ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog "Under Construction"
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- Game: Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, 1991, GEN)
- ReMixer(s): DrumUltimA, Harmony
- Composer(s): Masato Nakamura
- Song(s): "Spring Yard Zone", "Star Light Zone"
- Posted: 2011-04-12, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Sonic the Hedgehog: The Sound of Speed
- Terms (BETA): acoustic-guitar collab jazz lyrics-original singing vibraphone vocals-male
The Star Light Zone hasn't gotten enough love; save for JAXX's sole mix from ten years ago, it's gone unarranged in these parts, and for my part I don't see why: popular game, catchy theme, seems like you could do a lot with it... Well, whatever the reasons, Harmony and DrumUltima are just the men for the job. This mix literally & figuratively slows down The Sound of Speed and turns the source into a super-mellow, smoky, emotive instrumental jam that even injects some vocalized 'Spring Yard' references to Brandon's previous mix, AND artists shoutout solo intros. Yes, both "DrumUltimA" and "Harmony" are part of the "lyrics"... you two are some very saucy, talented bastards. You know that, right?? Director halc writes:
"DrumUltimA and Harmony... first to claim, last to finish. By some crazy coincidence, I actually got to harass Doug IRL about how long it was taking. :P But I jest; I've always been mindblown by Brandon's highly intelligent and polished arrangements and Doug's incredible prowess for improvisation. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with. I'll let the track speak for itself, but major props to the both of them for putting together what may be personally one of the best remixes I've ever heard (and I mean that :P), and certainly a highlight of the album. *DRAMATIC THUMBS UP*"
Scary bit is, they're both really forces to be reckoned with on their own. It's true - I've reckoned with them, and I was subsequently schooled in the true art of reckoning. Something fierce. So when these guys collab, you don't even WANT to reckon - just tuck your tail, crawl away, and live to mix another day. What I dig here is that this is a serious piece of music - fantastic performances, supple arrangement, and some awesome improvising - but it's also got a sense of humor, fun, and, dare I say it, whimsy. Whimsy CAN be manly, dammit. This track also adds an organic, human element (times ten) to an album that leans a bit more electronic, and while it fits right in, it also expands the texture and "scope" in a great way.
A wrong has been righted, an injustice corrected: Brandon & Doug have given Star Light the attention it deserves, with an arrangement that works on multiple levels, shows off their formidable talents as musicians AND love of music, and just plain old makes you smile. Awesome.
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