Gibs & Mordi's take on "Aquatic Ambiance" remains one of my go-to arrangements of a VERY arranged source, and now (almost five years later!) Mordi (Martin Lande) returns with a smooth & chill acoustic/rock take on another DKC-series favorite that brings in some funk & swing as it progresses:
"Hope people will enjoy this one, even though it's yet another "Stickerbush Symphony" remix. I kept it mostly laid back, but listening to a lot of late 70's funk/disco lately compelled me to throw some more upbeat stuff in there at the end. I tried to channel my inner Nile Rodgers, but I doubt I'll be producing the next Chic album.
P.S. I'm aware that it's not a sonata, but I had no idea what else to name it."
That's okay... I'm not a DJ ;) Mordi's not wrong; with this ReMix, we officially welcome "Stickerbush Symphony" into the 10 ReMixes Club! And, no worries on the title: David Wise titled his original a "symphony," and it's not a literal symphony either. You're a talented musician in great company. Also, big congrats to Mordi, who last October joined the legendary game & demoscene music group Maniacs of Noise! Quite a badge of honor. I love this mix because it very naturally & gracefully evolves from something uber-mellow to something with a bit more pick-up & spunk to it; Jivemaster writes:
"Very organic crisp production and overall relaxed atmosphere. Guitar playing is emotive and solid, nice amount of highs without being piercing. The accompanying cheesy synths in the background somehow work, and complement the guitar well. Arrangement was not too complex but gets the job done. Enjoyed the break at 2:50, a great change of pace. The funky strumming after this provides an added surprise."
"Ah, I remember reviewing this one in the workshop. I said I liked it a lot and that hasn't changed, this is a pretty cool, groovy yet laid back track, with good production and neat performances. Not the most complex of arrangements but there is a degree of personalization of the source that makes it stand on its own from the many, many remixes of this song out there."
Relatively conservative, but certainly distinct & creative, plus having the rhythmic/style development further differentiates this interpretation. No nits to pick; even the fadeout ending works just fine, in this specific instance, and is well-executed. I especially dig the 70's mastering aesthetic, which I think Mordi captures quite well; very lush & warm. Excellent & accessible stuff, highly recommended!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, 1995, SNES)
Music by David Wise
- "Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)"
- Funk, Rock
- Chill, Funky, Sexy
- Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synth
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