ReMix: Donkey Kong Country "High Tide"
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Quick one for today; we've heard many-a-mix of DKC's legendary "Aquatic Ambiance" theme, but newcomer FoxyPanda (Jordan Null) takes it in a different direction with this fun, rolling trap/hip-hop instrumental arrangement:
"This music is one of my favorite SNES pieces. Big ups to the original composer, David Wise! I made this remix because it was one of my favorite video game songs growing up. I know this track is very overdone on ocremix.org, but I had to put my own spin on the song that brings back that nostalgic feeling."
A source is only TRULY overdone when people stop doing new things with it; Jordan avoids that trap with his own... trap. This genre works well with the source - feels like a natural fit, the ReMixer incorporates a lot of the staple components but they're all done well, and in general things just kinda click; the flow is strong with this one. OA hits the nail on the head:
"This is pretty well done; it would have been really easy to just take the source and directly convert it to the genre, but you've done a lot of cool arrangement by omission. The melodic snippets are pretty cool, and the little pinky arps add to the aquatic mood. The backing chants were pretty nice too, and added some energy to the repetitions of the main theme. Structurally there isn't much different, but things are sufficiently decorated and the track progresses well.
I'm digging this, it's not revolutionary, but it takes a lot of fresh ideas and applies them to an old favorite."
Not rocket science, not gonna knock you over with profound revelations about life, but a strong, enjoyable debut from FoxyPanda that does what it does & does it well. While he had some reservations about the sampled vocal bits, which I just take as almost allegorical at this point, Liontamer closes us out with his thoughts:
"Even in the more minimal sections, like the initial build up, Jordan used chords explicitly from the source, so the connections are there practically the whole way through. Aside from the sampled vocals not being a perfect fit, the adjustment to trap and the ear candy added here both clicked very nicely. Welcome aboard!"
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