Bolischoy Tavieda! Malcos gives us some jazzed-up lovin' from everyone's favorite large, sweaty, oversized Russian wrestler. The fuzzed synthetic guitar lead here reminds me of my own lead in my own Streets of Rage mix from wayyyyyy back - similar timbre and ADSR envelope. Stephen delivers on the mix title, introing with an upright acoustic bass that dips down into some nice piano progressions after a rimshot-laden hip-hop inspired drum track lays down the beat. At 1'15" some swirling, phased or flanged pads come in, which is a nice add that fills in the midrange a bit more, and some more freestyle interpretation, especially on the piano comping, follows. Incidentally, most of the judges cited the piano as being the most salient problem, largely on mixing/incorporation issues, whereas I didn't have a problem at all in that arena. I personally would have liked a different, more nuanced lead patch - whether it's meant to sound like a grainy, dirty synth or electric guitar, to me it lacks a certain depth that a lead in a jazz instrumental should have. I have the same issue with my own SoR mix that I likened the lead here to, so maybe it's just me. This is Malcos' first stab at the genre, it's a resubmission that improves upon the original version he sent in, and it's still pretty dern groovy, with the bass and rimshot working their symbiotic mojo. Wingless, who certainly earns a place in OCR history as the oddest, most non-sequitir judge, quips in a good-spirited, cold war fashion:
"(read this aloud to the intro bass)
"And now... coming to the stage to give his patented brand of smooth-vodka poetry... Mr. Hip-cat, tight-raps, Zangief." ...
"HELLO! I AM ZENGIEF! I STAND IN LINE FOR BREAD! IN SOVIET UNION, STREET FIGHTS YOU! THANK YOU! GOODNIGHT!""
And what more can you really say? Good, explorative stuff from Malcos, who takes an initial stab at doing some jazzier stuffs and, after some revision, comes up with some solid SF2 coverage for he of 360 degree pain and anguish, The Gief.
on 2010-12-02 14:24:18
Zangief Motif? Suitably subtle enough for a jazz rendition? Surely! Now Imagine the Red Cyclone, grinning ear to ear, snapping his fingers behind a pair of dark round shades...
on 2009-03-23 10:45:15
Took me a few listens to hear the original in the backing instruments beyond that intro bass solo. The source was obviously there in the lead, but the rest was really nicely disguised. I think the lead is a little too distorted for the rest of the track, but otherwise it's a pleasantly unexpected style that fits really well. Maybe not in an in-game context, but certainly it stands alone as a good song.
on 2008-11-03 17:20:28
Still an excellent arrangement. I still hear the flaws, but it holds up very well. Really creative, interpretive stuff!
on 2006-07-28 16:08:01
Unusual to experience phasing in a jazz mix. Ay, Malcos, you remind me of me, ya' know, because I do have an unsubmitted mix that contains swirly phased choirish sounds. It's somewhere in my personal remix stash.
Truthfully, at first, this mix sucked me in, but after about a year of not hearing it, which would be a few months ago, I had to reset myself to hear it again, because I had my head inside of hyperactive clouds of rock and partyish hip-hop sounds.
Well, it's a good mix, if I just lay it down flat. Shoot, reviews are the better usage of OCR, methinks.
on 2006-07-19 12:04:43
Something is really charming about this mix... there's nothing entirely that amazing about the arrangement or even the sound quality... there's just a bizarre hidden attention to detail I can't place.
Things like the way the distortion touches just grazes the bass... or the bounce to the rhythms...
All I can say is... I never have this mix in the background and space out. If it's on, it always gets my attention, and in a way, that's the best compliment anyone can get around here. Notable. Recommended.
on 2005-03-08 21:39:46
How can you not like this mix? I thought it was great
It starts off with a nice bassline which is repeated later in the song
A wicked guitar with slight distortion joins in with the melody later on
I love the part at 1:15, it sounds like "day dream" by the "art of noise" if anyone's heard it and then that ostinatto (not sure if thats what it's called) is played only on the piano rather than bass
An awesome song, I just dig the vibe!
on 2004-12-06 17:22:46
Same thing happened to me exactly! cept for that 2nd part.At first, I didn't like this song, for some odd reason. I listened to it and kicked myself for ever thinking that such a great, relaxing song was crap.
on 2004-12-06 02:12:51
At first, I didn't like this song, for some odd reason. I listened to it and kicked myself for ever thinking that such a great, relaxing song was crap.
on 2004-11-20 16:15:56
Personally, I think it rocks. The bass at the beginning is sweet, along with the rest of it.
Doesn't fit with the 'standards' of OCR? Hah, go look at some of the crap that has been accepted before.
Props Malcos, for making a badass chill rendition of a great song from a great game
on 2004-11-20 01:05:10
I'm not saying you don't have talent; I'm implying that Protricity has so much talent and puts so much effort into his mixes that the rest of the Judges are envious. It's sort of similar to how film directors and film critics sometimes feel towards each other.
on 2004-11-19 15:29:10
I believe that the mix has ample room for improvement, but it is fairly enjoyable in its current (and final) state. I agree w/ Liontamer on the repetativeness of the piano chords.. could have mixed things up a little more there, it's mechanical sounding, 'Anti-Jazz' even.( )It's got a good groove going on though, just could have been further developed. Even though it was a resubmit it still feels a bit incomplete.
I just read Vigilante's vote and realized that I'm basically echoing what he said. But overall, the good outweighs the bad here.
Also, these threads aren't the place to discuss judge panel drama or the overall quality of OCR compared to two years ago. Everyone's heard enough of that crap, this is a thread for reviewing this mix and this mix alone.
on 2004-11-19 14:50:31
I can understand why some people wouldn't like this mix. I had the idea in my head and tried to realise it as best as I could. I wanted to try and do something new instead of sticking to the same formula.
NooseFashionedFromBelt, if you are implying that I have no talent, then you are of course entitled to your opinion, but don't bring politics into this.
on 2004-11-19 06:03:22
I find it particularly enlightening that the Judges panel found this mediocre-at-best remix worthy of a coveted OCR spot, yet found Protricity unworthy of being a Judge. A wee bit envious of Prot, are we?
Just goes to show how far OCR has actually come since the days of yore, when Rimco and Virt still participated and good remixers were recognized for their effort and talent.
on 2004-11-17 09:41:09
I have to agree with Prot, this one certainly didn't strike me as the quality i come to expect from OCR acceptances. I found it very repetative and boring. The instruments could be tweaked to make them clearer.
I like the lounge-music idea but it needs a song with more substance to it. I can appreciate that it must have been hard for the artist to tangent the theme with almost totally original stuff, but it doesn't work for me.
on 2004-11-16 21:08:25
Oh dang, I'm in love!
I'm gonna download all your other stuff now!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Capcom, 1992, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Yoko Shimomura
- "Zangief (U.S.S.R.)"
- Piano, Synth
- Origin > Resubmission
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