ReMix: Kirby's Dream Land "Bias, Groove"
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- Game: Kirby's Dream Land (Nintendo, 1992, GB)
- ReMixer(s): Ben Briggs, halc, Insert Rupee
- Composer(s): Jun Ishikawa
- Song(s): "Float Islands", "Green Greens"
- Posted: 2010-10-11, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Milky Way Wishes: A Kirby Super Star Tribute
- Terms (BETA): chiptune collab electronic happy synth
Another chthonic + halc collab mix? No complaints here, that's for sure. This marks the third posted collaboration between the somewhat like-minded artists, each of whom has an ear for blending retro textures with modern production & intelligent arrangement that capitalizes on the source. Ben writes:
"Kirby's Dream Land was the first video game I ever owned. I used to drain the four AA batteries in my gigantic Game Boy listening to the sound test -- without headphones. It's truly one of the most memorable chiptune soundtracks of all time, and the song we chose is certainly no exception. The opening sound effect is a direct reference to the original "Contagious Eye Infection," a remix which I personally recall playing hundreds of times, usually on the bus to middle school. Other than that, all I can say is it's been a pleasure and a trip remixing alongside Drew, and the work we've done together has very effectively rekindled my remixing flame. Hope you all love it."
"I don't have nearly as much to say as Ben... I have an undying love for Kirby games and the wonderful music held within. I guess I'll point out that the lead at 1:37 is actually a marimba soundfont and that we pumped out this mix in about two weeks. I'm having a lot of fun with these collaborations, and we hope to keep them coming. Enjoy!"
Love the funky, squiggly & squirmy bassline on this one, which pairs well with a wide snare, deep kick, and expansive, percolating synth accompaniment. It's all very upbeat, major-key, vaguely Latin, and oh-so-chipper that you'll be toe-tapping your worries away in no time. Nice titular play on the ostensible beat-loving judge panel phenomenon of "groove bias," too - first a product, now a mix, the legend continues... chthonic & halc are especially adept at giving their synths texture - there's crackling electricity, vintage tube warmth, and silky smooth analogue lines, uniting in a polymorphous perverse smorgasbord of synthesized satisfaction. At over 4'30", there's plenty to go around, too, so no one feels left out. If I were a pleasant, smling, naked pink creature that went around eating everything in my path, this is the type of jam I think would be appropriate mood music to my pastel, carnivorous carnage. No bias here, just groove - great stuff from halc & chth.
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