"Slowpoke Shuffle" could alternatively be used to describe our recent mixpost rate, Torgo's leisurely saunter, the United States Government as it tries to raise the debt ceiling, or (preferably) this mix off of Missingno from WillRock. Mr. Harby explains:
"So, this is a track I have made for the upcoming pokemon project. I wanted to do a more easy going approach with this remix - no overblown 80's synths or crazy synth-shred solos in this one. And I came up with the name slowpoke shuffle as the town in the game was full of slowpoke :D Hope you guys enjoy this one."
No overblown 80's synths?!? Say wha? Nah, it's true, WR dials down a notch or two for a pleasant stroll through the village... the village of pleasing, major-key instrumental electro-pop. As a village member and purveyor of positive, upbeat musics himself, let's see what OA thinks:
"This source is exactly the type of track that needs to be remixed - something with a really solid base song, but a somewhat questionable arrangement. Part of the original's weaknesses was the mixing, where the countermelodies were as loud as the melodies, and the near-constant white noise of the chip percussion. Thankfully, Willrock has given this a beautiful synth ballad treatment, with some really delicate sounding glides. Excellent added counterpoint and overall development, and this is really sunny and pleasant. The breakdown at 2:20 was gorgeous; I love that sort of thing.
I'm super digging the feel on this one, though it seems a little on the quiet side, and the drums could have been mixed up a bit more. Just because it's a ballad doesn't mean the drums need to be on autopilot! Good stuff, and one of my favorite Willrock mixes so far."
You hear that? He's not just digging it... he's SUPER digging it. Boss. I agree on the drums - nothing too flamboyant was called for, to be sure, but a little more variation would have been nice. I also agree about the glides & bends - some slower stuff there probably contributed to Larry's comment that the piece seemed vaguely tropical. Right now, with the heat the way it is, I think most of us have our minds somewhere a bit cooler, say... Antarctica... but it's a relaxing & enjoyable vibe regardless, and another great cut off a stellar album.
on 2011-12-25 01:03:16
I loved Azalea town. This does it justice. Very mellow.
I love the lead throughout this. Nostalgia literally grabs me around the throat and takes my breath away.
The flute(?) is a big departure from all the stuff you've previously done Willrock.
But I've got to say, it makes the nostalgia all the more heavy.
I put this song on repeat for fun. Cause you can't EVER have enough mixes that give you nostalgia.
on 2011-12-15 10:45:38
A chill mix that's different than the usual array of WillRock. It has a happy sound to it that the keys and synth lends to it, as well as the flute.
So does this mean the Slowpoke dance to this song?
on 2011-12-12 12:13:06
This is my pokemon face when i listen to this song ---
I feel like I am sitting on a patio with some shades on watching all the kids wander around aimlessly in some tall grass, battlin with teh pokeymans.
Anyways, 2:20 was awesome, the delicate touch on all the synths really made this one for me. Good stuff, sir Rock!
on 2011-12-12 11:55:35
I've always loved the Azalea Town song and to hear it given a ReMix like this brings a smile to my face. It really holds onto the feeling of the original, chill and peaceful, but with a nice upbeat arrangement. It's a good tune to relax to, Pretty cool to hear WillRock change it up a bit and still deliver immensely. Really well done.
on 2011-12-03 17:47:47
I remember this fondly from the recent Pokemon album. True, it may sound a little dated in comparison to other tracks I've noted from WillRock, but it still has its atmospheric charm towards it, capturing the feel the source tune portrayed while also interpreting the source tune well. It also managed to stand the test of time quite well in comparison to his other tracks posted this year, which stands as a testament to the draw the track has arrangement-wise.
It does to me feel somewhat quieter than his works, which won't be a bad thing at all; though, I also remember when in discussion of humanisation he brought up this as an example of his struggles with humanising flutes, and this is where I can practically feel for this issue here. Thankfully the synth/rhodes work really lift this up and push the flutes further into the background and not be too much of a distractant.
All in all, definitely a different direction taken and I'm glad to see Will's nature as a versatile artist. Keep up the solid progress, and it was fun seeing you earlier today too
on 2011-08-31 20:50:45
this is so chill! i feel like i should be sitting by a pool with shades on sipping lemonade or iced tea or some other chilled drink as team rocket trips over themselves fleeing a well. good work, and by all means, keep it up
on 2011-07-26 03:40:26
A great contribution of WillRock to the Missingno Tracks. The song has a great vibe, that really brings people to ease.
on 2011-07-23 20:54:23
Ever since hearing it for the first time, I felt this remix had a really homely nostalgic vibe that captured the feel of Azalea Town perfectly. Glad to see this one passed the panel! (:
on 2011-07-23 11:19:45
Love this song, both the original and the remix that Will has done. There's just such a nice warm and safe sort of feeling to it. I am glad to say that this is in my favorite list!
on 2011-07-22 21:27:52
Gratuitous post about how Willrock's work is consistently good.
on 2011-07-22 20:57:52
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Pokémon Gold Version (Nintendo, 1999, GBC)
Music by Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda
- "Azalea Town"
- Ballad, Pop
- Electronic, Synth
- Time > Tempo: Fast
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