ReMix: Killer Instinct "Reflex" 4:29

By JD Harding

Arranging the music of one song...

"The Instinct"

Primary Game: Killer Instinct (Nintendo, 1995, SNES), music by Graeme Norgate, Robin Beanland

Posted 2001-08-22, evaluated by djpretzel

Starting off strong and staying there, our first ReMix of Killer Instinct from JD Harding has some real heavy bass tones, so prepare your sub for a good workout. With a breakbeat style, a portamento saw-wave synth covering the melody in passages, and a tasteful piano making up the bulk of the midrange, there's a good strong variety of players in this up-tempo track that fits the pace and attitude of the game nicely. Of course, I am and always will be a capcom snob, and I group KI with MK as a button-masher, but at the time the graphics were amazing and the character design is still pretty cool today. JD gives us a good epic interpretation of the title theme. I think the well-done drum track deserved a slightly beefier, harder snare, but that's about it: good stuff, and the drums play off the bass plays off the pads very nicely, working into a solid, intricate groove.



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-28 11:58:17

The drum sequence was good, but really soft compared to the rest of the instruments used. I think I was more impressed with the bass work than anything else with this track. It does come across as a little repetitive, but at the same time, there was some effort in making this track varied. However, I think the soft percussion kind of set me off of this track.

on 2015-12-03 13:29:59

The drum sequence was pretty cool for the kind of beat that complements the piano. I feel like my only gripe for this mix writing-wise is that I wasn't completely down with the speeding up of the actual melody, as it sounded a little too fast and off-beat with the rest of the arrangement. It's a good, early ReMix on the theme, though, and it definitely managed to maintain interest by keeping segments fresh. Not bad.

on 2015-12-03 12:22:59

This is a pretty fun mix, overall. Sounds used are pleasant, the drum sequencing has interesting moments, and the overall presentation is good. There are enough changes to keep you interested throughout, and when I had finished listening to the song for this review, I happily put it back on. Can't ask for much more than that, IMO.

Daniel Caton
on 2015-12-02 16:58:56

This one’s nice! Interesting use of them sampled orchestral hits. I haven’t actually heard those used too much, but maybe I’m just not observant enough. I agree with djp’s original assessment that the snare could use some work, but I think that kind of depends on which part of the song you’re listening to. At, say, around 0:39 it could have been stronger, but I think at about 2:21 it works fine. So who knows? At any rate, I think this one's definitely worth a listen.

on 2014-10-04 00:25:17

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Killer Instinct (Nintendo, 1995, SNES)
Music by Graeme Norgate, Robin Beanland
"The Instinct"

Tags (8)

EDM, Trance
Electronic, Piano, Synth
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Fast

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