ReMix: Kirby's Dream Land 3 "Kirbland"
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Alright, our post-album release vacay is over and it's time to get back to featuring some amazing free VGM ReMixes!! timaeus222 (Truong-Son Nguyen) goes in a different direction with this Zawinul-inspired jazz/fusion take on Kirby's Dream Land 3:
"I gotta say, this is one of the most fun ReMixes I've worked on in a long time. This started off as me saying something of the meme kind at the "wrong" time; funny story: it was when Liontamer on OCR Talkback #49 was talking about how he occasionally sees people calling OCR out, saying something like, "Hey, OC ReMix! You don't know how to remix this! It's too good to make better!" Being the guy that I am, I wrote, "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!" in the YouTube comments as a fun "reply" to that. Larry sees it, thinks it was directed towards @DeucesWildMedia on Twitter, and everyone's like, "OHHHHH, DAMN!" So, y'know what?! I went for it anyways. OHHHH, SNAP! SHIT JUST GOT REAL!
Over the course of 3 separate days, in about 20 hours, I ended up writing a jazz fusion-style track inspired by the band Weather Report - especially their song "Birdland" (hence the title). My personal favorite part in here is definitely the solo portion at 1:47-2:39. Can't believe I came up with that. Essentially everything was played in "live" (MIDI), with specifically the bass and drums being the hardest elements to really nail here in terms of the Weather Report vibe. Hope you enjoy! :D"
DAT BASS... a huge departure from everything else Mr. Nguyen has sent our way, the fretless bass here stands out as a highlight on a clean, funky, & liberal arrangement of several sources from the game. DaMonz concurs:
"Otherwise, I'm definitely hearing the Birdland influences, nice work on that! I'm loving the fretless bass, it definitely is a key instrument in order to get that sound, IMO. Good leads, too! Overall, a well-produced, strong arrangement. Really nothing to say here, I think it's great work."
And of course, since I voted on this one as well, I shall flagrantly self-quote:
"I'll mention this in the write-up. In fact, I'll probably quote myself. Hello, future me! S'good stuff; obviously plays it a LITTLE loose with sources, but I didn't have to work too hard, plus the breakdown helps. Also obviously a different style/sound for timaeus, which is by & large done quite well, with an emphasis on the agile & delicious fretless bass."
Well said ;) Big change of pace for the artist, and it's interesting coming off the more traditional big band style jazz of Chronology to be posting something so fusiony & modern, but timaeus pulls it off and convinces in particular on his bass writing. I think there's some room for improvement on the drums if he pursues further arrangements in the genre, which I'd love to see, but in the meantime enjoy this unexpected & utterly enjoyable jam!