Hot damn! Rockin' the yard, indeed... I've been looking forward to Brad's first solo (i.e. non-collab) mix, to see what he could do on his own; his two collabs with Taucer and single mix with Caio were all great, but I'm used to being introduced to artists' solo works first, THEN hearing them in a collaborative context, and he definitely inverted that for me. If there were any doubts he could put together an equally great arrangement by himself, this mix puts them to rest: while zircon did pitch in on mastering, arrangement and performance are 110% mephisto - this is Brad's baby, and it rocks. If you recall, back in April we posted Shaun's Super Dodge Ball ReMix, which was also excellent - both tracks were pulled from the Around the World album project due to scheduling, but it's under new management and should still see the light of day at some point. In the mean time, though, we're certainly getting our fill of SDB action. Since Andy chipped in, let's hear what he says:
"I (zircon) really liked the first sub but thought the mixing/production was dragging it down. That was the sole basis for my original NO, as I really liked the arrangement, interpretation, and part writing. Very creative overall! Brad came to me and asked for some help, and I offered to simply re-mix and master it myself. In doing so I fixed all of my own production/execution problems and I think the final result sounds good, as it gives Brad's skilled playing and sequencing (especially the bass!) the level of clarity and fullness they deserve."
One cool thing (among many!) about the judges panel is that every once in awhile they walk the walk in terms of actually fixing their own criticisms of a mix by assisting artists directly; this was such a moment. In the original submission email, Brad talks more about the creation of the mix:
"i recorded my saxophone through my m-audio mobilepre usb. i also used the vst versions of steinburg acoustic guitarist run through guitar rig 2.2, steinburg virtual bassist and the NI B4 organ. and addictive drums. that's pretty much all the instruments in this - the wah guitar was the steinburg electric guitar, but as a whole, that's really all that i needed. i used my KeyRig 49 for the organ and bass parts.
recorded in two takes, straight through, except for the soli section right before the last time through the head. that was two additional takes for the lower two parts. i'm pretty happy with how it turned out. this was my first real non-collaborative remix that i finished in a while. i'm pretty happy with how it turned out. i'm not a very good jazz saxophonist, but i think i handled myself adequately on the solo section in the middle. the bass is a little heavy in the middle, but it sounds fine on other systems than my computer speakers so i think it's pretty much fine."
This is really excellent use of the Addictive Drums library in particular - lovely breaks and fills keep everything fresh, and the toms bit at 0'44" wit da Shaft guitar is downright nasty. It's also some of Brad's best sax work yet, in my opinion, and I think he pulls off the jazz licks just fine. I suppose one could make some articulation nitpicks here and there, but this sounds so much better than sampled sax, and Brad was actually PLAYING this stuff on the honest-to-goodness instrument, no keyboards, breath controllers, or step sequencing. The combination of continuous rock/jazz jamming and sax noodling actually reminds me of something you'd hear the SNL band playing before & after commercial breaks, back in the day, and I definitely mean that as a compliment. Also, check out the bassline at around 2'03" and then 2'11" - a walking line that segues briefly into solo riff territory. Sweet. Rock organ flourishes the right moments and stays out of the way when it should, and while the backing rhythm guitar does start to sound mechanical at times, it beefs up the accompaninment and fills out the EQ range nicely.
Put simply, this mix rocks. The yard, the garage, the deck - wherever. As Brad's first non-collab mix it clearly shows what he's capable of, wielding excellent arrangement and instrumentation skills with his sax abilities as the icing on the cake. Excellent work.
on 2015-02-09 12:28:07
So awesome... There's funky guitars, pounding drums, hot sax and playful organ. This mix just has no reasons to be dull. I like every change-up here. It's wonderful!
on 2010-11-02 09:13:22
I. Love. It. I remember playing this so much as a kid. My childhood memories of this game will forever be infused from now on with this pumped-up jam. The amount of reverb is perfect -- PERFECT! -- and the organ and bass interact perfectly with the melody.
5/5 stars on my completely arbitrary rating system. I think I'm going to go play SDB with my roommate now ...
on 2010-01-05 06:48:21
That sax is amazing and the energy that comes out of this mix is just Awesome!
on 2009-12-30 18:23:07
The live sax does not disappoint, as always. I like how upbeat this song is, it makes me smile every time it comes up on a playlist. All the different instruments come together in this mix so well, and play off each other in great harmony. Loving the drums especially, they just give the song that much more attitude and style. Hoping that you'll put out more anything soon, solo or otherwise, this is good stuff.
on 2009-12-22 01:54:05
The live sax on this is pretty crazy, but I think the most impressive part is how you used so many different sound effects from the organ, guitar, and what sound like synths to help bolster them up That's what it takes to make a truly successful solo mix, and damn did you deliver!
My only complaint is that it sounds a little disharmonious when you've got both saxes playing at the same time, but it's only for a few seconds and really a minor issue. Everything about this I just loved!
on 2009-08-22 14:19:44
It's fun hearing this song because I haven't played SDB in about a decade but the music is slightly familiar. I get a sense of nostalgia but I don't exactly know what is new and what is old. Anyway, I thought Brad wasn't giving himself enough credit here - even if the playing isn't perfect, there's a lot of great expression going on in this song; the live sax makes a world of difference. The mix pops out at you and that keeps it very compelling, and the individual parts sound good apart and better together. Great track, Brad!
on 2009-07-21 20:21:35
I personally thought that the solo was just a tad too long, but the intro to the choruses were absolutely spot on. thumbs up.
on 2009-07-09 07:38:55
I love the intro to this so much. The selection of instruments is perfect.
Keep it up.
on 2009-07-07 05:46:07
Furious intro; the perfect way to start a song. The instrumentation here is wonderful. The drums, the EP, the sax, the guitars...it all comes together so incredibly well (though I do agree with what Bahamut said).
Amazing remix. If that's how you roll solo, then I hope you'll grace us with some more remixes of this kind.
on 2009-06-22 11:32:53
Some aggresive and upbeat sax on this one. I was always impressed with the skill on the sax playing on the this one. Reminds of the Cowboy Bebop OST a bit. Congrats on the first solo post dude!
on 2009-06-18 12:05:08
I like this mix a lot - it's been on loop for a little while . The only thing I thought that might've been nicer is to bring those guitars in the background a little more forward, but otherwise it sounds great!
on 2009-06-18 09:38:33
Pretty great stuff, this yard be rockin- nice work Brad (and the assist from Andy). Good sax playing, some nice fills, and a lot of variation. The panning was cool, as I'm a fan of dueling saxes, and it let you layer on all kinds of craziness without things getting smashed together. Great harmonies too.
I'm excited to hear more. Maybe we could collab and have *real* dueling saxes. I'm sure you are dying to do another track with someone else.
on 2009-06-18 04:38:34
Awesome! Very nicely done!
on 2009-06-18 04:38:16
Pretty sad to lose this one, but it does in fact rock the yard. Good stuff, Brad!
on 2009-06-18 02:01:36
I love it with power!
I'm playing this at my grad party at my cabin, when we're all going to be chilling on the docks.
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Music by Kazuo Sawa
- "Vs. Team Kenya"
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