ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! "Wonderfall"
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- Game: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Nintendo, 1996, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): mv
- Composer(s): David Wise, Eveline Novakovic
- Song(s): "Cascade Capers"
- Posted: 2014-06-04, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble!
- Terms (BETA): acoustic-guitar ambient mellow sound-fx strings
Up next we've got a DKC3 album cut from mv, offering an ethno-transcendental ambient mix that blossoms orchestrally after an extended intro:
"I must be some kind of alien because I've never played or owned a Donkey Kong Country game in my youth, despite being a hardcore gamer since 1985 and having a go at nearly all big franchises. Anyways, when I was asked to join the DKC3 project I listened to the soundtrack and "Cascade Capers" hit all the right notes with me. I'm a big ambient guy, so evidently using a source that relied heavily on mood was dream material for me to try something fresh and relaxing. I initially thought about taking the space/drone ambient route, but I realized that I'm one of the rare lunatics who enjoys that style without second-guessing; then, I thought about mixing ambient and world/ethnic rhythms, which I already tackled on past remixes and had worked well. The whole jungle setting of the game was a great opportunity to go in that direction, and I think that the final track conveys a relaxing, meditative mood while still keeping a catchy aspect; I've also added my own string chords and some light melodies to take the original track someplace else. The title is incredibly cheesy but works just great, and since I've already submitted a track called "Sensual Ippon" in the past, I can safely say that being cheesy is of no concern to me. I hope this piece will please you.
Thanks a lot for your time and hopefully my next submission will happen before 2017!"
I love all of mv's work; as a side note, we were at TooManyGames many years ago and Justin Wong was there and gave Xavier's Cammy mix from wayyyyy-back-when some props. True story. There's usually a chill element to SOME aspect of each mix that mv crafts, but this piece is especially atmospheric, marinating in tropical rainforest explorations for the first minute-and-a-half before a percussive backbone emerges. It's lush, it's chill, and what I especially like is how the piece DOES pick up and develop more structure, but is relaxed enough to take an extended intro to set the stage. Larry writes:
"If you've heard any of mv's material on OCR or through hellven, you should know Xavier does chill soundscapes so well. This take on Eveline Novakovic's "Cascade Capers" is a nice contrast with halc & Mattias's upbeat version, also from DKC3: Double the Trouble! The nature sounds, organic percussion, plucked & padded strings, and light choir vocals all were woven together to create such a calm and serene presentation. Smooth work here, and as an aside, given that he's never fought King K. Rool before, I also hope Xavier eventually ends up playing some of the DKC games on his popular Twitch channel!"
Ditto that; loved seeing mv pop up on DKC3, loved this track as it provided a serene oasis among many higher-energy, aggressive tracks, and the intro reminded me of BIRDCUSSION in the best of ways. Kudos!
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