Posted 2012-10-19, evaluated by djpretzel
LOVE THIS MIX!!
Really just awesome; the artist formerly known as Prophecy, now Jason Covenant, was last posted in 2005 as part of Kong in Concert. He's had other album tracks and made music since then, but this is the first time we're posting something, and WOW ...what a way to return to OCR in style! Robbie (Akuma) collab'd and added vocals, and the result is a fantastic pop/electronica track that's got Robbie's signature vocal hooks (see the equally amazing Mega Man 2 'For You') and Jason's arrangement, and the two blend SEAMLESSLY. Jason writes:
"Akuma and I decided we wanted to make something from Concrete Man's point of view. As far as he's concerned, his powers are constructive by nature - he makes concrete blocks and structures. He just fell into the wrong crowd, not understanding Dr. Wily's true intentions. He was just hanging out building a small home for orphans when some blue jerk stormed into his place, murdered all his friends and is trying to steal his powers. The song is about his confrontation with this blue robotic burglar."
"So, Jason sends me this loop and tells me it's begging for vocals. Then he links me to the source, which was all kinds of awesome. And with that everything just fell into place with the mix. I couldn't be happier with the end result; a track I feel that the forgotten Concrete Man could really feel proud of. And more than that, I feel that Jason and I really meet in this bizarre musical head space when it comes to ReMixes, so future collabs are definitely on the cards for us. But yeah, I hope you guys dig 'Concrete Heart'!!!"
That's fantastic news, if this debut collaboration is any sort of indicator. The pre-chorus break/glitch transition is a lot of fun, and when the chorus hits and Robbie's vocal finally fleshes out w/ harmony, it's one of those spine-chilling moments that are essentially unique to mixes that incorporate vocals effectively. I know there are some folks who prefer their VGM arrangements to be purely instrumental, but I ALSO know that Robbie made converts of a lot of those very same people with his Mega Man 2 mix, and I see no reason why that trend shouldn't continue with this opus. Lyrics are spot-on - contextual yet completely natural - and I honestly can't find anything to fault; I've had this on a loop for 20 minutes just now and am still lovin' it. Great to be posting something new from Jason, great to see Robbie continuing to represent male pop vocals so well, and I am SO looking forward to whatever else these guys come up with together. Highly recommended!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Mega Man 9 (Capcom, 2008, WII)
Music by Hiroki Isogai, Ippo Yamada, Ryo Kawakami, Yu Shimoda
- "Concrete Jungle (Concrete Man Stage)"
- Electronic, Singing, Synth, Vocals: Male
- Effects > Glitching
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Origin > Collaboration
- 8,280,882 bytes
I see a ray of light in my vision
Everything is coming back to keep me driven
I'm takin' ya down
And you'll stay locked up in this prison
You can fight your way to get to me
But you better believe this is how it's gonna be
You think you're clever
You're not so mega
You're just the same as everybody else
And I'm gonna prove in time
That no heart's as strong as mine
No way to pierce my skin
There's no flesh and blood here
So you're gonna have to try
To find another way inside
No matter what, I won't back down from you
This concrete heart will drive you down
'Cause we both know that there's no room for two
My concrete heart will drive you down
In a moment, I can feel the heat
And as every minute passes by, you'll know defeat
So give it your best
But believe that I have got the strength inside
You can fight your way to get to me
But the only way that this will end is in retreat
You think you're better
But I know better
'Cause you're no different to anybody else
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