ReMix: Final Fantasy VIII 'Ready to March'
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Anti-Syne debuted back in June with a catchy, Daft Punk-inspired ReMix of Final Fantasy VIII. Now he's back with... another Daft Punk (ish) FF8 mix? Hey, no rules against that, and it's still better than submitting two mixes of 'Schala' or 'Terra' back-to-back. Jack actually resubbed AND retitled this based on the edits he made:
"Ok, so with this resubmission my main aim was to add variety of texture, this new version is aimed to 'change gear' at a few different points, so hopefully you'll find this less repetitive and more enjoyable.
When I first submitted this it was aimed to be a fun and bouncy piece, now although it's still got that feel to it at parts, other parts are now written to make the piece more dramatic, to be more in context with the original 'The Stage is Set', which tended to be played at important marching points of the game. I've changed the name of this submission from the rather generic 'Let's Go' to 'Ready to March' (which also fits nicely in with the political climate over here in England) Anyway, hope you enjoy this."
While I think the last minute still gets a little repetitive, there are some interesting changeups & juxtaposed grooves in this mix, and much of the synth-funk flavor that was executed well in his first posted mix remains a large part of the charm here. Cain helps us all out:
"I've transcribed the lyrics for those having problems:
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This is kinda like a cross between Daft Punk and Freezepop, which pleases me. Production is fairly tight, a few dry-ish exposed sounds but nothing distracting. *sigh* fake guitar... I suppose it's not bad as far as they go. Well modulated. Overall all it's a fun little arrangement, certainly has movement in it."
"That's what she said"?? ...Nah, doesn't quite work; "...in my pants," though, different story. Vinnie adds:
"The drums were pretty FL default but used effectively - in a way, charmingly. The balance is good there, the beat was insistent. I like the additional textural variety in this version and even though this stayed in one gear, it was restless and constantly doing new things while maintaining the flow."
Agreed, for the most part. I'd like to hear Jack step further outside the box and make his next sub a little less daft and/or punk, but then again influences are usually good things, and he's shining some light on more of the FF8 OST, so I can't really complain. A good follow-up that will certainly please fans of his first mix!
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