ReMix: Final Fantasy XIII 'Blue Skies'
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- Game: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 2009, PS3)
- ReMixer(s): Ashleigh Coryell, bLiNd
- Composer(s): Junya Nakano, Kunihito Shiina, Masashi Hamauzu, Mitsuto Suzuki, Ryo Yamazaki, Shin Hashimoto, Toru Tabei, Toshiyuki Omori, Yoshihisa Hirano
- Song(s): 'Will to Fight'
- Posted: 2011-05-19, evaluated by djpretzel
Yeah, we JUST posted a bLiNd track, but he also JUST finished this brand-spankin' new FF13 electronica mix, our first, in time for his wife Jade's birthday, so we jumped through some hoops to get this out SAME DAY. Mr. Aguirre writes:
"Ahh, the things that love makes you do...
I have been wanting to remix this song from FF13 ever since the game came out. Probably my favorite song on the soundtrack. Can't remix it as trance though, had to do drum n' bass. I don't think there is enough dubstep on OCR either, so I added that in there too. I think the combination works better, since most dubstep can get boring and overbearing after a while...
Ashleigh is back for this one. Reason? It is another song for Jade. This time for her birthday. So happy birthday, my love, my wife. You are the best thing that ever happened to me and I can thank OC ReMix for that and God for giving me the gifts that lead you to me. This song's lyrics are to express the hope we have for our future together.
The original song has a few lyrics, but I took the liberty of changing them (there are some similarities though) and Ashleigh pretty much belted them out in less than an hour. She is getting married next month (June 2011), so her name is changing from James to Coryell. Congrats to Ashleigh, and, of course, to my beautiful wife. I love you all on OCR as well. <3"
1...2...3... [Collective "Awwwwwww....."]
Damn good bday present, I'd say; while I'm in the camp that was less enamored of FF13 as a game (for me, the storytelling & English voice-acting were very problematic), I was definitely digging the music, and I'm actually surprised it's taken as long as it has to show up on these shores. This is an airy, open arrangement with cool, layered/delayed vocals that have a lot of verb on them, for an angelic, floating feeling, contrasting against pressing breakbeats, percolating synth patterns, and later on the edgier dubstep textures Jordan mentioned. This change-up definitely adds some textural variety, extends the life of the mix, and like bLiNd himself says, it makes things a bit more interesting. It's not like switching from rap to polka, as the two styles (and most electronica variants) have more in common, but it's definitely noticeable and, in my opinion, works quite well.
Great job from Jordan, another excellent vocal collaboration from Ashleigh, congrats to her, and happy birthday to Jade!!
brings to mind the better work of Yoko Kanno, particularly her Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex work. Great track, great vox. Love it.
- metamorphosis on August 5, 2013
:nicework: Awesome stuff
- RedTigrr on August 1, 2013
- WesternZypher on March 28, 2013
- DimeTower on January 9, 2013
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- Crulex on May 10, 2012
Beautiful balance. It's been keeping me entertained for ages.
- Koriantor on March 2, 2012
This is one of my favourite tracks on the OST, and now it has an OCR to help it be more awesome.
Those vocals are great, much more warm than the original.
And of course the instrumentation is different.
Come 1:30, I instantly fell in love. It's incredible. Nothing more. Nothing less.
END OF STO-
But I haven't talked about the section starting at 2:13. And why?
Because it's great. We don't need to talk about it. We all know it's good.
- Tuberz McGee on December 25, 2011
- Bahamut on December 19, 2011
- OA on December 12, 2011
It's definitely one of my favorite songs on the site now.
- Kuolema on December 12, 2011
- Master Spram on December 5, 2011
Delighted to finally have a XIII mix, and that it's a great one. Here's hoping for more!
- Sorceror Nobody on July 27, 2011
- DinosaurJones on July 24, 2011
Pretty much the best thing to come out of OCR in the last few months IMO. Awesome beats, and the vocals...man, the vocals. More of that, please.
Absolutely amazing. I haven't been able to get it out of my head for about a week now (mostly due to the vocals).
- Martin Penwald on July 19, 2011