ReMix: Space Station: Silicon Valley "Soap Globe"
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Holy crap... it's been over five years since Nase's last posted ReMix, but he's back with our FIRST arrangement of Space Station Silicon Valley for the N64. The source in question is funky/loungy to begin with, but Joshu's really taken that ball and run with it, and he's gone VERY far; this is a delicious, funky, playful, syncopated, and unbridled jazz jam. He writes:
"Yo yo, long time no see! Made this for a PRC. Simple pleasant source, needed some expansion to be of reasonable length. Ended up getting some sort of sitcom vibe, went with it and added some sax and slappy. :) Cheers!"
The drum work here makes me cry; so many accents, such impeccable timing... this mix inspires me rhythmically and really sets a bar for funk/jazz drum writing - simply superb. On top of that you've got EP, organ, vibes, clav, brass/sax, flute, electric guitar, and later some ensemble staccato and pizzicato strings. Oh and of course, DAT BASS. Nase has always been an artist who's made great use of lower-fi samples through creative sequencing, but this new & improved Nase seems to have upped his realism game while retaining ALL of the shimmer & glimmer of his previous work. Just to be clear & reiterate: I absolutely adore this mix's sense of timing & flow; it reminds me of some of Diggi's best work, it's crunchy & crispy in all the right ways, and I know I'll be coming back for more. Of course, there IS the small matter of the extended fadeout ending... Chimpazilla does not equivocate:
"I have only one critique of this mix, and that's the fadeout ending. I freakin' hate fadeout endings. Other than that, this mix is packed full of fun details and varied instrumentation, so that even repeating the source motif this many times it never becomes old. It's a low-key old-skool funky jam with a Napoleon Dynamite thing going on. So full of win!"
For an arrangement that has so much flow, it does seem a little odd... especially since a new melodic part is introduced DURING the extended fadeout. That feels like a faux pas, to me, but Nase isn't one to concern himself too much with orthodoxy or the expected. I do ultimately feel a little like slapping whoever's hand is on the volume fader, a bit, but since it's the same guy who put together the greatness I'm trying to hear the rest of, I guess I can't. Larry responds:
"On the white sitcom department, I got nothin', so I couldn't tell you how Seinfeld-ian or Perfect Strangers-esque the arrangement is or not. But what I CAN tell you if that this is a great example of a relatively conservative arrangement that personalizes the instrumentation nicely and gradually breaks out into more interpretive territory. "Snow Joke" has already got a lounge-y, muzak-style feel, and Nase did a great job jazzing it up, Nasenmann style.
I always love how Joshu uses his samples; his work always exudes a ton of personality. Sweet slowdown at 1:53, that was unexpected. LOL at the brief Yoshi/SMW-instrumentation during the fadeout at 3:00, which I don't mind at all, yet I mind Chimpa for minding. :-) C'mon, Nase, let's not wait another few years to have more of your great work on the site. Don't hold back!"
Agreed, although I think it's worth mentioning that this ReMix represents a jump forward on production fidelity, without losing the soul of what's made Nase's arrangements so much fun. I enjoy talking with Joshu from time to time on life's big questions as he's got a unique perspective on things, but to whatever extent we don't see eye-to-eye philosophically, music is the universal language, and I feel like he always comes through loud & clear. This game was a bit of a sleeper hit, so I truly hope lack of familiarity doesn't stop people from checking out this mix - it's one of his best, it's criminally funky, and if it represents a new influx of mixes from him in a similar vein, that would make my year... awesome work.
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