ReMix: Mega Man 3 "Top This"

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Flexstyle's been tearing it up this year, and if you're going to MAGFest (which you should be, if at all possible!) you can catch his DJ set live! For this heavy-hitting BA2 electronic arrangement that originally came out of the WCRG compo, Dr. Wily mixes it up w/ Top Man. Obligatory dubstep warning applies, though most of the mix is more uptempo:

"This was my third and final entry into the Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet 2011, and it’s also the one I’m most proud of. Unlike my other two tracks, I nailed what I wanted it to sound like the first time, for the most part—this submission only has a couple of very minor tweaks. This particular track is a crazy mix of hard house with energetic live drums, tortured synths, and a bit of a dubstep breakdown for good measure. Inspired to some degree by Le Castle Vania and his similarly-adrenaline-infused music, particularly this track: http://soundcloud.com/lecastlevania/...he-messiah-one. This song also marks perhaps my most adventurous take on any VGM track, too, with a lot of original material intertwined with my usual source-mangling ways."

Judges unanimously passed, but some weren't feeling this mix relative to Mike's other work... too intense? The beats, they are too hot?? Who knows, but everyone agreed it was up to snuff, and Shariq chimed in with more unilateral & unequivocated praise:

"Sidechain out the wazoo. Sheesh. It's sufficiently wubby, and there's a lot of energy here. Really enjoyed this in the WCRG. Love those acoustic toms on the fills. Excellent!"

A little more aggressive than usual, and I would have appreciated some quieter bits for DAT DYNAMIC CONTRAST, but my toes they were a' tappin' and my head it was a' bobbin', and that means something. Excellent grit & teeth on the synth textures here - Mr. Birch knows how to dirty up his textures quite nicely. Overall a fun romp; from a compositional perspective, not Mike's most elaborate or narrative piece, BUT a very straightforward & galvanizing bit of EDM that's hard not to like!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
nitrozsz
on 2015-12-28 12:48:32

I can just see a DJ coming out to stage making a grand entrance at the very start of this track, and then saying into a mic “top this” right at the 0:29 mark. The percussion and bass work is outstanding. I want to dance to this, I want to jam to this, I want to rock out to this. The production here is……ahem…..top notch.

Vasall
on 2014-01-03 06:21:53

really nice track, but i can hardly hear top man in it XD

Crulex
on 2013-11-21 08:35:01

Oh yeah, one of my favorite ReMixes from BadAss 2. Flexstyle really destroyed (in a good way, of course) the melodies of Top Man and Wily in this song with this dark and rough treatment. The beat goes hard in this one. Well done!

timaeus222
on 2013-11-20 22:18:34

Hey Flex, if you do another remix sometime where you want some dubstep, hit me up for a collab. :)

Flexstyle
on 2013-11-20 20:40:10

Oh hey, this track! Looking back on it, it's still one of my favorite tracks, but I definitely didn't give it the mixdown it deserves. Too muddy. Oh well. Tends to still fit in very nicely in my sets, though, haha.

djpretzel
on 2013-11-20 16:21:47

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