ReMix: Mega Man 4 "Pharaoh's Last Dance"
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Ready for some Middle Eastern Mega Man 4 Disco? We THOUGHT you were! And really, who isn't? Vurez writes:
"This was one of my tracks that was going to be on the Mega Man 4 remix project that got stuck in limbo. This one's mostly middle eastern intruments mixed with some disco elements (specifically disco style strings). I released it on my site a while back, though this particular version has been slightly remastered. I believe it sounds a little more open than the original."
Excellent work as always from Don, whose mastery of making sampled ethnic instruments sound unbelievably good & incorporating them into his arrangements in ways that make complete sense is on full display. MM4 don't get enough love, so you also gotta respect the source choice, and the concept to mix disco in and have Pharaoh Man shaking his ancient Egyptian posterior all over the place was full of what the kids call "win". halc writes:
"Amazing sequencing, as per Vurez's usual, with a crisp, clear sound to the mix, and some quality samples. The arrangement is easily recognizable, but you've added a ton of personalization to it, and the melodies lend themselves really well to your style."
Other judges had some nitpicks, but in my mind this is a pretty polished gem, and builds on Vurez' already formidable arranging and producing talents. The tempo fluctuations, the EXTREME attention to the different capabilities & articulations of each solo instrument used, the complex, winding, but completely relevant nature of the soloing, and those lovely string falls... No one can ever, ever accuse Don of being "arrangement lazy" - he gets this stuff RIGHT, and it must take some serious time, because the finished product is always so damn good. One of Vurez' best mixes yet!
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