Ready for some Middle Eastern Mega Man 4 Disco? We THOUGHT you were! And really, who isn't? Vurez writes:
"This was one of my tracks that was going to be on the Mega Man 4 remix project that got stuck in limbo. This one's mostly middle eastern intruments mixed with some disco elements (specifically disco style strings). I released it on my site a while back, though this particular version has been slightly remastered. I believe it sounds a little more open than the original."
Excellent work as always from Don, whose mastery of making sampled ethnic instruments sound unbelievably good & incorporating them into his arrangements in ways that make complete sense is on full display. MM4 don't get enough love, so you also gotta respect the source choice, and the concept to mix disco in and have Pharaoh Man shaking his ancient Egyptian posterior all over the place was full of what the kids call "win". halc writes:
"Amazing sequencing, as per Vurez's usual, with a crisp, clear sound to the mix, and some quality samples. The arrangement is easily recognizable, but you've added a ton of personalization to it, and the melodies lend themselves really well to your style."
Other judges had some nitpicks, but in my mind this is a pretty polished gem, and builds on Vurez' already formidable arranging and producing talents. The tempo fluctuations, the EXTREME attention to the different capabilities & articulations of each solo instrument used, the complex, winding, but completely relevant nature of the soloing, and those lovely string falls... No one can ever, ever accuse Don of being "arrangement lazy" - he gets this stuff RIGHT, and it must take some serious time, because the finished product is always so damn good. One of Vurez' best mixes yet!
on 2011-12-25 01:58:42
The combination of an arrangement like this one on one hand and the arabic instrumentation on the other hand is a very interesting approach that turns out surprisingly awesome.
on 2011-12-07 12:59:11
Like I said in the #ocremix IRC when it came out, this doesn't sound like disco, even with the strings; they feel more like an accompanying instrument to fit with this arabic atmosphere that's going on. So take that.
Going through this properly, I do feel kind of sad that the Mega Man 4 project never really took off, but I'm glad something solid managed to come out of it.
There's been some good working with the first half of the source with that gentle intro, before going into an interpretation of the theme and some solid original soloing work. Basically anyone's who's heard Vurez's works would probably know what to expect in regards to arrangement quality, even with some nice original work being fitting in variations of the theme as well as some wonderfully manipulated fake acoustic guitars.
There also appears to be a huge highlight for me at 2:18 and that's where the punji comes in with some wonderfully expressive work and adds a significant amount of cultural flavor towards the track with it taking center stage. It's moments like that that really start to get you to sit up and pay attention to what's going on.
If there's anything that I noted here with both this and past works, your drum kit work often seem to be your weakest component. Don't get me wrong, you often counter it strongly with some very interesting hand percussion work to make up for it, but most of the time there doesn't seem to be any cymbal writing being done other than the crashes; try and see if you can fit in some hihat/ride work, and be sure to treat the drum kit like the real thing.
That little qualm aside, this is a very charming arrangement and I'm glad to see that Vurez is still around with us and also continuing to represent these more obscure Mega Man Robot Masters. So be sure to keep up the effort, and I'll look out for your future works
on 2011-12-06 18:04:55
I 3 Vurez's music. His ethnic touch just works so well and is quite unique. It also manages to keep a nice pace that fits just right. Sweet solid stuff as you expect from him.
on 2011-12-05 10:31:03
Ethic disco? Okay, yeah, works for me. I'm always up for something different, and this is a masterfully different song. Killer percussion and the ethic instrument samples just sound so crisp and real, it's amazing. Terrific work on the strings and this ReMix has your style written all over it. A plus for a grade for giving it a good Egyptian feeling with a sweet beat.
on 2011-10-11 02:56:46
I also made a video for this one -
Tumb tshalak tchiboom balaktiboom
oh and btw, I'm stealing this as the title to one of the mixes I'm currently working on ...... yeah I'm serious!
on 2011-10-10 00:01:43
I also made a video for this one -
on 2011-10-09 16:54:16
I'd just like to say that Pharaoh Man is awsome, and so is this mix!
on 2011-10-09 16:05:22
Just saw this and I was like .. enough with the Mega Man remixes guys!! But man!!!!! what an amazing track. One of the best Mega Man mixes out there. Loving it all the way
on 2011-10-09 15:42:07
FINALLY THIS MIX IS POSTED!
This is a fantastic mix from every aspect. Great instrumentals, great production, great arrangement. In fact I've had this thing on my playlist for years and it seems like it has been listed on the "To Be Posted" mix list for just as long. Really really great stuff from Vurez. I'd say this has to be my favorite mix of his ever, although his track from the MM9 album is really great as well.
on 2011-10-09 15:17:08
Tumb tshalak tchiboom balaktiboom!! Pretty, saucy, sexy percussion there!!
Sometimes it reminds me of axé (which I LOVE), and the whole dynamics of the track makes me wonder when my ethno-electronic attempts will get this good... ç_ç One day
on 2011-10-09 14:21:34
Man, I'm blown away by the sequencing, and I always am by Vurez's work. Masterful and fun to listen to, I can't imagine I'll be any less of a fan of Don's any time soon.
on 2011-10-09 13:43:05
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