ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest "Swamp Gases"
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- Game: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, 1995, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Mattias Häggström Gerdt
- Composer(s): David Wise
- Song(s): "Bayou Boogie (Barrel Bayou)"
- Posted: 2010-08-09, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Donkey Kong Country 2: Serious Monkey Business
- Terms (BETA): ambient chill dub electronic synth
This is actually technically the second time we're posting this mix, as someone thought it would be LOL way back when to take AnSo's WIP and submit it unfinished, without his permission. In a vacuum I can perhaps see that being amusing - to someone with little creativity and abundant spare time - but ultimately it wastes our cycles and delays us from posting great music from amazingly talented artists, so it falls squarely on the "douchey" side of the equation. It's a testament to the arrangement (a dub take on a great source) that it was postable even in its larval state, but Mattias has since developed it further. He writes:
"When Wes and Jeremy approached me about a Donkey Kong Country 2 project it was hard to decline. Both because it was during what I will in the future refer to as "my good year" but also because the soundtrack is pretty much crafted from a piece of pure awesome. Since I was early I also managed to grab arguably the best track on the soundtrack. This was also around the time I discovered Ott, Shpongle and the wonderful genres psybient and psychedelic dub. Looking back this might have had some impact on what my arrangement eventually became... *cough*
So, yeah, this is a trippy, all-Reason 4 dub arrangement of one of the most memorable themes from the treasure trove of hummable tunes that is Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. It does go a little overboard towards the end but honest to god that is how I like music to sound. Mainly because I honestly wish I was Simon Posford."
AnSo sure does make me bust out the contextual Wiki links like there's no tomorrow. However: Psybient? Really?? I'd like to spend a whole day just coming up with new electronica sub-genres and seeing how many of them I could convince people to take seriously. Ambivitrancestep! Psypolka! Nu Gaze Acid House Fusion! Italo-Zydeco Dubstep! Decrying the extreme promiscuity of electronica sub-genres might be my generation's version of the "Rock n' Roll is the DEVIL'S MUSIC!," get-off-my-lawn geezer archetype, but I find the actual word "psybient" pretty hard not to chuckle at - it sounds like a gentle-but-soothing laxative, a male performance-enhancing pharmaceutical, or possibly both. The never-ending need to sub-categorize and erect paper-thin fences at times risks coming off more like insecurity than the actual evolution of a necessary musical taxonomy. Yes, that sentence was pretentious as all hell - I still think it merits being said!
But I digress; we are men of action, genre labels do not become us, and ultimately there's one label to rule them all: great music. This is that, as AnSo shows us a different side of his Reason-powered coin and gives us a cool, mellow retreat into the cavernous depths of DKC2's OST. You can talk to your doctor to see if Psybient is right for you, but either way, download this mix.
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