ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! "Thrill of the Chase"
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- Game: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Nintendo, 1996, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Flexstyle
- Composer(s): David Wise, Eveline Novakovic
- Song(s): "Hot Pursuit"
- Posted: 2013-04-09, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble!
- Terms (BETA): aggressive electronic synth
I'm gonna make an early prediction that you're gonna hear a LOT of great mixes from Flexstyle in 2013 - we're already off to a rolling start, this being his third album cut posted, a heavy, bass-dominated electronic arrangement from Double the Trouble. He writes:
"This actually ended up being the first of a few tracks I did for the DKC3 project - Emunator, the project director, had heard my previously-posted Dark Cloud 2 remix and thought I'd be a good fit for this track. Little did we know that I'd eventually be a rather prominent remixer on the project (what with the amount of tracks I grabbed) in addition to becoming a very involved mastering engineer for the entire thing. By the time this gets posted (assuming, of course, that it ever does), you, dear OC ReMix fiend, should have heard the wonderful wonderful project that is the Donkey Kong Country 3 project. If you haven't, you need to do that RIGHT NOW.
Rabbit trails aside, this is a rather intelligent (for lack of a better word, hurr derp) EDM track with cool blips and bleeps and glitches 'n stuff. It's cool, it's bassy, and you should totally turn it up."
"Overall, production comes through loud and clear. I agree that the kick is a bit on the subby side, but it still works. Good balancing between parts as well. Great attention to detail in subtle alterations and effects thrown in to keep things interesting. Felt like the ending could've been a little more effective, but no big deal there.
I was having trouble getting some of your source usage at first, but then I realized the high synth at :21 is a slowed down version of a subtle part in the original that plays briefly at 1:20. Very creative use of it there so you're not just stuck with only the backing gated part to link in. Really fun listen here man, great work. I'm gonna be keeping this one on the playlist."
This is a pretty sparse source tune, so the mix relies on extrapolation & additive/subtractive techniques to achieve most of its development. Percussively, I like the timbale element used for fills here & there - adds just a touch of Latin flavor and enhances the overall character. While none of the judges mentioned it, I think the tempo could have been bumped up a tad to give things just a little more momentum; I do appreciate the more deliberate vibe, so I'm just talking about a small tweak of 2-3 BPM. While not Mike's most intricate or dynamic work to date, this mix takes a simple source and fleshes it out into an enjoyable soundscape featuring a rock-solid kick & bass duo. While I agree with OA that the title is misleadingly suggestive of something more amped & expeditious, I'm still diggin' what the Flex cooked up!