Syncopation is a good thing, especially when applied uniquely to songs that have already been ReMixed quite a bit; here, DarkeSword builds a great, innovative groove off a syncopated slap bass and rockin' acoustic drums, coupled with a nice swirly, delayed organ and some more synthetic synth leads and pads. There's a nice gated filter synth break down around 1'20", the prelude to an excellent interpretive flute solo after my own heart - adds a lot to the piece, is well-played, and the drums underneath follow it to boot. Judges unanimously cited a pretty sub-par slap bass sample as being the only salient detriment, and I'd have to agree - while there are instances where intentionally fake slap bass samples can work (They Might Be Giants come to mind, or "Sanctified" off Pretty Hate Machine), this part called for (and deserved, due to the nice rhythms and occassional pitch bend) a deeper, meatier, more realistic slap bass. Vigilante writes: "This song has some top notch coverage already, and so any new covers have a pretty high bar to reach. I'm continuously impressed by the number of unique interpretations i've heard of this song. This mix definitely has something new to offer. The groove is great, the sounds are great. Nice flute solo. My only complaint is that i dont really like the bassline; I find it a little cliched and cheap. This definitely gets a YES." - while I had less problems with the bassline itself and more with just the bass sample, I agree with Jesse's statement about the song already having top notch coverage and DarkeSword bringing something new + worthy to the table. Nice blending of different sounds into a cohesive whole, and an imaginative reworking of an already extensively reworked track. A must download for Sonic fans, and another great example of an original being flexibly and ably taken to new places.
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega, 1994, GEN)
Music by Bobby Brooks, Brad Buxer, C. Cirocco Jones, Darryl Ross, Doug Grigsby III, Geoff Grace, Jun Senoue, Michael Jackson, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tomonori Sawada
- "Ice Cap Zone: Act 1"
- Additional Game:
Sonic & Knuckles (Sega, 1994, GEN)
Music by Howard Drossin, Jun Senoue, Masaru Setsumaru, Masayuki Nagao, Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tokuhiko Uwabo, Tomonori Sawada, Yoshiaki Kashima
- "Lava Reef Zone: Act 1"
- Synth, Woodwinds
- 3,512,320 bytes
- Size: 3,512,320 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: b30d82cd0877b7aa6940abe1d2353a10
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