ReMix:Sonic CD "Two Futures" 4:23

By Portanexus

Posted 2013-11-26, evaluated by djpretzel

While this mix from newcomer Portanexus might not have ALL of the depth & complexity of previous floodposts, it's FUN with a capital F, and provides an accessible, toe-tappin' electronic take on some of the same themes OverClocked Assembled arranged with their epic, previously-posted "Time Traveler's Delight," reaffirming the age-old adage that "You can never have enough 'Stardust Speedway' JP!" ;) The artist writes:

"This track puts an electronic twist on the Japanese version of "Stardust Speedway." I use both elements of the Good Future and Bad Future soundtracks. I didn't work with anyone else on this track, but followed criticisms of colleagues."

A man of few words, but effective ones. Album director SuperiorX really did an excellent job of summing this track up:

"Portanexus is another artist from outside the OCR community that approached me about making a track for Temporal Duality (ironically, I think it was via a tweet that DiGi Valentine had made about the project at the time). He came forward with an idea for a really upbeat electronic take on "Stardust Speedway" JP, which I thought would really compliment our other hip hop take on "Stardust" quite well.

I love how Portanexus handled the source material here. The intro buildup really gets things kickin' and the lead instrumentation and the chippy harmony parts keep the energy level up throughout. The section at 1:20 cleverly makes use of the sirens you hear from the Bad Future source, and the subsequent middle section is a nice change of pace featuring some of the Good Future elements. While the arrangement might not deviate a lot from the source material, I think the instrumentation, attention to detail, and production polish really highlight this remix. It's got that "official arrangement" feel to it that makes it sound like it would fit right in with a modern Sonic game re-release."

Pretty much; definitely a treat for fans of more conservative arrangements, this mix successfully reimagines the popular source tunes in a more explicitly EDM context, and has fun in the process. A big welcome to Portanexus, who debuts with a track that's easy to like & fun to listen to - never bad things!



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-28 11:45:09

Two futures: One good, one bad. But if both futures of Stardust Speedway can be represented perfectly with one piece of music, it would have to be this. The transitions from upbeat and funky to chill and mellow are so smooth, and almost seamless in a way that it doesn’t sound distracting. I loved the sirens. Really helped add to the tension the possibility of a bad future.

on 2014-12-30 12:44:24

Very enjoyable take on ReMixed-to-death tune. Groovy, head-bopping, toe-tapping electro house with some chippy assistance here and there. This mix feels kinda like a storm: it evolves from dark (dat sirens) to upbeat - from the moment when the waves are damn high and powerful, the thunder roars and the wind hardly blows to the moment when the sky is cleared from dark clouds and the water is still. :nicework:

on 2013-12-04 09:10:20

Good clean electronica with enough switch-ups and varying moves to keep things fairly fresh. I like it being closer to the source while having that arrangement feel. I guess I'm just that kind of fan. Great debut, Portanexus!

on 2013-11-26 15:29:30

3:51 has a really nice atmosphere. I kinda wish more of that was in this, but regardless, a pretty enjoyable track. :)

on 2013-11-26 13:40:35

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Sonic CD (Sega , 1993, SCD)
Music by David Young,Mark Crew,Masafumi Ogata,Naofumi Hataya,Spencer Nilsen
"Stardust Speedway "B"mix (JP)"
"Stardust Speedway "G"mix (JP)"

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