ReMix: Super Street Fighter IV 'Time to Oil Up'

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Super Street Fighter IV

It doesn't get much fresher than this! SSF4 dropped today in the US and by now probably Japan as well, and hits our European friends later this week, and we've ALREADY got a ReMix of it, courtesy zircon! Yeah, we're dropping out of chronological mixpost cycle, but for special events like this it seems worth it. As you may be aware, SSF4 reintroduces some older characters from Street Fighter lore (I'm particularly psyched about Adon) while also adding some completely new ones. Hakan specializes in Turkish Oil Wrestling, a martial art that takes everything that's good and true and pure about women's bikini Jell-O wrestling and makes it disturbing, hairy, and male. But it's all in good fun - you can tell Capcom had a blast with this game, and I certainly plan to as well.

Having ventured into harder electronica with his TF2 mix, Mr. Aversa now sets his sights on "psy-trance" - for the record, I find the seemingly infinite number of electronica subgenres fairly goofy, and it's hard for me to take them seriously as meaningfully discrete categories, but what I *do* know is that this mix is damn catchy, and sounds good, which is MY favorite genre. This mix is hyper - even MEGA - addictive. Plus, it's zircon, so given the circumstances I don't feel compelled to go on at length about the ins and outs of the arrangement & production. Let's just see what Andy sez:

"I've been an avid fan of Street Fighter since my involvement with HD Remix, so you can imagine my delight at the announcement of Super Street Fighter IV. Among the new characters, one just really stood out for me - Hakan! When I first saw his reveal trailer, I was hooked. Everything about him is hilarious and awesome, from his special moves, to his backstory, voice acting, physical appearance, and, of course, his music.

I got the inspiration for this remix after hearing the OST version of his theme on YouTube. I listened to it a few times over the course of a few days, during which I was coincidentally listening to a lot of Infected Mushroom, perhaps the most famous psytrance group. Inspiration struck at breakfast one morning when I imagined how Hakan's theme would sound with a psytrance beat.

So, I got to work on the mix and finished it in about three days. I can honestly say working on this was the most fun I've ever had making music. I interspersed my long mix sessions with watching SSFIV videos to keep myself in the zone, and one night was so excited about both my track and the game itself that I could barely sleep, waking up at 6am to continue working.

As for the musical content of "Time to Oil Up", it's completely over-the-top psytrance. I used a huge ensemble of Middle Eastern and European stringed and wind instruments, world percussion, and custom synth sounds I made from scratch just for this track. I also had a lot of visual imagery in mind while working on it; for example, I imagined the massive drum breakdown at 2:25 to be Hakan or his fans actually playing his giant wooden barrel of oil. The icing on the cake though is the vocal part, provided by Jill (pixietricks.) I wrote it out on a synth, pitch bends and all, and was blown away that she completely nailed the Arabic style I had in mind.

Anyway, I hope this remix puts a smile on your face. I had an absolute blast making it, and can't think of a better way to pay tribute to an amazing game, series and soundtrack, fit for the king of Turkish oil wrestling himself!"

I find it biologically impossible not to toetap, headbob (aka "djp") or in some fashion move to this mix; it's infectious as all get-out and you can tell Andy did indeed have fun making it. The blend of ethnic instrumentation, Jill's voice (which is PERFECT), and the pumping, hypnotic synth beat is pretty easy to love. The vocal pitch bend into the stratosphere at 0'51" is badass, the filter flare at 2'40" is monstrous, and the Hakan quote adds nice context & energy as a break. I have a feeling we're all gonna be playing SSF4 - and this ReMix - for a long time to come. Epic stuff from zircon!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
timaeus222
on 2014-01-31 13:35:37
Man, what is with all these mixes that I've heard before but haven't commented on? :lol:
I MEANT to say that this is downright badass. I love how you have a countermelody going the whole time with the source somewhat in the background, but it's all still present. The middle buildup was awesome, too.
GravitySuitCollector
on 2011-11-11 17:49:57
Awesome is all I can think of this right now. :nicework:
Crulex
on 2010-10-12 10:45:33
Psytranced-charged electronica? You have my attention. The beginning is easily the best part. Jill's vocals REALLY sets this up nicely. Then the music just sounds so amazing! I can actually relax to this even though it's upbeat for 99% of the track. The voice clip was a nice touch, especially since you didn't over do it with Hakan sounds all over the mix. Outro was very nice and settled out well. Very cool. It's almost criminal on how long it took me to review this, but Zircon, Jill, A + for you!
phantasia
on 2010-08-01 06:26:26
Pure ear-addiction
relyanCe
on 2010-07-13 11:33:04
this popped up in my iPod the other day, and i must agree with others here that it gets waaaaay better with age
Dubanubiel
on 2010-07-13 10:25:54
this morning I woke up with this song stuck in my head, which is strange because I hadn't listened to it in a long time. It gets better every time I listen to it
gokaury
on 2010-06-15 11:39:15
Personally I'm not a Hakan fan, but this mix almost makes me want to extensively play as him. Gotta say I'm impressed. Wonderfully awesome job!!!
Unununium
on 2010-06-08 19:23:09
pixietricks;685812 wrote: Self-plagiarism!
That's a very serious charge! djpretzel needs to take himself to court, where if found guilty he will have to pay himself a fine. He ought to know better than to try to pass off his own work as if it was his own. Next time he should get his permission before quoting himself without attribution.
Jillian Aversa
on 2010-06-08 01:44:03
Unununium;685789 wrote: djpretzel, you have a music-related reflex arc in your somatic nervous system. The only prescription... is less cowbell.

Self-plagiarism!
Unununium
on 2010-06-07 23:57:14
Snurfsnarf
on 2010-06-03 15:42:28
Wow, great song! When I saw zircon's name, my face lit up. Then I saw Infected Mushroom mentioned in the write-up, and my face lit up even more. Then I heard the song and everyone in the room was blinded. :P Excellent work, as always.
Aninymouse
on 2010-05-17 22:37:08
Bleck;671423 wrote: I had hoped this would happen

Martin Penwald
on 2010-05-17 16:32:17
When I read "psytrance" in the write-up, I thought of something like the Goa I used to listen to in the late 90s, but the remix at hand is much, much "softer" than the old stuff.
Once the resulting confusion was gone, though, I enjoyed the remix. Very strong ethnic feel, good use of vocals, lots of variation.
Hakan's voice sample though...I can understand wanting to use it, as it (and the whole trailer) is awesome, but it sounds so incredibly low-fi compared to the rest of the mix. Probably would've been better if it weren't in the remix.
BlackPhantom
on 2010-05-13 16:41:50
I can never seem to have the words to say other than "This is awesome!"
underthesun
on 2010-05-06 09:32:52
I am loving this mix. It's so kick-ass.