ReMix: DarXide 'Starman (don't lose yourself)'
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To Jeff Bridges' and David Bowie's respective starmen Robbie Sabo adds his own celestially conjugated man, ReMixing an old, obscure 32X shooter named DarXide. Now, on some level, ALL 32X games are obscure - the "platform" wasn't Sega's finest hour and didn't exactly sell like hotcakes, although I myself had one - but DarXide is obscure even amongst 32X titles, which is really saying something. Akumajo B. writes:
"I've chosen to remix this track from the 32X game 'DarXide'. It's an awesome 3D update of Asteroids that had a fantastic soundtrack, and great graphics and gameplay. Obscure games need more recognition, and DarXide is one such game. Thankfully it is available for Symbian phones and Pocket PC's, so those of you with that hardware available to you, i URGE you to hunt this game down! I have a Nokia 6600, and i play it ritually every day:) You will not regret grabbing it in the SLIGHTEST... it's fantastic port (eclipsing the original in many ways), an a gem that deserves to be recognized as the downright classic that it is:)"
Consider yourself urged... Right from the start you get vocoded lyrics similar in spirit and execution to Electric Light Orchestra's Twilight; in fact, while the genre is more trance/disco/dance, there's an overall E.L.O. feel to the whole thing that's downright uncanny, from the romanticization of futuristic space travel to the whimsical arpeggios, vocal processing, and Day The Earth Stood Still synth solo circa 2'24". Being a fan (of ELO and Jeff Lynne in general), I'm definitely all about this mix, and it's sweeter since the melody's been resurrected and repurposed from the far depths of the gaming universe. When Robbie vocodes "To travel far beyond is just my master plan", he could easily be referring to his game selection for this piece, and as he himself notes, it's good to see obscure but deserving titles honored. Larry Ojisms:
"I've had nothing major to criticize, and this was cool stuff for a remix from such an obscure game. I'll admit, I didn't expect such awesome stuff from Robbie based on his Eternal Champions rejection from way back when. I knew he'd make it here, but at the same time I didn't think he'd be bringing the goods so consistently this soon and this impressively. Solid stuff per the usual, Robbie"
Following a memorable and similarly enthusiastic Bust a Groove mix from June, Robbie again illustrates an ability to put together catchy, hook-infused arrangements and temper them with a couple helpings of musical cheese while remaining tasteful, measured, and well-crafted. Good stuff, obscure game, and the healing power of VOCODER make this one for the whole family.
- aerialknight on October 20, 2011
I don't know the source tune.
I don't know what the story is behind it.
I don't know anything except this is superb quality, amazingly catchy, and great all around. Can't get it out of my head, and the vocoding is just...SO DAMN GOOD. ARGH!
Akumajo, have my music babies. And never stop making these vocal mixes.
- Level 99 on July 20, 2011
An obscure track from an obscure game that certainly doesn't deserve obscurity. Check this one out RIGHT NOW!
- OA on December 7, 2009
- Bip on August 11, 2009
- Dhsu on March 31, 2009
Perhaps a little more lyrical variety woulda been nice, but maybe not - the words just ... mesh so well with the song.
hey this reminds me... what ever did come of that wave race 64 mix? Due to it, I have strange, random words stuck in my head, like, "Turn around" and "upside down" which have odd double connotations. Hope you've gotten a male vocalist for it... but even if you didn't, I thought your latest (posted) version in WIP was highly chic, sexy, etc.
- SoulinEther on January 23, 2009
- YoshoMasaki on October 31, 2007
- Jimstander Drago on January 11, 2006
I often have it on repeat for awhile or so, I love it that much!
Thank you so much for making this!!
It really does make me so happy, just to listen to it~~
- Shinkako on December 29, 2005
- Pancake Knight 76 on November 24, 2005
- AoFMarauder on October 3, 2005
So Robbie is 2 for 2 in terms of songs with lyrics. Keep it up.
- Redfenril_Jedi on August 20, 2005
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- DJ Pili on August 15, 2005