Posted 2004-10-14, evaluated by djpretzel
I'm gonna step out of my role of writing mix writeups and even to some extent running OCR to express condolences and share with our listeners news that ReMixers Avien (Chris Powell) and Charles Blachly passed away in the last two years, Charles in April of 2003 and Chris recently on September 10th of this year. I was only recently informed of this information. I make no grand claims to have known either very well, but to whatever extent you can know someone from their music, brief emails, and general interest in what OCR's about, both deaths come as a surprise and are very saddening. We talk about OCR as a community, and to some extent that's true for many of the listeners, mixers, forumgoers, judges, etc. that spend a large amount of time here, but it's also a community in the larger sense in that, even for those who aren't as intimately involved with OCR specifically, there's something of a bond simply on the basis of sharing a common interest in games and game music, and in discovering a place where those interests are endorsed and expressed. I'm glad both of them spent some portion of their far too brief lives interacting with this community, and hope the work they contributed to it was reciprocated back to them in some way.
My apologies to Razya for introducing his mix with this very depressing news which is unrelated to his excellent electronica mix of Vega's theme from Street Fighter 2. These writeups have a narrative thread to them, and sometimes this means mixing in news that could be both non-sequitir and/or disturbing, depressing, frustrating, etc. with a mix that has no direct connection. As important as it is to reflect on losses, however, time marches on. This deceptively simple club/trance mix from Rayza takes on the theme of Spanish claw-wielding prettyboy Vega, or Balrog if you're Japanese, who had the unique honor of participating in the Street Fighter 2 animated movie's quintessential scene, also known as the "Gratuitous Chun Li Shower Experience", before getting severely whooped. The singular McV covered this theme in a surprising R'n'B ballad style once upon a time, which worked, but fortunately the original lends itself to this more club-friendly adaptation just as readily. This isn't an ornate, layered, intricate, subtle affair, and some may say that Rayza's used mostly staple trance foods in the piece's construction, not deviating wildly or coloring outside the lines much. That'd be accurate, actually - this isn't an evolution or a revolution, relative to the mixer's own ouvre or other mixes on the site, but it's just damn well-built. Solid, through and through, with nary a nick or scratch. Things intro with a meat-and-potatoes kick and octave bass, along with a lovely little dirty synth and some backwards claps or fx of some sort. When the beat and accompanying filtered synth patterns come in, there's a nice club feel that lives up to the mix title, with meaty beats that envelope the gliding synth lead that comes in for melody afterwards. One thing I might have done differently is used a different lead patch for what I'd call the chorus, as this glide lead does end up dominating the melodic real estate, where sharing it may have helped make the different portions more distinct. We get a cool breakout section with the country names announced in that famous, way-too-enthusiastic voice and some great rapid-fire gating that does superfast triplets and adds to the intensity. Things do repeat a bit, but they're solid enough to survive the reiteration, and for the last minute or so there's a nice countermelody doing its thing, along with the excellent, very syncopated percussion being more exposed and easier to fully appreciate in its own right. In fact, my comment about this not being layered should be retracted, because percussively and in terms of the synth gating, there's really quite a bit of detail and interlocking parts making this thing tick. The overall presentation is more direct and staple genre, but these aspects in particular are very honed and beneficial. One pictures the somewhat sedate crowd in Vega's caged background getting a little rowdy, a disco ball lowering, some strobe lights firing up, and the fighting being postponed for some impromptu grooving to the substantive number of rhythmic hooks Rayza's vacuum-packed in here. Excellent, danceable, sugar-coated SF2 electronica.
on 2011-07-09 07:42:33
Usually when I listen to this, I'm so totally swayed by the gradually intensifying lead synths at the start that, from 0:28 to 1:21, I get out of my chair (if I'm sitting down), assume Vega's fighting stance, threaten an imaginary opponent with a "claw" on my left hand, mimic backflips, "cling" to a wall to scale, and "leap" from it with a girlish cry, all to the beat. If I do it once, I often repeat it at 3:28 - 3:53. The fresh melody after that sure turns up the groove factor the way djp described (rowdy crowd and disco ball and all), although my body can't always keep up with the energy display if I dance (twice) before that. Basically, Club del Toro knows how to give me a silly-awesome workout with its enticing hook and sustaining vibe, so props.
Btw, I'm guessing Thailand was left out of the country shout-outs because that would imply that Vega's been defeated (and the player's moved on to Sagat and M. Bison). I can't imagine that handsome fighter losing a battle when he's got THIS to dance/fight to.
on 2010-12-31 10:26:04
Love the voice samples in this ReMix. F-f-f-fight! It's really blends in with the whole dance/trance beat. I couldn't imagine Vega's theme as a dance track before, but now it's not nearly as far-fetched. I kinda like the "Mortal Kombat"-like name run that listed the countries. It would have been cool if somehow the same could have be done for the fighter's names later on for the track, but overall it's an awesome ReMix with a ton of great energy going for it. Sweet stuff.
on 2009-12-18 10:55:43
Pretty cool stuff, some great backing synths throughout, and though i'm not completely sold on the lead, the atmosphere of the track overall works very well. The announcer from the game was a bit much, but charming enough to give the flavor of the game to the arrangement.
At a little over 5 minutes though, it seemed to drag on a little long, and there's a good deal of repetition. There are a lot of good ideas brought in that help improve it, like some gated and panned transitions that are very cool.
Decent, but not amazing.
on 2009-10-01 06:46:42
The vocal samples makes this so awesome to listen too.
on 2008-12-06 21:14:00
This is an awesome mix all-around, and the voice samples just make it so much greater.
on 2007-10-20 23:24:10
The transitions are so friggin' nice. I love how even when the lead drops out, we get that little hint of the theme in the subtle distorted synths. That's just awesome writing. And 3:58-4:40 = Hot. My favorite Rayza mix? Yeah, probably.
on 2006-03-08 04:58:19
Awesome pump up song.
on 2005-10-07 12:41:45
I suppose it had to be done. I prolly won't listen to it again. Dance is overdone and usually poorly. The vocal samples are nice; reminiscient of old Mortal Kombat tunes. Eh, it bores me. Sorry, Rayza.
on 2005-07-30 23:04:46
Excellent track. I've always loved Rayza's style of music and this is no exception.
on 2005-03-13 22:21:44
A very nice mix. It's quality techno youd expect from Rayza. One thing that I noticed about this peice was that it had a bit more of a darker feel to it than any of his other mixes that I've heard. That aside its a great track. Worth the download.
on 2005-03-07 00:39:29
Awesome dance-type song. I've listened to it a couple million times and got other people to like it, along with most of Rayza's other works.
on 2005-03-06 18:31:50
One of the things I like about this song is the looped melody stays at a level consistent with everything else and yet never truly changes - the effects within the song cause it to shift slightly, but always reutnring to the same point.
It's easier to notice at the beginning of the song.
In any event, oddly enough this has gotta be one of my favorites from Rayza, despite the overbearing enjoyment from other tracks such as Gallantry or Whirlwind, to name some other trance/dance/techno-ey remixes by him.
That, and it's funny as hell to see people's reactions when I'm moving my body to the beats in a quiet, almost nonchalant way as I walk through the halls at school listening to this.
on 2005-01-10 16:33:43
Excellent trance!!! :nicework:
on 2004-11-29 13:51:25
This is a good remix.Rayza is a great remixer.
The best part starts in 01:48.And the Street Fighter´s Narrator : Fi-Fi-Fi-Fight!
on 2004-11-12 11:17:44
I'm not really sure why but I really like this one- it's a feel good song.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Capcom, 1992, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Yoko Shimomura
- "Vega (Spain)"
- Electronic, Synth
- 6,085,044 bytes
- Size: 6,085,044 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: ee266cb5d3979a91afa43d9cd94f9131
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