ReMix: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars 'Big Bad Koopa Dubstep'
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WAT'S THIS? More of that dubstep stuff I hear the kids talking about these days? Newcomer Teagan Kelk sends us this intuitively-titled dubstep electronica mix, with a similarly to-the-point email:
"A dubstep mix of the Bowser Fight music from Super Mario RPG / Super Mario Bros 3.Mixed by Teagan Kelk, who wishes he had a sick DJ name."
Don't we all... oh wait. Teagan's looking for wub in all the RIGHT places - I'll keep my writeup relatively short and basically offer that if you're into the style, this is more or less what you'd expect from Teagan's description. The bass is certainly face, and pretty ace as well, and the artist throws some changeups into his pitching w/ a couple nice transitions. It seems like dubstep draws visceral reactions from both its supporters and detractors, with some finding the trademark lowend wobble a little gimmicky, but I'm not a huge advocate of the zillions of electronica subgenres, and even I feel like there's something different and often worthwhile with the genre. It seems like a substantive enough set of attributes & a memorable, identifiable enough aesthetic that it will be around awhile and work its way into other genres if and when it fades. Could be dead wrong, though - either way, Teagan's mix has a lot of what's good about dubstep, varies things up more than enough to stay interesting, and wub-wubs its indulgent way into your mind.
I just wish the wobbles were a bit quieter to allow the leads to come through, but aside from that, I like it, especially the part at 2:06. Pretty sweet textures there.
Drums are passable IMO. Not super great, but they work.
- timaeus222 on April 16, 2013
This track was my first one ever, and from being a drummer I was accustomed to using one limb to hit each drum/cymbal so I guess I thought it would be okay to use a drum machine similarly, with crap drum samples. I also had no patience or appreciation for production techniques.
So there are a lot of things I know I could improve in this track, but I still love it for what it is. I'm glad that some of you do too. :) :350:
- TeaganKelk on February 26, 2012
The "cleaner" part starting around the 1:00 mark is actually quite awesome; it reminds me of mid-90s PS1 music.
With the siren coming in around 1:40, we're right back into annoyance territory, though.
The following breakdown and build-up starting around 2:10 is very awesome again; same goes for ~2:50 onwards.
Dunno, but to me, it seems that everything about this remix is good except for the wubwub and the siren. However, taking that out would result in a very different song; certainly not one to be qualified as dubstep.
- Martin Penwald on January 10, 2012
Sir Jordanius;815492 wrote: SKRILLBASS
- Anorax on December 29, 2011
The main reason why I liked/like this mix is because I wasn't expecting this theme to ever be arranged in a dubstep/electronic/whatever kind of way, so i enjoyed the reinterpretation much more than the production values.
the samples/sounds are extremely lo-fi (compared to other dubstep tracks, or even Teagan's more recent tracks), but it gave me an snes nostalgic appreciation rather than a turn off.
as i said in my earlier post, it's not a memorable dubstep track but it's a pretty good re-arrangement of the source.
clearly, this would've been grandma's famous bees knees signature pimp-sauce strudel if it came out two years ago, but this mix showed up to the dubstep party a bit late.
teagan's next mix is sure to be face-melting material though. :<
- Damashii!! on December 29, 2011
Bahamut;824796 wrote: Ha, this mix brought controversy unexpectedly. I feel like the execution in this mix is lacking in the production arena. The wubs are not nice and fat with the low end, and the synths are lacking. The song fares better later on, but those issues being fixed really could help the enjoyability of the mix I feel. The arrangement is pretty good here, it's just a bunch of production issues that sort of drag it down some for me.
Well, you have to remember Bahamut, dubstep evolved quite a bit since this track was submitted to OCR.
The standards, then and now, are different.
- Anorax on December 25, 2011
But regardless, this ReMix really steps outside Dubstep enough for me to really enjoy it.
That's one thing I'm quite glad for. I can enjoy the Mix because it doesn't restrict itself to WUBBING everywhere.
I think the places it was used actually were strategic and quite clever.
A lot of people don't like this mix. I don't see why. I don't like Dubstep and I think it's just fine.
- Tuberz McGee on December 25, 2011
- Bahamut on December 2, 2011
Good job Teagen. (I also think he finally got a cool DJ name, telling by [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7wzXcCU0pg"]this video[/URL] <- same link as earlier)
- Anorax on November 8, 2011
- Brandon Strader on November 8, 2011
CC Ricers;815702 wrote: (Edit)
What makes this even stranger to me is that he really is [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7wzXcCU0pg"]capable of producing better stuff[/URL], and could've went with something else.
Oh wow, yeah. I'm right with you there, this sounds SO much better. Punchier drums, more changeups, a much more cohesive bassline and soundscape... I dig this.
That just further confirms my suspicion that this mix had the unfortunate luck of being submitted right when dubstep was a budding genre that probably had not been explored by anyone on the site... but then during the year or so that it was in limbo waiting to be posted, the genre evolved at such a rapid pace that the mix ended up sounding WAY more dated than it would have at the time it was created. I still don't feel like it's a strong mix even with that taken into consideration, but I'd definitely like to hear another submission in this style from Teagan that sounds more like the Fire Emblem mix that CC Ricers linked. I think it would go over a lot better. It's nice to know that Teagan's got it in him to make something a little bit more in line with the kind of quality expected from modern dubstep.
- Emunator on November 8, 2011
- Strider Kyoden on November 8, 2011
- YoshMaster on October 28, 2011
- Zerothemaster on October 28, 2011
- bobby1983 on October 26, 2011