ReMix: Seiken Densetsu 3 "Do the Splash Hop" 3:15

By The OverClocked Plaid Muffins

Arranging the music of one song...

"Splash Hop"

Primary Game: Seiken Densetsu 3 (Square, 1995, SNES), music by Hiroki Kikuta

Posted 2018-10-02, evaluated by Liontamer


The unofficial anthem of SD3, Songs of Light and Darkness, and perhaps OC ReMix itself: "it was a long, long time..." ;)

The singular OverClocked Plaid Muffins (Level 99, LuIzA, Swann, Cyril the Wolf, AMT, Xenon Odyssey, PrototypeRaptor) finally return to the spotlight with this ska/rock vocal legend about a game that started off in Japan and eventually made it into the hearts, minds, & ears of gamers the world over, even without localization. You've got Beebo on vocals channeling a sort of "islands voice" vibe, you've got a thick bench of brass & guitar, you've got a catchy-as-hell, upbeat groove, and thus doing the Splash Hop is every bit as fun as it sounds. Album director Rozovian writes:

"It was a long, long time. Yes, it was. This project took way too long to complete, and for the most part, that's due to my own varying levels of interest and other failings. I've learned so many things during it, and I'm grateful for the experience, even if it's been tiresome and I've at times felt like quitting or just dumping the tracks onto the forums, but it's been amazing to see this thing come together. Every once in a while, when everything seemed dead, someone would surprise me with something cool and wholly unexpected, like a big collab reggae take on a source, telling the story of how the game found its way to gamers in the West.

The remix is really cool. The brass around the two-minute mark is probably my favorite moment, but the second verse and buildup to the chorus, the drum work there in particular, is a close second. There's a lot to like."

Co-director Meteo Xavier adds:

"Yes, this project took way too long to complete. The reasons for it we won't waste webspace trying to impress upon you - that's just how it works for some projects. We've had some drama, we've had some bad luck, we've had some people quit and we've had some failures here and there - but we refused to quit no matter what the forces that be threw at us.

This awesome remix is one of many amazing tracks we were able to acquire and might not have gotten if we tried to truncate or rush out the project. Just listen to it, you'll hear why it was worth the wait."

In addition to being a collab between many artists who are each impressive in their own right, and in addition to being infectious & addictive, "Do the Splash Hop" is an iconic contribution to & commentary on the game and album as a whole, as the directors' comments above indicate. Some things take time. This can be frustrating. It's not for everyone. On the other hand, some albums are able to push through in months, not years, depending on the makeup of the participants and the availability of leadership. There's no single right way to do things, and the types of albums that emerge from either process are often worthwhile in their differences. For some reason I'm reminded of those robot dudes from the beginning of The Fifth Element - "time doesn't matter, only life matters." That sounds about right, just replace "life" with "VGM" :)

As for the music, it's the OPM so you know it's on point; Stevo sells it on vocals, the lyrics are a hoot, the mixing keeps every element discernible but has an appealing glue/cohesion, each instrument gets space to riff a bit, the backup vocals/shouting make the mood, and that main ensemble melodic hook is gonna get stuck in your brain for the rest of your life. In a good way. Bass is legit; I just finished watching season 2 of Luke Cage (which I thought was pretty damn good), and one of the things I loved was all the Jamaican music & culture being deeply integrated into the show. Some of the part writing might seem simple, and yeah, there's a lot of leaning on offbeat chord stabs, but it's all about the attitude and the TIMING, and these guys & gal do a fantastic job capturing that, here. Little details like the dub-style delay on the vocals towards the end elevate the overall, and the result is a new classic that represents the best of the Plaid Muffins' style. Highly recommended & essential!

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Discussion

Latest 4 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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NovemberRhythm
on 2018-10-11 15:19:47

wow this song reminds me of some old brazilian songs from the 90's skank, jota quest, etc. I loved this sound too much

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ad.mixx
on 2018-10-03 20:13:52

I love it.

That is all.

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HoboKa
on 2018-10-02 23:20:02

Uh-oh! OCR Plaid Muffins, they've gone to...Plaid!

Silliness aside, any vocal remix is ALWAYS welcome in my books. I'm splash hoppin' all the way to the comments section baby! Swag and grooovy remix mon!

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Liontamer
on 2018-10-01 00:21:28

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Seiken Densetsu 3 (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
Songs:
"Splash Hop"

Tags (11)


Genre:
Ska
Mood:
Energetic, Happy
Instrumentation:
Brass, Electric Guitar, Saxophone, Singing, Vocals: Male
Additional:
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Origin > Collaboration
Production > Live Instruments

File Information


Name:
Seiken_Densetsu_3_Do_the_Splash_Hop_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,865,307 bytes
MD5:
aa3d76058bfd4a95c0371fc594747a48
Bitrate:
237Kbps
Duration:
3:15

There's a game overseas, third in a series
Left drowning in waves of native Japanese
The people did cry, being left high and dry
For years, they had waited for it to arrive

Oooooh
It was a long, long time
Oooooh
But one day it reached the end of the line

It's the Splash Hop, it did the Splash Hop
It splashed from Japan to the States where it dropped
It's the Splash Hop, it did the Splash Hop
It might take five years, but it reached the last stop

Oooooh
Do the Splash Hop, do the Splash Hop
Oooooh
Do the Splash Hop, do the Splash Hop

So as time did pass on, translation undone
Some clever ROM-hackers decided to then
Take the task in their hands, concocting these plans
To bring SD3 to the Western lands

Oooooh
It was a long, long time
Oooooh
But one day it reached the end of the line

It's the Splash Hop, it did the Splash Hop
It splashed from Japan to the States where it dropped
It's the Splash Hop, it did the Splash Hop
It might take five years, but it reached the last stop (Wooooo!)

It's the Splash Hop, it did the Splash Hop
It splashed from Japan to the States where it dropped
It's the Splash Hop, it did the Splash Hop
It might take five years but it reached the last stop

After half a decade, a trans patch was made
Unleashed on the net like a tidal wave
The players were floored, patience did reward
It's the third Legend of the Holy Sword

Was a long, long time
Was a long, long time

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Published 2018-10-01
By OverClocked ReMix
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