ReMix: Super Mario Kart "Funky Mario Circuit (Radio Edit)" 2:52

By The OneUps

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electric-guitar funk jazz synth
Arranging the music of one song...

"Mario Circuit"

Primary Game: Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, 1992, SNES), music by Koji Kondo, Soyo Oka

Posted 2010-05-11, evaluated by djpretzel


The times when I am busiest with OCR are usually the times when, contrastingly, you'll see fewer mixes posted. I've been coding some real, legitimate, actual PHP that parses chiptune data, so we can present some of that on chiptune detail pages, if you must know. I never knew that extended ID666 tags were at the end of SPCs (standard ones are at the beginning) until today, even though it's right there in the specification; go figure.

When not dealing with binary metadata sandwiches, however, I've been checking out The OneUps' new album, which is very intuitively titled Super Mario Kart Album. Because, you see, it's an album of Super Mario Kart mixes. If I haven't lost you in that circuitous bit of naming logic, proceed to either www.theoneups.com or theoneups.bandcamp.com (or BOTH!) and check it out yourself. Also, the guys will be playing a FREE, ALL AGES show at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, CA (San Francisco) on Sunday May 16 at 3:00 PM PDT with Quarter Circle Jab, so if you're West Coast and proximate, be there.

As for this mix, it's a vintage vinyl 70s funk jam, OneUps style, so what's not to like? That's a low effort analysis, though, so I'll break it down just a bit - clean funk guitar intros, followed by a wah EP riff then an acoustic drums riff, wah guitar, and funky bass. Definitely NOT a sequenced, quantized feel - things range from tight to loose, funk to more of a jazz vibe. Production also has the hallmarks of recorded performances, which is mostly a good thing; one minor nitpick, pretty much the only one, is that the stereo spectrum is fairly compressed - nothing goes too far left or right, which makes it feel a little cramped at times. Awesome performances, playful + dynamic arrangement, varied instrumentation, and top rate musicianship are all highlights, and that's all you really need to know. Check it out, check out the truly badass music video, and explore the full album for more!

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Necrox
on 2014-06-20 16:48:04

I'm not one for jazz/funk, but this has a nice laid-back feel to it.

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Crulex
on 2012-08-20 11:03:31

Light and funky, with some jazz vibe infused in it. I actually like the guitar, but it was a bit brief in it's showing. Honestly, it's a good track to hearing every now and then on random shuffle mode. Liked the video as well. Nice ReMix, but not my favorite track from the OneUps.

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WesternZypher
on 2010-10-27 12:20:59

The video to this really is fun to watch! This is just like the site's two Passing Breeze mixes- lovely, laidback music for a a sunny, summery afternoon drive.

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Level 99
on 2010-06-01 09:35:10

I haven't watched the video so I'm doing this from an audio-only perspective.

An interesting take on the source. First thing I noticed is that it sounds very centered, almost mono. Yes, it says in the writeup that the stereo is very compressed, but I feel the need to say that again. It really takes some of the life out of the song.

Besides that, it was alright except for the guitar, which sounded oddly processed. It was a bit too quiet and almost frail.

Overall, I wasn't quite taken with this one. :(

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Martin Penwald
on 2010-05-26 12:42:26
This is nice and funky, just what you expect from The OneUps - the electric guitar is mixed kinda strangely to me, but otherwise I dig it.

Seconded, except for the part with the electric guitar. I'm not too hot on it; maybe it is because of how it is mixed, but to me, the sound of the guitar clashes with the rather relaxed, funky vibe of the remix.

Nevertheless, great new stuff from the OneUps.

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Mr. Fox
on 2010-05-19 19:32:37

If there was ever a song on OCR that deserved a crapload of comments, is this one. Indie funk that has just the right amount of roughness and skill. Waiting for the album to be shipped to Brazil sucks tough :(

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Skyline Drop
on 2010-05-17 01:12:21

Definitely enjoyed this one, especially the solo sections. Did anyone else catch the similarities between the EP's chords at 0:58 and the chord progression from the Gran Turismo 3 A-spec song that Anthony Lofton and Joshua Morse remixed a while back? Not only are the chords very similar, but their voicing is almost identical, too...

I don't know if that was intentional, but if it was, good on you guys 8-)

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zneoson
on 2010-05-13 16:37:15

OK, when I listen to this song, I honestly can't think of racing in the way I normally do. No, this is more like going for a drive and chillin' with your honey that will end up on a cliff overlooking the city under the starry skies with the two snuggling close to each other. The rest depends on your own mindset. Solid mix, solid feel, plays the imagination to the tune. Excellent work!

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zykO
on 2010-05-12 22:51:56

EPIC.

thank heavens for the oneups

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OA
on 2010-05-12 15:54:11

Great song, and best video i've seen in a long time. I knew Lofton would win it, he so had the eye of the tiger. I was jammin. :-)

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big giant circles
on 2010-05-12 14:53:13

awesome song, epic video!!!

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JH Sounds
on 2010-05-12 11:13:38

Haha, I like how it was changed from "Mario Circuit" to "Funky Mario Circuit", apparently to comply with OCR's policy on ReMix titling. :lol:

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halc
on 2010-05-12 03:24:22

yeah! this was my favorite track off the SMK album. it would of been cool to see the full version hit the frontpage, but this is nonetheless a worthy addition to the site :D

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Chernabogue
on 2010-05-12 03:09:32

Awesome arrangement, the video is really funny! Great job! :wink:

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Bahamut
on 2010-05-11 22:59:30

This is nice and funky, just what you expect from The OneUps - the electric guitar is mixed kinda strangely to me, but otherwise I dig it. For those who haven't gotten the album yet, go buy it! It's a great listen!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, 1992, SNES)
Music by Koji Kondo, Soyo Oka
Songs:
"Mario Circuit"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Funk, Jazz
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Synth
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Bitrate:
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Duration:
2:52

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