ReMix: Ragnarök Online 'Brazzy Road'
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Q: How money am I? I'm sitting in the Starbucks at Mandalay Bay, drinking a Mocha Frappawhatever, posting a ReMix... while Anna does her law school reading. A: Not particularly money. But that's ok, we're having a good time in Vegas, catching some shows, good eats, etc. The film Once came on HBO in our hotel room and we ended up watching the whole thing - definitely recommended, one of the most deserving recipients of the usually upsetting "Best Original Song" Oscar. Unfortunately, I came away from MAG with more than just memories; had an awful cough ever since that's persisting here in Nevada. Anna's mom suggests gargling with vodka... we'll see how that turns out.
In the meantime, though, even on vacation I'm trying to ensure that 2009 sees more frequent, consistent posting of mixes. Had Joshua Morse's Hybridism been an official OC ReMix project, you probably would have seen a flood of Ragnarok mixes last year, but having them spaced out like this does have the benefit of spotlighting the album to newcomers and reminding those who may not have checked it out way back when how groovy it is. This one's another collab with Mr. Lofton, arranging 'Brassy Road' - jm gives us the breakdown:
- Lofton on organ, eps
- jm on brass, kalimbas, percussion, strings, ep @ 3:33
- rest of backing split b/w us both
Sweet organ solos, Mr. Lofton! The kalimba sets this mix apart from the duo's previous Rag mixes, giving it a more Carribean/tropical feel, prefaced with the jungle/avian sound FX. There are also some nice, really subtle funky synth bits with short attacks that for me are just as good as the flashier, more elaborate soloing. It wouldn't be Morse without a meaty funk/disco beat and ginormous bassline, both of which the track delivers, and the whole thing fades out into the same serene tropical atmosphere it begins with - but not before organ trades off with kalimba and EP for some mad soloing action. If you could level any criticism here, it's that the mix is actually a little solo-heavy; it would have been nice to pepper things with more refrain/ensemble passages. Nevertheless, it's GOOD soloing - damn good soloing - so it's hard to fault 'em on it.
This is the third mix we've posted from Hybridism, and all three have been fantastic, so I'm not sure what further persuasion anyone would need to check out the rest of the cuts. Can't wait to see what Morse & Lofton have in store for us in 2009 - this album is a hard act to follow-up, and has yielded some memorable, extraordinarily funky, and superbly-crafted ReMixes.
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