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"Hot Pursuit"

Primary Game: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Nintendo , 1996, SNES), music by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic

Posted 2013-04-09, evaluated by the judges panel

I'm gonna make an early prediction that you're gonna hear a LOT of great mixes from Flexstyle in 2013 - we're already off to a rolling start, this being his third album cut posted, a heavy, bass-dominated electronic arrangement from Double the Trouble. He writes:

"This actually ended up being the first of a few tracks I did for the DKC3 project - Emunator, the project director, had heard my previously-posted Dark Cloud 2 remix and thought I'd be a good fit for this track. Little did we know that I'd eventually be a rather prominent remixer on the project (what with the amount of tracks I grabbed) in addition to becoming a very involved mastering engineer for the entire thing. By the time this gets posted (assuming, of course, that it ever does), you, dear OC ReMix fiend, should have heard the wonderful wonderful project that is the Donkey Kong Country 3 project. If you haven't, you need to do that RIGHT NOW.

Rabbit trails aside, this is a rather intelligent (for lack of a better word, hurr derp) EDM track with cool blips and bleeps and glitches 'n stuff. It's cool, it's bassy, and you should totally turn it up."

Nutritious says:

"Overall, production comes through loud and clear. I agree that the kick is a bit on the subby side, but it still works. Good balancing between parts as well. Great attention to detail in subtle alterations and effects thrown in to keep things interesting. Felt like the ending could've been a little more effective, but no big deal there.

I was having trouble getting some of your source usage at first, but then I realized the high synth at :21 is a slowed down version of a subtle part in the original that plays briefly at 1:20. Very creative use of it there so you're not just stuck with only the backing gated part to link in. Really fun listen here man, great work. I'm gonna be keeping this one on the playlist."

This is a pretty sparse source tune, so the mix relies on extrapolation & additive/subtractive techniques to achieve most of its development. Percussively, I like the timbale element used for fills here & there - adds just a touch of Latin flavor and enhances the overall character. While none of the judges mentioned it, I think the tempo could have been bumped up a tad to give things just a little more momentum; I do appreciate the more deliberate vibe, so I'm just talking about a small tweak of 2-3 BPM. While not Mike's most intricate or dynamic work to date, this mix takes a simple source and fleshes it out into an enjoyable soundscape featuring a rock-solid kick & bass duo. While I agree with OA that the title is misleadingly suggestive of something more amped & expeditious, I'm still diggin' what the Flex cooked up!



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-21 14:48:06

This was a very interesting remix. The original track is very fast paced and intense. This remix is a lot slower than that. So slow, I almost feel like the title of this remix is very misleading. There is nothing “thrilling” about this track, and I can’t picture any “chasing” going on either. Having said that, this remix is still great on its own. I absolutely loved the bass work in this remix, and the beats will bring me back to this remix. Although this doesn’t make me think of Hot Pursuit like other Hot Pursuit remixes do, this remix is still great.

Melodious Punk
on 2013-05-13 22:50:19

This is the kind of stuff I love most from David Wise, and this style is great for bringing out all the beautiful little harmonic details that occur from his more repetitive tracks. gorgeous.

on 2013-04-24 22:52:19

Brilliant! I remember the very first remix I heard of Hot Pursuit and I basically fell in love with the melody, and even to this day I still listen to it.

Good Times, GOOD memories, and just the atmosphere this melody brings is excellent.

Side-Note: It's good to be back in the OCR community :-D

on 2013-04-10 15:12:57

Ah, man….reminds me of that sled level on K3. So many lost lives….anyway, this has an excellent beat that starts to match your heart in intensity. Might be a bit lower in tempo, but you can still feel the business picking up and it’s not slowing down one bit. I do have to say that the bass is freaking sick. Almost car-shakingly so when turned up.

on 2013-04-09 17:34:47

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Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Nintendo , 1996, SNES)
Music by David Wise,Eveline Novakovic
"Hot Pursuit"

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