Posted 2011-02-02, evaluated by djpretzel
Ladies and gentlemen, the year is young, but my personal vote for "Best ReMix Title of 2011" is almost certainly this Goonies II track from newcomer TJ Nekko, aka Dominic Noll. Few can ever forget the poignant bottom-of-well Goonies speech-off between Sean Astin and Corey Feldman; it casts an indelible vision of great oratory, superb pubescent elocution, coin-inspired disillusionment, and a rousing, if moist, call-to-arms. "So I'm taking it back. I'm taking them all back..." is the actual quote, as "Mouth" (because he's verbose/sarcastic, see?) reacts to discovering the many coins tossed to the bottom of the wishing well they've stumbled upon in their subterranean adventures, and is disheartened to observe that said currency did not ACTUALLY turn into granted wishes... Hey, that's why his nickname isn't "Brain," right? It still made for some damn powerful monologuing, and Mikey followed it up with the mantra of our generation, "It's our time down here!," which could easily make for the second-best mix title of 2011, and is probably what I would have repeated to myself had I been trapped with the Chilean miners.
Right then... Sean Astin later went on to continue shrinking, grew tufts of hair on his feet, and held a veritable workshop in on-screen blubbering as he saved Mr. Frodo from a big spider, killed some orcs for his old Gaffer, and married that bartender chick from the first one, while Corey Feldman unlocked the achievement of outliving the other 80's Corey-of-Note (RIP), thus ending the second cold war. What's all this got to do with VGM? Next to nothing, but when you invoke my 80's childhood memories with your mix title, this is what happens. There's still no corresponding sequel to the first Goonies film, but the first NES game enjoyed this follow-up which, largely due to its Konami pedigree, had some nice tunes. In his original submission email, Dominic wrote:
"I always loved simple songs that you can just listen to for hours and this one is no exception. This song is very upbeat and innocent, so I wanted to keep that clean and cheery sound when working on my mix. I drew some inspiration from other "clean" pop and rock bands like Gary Go and U2 along with some indie rock, like Amusement Parks on Fire. I'm also a huge fan of Drum and Bass music, so you'll see some influences in the structure of the song."
The initial version of this mix was rejected due to mastering/volume issues and a cutoff on the ending, but was thankfully resubmitted with these tweaks made. It's rather eclectic, introing with major-key retrotronica but juxtaposed against a nice rockish rolling hihat cymbal. Drums drop in and the d'n'b influence is clear, but there's a nice acoustic flavor to the beat that works well with the overall texture. Synths are lofi and gritty, but never grating, and the arrangement has a positive, anthemic feel to it, with a nice floaty dropout and some sweet outer space sweep/fall FX. Beautiful at times, and certainly different, this is a memorable debut mix from a more obscure source that will hopefully get some eyes & ears on it and encourage TJ to submit more musics. If he had played the wrong notes, we would all B♭, but he never said die, he followed them size fives, and he saved our homes from becoming a golf course, so kudos to him & his pinchers of power.
Alright, I'll stop now.
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