ReMix: Mario Kart 64 'Holiday Frappe'
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Merry Xmas! Hopefully you're all basking in the warm glow of your holiday haul already, or will be soon, but if you didn't get exactly what you wanted, felt like you were just ONE gift short, or simply don't celebrate the 'mas, Tweek's gone and given you a present to fill that void. Upbeat, jazzy, holiday-style 'Frappe Snowland' from Mario Kart 64, to be specific. Morse covered this source in a jazzy style himself way back in 2004, and it's fun to compare that mix with his later stuff and see how he's progressed. Brian works in some 'Frosty the Snowman' in much the same way The OneUps incorporated holiday tunes into their SMW 'Sleigh Ride' mix even further back, in '02. You've got vibes, a jazz brush kit, and a really nice example of a walking acoustic upright bass line, plus some brass that does both stabs and swells, always good to see. It turns out that Brian was actually playing the system, taking advantage of our last-minute need for some sort of holiday festivities:
"Greg 'Audix' Michalec said it best: "The best way to have a mix posted on OCR: do a holiday mix or something for a special occasion." Well, here is a festive holiday mix. Haven gotten the girlfriend a Wii for her birthday, we've been playing a lot of Mario Kart, so I decided to take one of the retro track themes. A wintery and blustery Mario Kart track with a healthy dose of classic Christmas tunes mixed in with a sprinkle of jazz is what emerged. This style is very different from my typical compositions, but I enjoyed toning the intensity down for this mix! Happy Holidays OCR!"
I prefer to think of this mix as emanating from the goodness of Brian's heart, for the children of the world to enjoy, as opposed to the sullied manifestation of an opportunistic attempt at getting a mix posted quickly... but that's just me. It's a good thing the dose of holiday tunes wasn't TOO healthy, as we'd have grinched out and not posted it due to our pesky standards and what not. Fortunately there's much more 'Frappe' here than otherwise, it's a creative & festive interpretation of the source that makes sense with the wintry context, and the production and sequencing are both groovy. There must have been some magic in that old mushroom he found, for when Mario put it in his mouth... he began to dance around. What's cool is that even when Mr. Arnold piles on the Xmas cameo tunes, the source arrangement is still going on underneath. Enjoy it like you would a honey-baked ham, egg nog, or chocolate-covered... anything, and here's wishing you a happy holidays from OC ReMix!
- Crulex on February 19, 2010
Palpable;504199 wrote: I didn't feel it was that much like most Christmas songs, but instead suggested a quiet Christmas by the fire. Very gentle and well put-together, and a great addition to OCR.
Yeah, I'd have to agree with this. It's one of my favorite lounge jazz remixes on the site. Honestly I had no idea Tweek had this in him, but it's ended up being one of my favorite mixes of his. The drums are a particular high point for me, they're very exciting for such a laid back track.
You can bet I'll be listening to this one a lot in the coming weeks!
- Emunator on December 11, 2009
- Dafydd on October 14, 2009
Well, all I have to say is it's absolutely brilliant. Are all the instruments live?
- Dafydd on April 6, 2009
- MechaFone on February 15, 2009
- Rozovian on February 9, 2009
- Palpable on February 7, 2009
- Martin Penwald on January 10, 2009
Great incorporation of the themes, they fit together perfectly. The various Christmas staples mixed in with the also-familiar Mario Kart theme is classy, and the style is spot-on. The piano and drums are especially convincing. I feel a little weird about listening to this one at other times of the year, but while it's still snowy, and i'm drinking my ghetto mocha, this is the way to go.
GG dude, can't wait to hear more from you. :-)
- OA on January 8, 2009
Having said that, I kinda wish the trombones(?) had a greater presence. I think I understand having them more muted/ambient was your intention as background holiday music. Yet, for me, I was a bit frustrated that it was a bit too "far back" and echoy as if playing from the other side of a tunnel.
Does that make sense? I think you're really onto something with this tho. Kudos for doing something different!
- dfcentre on January 5, 2009
- LuigiFan on January 1, 2009
- tweex on December 31, 2008
Also, not a fan of christmas music.
HOWEVER if I was a fan of either this source tune or Christmas music, I'd be able to appreciate the extremely good instrumentation, the balanced sound, the fun and upbeat melody and the general awesomeness of this mix. Hell, I'd almost be able to forgive you for using this source tune since you use it in such a nice expansive way, really fleshing out the tune and making it your own, just having fun and getting to play with it. This is good stuff, seriously!
- Master_Yoshi on December 30, 2008
- jintoreedwine on December 27, 2008
- Jaybell on December 26, 2008