Posted 2014-06-04, evaluated by djpretzel

Up next we've got a DKC3 album cut from mv, offering an ethno-transcendental ambient mix that blossoms orchestrally after an extended intro:

"I must be some kind of alien because I've never played or owned a Donkey Kong Country game in my youth, despite being a hardcore gamer since 1985 and having a go at nearly all big franchises. Anyways, when I was asked to join the DKC3 project I listened to the soundtrack and "Cascade Capers" hit all the right notes with me. I'm a big ambient guy, so evidently using a source that relied heavily on mood was dream material for me to try something fresh and relaxing. I initially thought about taking the space/drone ambient route, but I realized that I'm one of the rare lunatics who enjoys that style without second-guessing; then, I thought about mixing ambient and world/ethnic rhythms, which I already tackled on past remixes and had worked well. The whole jungle setting of the game was a great opportunity to go in that direction, and I think that the final track conveys a relaxing, meditative mood while still keeping a catchy aspect; I've also added my own string chords and some light melodies to take the original track someplace else. The title is incredibly cheesy but works just great, and since I've already submitted a track called "Sensual Ippon" in the past, I can safely say that being cheesy is of no concern to me. I hope this piece will please you.

Thanks a lot for your time and hopefully my next submission will happen before 2017!"

I love all of mv's work; as a side note, we were at TooManyGames many years ago and Justin Wong was there and gave Xavier's Cammy mix from wayyyyy-back-when some props. True story. There's usually a chill element to SOME aspect of each mix that mv crafts, but this piece is especially atmospheric, marinating in tropical rainforest explorations for the first minute-and-a-half before a percussive backbone emerges. It's lush, it's chill, and what I especially like is how the piece DOES pick up and develop more structure, but is relaxed enough to take an extended intro to set the stage. Larry writes:

"If you've heard any of mv's material on OCR or through hellven, you should know Xavier does chill soundscapes so well. This take on Eveline Novakovic's "Cascade Capers" is a nice contrast with halc & Mattias's upbeat version, also from DKC3: Double the Trouble! The nature sounds, organic percussion, plucked & padded strings, and light choir vocals all were woven together to create such a calm and serene presentation. Smooth work here, and as an aside, given that he's never fought King K. Rool before, I also hope Xavier eventually ends up playing some of the DKC games on his popular Twitch channel!"

Ditto that; loved seeing mv pop up on DKC3, loved this track as it provided a serene oasis among many higher-energy, aggressive tracks, and the intro reminded me of BIRDCUSSION in the best of ways. Kudos!

― djpretzel


Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-16 00:32:48

Boy, this is sooo chill, peaceful and relaxing. It certainly doesn't sound like AnSo halc remix of the same theme. When I'm listening to this tune, I can easily imagine some tropical island with a huge waterfall (because of the tite, maybe?). Great job!

on 2014-06-20 00:54:50


The second half of the song sounds like the level music from a really old brickbreaker game called Diamonds3D. So much in fact it made me stop the work I was doing. :D

Downloading now...

on 2014-06-17 16:55:59

Wonderfall is wonderful. There I said it. c:

Chill and invigorating.

Animals and healing ponds. :D

on 2014-06-13 14:56:02

Transcendent! Wonderful work, mv.

Sole Signal
on 2014-06-12 22:54:49

Had this looping for the past 15 minutes. Great atmosphere and production. Adding to my chill playlist. :)

Melbu Frahma
on 2014-06-12 22:02:24

As usual, mv delivers a memorable, beautifully atmospheric track, that is more than capable of drawing a listener in and losing them in the world it creates. Hands-down one of the best tracks off the album, IMHO.

on 2014-06-06 09:41:02

The wildlife and nature sounds set this apart from the other Waterfall ReMixes on the same album, and sounds oddly peaceful and almost like a waterfall’s base, giving off a picture of beautiful sights, rather than the dangerous cliffs that lie higher above. Truly a gorgeous ReMix.

Melody of Light
on 2014-06-04 16:03:35

I can't remember the original song very well, and while some mixes jog my memory and allow me to remember the entire song, this mix only made certain parts feel familiar. Whether that's a comment on the mix or the original, I don't know. Regardless, I was thoroughly enjoying the mix and then hit that segment right before the halfway point of the song. It felt as if things suddenly came alive then. It was a really nice dynamic, contrasting with the more laid-back beginning. Very nice work!

on 2014-06-04 15:28:51

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

Tags (5)

Acoustic Guitar,Sound FX,Strings

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