ReMix: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Go Ninja, Go"
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Ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to present OverClocked ReMix's 22nd arrangement album, in collaboration with the Bad Dudes, featuring ten hero tracks from some of your favorite games paired against ten villains from the same franchises, it's Heroes vs. Villains! Grab the torrent right now, then head on over to http://hvv.ocremix.org for the full enchilada. TMNT, Kirby, Street Fighter, Metroid, God of War, Streets of Rage, Mega Man, Zelda, Monkey Island, AND Castlevania... with musical styles as diverse as that setlist, this is twenty tracks of VGM POWER from some AMAZING artists!!
That bold capitalization and double exclamation ain't just for show, folks, this is the real deal. Mustin first described his vision for this album to me at MAGFest 8, and since then Mazedude and ktriton stepped in as co-directors and saw it through to completion, with Chris also doing the (awesome) website. Mr. Bronx Rican came through once again with an amazing trailer you may have already seen, and every last artist involved contributed some of their very best music; trust me, you're in for a treat. I think it's a great concept as it allows for stylistic and source diversity while retaining a cohesive theme. Will might trump right, or will the forces of justice and morality prevail? Ultimately, the outcome of this matchup is moot because - trite as it may sound - WE ALL WIN. Mustin, Kunal, and Chris all chipped in on this collective message-from-the-management:
"Bringing this project together made for an amazing experience. Everyone brought their "A game." The "challenge" aspect, in which each Bad Dude had to step up against the OCR crew, really pushed everyone to work their hardest. And it was a great working with some new faces and bringing in some different styles from the OCR group.
The biggest challenge was having so many different people working on so many different games with so many different teams. Diversity was inevitable, but keeping the project together as a cohesive work was always top priority. The end result is that the music is incredible and that you, the listener, now have some new favorite music. Heroes and Villains? It's however you want it to be. Even though the project started as The Bad Dudes vs. OverClocked ReMix, the end result is that we're all just doing what we love, and the VGM community - at its core - is still strong and working together.
And if you're reading this while listening to the album and still have a face, congratulations. But don't freak out when your face starts melting. We warned you."
Just like that dude with the glasses at the end of Lost Ark...Neither you nor Marion have to look at it, though, just be sure to LISTEN, as HvV is packs punch after musical punch of great themes, brilliant arrangements, and more than a few surprises into a devastating combo. I hate to employ marketing-speak, but in this case there really SHOULD be "something for everyone". We start the flood off with bLiNd, representing OCR on behalf of TMNT:
"This is a remix to the title screen from the first TMNT game on the NES. It's not quite the Turtles theme, but it does have a little bit of the melody in the main riff (the first few notes at least), and in the remix I hint to the Turtles theme here and there. I wanted to give the original track's energy justice with the remix, which I believe I accomplished. I also originally wanted Danimal to play the guitar parts, but he got busy travelling and it wasn't able to happen, so I faked it with samples.
This track seemed hard to complete, as I scrapped 2 ideas before coming up with this. It seemed to work well as drum and bass with heavy guitar leads doing the riffs and melodies so that is how I kept it. To keep it fresh I ended it with some hiphopish dub bass like melow beats. I wanted to add some vocal sample of splinter from the second movie, ended up not, but maybe if I ever perform it I will drop that in the set..."
Ah yes, Vanilla Ice, encouraging ninja everywhere to go... ninja. All while wearing pants and sporting hair that, even at the time, in their original context, I think we all suspected would be looked back on unkindly by history. This ReMix sure won't be, though; definite curveball from Jordan, who employs far more guitar than I've ever heard him use and throws a changeup towards the end with some dubbish, more downbeat fare. Production is crisp and really pops, separation is great, there's a lot of variety to the tempo & flow, and some explosive energy. Great mix, great way to start things off, and a GREAT album.
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