ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 'Exploration C'
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Katie's cut off Double the Trouble! has some gorgeous moments that shine through at points like the sun peeking through the clouds - exploratory stuff, as the mix title suggests, that gains much from a supple, flowering live flute which adds further intrigue to spiraling jazz, waxing and waning in complexity, fading in and out of a beautiful, exotic ether. It's intense, it's mysterious, and it's my favorite track yet from her; she writes:
"Flutes provided by bustatunez (Will Roget, II). This song was inspired by "Cry of the Chasmal Critter Chain" by my friend Liz, which is one of my favorite ReMixes ever. This ReMix is a take on "Cavern Caprice." It's one of my favorite songs from the original game. I always liked it because it had such a moody feel, a calming mania to it. Many thanks to Eveline (Fischer) Novakovic for the original composition of this, and all the other songs she made for DKC3. Also special thanks to Protricity (Ari Asulin) for much appreciated feedback throughout the process of creating this."
I think "calming mania" sums it up well; Emunator comments:
"Despite having only a few published remixes, Monobrow has one of the most versatile yet recognizable styles of anyone in the community. I knew from the start that she would be the perfect fit for "Cavern Caprice" (SNES), which featured very playful melodies juxtaposed with strong psychedelic undertones that were just begging to be expanded on.
Katie cited "Cry of the Chasmal Critter Chain," one of my favorite mixes from Kong in Concert, as a primary inspiration here, and I couldn't agree more. Both arrangements have a strong sense of motion throughout that evokes a strong atmosphere above all else, while still exploring the actual melodic content of the source to its absolute fullest. At almost 6 minutes in length, with countless sonic details and almost no repetition whatsoever, this song practically requires multiple listens on your best pair of headphones (and your favorite mind-altering substances, if desired) to really get the full effect!"
"Transplendent" is one of those words that doesn't get used often, and that's probably a good thing, but in this case I think invoking a sort of transcending resplendence - almost spiritual, or at least introspective - makes sense. Katie's lent to Double the Trouble! what Liz contributed to Kong in Concert - a depth, intensity, and fractal beauty that is formidable and rewards both focus and release on the part of the listener. Excellent.
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