ReMix: Kirby's Dream Land "Bias, Groove"

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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."

Drew adds:

"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.


Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-05 08:39:25

Who knew Kirby could be so catchy! Been tapping my foot throughout the entire mix, so good job on that front. I really do dig the upbeat, electronic style. Even though you used stage tunes, for some reason it makes me think of ending credits; I don't really mind as the end result is still fantastic!

on 2015-12-04 20:53:51

This has got to be the catchiest mix on the site; after hearing this song, I can't get it out of my head for hours. At parts calm and soothing and at others chippy and bubbly, I'm pretty biased for this groove.

on 2015-01-17 15:01:06

It's definitely a Kirby mix: happy, chippy, bubbly and just excellent. Awesome work, guys!

on 2012-09-20 13:43:38

Chiptunes and Kirby are a happy little coupling that I love seeing used. And who better to use them both than Halc and Ben Briggs? Bubbly, chippy, and lively, there's nothing better suited for the pink fluff-ball. Great ReMix, guys.

on 2010-11-05 06:50:20

theres that light, lofty and breezy feel of kirby, well done. I like the beginning and the bass at :22 reminds you that yeah he may be fluffy pliable and pink, but he'll also swallow your ass and possibly eat you, but will definitely use your carcass as weapon against your friends and to top it off, he'll steal your powers!

wyaaaeehh! float on crazy marshmallow hoover powered poof ball!

on 2010-11-04 06:14:39

and this is why i've loved kirby my entire life

Martin Penwald
on 2010-10-26 15:38:58

Happy, peppy, epilepy.

The usual chiptune-y goodness from halchthonic. Very uplifting; a proper feel-good song.

on 2010-10-26 10:44:01
well thank you, but yeah halc worked on this mix too :P

no worries though! I've got 5 upcoming project mixes and one oldie in the submissions inbox, so as a fan, you will be duly provided for when the proper release dates arrive :3

thanks for all the reviews everyone, keep em coming!

awww so so sorry i meant both of you sorry halc you too are amazing 8-)

on 2010-10-22 21:59:16

The title reminds me of Vindkast - Groove Bias Resurrection:

I guess everybody is enjoying zircon's drum pack? :)

on 2010-10-21 18:32:49
**chthonic + halc, you two need to work together more often.

don't you worry about that :wink:

Xenon Odyssey
on 2010-10-21 14:03:22

I have a bias wif dis track.

It is too groovy. Way to make the rest of us look (sound) bad.

on 2010-10-21 13:37:10

I just saw the new ad for "Epic Yarn". My stars, I nearly cried.

And now listening to a fun, and happy remix. Good days are back again.

**listening to a Kirby tune on a rainy day = epic!

Plus collabs like this are far and few between.

**chthonic + halc, you two need to work together more often.

on 2010-10-18 10:32:39

Fun and cute, with a lot of great textures, this is a good mix!

on 2010-10-17 10:02:27

Don't know the lingo for this site, but do love this one! We remember when Ben would hold his giant GameBoy up to ear and just listen to the music. We'd always tell him he was wasting the batteries... that he needed to PLAY the game. Years later we discovered how wrong we were. Video games helped Ben find his passion for music. That's a GOOD thing! Way to go, Ben Drew!

on 2010-10-16 22:22:30

Great work as usual!

So when are you guys going to make a Green Hill Zone mix? :D