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OCR01351 - Double Dragon III "J! Groove"


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My only qualm is shared with the judges. Needs more reverb, especially on the koto.

Other than that, this ethnofunk groove bias piece is rockin and rolling (while the chillun are schoolin-).

Great 70s porno/Starsky and Hutch feel going on with the wahs and the funked up bass. Good choice of instrumentation - Ravi Shankar meets Ron Jeremy.

Joshua Morse makes music of quality, and hopefully will continue to do so.

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This really is groovetacular and can be enjoyed by any with the barest sense of rhythmic awesomeness. Dryness issues don't bother me, and neither do the samples of questionable quality, as they just add to the vibe. Problems? Drop the volume of the drums, man, they're dominating the song and aren't doing much. Every down beat I hear the same synthy drum crashing over the rest of the song. You don't even need to change the sample, just quiet the percussion!

And vigilante is right. Cop-out ending, although the song is hawt to loop, which would make the issue more... negligable.

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I´m not sure what the hell is going with some negative comments. This ReMix is very funky and cool. I really enjoyed this trash. Actually more reverb would be good. But the samples that are supposed to be in a quality of Super Nintendo are great, because of this!! Cheers.

Silly Txai. I don't see any negative comments. :wink:

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I´m not sure what the hell is going with some negative comments. This ReMix is very funky and cool. I really enjoyed this trash. Actually more reverb would be good. But the samples that are supposed to be in a quality of Super Nintendo are great, because of this!! Cheers.

Silly Txai. I don't see any negative comments. :wink:

Meh.

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There we go. That's how pop/jazz is done. I call it "jazz" because it has an element of tonal freedom that lands it just this side of unpredictable. I call it "pop" because it still retains enough melody for easy listening. This song will lead me to this remixer's other work. He's obviously a master of weaving subtle touches into a professional-grade tapestry. The koto sample is a bit rough around the edges, but it fill the staccato runs well enough.

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to avoid being too negative,

not such a fan of this mix. joshua can do much better.

that bass sucks,

the piano part is to rigid,

koto blows,

pizz strings are a little too fake.

there is nearly no variation in rhythm,

the song stays in the same method for way too long.

repeat listens are not going to happen with this one for me.

Come on Joshua, you can do much better.

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I have to say that this remixer rocks for remixing this game. In direct comparison with the source material from the "China" stage, I have disagree with the review panel on their thoughts on the zheng or koto sample. In the source material, the electronic bastardization of Chinese a flute is loud and too crisp over the other sounds. Contrasting to this, the remixer gives the lead a drier, almost washed out, zheng sound sound for the lead. This is excellent as it better embodies the location of the stage for two reasons: the zheng is a traditional Chinese instrument and its toned down presentation (in comparison to the other instruments) can be interpreted as a representation of traditional Chinese ideas being more toned down in comparison to Western ideas. Additionally, on its moving parts, 0:40-1:06 and 1:34-2:00, the zheng is given an electronic component. In response to the "banjo"-ness, I think that it makse it even better! Simply because it evokes that late 19th century out west feel during which Chinese immigrants toiled to complete the Transcontinental Railroad. Connections and choices such as these, whether intentional or not, is what makes listening to remixes so great. The original game basically used the stereotype asian sounds just to provide another locale to kick ass at. This remixer has taken music that was intended as background area-recognition noise for a sub-plot beat 'em up and turned it into something that could be played for and enjoyed by non-gamers. On top of that, the remixer has interlaced some 70's funk which manages to translate and instill the idea that this song was meant for a fun purpose. In accomplishing all of this, I say this is worth all 5 stars and more!

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Though it needs some velocity love, and can be pretty mechanical in spots, I am really feeling this one overall. I know JM has a high standard set, and while this isn't as funky or nuanced as some of his other stuff, it's still fantastic. There's great counterpoint set, and the whole mix has a great rolling quality to it. Add some great sounding drums, and i'd call this mix a total success. The koto is played almost like a lead clav, and works in it's function. It's not traditional by any means, but it's effective.

The piano solo was very good, tasteful and melodic. It almost could have used a larger flourish at the end.

I happily welcome this mix to my playlist with open arms. :-)

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