear enough of this song. This is extremely good with excellent synthesization. This is both scary and awesome at once. A feeling you don't often get from a song. Favoring techno, I'd have to say this is one of my favs. I absolutly love this and will be downloading this as soon as i'm home. (Shhh i'm at school!) Anyhoo, i realy enjoy this song. Wow, that's all i can really say. It's hard to say. It's songs like this that make the internet worth dealing with! :o

Karmus
on 2003-12-16 01:25:13

LOL the original track is often confused with some name "Donkey Kong Country Theme Techno Version"!

Epic1044
on 2003-09-24 19:20:14

This could have been the archetypal OC Remix. Great Nintendo source material, excellent recording quality, the support of a growing studio. Really, there's not much to decry here. Except one thing, and the remix is so good that it surprises me the composers didn't fix it. The melody is shamefully hidden under the background. Two instruments take the melody at different times -- a staccato synth that's a little too short to make an impact, and a faded "orchestra hit" type sound that washes away in the background. With better instrumentation on those two lines and a little more volume, this remix is a top 5.