ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 'Dance of the Zinger'
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Q: How long has it been since I did a writeup for a virt mix?
- A damn long time
- Too long
- Geocities was still popular
- All of the above
In the many years since the infamous ocremix-vgmix split, a lot of things have happened that make this writeup possible, I think. We all got older, for one, and while age doesn't guarantee wisdom, it can certainly facilitate it. We all got busier, that's for damn sure, and when you're working and focusing and DOING, you simply don't have time or patience for drama. Without speaking for anyone else, I'm gonna credit the healing powers of both alcohol and female companionship as directly contributing to my own mellowing out. Last but never least, Brendan Becker aka MrMAGFest aka Inverse Phase deserves a shout for reaching out and getting OCR more involved at MAG, where all are friend are none are foe and good times are had, year after year.
I debated even saying anything, and instead just posting this mix like it was any other album track, but even if the past didn't warrant some commentary, the truth is that Jake's reputation and growth as a game composer would have demanded some special words, regardless. Mr. Kaufman's been making consistently great music for a long time, but I don't think anyone would argue that a LOT more people bought and played TMNT and Contra 4 on the DS than did Shantae, and it's fantastic to see his deserving talent showcased on ever-larger stages, like his collaboration with a lot of other big names on RFG. From his scary musical versatility to his legendary speed-composing prowess, you just can't deny his sheer, unadulterated musical capability, coupled with genuine interest in and passion for VGM, specifically.
I suppose I've been waiting quite awhile to say all of that, in the right context. Hopefully the few folks that are operating under the misimpression that I feel otherwise or that stale, crusty vendettas are still active can finally come around, as I believe we have.
Now, how about the mix? Wes really covered it well, I think:
"It has been quite a while since we've seen virt with any relation to OCR, but after MAGFest 5, it was only natural to invite him for involvement with the DKC 2 album project. He was excited to hop on board and swiftly took one of the most attractive sources available. The original expectation was that virt was going to do metal, but he had other plans in turning this into "cheesy trance," to borrow from virt's own description of his track. It's cheesy trance that works though, which is the important part: virt makes it work and work well in building up the song to a climax, only to bring it down quickly and leave us thirsting for more."
The first time I listened to this track, I hadn't read the above description, and came in with a different set of expectations. Once I got over those, I enjoyed the track, but still wasn't in the right frame of mind. The SECOND time I ran this track through, it clicked for me, and I really dig the execution and build - when things get going, it's so over-the-top anthemic & melodic, you just gotta smile. Funny how expectations work, too - same thing happened the first time I saw Gladiator. I walked in wanting "Spartacus 2" with a modern facelift, and it really wasn't that at all, and I couldn't process the discrepancy fully in my mind. Next time I saw it, I loved it.
I'm strongly suspecting, though, that most of you will love this one the FIRST time around - great source, great execution, and most importantly a great build & release. If it's cheesy trance, it's a high-grade, refined Brie, from one of the best cheese artisans on the block... who's also a baker, a gourmet chef, and a sommelier, incidentally. This track's presence on Serious Monkey Business makes the album all the more special, and I would love to see more from virt in the future.
- Mikeaudio on November 26, 2012
- Bahamut on July 4, 2012
- Codamadius on December 4, 2011
You've just got to love those awesome orchestral elements fighting through the barrage of synths and rapid trance. Everything acts as a very fine tapestry; I really love Kaufman's attention to layered detail.
Even though I think Baal Bhaagna showcases more of his technical prowess, you can't go past this one for that pure, adrenalised buzz. /badpun.
- Marmiduke on August 26, 2011
- Chernabogue on April 17, 2011
But I can definitely say that this was my favorite track from the album and I lovez it so much. :<
- CJthemusicdude on February 25, 2011
- Skinner3D on February 17, 2011
I hope he's back on ocremix for good.
- Tribe Fan on November 27, 2010
- Mtlbro on May 2, 2010
But I think I already said that in the review of the album.
- Mirby on April 16, 2010
But I think this remix, out of all the ones on the album, did the best work taking a source and making it 100x more enjoyable. It accents the best parts of the melody instead of switching it up and, imho, making it sound worse like in other mixes.
Great job, Virt. I gotta check out your other mixes.
- LunaYoshi on April 16, 2010
- rahmoon on March 24, 2010
- JaDE ARaN HaRuNo on March 23, 2010
- Djinn on March 19, 2010
- Pogo on March 18, 2010