Posted 2000-10-23, evaluated by djpretzel
Following on the heels of Quasikaotic's excellent E.Honda ReMix comes Jade Gemini's own take on the Blanka stage theme. I used to have a rapid-fire ASCII pad back when I still had my SNES, and I used to cheese all the time with his Electricity attack, so this mix conjures up some big time nostalgia :) Now-favorite JG uses her signature clean style, with analogue-ish drums and sparkling digital ambience. I think I'll take this moment to confess that, like thousands, I am in the end a RYU man, and am a very big fan of the alpha series in particular. Great stuffs yet again from da grrrl with da skillz!!
on 2014-08-09 12:43:03
For it's age, great sound to it. It's not the most expansive ReMix around, but it does reenforce what was good about the original Blanka theme so well, and the instrumental choice following a world genre is great for Brazil's monster. Certainly not my favorite mix from McVaffe, but a great piece of music at the least.
on 2011-12-14 12:34:12
Blanka, nice. I had fond memories of overusing Blanka myself in the times I played Street Fighter 2 in the arcades as a kid, if only because of his ability to shock people!
So what we have here is a good safe take on the source, with some nice drive on more worldly instrumentation. I'm fine with most of it fitting the roots of Blanka as a character, but I'm not really sure about the choice of having a Shamisen as a lead unless it's towards homaging Capcom itself.
Arrangement-wise not a lot goes on, but there's been a good choice of having the second A section before the first B section that came in taking the A section melody into a counterpoint. Even then there's been some lightly more varied accompaniment writing leading towards the end, and it helps give it that kind of lift.
Considering the track is nearly 12 years old it managed to fit the scope reasonably well for itself; the soundbank, while also showing its age, actually feels mostly well manipulated for me with a great amount of credit going towards the strings for some good expressive slow attack movements here. I'm not too sure about the repetitive drums though; it can be excused due to age, but it kind of keeps the track feeling more chilled rather than energetic, but considering the artist at hand - McVaffe in a past female alter ego - it's probably not a bad thing.
So as a sucker for Blanka, I'm cool with it, though I hope one of these days - outside of the site's SF2 albums - there'd be a remix that would take the source to the next level. And we hope to see more of McVaffe soon too
on 2011-02-19 23:32:33
Very much enjoy this take on the theme. It highlights the source without over-encumbering it.
on 2009-09-28 23:33:58
This is kinda nice but more needs to happen still.
on 2008-12-30 17:32:09
I too have no clue why this mix doesn't get more love. It has all the required elements to be a great mix: Good beat, awesome energy throughout, and some very tight instrumentation.
I like it. And I don't even like Blanka's stage music from the original street fighter. How's that for a slice of awesome!?
on 2008-12-01 22:09:27
No love for this remix?
The first time I heard this one, I wasn't sure about it, but it has grown on me over time
Not Mcvaffe's best by any means, but certainly worth a listen
on 2008-07-19 16:49:12
I like this! The lead instrument sure sounds the same from note to note, but the variations it plays on the original melody are great!
on 2007-12-07 05:22:28
Very chill, very very cool.
I groove on this.
on 2007-12-06 16:37:04
Great drive in this, I'm really tapping my toes to it.
I'm really surprised this has so few reviews! It's a really great track! The percussion really keeps the momentum, and while I haven't played Street Fighter games (yes, seriously...I suck at fighting games), I can recognize that this keeps the feel of the original, yet gives it's own flavor. Nicely done.
on 2007-04-18 11:41:03
I really like the backing instruments on this, but the lead instrument (sounds like a koto?) isn't really doing it for me. It would have made a good backing instrument as well, and I think a nylon string guitar would have been a better lead.
Some cool melodic twists though, and the beat is very driving.
on 2006-01-10 01:00:03
Don't remember much of the music from Street Fighter, but right off the bat, you can feel how this remix maintains that street-fighter vibe, yet adding a Brazilian flare that fits perfectly with it. This is perfect to just randomly put on at a party. Then everybody, gamers and non-gamers alike, will groove along with their improvized kung fu moves and then you've got someone else bustin' out doing capoeira/break dancing, i.e. just plain fun! and will never cease to be.
on 2005-01-13 14:31:31
The brazilian flavor just makes me wanna howl and make electricity go through my skin for some reason.
A good reason, of course...
McVaffe owns Street Fighter remixes. What can I say?
Nice work! Good job! Great stuff! Excellent!...
on 2003-04-12 15:09:44
McVaffe owns Street Fighter remixes. What can I say?
on 2002-06-04 01:49:17
Street Fighter II 'Blanka Braziliamix'
I really dig this mix. The Brazilian flavor just makes me wanna howl and
make electricity go through my skin for some reason. The instruments
are wonderful, nice and crisp. Excellent work here. I really enjoyed it.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Capcom, 1992, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Yoko Shimomura
- "Blanka (Brazil)"
- Experimental, Latin
- Hand Drums, Mandolin, Marimba, Strings
- Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Moderate
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- Size: 4,190,915 bytes
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