Donkey Kong Future Worlds

by A-Merk

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This is easily some of my most favourite music that I’ve ever made. Given the source material, it’s no surprise, even though I often played with samples to the point of being unrecognizable. Each of these songs was based on a sample of some part of some song from the Donkey Kong Country (SNES) original soundtrack. They range from larger chunks meant to evoke a sense of nostalgia to a few seconds stretched into an interesting loop to be built on top of. If you ever played this game as a kid, at the very least, you’ll like some of this album.

As always, this is that trippy shit, that smoke one before you bump it shit, that soundtrack to a psychadelic trip shit. Heavy ass drums pervade the album; this isn’t one for your shitty laptop speakers or basic iPhone earbuds. Get into whatever altered state is your favourite, lay down or prepare whatever trippy activity you like to accompany with music, turn this shit WAY up, and prepare for a ride you won’t soon forget.

PS. I would like to thank everyone involved in the creation of Donkey Kong Country. First off, that game is a fucking masterpiece. Given what little technology they had, the graphics are great, the writing is funny, the music was AMAZING, gameplay was fun, varied, challenging… So challenging that I would throw tantrums, and even now when I play it, some of the “must land on this exact pixel” jumps make me scream obscenities at my television. Still though, it’s nothing short of one of the best games ever. Big list, sure, but it’s definitely on there. The music especially always stuck with me, in a good way, and the feeling of nostalgia I got from listening to the soundtrack was wonderful. Re-listening to the songs as an an adult was crazy because as a child, there was no way to know how much appreciation it deserved. I just “liked it”, and maybe if I was really stretching my brain’s capabilities, “thought it went well with the game”. Listening now, I can hear just how complex and interesting and purposeful each track was. They all have their own flavours, yet somehow manage to fit in this single theme that is the game. I guess I’m fanboying… point being, I hope that anyone who was involved with the music of this game enjoys my personal take on some of my favourite little pieces of sound, and I want to thank them for creating it in the first place. My 5 year old self wants to thank you as much as the current 21 year old does. I salute you!

(I am not currently or going to ever charge money for this album [unless I get the all clear from the copyright holders of course]. It's fair use/fair dealings art that I'm giving away for free)


released June 10, 2014




A-Merk Toronto, Ontario

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My music exists somewhere between the highest echelon of existence our species craves to reach and the astral planes one can only explore through ego death. I make music for meditation, music for relaxation, music to accompany beauty and magic...

Alter your perception however you see fit. Begin your favourite activity. Dream with me.
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