ReMix: Donkey Kong Land "Banaqua"
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OCR's given a TON of love to the DKC trilogy, but we've only posted two ReMixes from Donkey Kong Land. Here with a third to keep the other couple company is Rexy, with a mellow, melodic jam that explores the world of submerged bananas with sweet synth leads & various plucked accompaniment; Legacy director Brandon Strader writes:
"It's always a joy to get some new music from Rexy on the site, and a double-joy to get it on the site and as part of the album. Her music is self-indulgent, which is a good thing in my opinion. On some level, your music should be self-indulgent, because you're the most important person to please when all is said and done. Rexy has come a long way in the last few years and continues to improve and amaze as time goes on. "Banaqua" is an elongated, smooth, laid-back song, which is nice to have once in a while, between the grating metal and the grating chiptunes. :)
Very great song and I hope she's super happy and proud of it! Water bananas for all!"
"Donkey Kong was a major gaming inspiration to me as a child, though in a different way to other retro gamers today. While most would fondly remember playing through his adventures on the SNES, it was the Game Boy titles - the Donkey Kong Land trilogy - that made me see how much Rare was willing to push out of even a black-and-white screen and the Game Boy soundchip. Much like the SNES counterparts, the games were tough and required me to get used to running jumps and chases, precision platforms and the obvious timing to get through all sorts of obstacles including the final showdown with K. Rool. Say what you can about these games, but if I didn't start playing them as a 10-year-old girl, my platforming skills in the years to come wouldn't have been up to scratch.
The only source tunes exclusive to the Game Boy were from the first title, in which I decided to go for the sunken ruins music (first heard in Kremlantis Chaos in world 2). We're looking at a civilisation that was pulled under by the waves many years or even centuries ago - something that was too proud to fall but had to accept its fate and just go along for the ride. Sometimes we have to undergo that same feeling as well - not wanting to take in the unexpected, we'd have to anyway and smile bravely while doing so. Who knows - taking the risks may sometimes not be so bad, or maybe make us feel more humble in doing so.
Naturally, the game certainly went above my humble expectations and one that I felt happy to tackle. And what's possibly less humbling is that the Game Boy and myself share birthdays too - who knew?"
HAPPY BIRTHDAY REXY!! Birthday mixposts are Rare these days, so it's nice that the stars aligned for this one. It's a harmonically interesting source tune, and the progression really surprises me at times - not quite as accessible as most of the SNES tunes, but compelling in its own way. Bev's done good things with it, fleshing out a sunken world with appropriate instrumentation that strikes the right balance between awe & antiquity. Great stuff from Rexy, really glad to have DKL represented on the album - never has bobbin' for bananas sounded so good, just be sure to come up for air & check out the rest of the album!!
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