ReMix: Final Fantasy VIII 'Night City Funk'
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Another newcomer, another Final Fantasy ReMix... this time from VIII. So that's FF6, FF7, and FF8... Could this be an intentional straight flush of sequential Final Fantasy ReMixes by new artists??? (spoiler: it is.) (second spoiler: we've got one more after this.) Anti-Syne, aka Jack Lewis, writes:
"So firstly, yes this ReMix is heavily influenced by Daft Punk, I wanted to created that catchy, gritty, funky sound, but without it being too repetitive (Basically, I want it to get stuck in your head, but, without it annoying you). This is my first submission since I significantly upgraded my software, which means I wasn't nearly as limited making this track as I have been with my other submissions, so hopefully that shows here. Anyway, I had alot of fun with this, hopefully you'll enjoy it too."
I certainly dig the style, which channels the artist-of-influence well, with stripped-down synth funk that's got clean lines & spaces but also gritty, electromechanical textures and rude, repeated blurts. There've been plenty of mixes on the site over the years that have shown a clear Daft Punk influence, but this one might be the most overt, and that does make it stand out a bit. OA writes:
"The epiano breakdown is nice, and overall the flow of the track is pretty good. I wish the lead melody wasn't as washed out, but I think it's good enough considering how punchy the bass and synth are; something's gotta give. Very interesting take on the source, and pretty funky to boot. I approve."
Cain is British:
"I get the feeling you like Daft Punk. Do you like Daft Punk? This sounds like Daft Punk.
I count no less then 4 direct Daft Punk homages from different songs. Sauce is awesome, and it's blended very well into the style. Some of the robot voices got a little gimmicky, but they all sound okay and fit the style. Nice job on the Aerodynamic guitar sound, I've completely failed at recreating that several times.
All very well and good here."
Newcomers are certainly showing their mettle, with great stylistic variety & panache, across these FF mixes that also themselves illustrate the breadth + depth of Uematsu's compositional talents. Excellent, memorable debut from Anti-Syne; Vinnie closes it out:
"Great riffing on the catchy source melodies, and this rolls several Daft Punk facets into one song, from the Aerodynamic-like guitar to the vocoded vocals. Makes me want to get out the glowing robot suits."
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