ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! "Can't Boss Us Around (Robot Anarchists from Hell Mix)"
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- Game: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Nintendo, 1996, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Flexstyle, HoboKa
- Composer(s): David Wise, Eveline Novakovic
- Song(s): "Boss Boogie"
- Posted: 2013-07-25, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble!
- Terms (BETA): collab dark electronic glitching resubmission synth
Newcomer HoboKa (Alex Shtokalko) collabed w/ Flexstyle on this electronic, dark, & twisted arrangement from Double the Trouble!:
"Well, I've always been a fan of the boss music for DKC3, so when I saw it vacant on the project list, I just had to remix it =p. I think I did a fairly decent job over-all, but I realized that my production skills still aren't up to par...yeah I'm a slow learner. The direction I took for "Can't Boss Us Around" is a more gritty, electronic/DnB take, with my sexy atmospheric touch :D.
Apart from the ridiculously long name, I think that Flexstyle did an awesome job sound-upgrading our remix; I also changed up some of the composition to make it less bland (hopefully). It's a lot more cyber-punky, mixed with industrial and a lot of other weird and cool motifs."
This went through a couple resubs and a re-partnering, hence the track title parenthetical, but the process worked and resulted in a mix that is improved from its initial incarnation, finally passing the panel. Alex has been persistent & persevered through his submissions, so this debut is the culmination of a lot of feedback & development; DKC3:DTT director Emunator addresses the both the improvement and the source usage, which is just over the line:
"Definitely a step-up from the many previous submissions in terms of production. Flex's NiN/DOOM-inspired production overhaul really makes the track a lot more engaging and enjoyable to me. However, the new edit has cut down on the source usage a bit, so I'll need to check it. Let's see... pretty close, and considering you can still make out parts of the riff in the glitched up ending I'm not going to beat around the bush and count seconds here... It's borderline, but I think it just barely falls on the right side of that line.
Congrats on finally getting a mix up that seems to hold up to the quality bar, Alex, even if you had to get some help. I'm glad you were open to the critiques cause this one really clicks and works well for the source."
It's interesting to see a collaboration that focuses primarily on one artist mastering & mangling (w/ FX) another's work, but I think the alley-oop was the best path forward in this instance. Albums are always a little more open for new artists to contribute to, while getting a mix featured on the site can be more challenging, but Alex stuck with this track and pushed it forward, and Mike's assistance really complemented the overall feel nicely. Good stuff!
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