ReMix: Kirby Super Star 'Ska Buffet (All You Can Eat: Clean Version)'

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Uumph... NEW HOUSE = TONS OF WORK. Anna and I recently closed on our dream house, which is currently being painted & renovated, but all the packing, financing, and coordination takes a lot out of you. Hence the mixpost drought over the weekend & my general scarcity... should be awesome when it's done, though! In the meantime, here's a different kind of awesome - Kirby Ska! The OverClocked Plaid Muffins, a ReMixer supergroup with MANY familiar faces, make their debut with this alternate version off the yet-to-be-released Kirby Superstar album Milky Way Wishes. Arek's got it under control, people - it's gonna happen. Frontman S. Bortz writez:

"Wow. This has been one of the longest-running remixes I've ever been a part of. When it first started, it was just me and some funny lyrics trying to make a ska song. I posted it up on the OCR WIP forums in November of last year to an OVERWHELMING response to the song, most of which was insisting of putting live brass in the song. I originally just wanted a better singer than myself, but as a result, the The OverClocked Plaid Muffins was formed. Forged in the mighty brass, mixing, voices, and guitar strings of at least 8 remixers (it's a somewhat-changing rotation of roles), this is our first song together.

Let's start with who did what on this track, shall we?

  • Level 99 = Arrangement, Lyrics, Guitars, Drums, Mixing and Mastering
  • PrototypeRaptor = Brass Arrangement, Arrangement, Trombone
  • LuIzA = Vocals (ALL the vocals), Mixing and Mastering
  • Swann = Trumpets
  • Xenon Odyssey = Tenor Saxophone
  • Cyril the Wolf = Alto Saxophone
  • AMT = Bass Guitar
  • Avaris = Mixing and Mastering

There was a huge effort to get this all together and as tight as possible. Every person involved gave it everything they had. The ska style is heavily influenced by the band Streetlight Manifesto. And so that's about all I have to say for this track. Nearly the entire song is based on or around source. Enjoy and look forward to more from the group in the future! And make sure to check out the dirty version on the upcoming Milkyway Wishes project!"

Very first thoughts: DAMN SON(S)! BRASS/SAX WORK IS AWESOME! Next thought: OMG LUIZA VOCALS! Ska sometimes rubs me the wrong way, usually because of vocals that sound less punk and more frat-guy, but I'm totally, 110% sold on the attitude, the humor, and the rude, in-your-face, don't-give-a-shit sneer & sheer velocity of LuIza's vocals. Definitely, without question, the right gal for the job - she ties the track together better than the Dude's rug did his room.

The track is epic, folks.

It also, like navi's modern Parappa classic, makes me really hungry - lyrics are chock full o' awesome, decadent engorging. This isn't just ANY buffet.... this is a haven't eaten in 24 hrs., came to get down, all-you-can-eat, VEGAS hotel buffet. Tip of the hat there goes to Stevo, as well as for the arrangement, but PrototypeRaptor's contributions in that arena are pretty badass as well: part-writing is great, and sells the genre lock, stock, and barrel. PR is just a scary dude to be crankin' out epic electronica mixes and then throw down some tbone & brass arrangement like that. Guitar, drums, bass, both saxes... it all clicks. Avaris also deserves kudos - with so many parts, from different artists, I'm sure mixing & mastering this was no small feat. Vinnie corroborates:

"This is not an easy song to make and though this isn't a live recording, I think it compares in playing and production to other live recordings we have. Avaris did a good job getting instruments to show up when they needed to, and you still get the sense that a band is playing this song. Plus, Luiza pwned the vocals."

Newly-betrothed Oji adds:

"Nice job with OCR's new biggest super collab EVER. Suck it down? YES."

Indeed. I'm really loving 2011 for OC ReMix, and it's mixes like this that keep pushing boundaries & rockin' out at the same time. Memorable, indelible, and every bit an excellent example of modern, distributed musical collaboration done right.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Black_Doom
on 2013-06-24 13:29:28
This song is great. FUCKING GREAT! I just have no words to describe its awesomeness.
Salluz
on 2012-11-06 21:29:29
Awesome, just awesome. Acoustic jazz band metal rock whatever the Hell. Just eat it until you sit sickly with alka-seltzer like Weird Al.
-Dan
on 2012-07-30 14:16:04
Love the funny atmosphere and the childish, but great and perfect for the song, vocals.
It's a sweet and organized mess!
It's in my top list!
Congratz guys!
Bahamut
on 2011-12-16 17:19:45
I loved seeing this mix develop from its initial baby WIP form, and man this ended up grand. Not only does it sound jampacked due to the full fledged band, but it manages to keep all of those instruments well mixed (although a tad on the bassy side as mentioned earlier in the thread) & well satisfied by keeping it varied. The song itself is bouncy and fun as hell as Kirby songs should be in general.
Great introductory mix, and I hope the Plaid Muffins returns from their hiatus sometime soon!
Magellanic
on 2011-12-06 08:53:42
I just love it. I'm a big Streetlight Mannifesto fan and so thats probably why I love this. Its also because the performances and arrangement are just perfect. So much energy and drive. The solos are spot on and this track really feels like the band were performing in the same room. The female vocals work so well too. Nothing at all to complain about, its just Ska-rific!
Cash
on 2011-10-29 17:57:40
Everything about this track is very well done, a great listen, whether it's you're first or tenth. I generally don't like this style of singing, but the vocals here are excellent, nice job.
mak10z
on 2011-10-14 16:41:06
I have been lurking around this sight since 2000 or so. and am a big fan of a lot of the work on this site. but I had to Finally break down and register here to praise this work.
This was amazing work. Hope you guys work together on more Ska covers in the future. I love the song :)
Martin Penwald
on 2011-08-16 15:05:17
DAT VOICE
Ska with female vocals is right up my alley, and Luiza delivers a wonderful performance; she has the perfect voice for this. The way the first syllables are emphasized in the first few lines ("I" am eating food...) sends shivers down my spine.
I do agree that some of the vocals drown in the instruments; everything starting from "I'll clear out all the buffets..." to the end of that part is kinda hard to hear because the instruments overpower the vocals.
Also, "I don't care if I'm too big to transport, roll me to the foods" for best line ever.
As for the music itself, this is how ska is supposed to be IMO: a nice blend of punk of brass. I've heard some so-called ska where you had a trumpet solo somewhere in the song while the rest was straight-up punk, and it bored me to death. The mix of guitars, drums and brass we have here is what makes good ska for me.
Amazing stuff. Hoping there is more where this came from.
C7
on 2011-08-05 01:53:33
I know I've already commented, but moving back to the beach makes me even happier about ska and this piece still just rocks that hard. It is my most oft-played remix since it debuted. Great work everyone! Please have more!
Exclamation
on 2011-08-03 21:56:54
Love the instrumentals, but wasn't really digging the vocals ...until this morning. It's finally grown on me, and now I wouldn't want it any other way. Figures, it would be LuIzA. The style and lyrics, all very frenetic and capture the kinda madhouse aspect of all the Kirby stuff. This song seems like it would be a blast to see live.
DarkSim
on 2011-07-24 08:05:23
Such an impressive project! It's amazing that so many people can play and record individually and it can all come together so well. Incredible performances all around, I've been waiting to hear this since I saw it in the WIP boards and it really delivers on all counts. I can only hope there are more like this in the works!
champ the hippie
on 2011-07-14 19:19:12
the first thought that came into my mind as it finished was just how full of win this song is. the next thought was the realization that you've put lyrics to not only an instrumental, but a video game song. this in itself is impressive to me, so props for that. very well done and enjoyable to listen to. keep this up
Gario
on 2011-07-03 11:20:52
Dear God, this is awesome. Vocals are amazing. Sax was amazing. Brass was sexy. Guitar was epic.
Seriously, if anyone has any complaints on this one... no, that's just not possible. This is too good for that.
EDIT: Also, HA, nice cumshot at the end.
Kadosho
on 2011-07-02 14:29:18
Listened to the teaser, and was hooked right away.
Seriously this is an awesome song! A must listen! And it will bring a smile to your face.
Hey perfect time, 4th of July!
Can't wait till Milkyway Wishes is finished. =D
elementc
on 2011-07-01 21:37:58
I'm not gonna pass judgement on the vocals here, but did you guys happen to have a copy of this with just the instruments? I'm more of a fan of instrumentals in any case. I love me some ska.