The new DnB remix of David Wise‘s Aquatic Ambience by jamakami titled aqua is a nostalgic deep dive in search of the carefully hidden treasures that made the Donkey Kong Country theme song an iconic classic. The Bay Area-based artist adds some speed and tension to the track that’s known for its laid-back atmosphere, imparting a new and revitalizing energy and spreading the context outside the famous aquatic level of the game, all while preserving its timeless appeal.
With the diverse range of inspirations that jamakami has, from Dream Pop to Electro House, it’s not hard to guess that the new Donkey Kong Country theme song DnB remix has something to offer to both, the fans of Breaks and old-school gamers. With the familiar themes propelled forward by the fast-paced Drum and Bass beats, the track feels like a speedrunning attempt of the game. And the smoothness and dynamic richness of the song makes the experience even more thrilling.
The familiar melodies from the David Wise Aquatic Ambience acquire almost a mystical vibe as the DnB remix accelerates the song with breaks that feel feathery-light and impactful at the same time. The reimagined soundscape is further enhanced with jamakami’s very own rendition of the main melody. The latter reminds of the artist’s Synth Pop influences, with gritty, yet colorful textures bringing some futuristic vibes to the original. For those who caught the time when the game was released, aqua can be a wonderful trip back into the childhood, and for the younger audience, it’s a great way to get familiar with the game’s music with a possible further exploration of the franchise’s breathtaking reboot.