Posted 2003-09-23, evaluated by djpretzel

Yes. DarkeSword aka Shariq Ansari gives us his most mature ReMix to date, a very enjoyable, fast-paced jazz arrangement from Sonic & Knuckles. Saxophone is the flavor of the moment here, and while it might not fool you into thinking Coltrane is in the room with you (which would take an act of god regardless), the samples used are decent enough that - in conjunction with Sahriq's knowing arrangement - things work well. Large portions actually consist of what is technically a saxophone duet, with harmony playing a very pivotal role in the mix. There's also a quick drum pattern with delicious ride cymbal and rim shot articulations that give one the feeling of travelling in Fall or Winter, with spartan scenery passing quickly by, in a luxury vehicle of some kind (I've always been a sucker for the Rolls Royce Phantom series). There's a great amount of interpretation here, with considerable portions of sax soloing that come off not as self-indulgent but expressive and absolutely appropriate. There's high quality piano and a fitting, unobstrusive bass to fill things out. Very spacious, wide mixing gives a feel of pensive, cool reticence that changes to warmer, more kinetic motion at points. I'm impressed on all accounts - transitions work, melodic and harmonic interpretation are high calibre, and the whole ReMix comes together in a very polished but still emotional package. Recommended.



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on 2016-06-21 19:21:50

I'll admit it took me a while to warm up to this one. The sax was probably the reason but I got this remix stuck in my head recently and listened to it like, 10 more times. Enjoyed it more each time.

REALLY love the ride/hi-hat/rimshot groove. The piano is super soothing. Definitely a departure from the feel of the original, but hey that's what OC ReMix is all aboot. Listening to this remix is like walking into the sunset whilst a cool breeze gives you goosebumps. Or something.8)

on 2014-10-18 14:31:32

Even now, this is one of my favorite Darke's pieces. Seriously, this is nice atmospheric stuff with pretty warm sax, soft piano and delicious percussion. Love the fast-paced section at 2:04. It gives this alredy "warm" mix some more coolness. Super!

Level 99
on 2010-02-17 14:35:49

This song is so unbelievably chill yet light it feels kind of like flying. I was very much reminded of the progression style that Dire Dire Docks uses to convey free-motion.

The piano here is soft and spot-on, and the sax, while not the most convincing of samples, is mixed and written so well that it fits. Just the same way chiptunes have their appeal, so do these kinds of samples in they way they lack the humanized timing and breathing when written for properly.

My only real critique is the drums, which are adequate but could have had a little more done with them. Regardless, this is a great song on anyone's studying or chill playlist.

on 2009-12-22 12:38:26

Excellent percussion and piano on this track, I really love this sound. Saxes are serviceable. Not as good as bummerdude says, but now as bad as 42 says. Interpretation was very strong on this one, and the flow of the track was really good.

pretty good work, I approve!

on 2009-12-04 16:35:40

Imho, the saxophones here deflate this mix; they sound off-key/flat and nasally. Otherwise this mix would be jaw dropping. That feathery piano work, those quick, light, steady drums. It feels like everything in this mix is holding its collective breath and the saxes causes everything to have a giant cough/sneeze/hiccup. Still I still feel that everything else makes up for this track's flaws and this track is worth a listen.

on 2007-01-29 03:40:42

I'm not sure this could count as a "re-mix" as it could count as an entirely new work based off of melodies and countermelodies of another work.

Though I could hear the counter melody present in the source in the background, and the main melody given to the sax, I think the new chords, rhythm and speed give Lava Reef (after) an entirely new feel.

GREAT work. Ideal for relaxing out on a summer beach. I could be playing this as I watch the sun set driving on Hwy 1 in Big Sur.

GREAT work.

on 2006-04-28 02:25:12

This saxophone sample sounds for real, it echoes perfectly away....

Wha..? Where was I? Oh yes. AWESOME remix. Usually when I think about a piece with both a sax and piano in it, then it's jazz. However, this clearly isn't jazz, it's way to happy. It must be the fact that the bass is missing. However, jazz or no jazz, this arrangement was swell to listen to. No complaints, no annoying sounds nor samples. This remix is like a river, you'll just float with it.

Nice work, DS.

on 2005-04-17 02:26:18

I loved the old sonic sidescrollers, and to me sonic and knuckles when latched onto sonic 3 was the best in the series...and it just so happens that i always liked hidden palace zone the best. HPZ was the calm before the storm, and this music fits it perfectly.

great job.

on 2005-04-16 14:11:19

DarkeSword on saxophone is always good. I have listened your "Party in the Snowland"; sounds very sweet with the sax too. Personally this ReMix is good for my taste. Very pleasant and beautiful.

on 2004-09-25 01:29:57

I was listening to the Tony Montana song with Darkesword and as I commented on that, I really can't get enough of Shariq's tasteful use of sax and bass, and of course here we have all that and more. Can't believe I overlooked this one, a very relaxing piece that definitely fits the mature description.

on 2004-06-14 18:46:23
I caught the Hidden Palace Zone tune as soon as I heard it. And the solo had a little bit of Lava Reef Zone in it too. Very nice, Darke. This is one of your best yet.

Well, seeing as the Hidden Palace Zone song is the exact same song as the Lava Reef zone act 2, that makes sense...

Anyway, great remix of the song. It's a great song to chill out to...

on 2004-05-19 12:00:55
I didn't like the remix. It just didn't hold true to the "awesome" reviews it was getting. A sax doesn't do this song justice. I'm sorry, but the remix wasn't really worth my time. The Hidden Palace music was taken waaaay too fast for my liking, and no beat makes for a no-brainer.

No beat?

There's very strong beat there.

Axe Canabrava
on 2004-04-06 00:46:46
I didn't like the remix. It just didn't hold true to the "awesome" reviews it was getting. A sax doesn't do this song justice. I'm sorry, but the remix wasn't really worth my time. The Hidden Palace music was taken waaaay too fast for my liking, and no beat makes for a no-brainer.

Keep it into your opinion... first you say it doesn't deserve any praise, but all the reasons you came up with are just a matter of opinion. This is a remix site, and although I like remixes that sound just like the original (Golden Axe "Golden Axe 2002", for example), I think "remixes" are by definition a new take on things.

on 2004-03-10 19:10:15

I didn't like the remix. It just didn't hold true to the "awesome" reviews it was getting. A sax doesn't do this song justice. I'm sorry, but the remix wasn't really worth my time. The Hidden Palace music was taken waaaay too fast for my liking, and no beat makes for a no-brainer.

on 2003-10-16 17:51:26

Yes, great remix. 'Nuff said.

Also, the fact that I can easily hear Lava Reef is a good nod back to the gameplay (for those to con't remember right away, Lava Reef 2 leads directly down to Hidden Palace).

Yes, in fact, the music for Lava Reef Zone Act 2 and the Hidden Palace Zone is the same. (The Stage Select in the game lists HPZ as "Lava Reef Act 4", too)

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Sonic & Knuckles (Sega , 1994, GEN)
Music by Howard Drossin,Jun Senoue,Masaru Setsumaru,Masayuki Nagao,Sachio Ogawa,Tatsuyuki Maeda,Tokuhiko Uwabo,Tomonori Sawada,Yoshiaki Kashima
"Lava Reef Zone: Act 1"
"Lava Reef Zone: Act 2"

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