I liked this mix the very first time I heard it, when I was helping the judges panel work on the inbox and was taking an initial listen... and I like it even more, now. Fxsnowy (Adrian Bureu) follows up his September debut with this inspired, glitch-pop synth extravaganza cover of "Hot-Head Bop" from DKC2, in collaboration with Skyrpnyk. It's pretty cool... almost deceptively so, because the arrangement itself is so unhinged, exuberant, and risky that any cheesiness or misstep on the production side could steer things into travesty territory quite quickly. It's the type of mix that lives or dies on its ability to execute the vision, because it has a vision, and a dramatic one, especially for such a popular & enduring source from David Wise. In fact, this source has been arranged so many times & so well, it's almost a litle daunting, but Adrian & Andrew (the latter of whom we hadn't seen since 2009 - too long!) came up with something marvelously unlike previous interpretations & very fun, I think. Liontamer writes:
"The opening beats weren't my style, but I dig the arrangement's creativity throughout. It's cramped in places (e.g. 2:54-3:11), but that wasn't a huge deal, and the parts usually had room to breathe. Structurally, it's pretty melodically straightforward, with very nice variance of leads and supporting instruments to keep things fresh while constantly keeping the theme in play. Nice work as a tag team!"
While it might be melodically straightforward, the accompaniment has been very flamboyantly altered to suit the genre & energy, which is cool to see folks doing. If you're gonna leave a melody intact, from an arrangement perspective, you're putting the transformative emphasis on the surrounding parts - if you play THOSE bits safe too, you end up with something conservative; sometimes problematically so, relative to our standards... If you instead inject creativity, original part-writing, and bold statements into the accompaniment and essentially make it a "first-class citizen" of the composition, then you get something like this. That's my two cents, at least; what helps sell the enthusiasm of some of the transitions and grooves is the modern production, with plenty of delicious synth gurgles, tweaks, and long/short form modulation envelopes... the textures breath in a very necessary way, making the whole thing work when stale/static tones would have done the exact opposite. Great attention to detail right where it was needed, in other words... very cool collab from Adrian & Andrew and one I'll be coming back to often!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, 1995, SNES)
Music by David Wise
- "Hot-Head Bop (Hot-Head Hop)"
- EDM, Hip Hop, Pop
- Energetic, Happy
- Electronic, Synth
- Origin > Collaboration
- 6,320,419 bytes
- Size: 6,320,419 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 06d250b8b1aac32c081f60dc7dadb4c8
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