Dare to Dream - Music Dat (PRC143)
Apr 05, 2009 bundeslang
DjMokram - I like the intro. The string is good. The ending is too long.
Prophecy - Welcome back. The song starts interesting. The vocals are good. Nice work.
GLL - Very original start. The vocal is dominating the song too much. The end fits with the start.
Apr 05, 2009 GLL
Chavous - Indeed this was a "smooth" remix; it's something I can just "chill" out to while watching the weather channel. Really though, the guitar sounded pretty convincing despite being sequenced. This song overall is well mixed and well arranged, although I thought the bass solo in the beginning wsa kind of a boring way to start.
DJMokram - I liked how you used every single melody from the original in a very cleverly arranged way. Very creative arranging and you kept everything busy enough to keep the song interesting. At times the piano felt too fake and the drum sequencing was a bit off, and I didn't really feel the main mood you were trying to present with this song. Also I thought the lullaby at the end seemed out-of-place for such a high energy song. Otherwise you could have gotten #2 at least.
Some great entries this time around; congratulations to everyone who participated.
Apr 05, 2009 Prophecy
For the most part, you already know what I think about your mix since I gave you a pretty detailed critique over msn. Just wanted to say, what's Tiny Jon like in real life? Does he really wear all that bling when he records? Must have back problems.
When OCR becomes a multibillion-dollar corporation and builds a skyscraper, I'm sure you'll be the first guy they call for the music for the elevators. Arrangement-wise, this is very solid jazz and with a very creative interpretation of the source material. The mix is what holds it back the most. The reverb is very uniform. The guitar solo, while perhaps not very convincing, was well sequenced. There's a lot of minor conflict (in the eq) that needs to be resolved. Everything hugs the mids a little too tightly. The trumpets near the end were my favorite part.
Your remix brings to mind those daytime soap operas. I can picture it playing in the background as one of the leading ladies reveals that her gardener's cat was the real father of her unborn baby, and not her mom's new husband whom she has been having an affair with unbenownst to her three husbands and one wife in different states. I think you stayed a little too close to the source material. I did like the intro with the strings/piano combo. Also, the mix was very quiet - could've used a bit more volume for the style you were going for.
Apr 05, 2009 Jago
Apr 06, 2009 DjMokram
The poor guy probably lost his way home and ended up here... while he could have been making lotsa money with his music instead.
Come on: this sounds too good too be true, Proph is obviously a pro, and graced us with his presence.
One hit kill, this remix was so damn good.
I look forward to sound like him, ...in a thousand year maybe! xD
I luved the jazz-bar ambience here.
The interpretation is varied enough, and to say the truth, the guitars didn't bother me at all.
I nearly felt like I was stifling in all that smoke! *cough* ;p
I know that GhettoLee can delivers... but this piece was not convincing enough for me.
The style itself has nothing to do with it.
But the use of offensive words seemed a bit gratuitous at times. Thus deserving the song in a way.
And while the instrumental remix have a really cool vibe to it, the Mc's voices were way too low, and so the message didn't really hit where it should have.
But It's good to see yet another person try his hand at vocal-remix, which seems to me like it's the future of VG remixing.
Apr 06, 2009 Chavous
Prophecy - I'm not a fan of Prophecy's composition on this one, it's very basic, IMO. The production is impeccable, as is expected from you, but the voice is kinda cheesy and the rest doesn't really offer anything interesting enough to earn top vote (although it almost did). Highlight: Flute-ish/oboe synth with the backing synth at about 2:02. Simply awesome.
DjMokram - Interesting drums, I think they are the highlight of this track. You remind me of how I used to mix circa ORC32 and subsequent ones. Feel free to disagree. The main problems to this version (IMO) is the fake-ish piano (try editing velocities, a more natural reverb and possibly a downsampler or EQ along w/ a better sample). I don't claim to be a mixing genius (cuz I'm not), just some helpful pointers. Overall, strong entry though.
I need to tone down my reviewing, I think...
Apr 07, 2009 Krow
Apr 07, 2009 butterflycorona
Prophecy - took the song a step further, great mastering, production, but I just felt the song was missing something; I think GLL did much more with the vocals. I felt a bit detached from the song, maybe you need more lyrics or something to make it more interesting.
DjMokram - sounds a bit clumsy, not the worst thing I've heard, but thought you could have done more with the song, better production, instruments. sounds like something you did in Fruity Loops. Still you would have potential with better samples and mastering. The lullaby at end seemed out of place.
Apr 08, 2009 Hardbeat_Acolyte