ReMix: ToeJam & Earl "Bumpin'" 5:34

By Joshua Morse

Arranging the music of 6 songs...

"Alien Breakdown", "Big Earl Bump", "Funkotronic Beat", "Rapmaster Rocket Racket", "ToeJam Jammin", "ToeJam Slowjam"

Primary Game: ToeJam & Earl (Sega, 1991, GEN), music by John Baker

Posted 2008-07-21, evaluated by djpretzel

As of last night, I'm officially engaged! So, as you might imagine, I'm in the doghouse a bit for posting ANYTHING at all on this resplendent and momentous day-after-engagement. Thus, I will be brief. We've been having some server issues lately, due perhaps to some recent coverage in this month's issue of Game Informer magazine and our recent intervew over at Ars Technica on HD Remix - we still need your Diggs! Please bare with us as my ability to administer things and restart MySQL, etc. is greatly impeded by my vacationing in the Carribean at an all-inclusive with several open bars.

So, I wish I had one of my OWN mixes to post today, but my Doom 2 piece is still hovering at 95% complete, and is rather dark & brooding for such an occassion, regardless. Instead, we've got more great funky stuffs from Mr. Morse. His last mix was from his epic Ragnarok Online project, Hybridism, and he's got more where that came from, but he takes a break from the RO to give us this delicious and delectable funktastic arrangement from the legendary ToeJam & Earl soundtrack. TJ&E are, of course, the premier extraterrestrial purveyors of funk in the land of VGM, so their pairing with Joshua is rather the business; they fit each other like a glove. JM wasn't content with just one track either: this mix mostly avoids medleyitis while managing to pack in Big Earl Bump, Toejam Jammin, Funkatronic Beat, Alien Breakdown, Toejam Slowjam, Elevator, and Rapmaster Rocket Racket. Ya gotta love those source track names, which might explain why the ReMixer went with the comparatively minimalist 'Bumpin'' for his umbrella arrangement. The bass here is absolutely ridiculous - Parliament Funkadelic would be proud, and if Bootsy himself covered this source, it'd have to sound pretty close at parts. You've also got blaxploitation synth riffage, Ron Burgundy-style jazz flute, organ, EP, wakka-chikka guits, and of course the meaty, watertight drums that Morse always brings to his game. Some of the transitions are better (i.e. more natural) than others, but overall this is a downright funk smorgasbord, offering an all-you-can-eat buffet of TJ&E in full Morse production regalia. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've gone and made myself rather hungry... fantastic work from Mr. Morse that gives some great Genesis source tracks a new, shiny home inside a groovalicious mix that - whether anatomically capable or not - aliens and humans alike can and should shake their booty to non-stop.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-02 23:48:43

I think it's obvious that if you pair JM and TJE, you will get an absolutely brilliant track like this. Joshua clearly knows how how to funk out some tunes, but if the sources are already funky as hell, then you definitely get funk squared! The phat bassline, the excellnt wah-wah guitar licks, strong beats, some nice flute, synths and smooth EP make this mix a beast of funk. Love it!

on 2011-12-11 12:01:30

Brilliant, I love it. This mix just focuses on the game's funkiness and multiplies it by a thousand. Great groove, lots going on and great production. As soon as I pressed play on this track it made me grin. Impressive solos, phat bassline and the sassy wah-guitar. I don't care if you haven't played the game before, you will love this track.

on 2010-11-22 16:32:55

I approve of this mix. Funky to the max 8-)

on 2009-12-12 12:11:10

All I can say! This is exactly what happens when funk meets west coast hip-hop! Sweet melting rhodes, great high end synth lead that somehow reminded me of Kris Kross' Jump, some well choosen claps, and a bassline that keeps things on the move. Epic!


on 2009-12-12 09:25:55

Youch. Look out. White hot sex explosion in progress. Could this be any slicker?

This thing really has legs, great ones. Smooth sexy legs that do much ass-kicking. I really love the production on this. Really rich in all those classic funk sounds, but cleaner, clearer and tighter than I ever remember funk sounding. Nice amount of instrumental variation to keep things tasty and the basswork is just the money.

I'm getting more and more into these Morse mixes. Above everything else, its the attention to detail, variation and fullness of sound that captivates me with this. Somehow, against better judgement, manages to make toejam sexy. I can't condone that, but I will continue to enjoy it.

on 2008-09-16 11:10:06

I agree with some of the comments that the solos here are just a really good excuse to keep grooving on that backing track. I love the piano doubling the bass part near the middle section, and an interesting fade out to transition.

I think putting the pass and drums front and center in this mix and using the other instruments to just color things a bit is what really makes this one succeed.

My only real wish for this is that I wish the ending was a bit more graceful; the fill before the final note seemed a little small for a jam of this magnitude. Otherwise, awesome work.

Martin Penwald
on 2008-08-16 15:33:27

Joshua Morse's back, and he's back in style. Just as usual, the remix he has to offer is absolutely great. The arrangement, the choice of instruments (love the e-piano and the guitar), the beat...all of it gels perfectly. Once again, JM delivers a wonderfully groovy piece of music.

Keep on bumpin', dude.

Nobbynob Littlun
on 2008-07-28 15:48:15
on 2008-07-24 17:18:35

This track is awesome. Twas one of my favorites from the 16 bit era, I am impressed.

on 2008-07-22 23:52:16

I can't believe it! This is a mix I've been dreaming about. And it is even more funktastic than I had imagined. Loving the bass work especially. Keep groovin' Mr. Morse.

on 2008-07-22 22:40:57

NICE. This is great stuff! You're consistently putting out some of my very favorite mixes. Kickass.

EDIT: This seriously might be in my top 10 favorites here. Those two breaks at 3:02 and 3:54 are just perfect (if I had to pick a favorite part).

I can't stop listening to this.

on 2008-07-21 14:55:40


I was sick of the game OST only having like 3 remixes, it's such a freaking underdog :V

Nice cumshot there jm :D

Sole Signal
on 2008-07-21 14:24:02

This is plain awesome. :nicework:

on 2008-07-21 14:13:28

Oh, this is just hot. I love the introduction of new instruments as the song goes on, e.g. the flute, the organ, the wah-wah guitar. Lot of variety between sections - I totally wasn't anticipating the turn to something more jazzy around the halfway point. Definitely a keeper. :smile:

Can't believe this is the first TJE mix from JM, it's a perfect fit for his style.

on 2008-07-21 13:36:00

This is a really funky and kickin' track that does ToeJam Earl justice.

Plus, it makes me want to hook up my Genesis and play this game again. :

Sources Arranged (6 Songs)

Primary Game:
ToeJam & Earl (Sega, 1991, GEN)
Music by John Baker
"Alien Breakdown"
"Big Earl Bump"
"Funkotronic Beat"
"Rapmaster Rocket Racket"
"ToeJam Jammin"
"ToeJam Slowjam"

Tags (4)

Funk, Jazz
Synth, Woodwinds

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