ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 3 'Sea Breeze Concerto'

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Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble!Donkey Kong Country 3

Another mix with David Wise!? Yeah, although this time Monkey Kong are responsible for the overall arrangement - a badass rock/jazz instrumental jam - and Wise chipped in with killer sax performance & mixing/mastering. Emunator writes:

"Monkey Kong is an incredibly talented group of musicians, and their past remixes have been very good in their own right. However, I do feel like an extra degree of responsibility arises when you know that the original composer is not only going to hear what you've done with his original composition, but actually participate directly in the remix himself.

Fortunately, Daniel and co. rose to the occasion and delivered a stellar ReMix that is worthy of its placement on the album and the cameo appearance from Mr. Wise. Fans of the original "Stilt Village" (GBA) will find this to be a very true-to-source tribute, but the additional harmonies and solos fit like a glove and elevate it to true OC ReMix status. There's also a special treat at the very end of the song that brought me back to the very first time I booted up the original Donkey Kong Country. It's a brilliant creative choice by Monkey Kong that will really resonate with fans of the series as a whole."

Daniel Rosenqvist of MK writes:

"In spring last year, I got a mail from Emu asking us to be a part of the DKC3 album. Although the time wasn't optimal for us with school graduation, concerts and, of course, rehearsing for our pre-show gig at the Stockholm Concert Hall for Distant Worlds II, there really was no way for me (being such an OC ReMix fan) to turn down on this! I knew the process was gonna be long - getting up the energy in the band, finding time to practice, jam it (A LOT of jamming, actually), arranging, recording, mixing, mastering, and so on. But to now come out in the other end and see the result is gratifying.

This could not be done without David Wise. I would like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for all the love he's put in to both his playing and also in mixing and mastering. I've learned so much from this Dave, thank you!! This song is for you, the OC ReMix staff and, of course, every video game music lover that understands why it's the ultimate art form!"

This is definitely one of the most conservative arrangements on the album, with a large swath of the structure hugging the original source tune a little too close to JUST be friends, but there's also a good deal of personalization on what IS there, and the last two minutes branch out big time. Larry had the panel take a look, just to be sure, and also chimed in himself:

"2:40's original section provided some a great dynamic change, and the rebuild at 3:10 to transition into the next solo was nice. David Wise's sax solo 3:29-3:51 on top of the source's bassline, followed by the amazing synth soloing on top of the arranged source from 3:55 until the end were both huge and helped end this strongly and present nothing but original material and interpretation for the last few minutes. Whoever in the band thought of including the DKC1 fanfare at the finish is my boy; clever integration of that for a nostalgic and fun finish. Nice work, and a pleasure to have David supporting the OCR's community's efforts once again. :-)"

There's a lot of musicianship & group dynamics going on here, and it has an immediate, performed feel that's relatively unique on the album, with a bit of an edge, too. And how could a band named "Monkey Kong" NOT deliver an amazing ReMix for a DKC album, right? Great stuff from Daniel & co., and to have Wise add in some amazing playing and mixing... well, it's yet ANOTHER diamond on a jewel-studded crown. Double the Trouble! continues to impress with heart, soul, and craft!

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Discussion: Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2012-12-07 11:04:05
As a lover of ReMixes that make good use of the source by a lot, this is right up my listening alley. Brings back the memory of hearing this for the first time on the night time stilt village level. Very nice to hear Dave Wise contribute an awesome sax solo to one of his best tracks ever, as well as put the finishing touches on this bad boy. I actually didn't catch the DKC fanfare at the end until I read the write-up, so that was a nice treat. Love it.
SwordBreaker
on 2012-12-05 09:45:15
Cody Wedel;894187 wrote: Nah, just album co-director. :P

LOL. Yeah, no pressure. That doesn't sound like a hard job at all. :P
I didn't pay attention to the names, hence my cluelessness.
Cody Wedel
on 2012-12-05 04:46:05
Nah, just album co-director. :P
SwordBreaker
on 2012-12-05 01:50:20
Cody Wedel;894172 wrote: Yep, he contributed that beautiful saxophone solo near the climax of the song. This track was also mixed and mastered by David Wise himself as you guessed :D

To be fair, the write-up talked about the mixing and mastering by Mr. Wise so I didn't guess that. I did guess the sax part though....because I remembered that he had a track on the DKC2 album with live sax. So good to confirm that for me here. :)
Are you part of the band by any chance?
Cody Wedel
on 2012-12-05 01:45:24
Yep, he contributed that beautiful saxophone solo near the climax of the song. This track was also mixed and mastered by David Wise himself as you guessed :D
SwordBreaker
on 2012-12-05 01:21:57
Currently my favorite track in the album. I'm still in that phase in which the amount of new music is too overwhelming it'll take me a couple of listens to get through the whole album, but this track caught my ear and will no doubt end up my absolute favorite. I absolutely loved Monkey Kong's "Dolphin Ride"...one of my favorite remixes out of the site. This one amps it up a lot in terms of mixing and mastering. Sounds fresh and funky. I'm assuming that's thanks in part to Mr. Wise. The ambiance of the track is really strong, just like Dolphin Ride. I'm loving the synth and solos here and there. I'd like to know where David Wise contributed in terms of playing in the track? Is it that sax solo towards the end of the track? If so, then it's absolutely epic just as the rest of the remix.
Liontamer
on 2012-12-03 02:16:52
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