ReMix: Xenogears "Daijiru (Too Hot for Clothes)"
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9 out of 10 experts always suspected that AnSo was a "Dirty Swede," and now he's provided direct proof in the form of an awesome 'Dazil' ReMix that uses hentai sounds of lust in musically creative ways. Just look at this short, smug quote from the artist himself:
"It has hentai samples and that's kinda fun."
That's all Mattias had to say for his depraved self, but thankfully Avaris chipped in on production for the finished mix, and provided more helpful commentary:
"Anso handed me a finished arrangement on this track. But it needed some sonic flavoring to keep the pacing good and even throughout. No use in a song fizzling out early. I glitched out some of the percussion in Live, redid some of the sound design, and mastered the sucker. We really had to work hard to get the reverb on the female vocals to sit right on this one. Kudos to Anso for providing a some really slick n sexy compositional ideas on this one! ;)"
"female vocals" is just a tactful euphemism for "ecchi hentai moaning & squealing," so be warned. Actually, this mix wasn't originally slated to be part of the Humans + Gears: Xenogears ReMixed flood, but I really liked it so I tacked it on here at the end. I love the source; Salzman's 'Pillar of Salt' looms large as a monolithic achievement in arranging it, so I especially like that - instead of going epic - AnSo went... sleazy. His mixes always have a clean, elaborate, almost wholesome sheen to them, and that's a good thing, but I like that this one in particular strays from the path and gets a little down & dirty. Vinnie writes:
"I think being a DDR fan and listening to E-Rotic has desensitized me to moaning in music. I barely blinked while listening to this. Is that a good or bad thing? Chill, detailed arrangement that really gets moving in some sections and clearly creates its own style. I dug the atmosphere you two created and the original writing, that supports the mostly intact melody. It sounds well thought-out on both the writing and producing ends."
The processed upright acoustic bass here is downright perverted, sliding this way and that on top of rumbling, Middle Eastern electronica replete with bit-crushed percussive riffs, slinky flute lines, and seductive synths. There's a definite risk that using hentai samples in this fashion will come off gimmicky or trite, but I really think it worked with this source material; 'Dazil' has this sexy, snake-charmer melody that's uniquely conducive to this treatment.
Mattias insists his skills have significantly improved since he originally worked on this track, and I'm sure they have, but I think the final mix is pretty slick, very imaginative, naughty, tawdry, and playful in a way that very few arrangements are. We're now returning back to our regularly-scheduled queue posting, but kudos to AnSo and Avaris for a standout track - one of many standout tracks on Humans + Gears!
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