Concrete Man really got SERVED - after being omitted from our Mega Man 9 album, Shariq made sure he got a mini-album all to himself, and the results have been rather awesome. This lofi jam from DaMonz took several revisions from its EP incarnation to pass the judges panel, but the result is a syncopated, searing, & downright raucous synth-rock jam:
"OKAY. Now I'm serious. Like, real serious. I've given a huge boost on improving my production skills these last months, and I think it's really starting to pay off. Here's a much cleaner, clarified mix, boosted drums, reviewed sound design. And of course, I fixed the panning issues. :)
Big thanks to Sébastien too, he recorded the guitar tracks in literally no time, and provided great help with the EQ work and other production tweaks. A lot of credit goes to Sébastien for fixing the levels and some of the panning problems. And WillRock gave me tons of awesome feedback to help me get better. Thanks, guys. :D"
SO GLAD Emery took the time to polish this up, because it's really a FUN track, and the revisions were time well spent, resulting in a version of the track that I think delivers on his vision. Vig writes:
"Cool sonics, you do lo-fi pretty well. The arrangement is pretty conservative. Much of the time it sounds like what the original would have sounded like without the 8-bit limitation. However, the adaptation is done very well, and various melodic flourishes do push it out of the range of what I would call a straight-up cover."
"this track does a great job of using simple waves and samples to good effect. there's a certain spareseness to the soundscape at times, but it's not really a bother to me. surprising how chilled out this song makes me feel despite the high tempo and guitar stylings later in the track. awesome solo sequencing, your stuff definitely has a noticeable WillRock influence."
Hey, from my perspective, the more folks WillRock influences, the better :) The comparison is legit, but can only be construed as a compliment, and while Jesse makes a valid point that the arrangement doesn't color too much outside the lines, there's still enough augmentation & finesse in the execution to differentiate the mix. Highly energetic work with some creative rhythmic components - this is some fast-moving, very agile concrete, to be sure. Great stuff from DaMonz, who over several revisions has finally arrived at a definitive & inspired version of his arrangement!
on 2015-12-28 12:53:58
This is such a fun and fast paced track. The beats here are just incredible. I absolutely loved how the guitar slowly made its way to this otherwise electronic heavy arrangement.
on 2014-02-06 01:07:41
Good job. Good chips, and good guitar. I was missing a lil salsa in the drums, but that's okay.
on 2014-02-05 10:44:18
Man, this is fun to listen to. Pretty cool to here that guitar come in over top of the background low-fi sounding arrangement. Not much really to say beyond that except that this pretty sweet and between the guitar, the drums, and everything else, this ReMix pulled a lot together for a great song.
on 2014-02-05 08:36:39
Dude this is AWESOME. Your drum sequencing has gotten even better too, love that dnb (also I want those samples). I think it might've been a plus to layer in a beefier snare and kick for the bigger sections, but even so, I still love the drum work. Much cleaner than a lot of your previous work too, bitchin' stuff dude
on 2014-02-04 15:29:55
This is what I have been looking for in a Concrete Man mix! All the other mixes lack the needed guitar! Especially that solo, BEAUTIFUL!
I love this mix enough that I registered just to comment~
on 2014-02-03 14:09:49
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Mega Man 9 (Capcom, 2008, WII)
Music by Hiroki Isogai, Ippo Yamada, Ryo Kawakami, Yu Shimoda
- "Concrete Jungle (Concrete Man Stage)"
- Chiptune, Electric Guitar, Electronic, Synth
- Effects > Lo-Fi
Origin > Collaboration
Origin > Resubmission
Time > Tempo: Fast
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