ReMix: The Revenge of Shinobi 'Memories of Blood & Bone'

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The Revenge of Shinobi

Roses, chocolates, cards, romance, and... shuriken? Nothing says "Valentine's Day" like a ninja star to the face from Joe Musashi, who makes his first appearance in 2013 with this chill urban groove from Fallen Seraph, a follow-up to the artist's 2011 debut Streets of Rage ReMix - seems like SOMEONE's a Yuzo Koshiro fan ;) Revenge of Shinobi is one of my favorite YK soundtracks and one of my favorite overall game soundtracks as well; I arranged this same source tune OVER A DECADE AGO, so I'm familiar with it, I like what Wina did with it, and I'm glad we've got another interpretation of it on the site. For his submission email, the artist appears to have composed a love poem - of sorts - so I guess this mix *is* actually relevant to today's holiday:

"Um, where are my memories, of this one gone?
Nothing comes to mind, but blood and bone...
Been shedding these tears eternally
Looking for Consent, I'm nothing more, than a Shinobi
Lost in Chinatown, wayward on the Corner of Sunset and Keys
Bad sushi within me, I can feel that factory funk...that produced these

Yeah...couldn't come up with anything to it up on some speakers, crank it up, and let the beat knock."

Eloquent wordsmithery; I added the links, FYI. This definitely has a grittier, hip-hop feel on the drums, which if you've played the game makes a lot of sense; nice layering and syncopation too, with parts that almost feel half-tempo. Interesting decision to take that main pentatonic riff that kinda defines the original tune and have a lone piano delicatelty articulate it @ 1'46" - counter-intuitive arrangement call, but I think it works. Fallen Seraph resubbed this with some tweaks to fill it out a bit more, and while judges still had some issues, OA sums things up well:

"I enjoyed the first one and voted yes, despite a few weaknesses, and I feel this shores up most of them pretty well, with filled out soundscapes and some more humanized sequencing. The bass and drums were good, and the beat was good. Definitely a step up, nice work!"

Great to see more Yuzo & more Shinobi and to hear more from Fallen Seraph, who's filled our V-Day with blood, bone & beats!


Discussion: Latest 4 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-04-17 14:27:48
From the source and title, I wasn't entirely ready for a chill hip-hop ReMix with piano, but this pretty nice. Some of the piano notes and a few other items like the later drums sounded a bit sharp or loud to me, but nothing that bugs me too much. Sweet stuff.
on 2013-02-17 12:15:16
Love every mix from the RoS series, this one is no exception.
This is the first year I am not a forever alone ninja (although I guess last year counted too, except at the time it wasn't a certain thing).
Being a solo ninja is hard, working together with your ninja-mate harder still.
What a great mix, that it makes me reflect on (and try to appreciate) all these things.
5 heart-shaped shurikens for j00
on 2013-02-15 13:28:15
I have to admit, the phasered supersaw kinda threw me off when the piano came in with it as well. It seemed louder than the piano.
Nice kick. Not much of a fan of the sub bass though. 1:13 felt oddly abrupt to me, because it sounded somewhat off rhythm.
Nice glitching at 2:01. Loved the retrigger and delay on the hi hat and kick.
2:48 - the drums seemed disconnected with the feel there. I would have made the drums softer there, but oh well. 3:17 felt a little bare without a cymbal, but it's OK.
Solid enough, agreed about borderline pass.
on 2013-02-14 12:05:50
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