Following on from our 20 year look back specials, Warren Pilkington looks back at the Nexus 6581 album. Question is, Does it stand the test of time?
SID tunes delivered in modern epic cinematic style
Remixing tunes from
The Last Ninja is a tricky business - seemingly everybody remembers them differently. Remixing them in a hard rock style is even trickier - mostly because music from the Last Ninja series has been remixed over and over so many times on RKO already (well over 200 remixes and counting). Yet, the FastLoaders, a group of Last Ninja enthusiasts / rock-band from Norway have managed to do it better than most by treating the tunes with utmost care and respect, with faithful arrangements, and with impeccable mixing.
SIDrip Alliance should be pretty familiar already to everybody who follows the C64 remix scene. Since their debut concert in 2010 at the ÁROK#12 Party this Hungarian group has been very active, with live performances at parties like Function, Revision, and, of course, they have become a regular staple at Árok. Their members - Chabee, Hermit, NecroPolo, Vincenzo, Werdy - have been producing many remixes that are all available on RKO. And now, exactly 5 years after they first got together they have come out with an album of their own.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big public
mind.in.a.box for publishing this fantastic album. It's unexpectedly emotional
and has touched me personally on multiple levels...
RakBITis a great prog-rock album and it's even better that all of its tracks are SID remixes. If you liked the organic- acoustic soundscapes of Reyn's
Nexus 6581, I guarantee you'll like NecroPolo's pieces, too.
Video Games Liveand
PLAY! - A Video Game Symphonyattest to it, they are as popular as ever. However, not only is this the first ever orchestra remix album completely devoted to SID tunes, but it was all arranged by none other than Rob Hubbard himself...