ReMix: Armored Core: Formula Front - Extreme Battle "We Can See No.373"
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- Game: Armored Core: Formula Front - Extreme Battle (Agetec, 2004, PSP)
- ReMixer(s): Jillian Aversa, Mattias Häggström Gerdt
- Composer(s): Ayako Minami, Daisuke Matsumoto (II), Hideyuki Eto, Tsukasa Saitoh
- Song(s): "I Can See All", "iśaku-No.373"
- Posted: 2011-01-10, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on THE ANSWER - Armored Core Tribute Album -
- Terms (BETA): electronic funky lyrics-existing lyrics-original synth vocals-female
No, not THAT answer, or that other one, or even him... today at least we're focusing on THIS one. While the answer to life, the universe, and everything may be 42, Mattias Häggström Gerdt has today answered the specific question of "What would a badass album of Armored Core ReMixes made by Mattias Häggström Gerdt sound like?," and I dare say he was the perfect man for the job.
This is our FIRST PSP ReMix (!!), an accomplishment I really wanted all to myself, but you snooze, you lose, and I snost, and I lost. Fair play to the Swede, who writes:
"'Hyper Monkey Likes the Dancefloor' worked really well so I decided to do something a bit similar to keep the album cohesive but not so similar that it felt dull. Out of the blue, Jill stepped up to do her second vocal performance for THE ANSWER, something I wasn't expecting but accepted with open arms! Considering Larry was originally planned to appear on this track, I think I (and everyone else) was very lucky that Jill came on to lend her voice talent.
Once again I had almost too much fun fiddling around with the vocal stems I got. With a little help from Propellerhead Record's Neptune (I know, I mention this a lot, but it's awesome) I decided to give poor Jill a certain Vocaloid character. Maybe I'm a crowd pleaser since this album was aimed for release in Japan but there's also something about the sound I find very pleasing. Some pitching, formant shifting, distortion, compression, EQ, filtering, reverb, delay and harmonies later I had completely transformed Jill into a crazy robot. Luckily she was somewhat okay with this! Or at least after I changed the original settings which made her sound like she was around 10 years old, something that was probably for the better. I went on to slap some bass, play some keys and side-chain some synths and PRESTO, REMIX! I hope you enjoy this track as much as I do!"
SERIOUSLY funky; Mattias really blended a lot of funk/disco into these tracks, and the bass that intros the mix alone is a thick, delicious chunk of funk that sets the stage for the cosmic, bootalicious breakdown that ensues. This is probably my favorite track off the album, because it's a got a power-chorus with a strong pop melodic hook that breaks up the straight groove bits with some anthemic robo-Jill refrains. Mattias almost sounds apologetic about the vocal FX, which I suppose some might feel are trite or overused at this juncture in musical history, but I've always maintained that you should do what's right for the song, ignore the peanut gallery, etc., and I think the overall package here is a sweet bundle of space disco that holds nothing back. Awesome, completely enjoyable gem off of THE ANSWER!
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