State of the Remix

Just want to post and let people know this site is still active. I have been pretty busy working on other projects and looking for bloggers and writers. I still want to make this website the premiere stop for most interest. If a large group people are interested in something we want to write about it. So please bare with us as we grow.

Swampbug meets the Frogs by Riks Laguinte featuring Sweet Irene

Introducing my new favorite album: Swampbug meets the Frogs by Riks Laguinte featuring Sweet Irene. This France-based record has an indie-trip hip hop mixture which gives this collection an original sound. Featuring artists from around the world, lots of artistic minds collaborated in making this inventive album.

Sweet Irene was introduced to Remix Co. a little over a year ago and it’s cool to see her path as an artist. Sweet Irene currently has her music played in the background of various TV and reality shows including “Models of the Runway” and MTV’s “Teen Cribs.”

What I like most about listening to any of Sweet Irene’s music is that each of her songs tells intriguing stories from what is going on with the world to more personal stories about her life. Many of her songs make me look back and reflect on the way I look at life and how to make it better. For me, this album gives lots of positivity and hope.

Two videos from Swampbug meets the Frogs are out already, “Bought you for Gold” and “Inside Out.” The next video to be released soon is one of Sweet Irene’s favorites called “Solo.” These are great videos and I look forward to seeing more!

The first music video from the album “Bought you for Gold”

http://youtu.be/eGyYZ43s_oo

“Inside Out” has a cool, movie-style video that is fun to watch and hear.

This album is available to purchase on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/swampbug-meets-frogs-feat./id705083482

For more information on Sweet Irene check out her site at: www.sweetirenemuse.com

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Kristoffer

Kristoffer, is an Artist, based out of Pittsburgh, who has phenomenal work and online comic . I met him my first year of art school and have been following his work since. Everytime I time I see his work I’m inspired to work even harder on my illustrations. So here are some of his pieces I hope you find them as inspiration too.

 

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You can see more of his work at his site http://kartprod.com

 

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Chaos Rings review

So recently I have been playing a rpg on my Android phone. The name of this game is Chaos Rings, and it was developed by Square-Enix. The bases of the game is you are a warrior and his partner who have been mysteriously teleported to an ark to fight for their lives.

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Gameplay:

The gameplay in Chaos Rings is solid if you like classic JRPGs. The battle system is turn base, which your characters can act with either normal attack, skills, items or pair attacks. There is also a flow a battle gauge, which determines the strength of you and your enemies, that is effected by damage taken, status effects, and amount of attacks landed. The battle system is what kept me interested since the random battles always seemed balanced, I rarely over powered my opponents. Well that is because you can choose the level of the random battle monsters. And with sticking with the way of the old school JRPG, this game has puzzles that aren’t to hard but not to easy, as well as a nice variety of them. Which some build on the previous.

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Story:

The story isn’t one of Square-Enix’s strongest, but it keeps you going. The story is told from multiple perspectives. Each with a different outcome. Each couple has a pretty fleshed out background story from what I have seen so far with the characters I have played as. The pacing for the story also works relatively well being a phone game. The cut scenes don’t drag on, they seem to be the perfect amount of time, which helps deliver the story.

Closing:

In closing Chaos Rings is a bit pricey but well worth it if you’re a fan of Square-Enix rpgs. I recommend give it a try if your looking for a hard-core style rpg for your iphone or android.

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Christmas is here!

For those of you who like Christmas music, here is a list of a few of my favorite Christmas songs this season. They range in genres so hopefully there’s a couple you enjoy!

“Last Christmas” by Florence and the Machine
This indie rock band does a great job covering the normally pop-y “Last Christmas,” one of my ultimate favorite Christmas songs.

“The Christmas Song” – Faith Evans
Faith Evans has really mastered this song and does a perfect job, she has such a beautiful voice.

“White Christmas” by The O’Jays
Funky R&B “White Christmas” is pleasure straight to the ears. This melody has great guitar and saxophone parts as well as their perfect singing.

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Elf Soundtrack – Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone
Zooey Deschanel is such a talented musician; this will forever be a favorite of mine.

“Let it Snow” by Michael Buble

“Christmas in the Sand” – Colbie Caillat
Not only is this a good song to check out this Christmas, but the music video is so interesting to watch. There are midget elves and Santa all playing at the beach with Colbie Caillat. Entertainment to the eyes and ears!

“Carol of the Bells” – Pentatonix
This talented a capella group is amazing, they sound just like the instrumental version. I could listen to this song on repeat.

Under the Radar Artist: Sweet Irene

Kim Irene aka Sweet Irene started off in the music business in her early 20′s when she moved to Los Angeles, CA. Irene’s worked was the theme song for Sundance 2001′s first digitally projected feature “Somebody.” And more recently, has had placements on various TV and reality shows including Model’s of the Runway and MTV’s “Teen Cribs.” Most recently her new band Sugarpump laces up the soundtrack for the London based and award winning independent film “Throw Of A Dice,” in which she landed a voice over credit as well as her band being featured in the movie.

Kim Irene’s hard work is so inspiring and her music is uplifting. This is one music artist definitely worth checking out. Her music ranges from trip hop to rock, incorporating several musical sounds unique to this artist. Once you start listening to her music you’re hooked.

There are several stellar artists and producers Kim Irene has collaborated or been in bands with including: Rafael Moriera (Magnetico), R&B singer Jon B., WB engineer Justin Smith, Ida Nielsen (Bassida of Zap Mama), Karma Sutra Theory, G-muva (Sugarlicks NZ), Haj, Stephen Levintin aka The Apple Juice Kid, and her latest band Sugarpump.

Here is her latest video from her band Sugarpump- “Diamonds Get Lost”

For more information on Sweet Irene check out her site at: www.sweetirenemuse.com
and her band at: www.sugarpump.co.uk

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Dragon’s Dogma Review

 

So let me start of the fact that I am huge RPG fan. Dragon’s Dogma is a RPG developed by Capcom for the PS3 and XBox 360. The setting for the games is a medieval fantasy world that’s inhabited by goblins, cyclopes, etc, pretty much your typical monsters.

 

Dragon’s Dogma’s high point is the gameplay and the customization, unlike most eastern RPG, follows the western style of gameplay but expands on it. For example all the battles happen on the same environments that the exploration happen on. The battles mostly play like Monster Hunter (another Capcom title) but what differentiates them is when you battle with larger monsters like the Hydra and Cyclopes. When you are battling these larger monsters the strategies become endless, from the ability to climb up the monster to stab them in there back, to a well place arrow to the eye, to chopping off a head a cauterizing it with flame so it won’t grow back.

Also the difficulty contributes to the game play some what.The game doesn’t give you visual indicators on how strong your enemies are, this is conveyed through spoken cues from your party members. This itself will sometimes lead you into a fight with a monster that you’ll find out is to strong which will require at that point to make a run for it and struggle for survival which in itself is surprisingly fun.  But on the downside as you progress moments like these happen less and less. And by the second play through these moments are almost completely gone.

Now to speak on the subject of customization, this game makes them count. If you make a big bulky character with muscles he’ll be able to carry more weight, where as a small character can move faster and fit in holes that others can’t. Every piece of armor you equip changes your appearance. And your party, if online enabled, is made up of  pawns, which are players created sidekicks from around the world. Then there’s the class system, which  has your basics; Fighter, Mage, and Archer. But then there’s is hybrids Like the Archer mixed with Mage, Fighter mixed with Archer, or even Mage mixed with Fighter, each class also changes the way the game is played partially.

The downside to the game is the story, or the lack there of. The story seems like its just there to pop up here and there just to push the story along. There isn’t any deep character development on this front. The mission don’t really seem to tie into. The only sense of a story I actually feel is there is the missions that deal with the cult you run into in the game.

All in all Dragon’s Dogma is a game if your looking for a game that’ll take hours upon hours to finish, and that is action packed I believe this game is for you. If anything I recommend at least renting so you can see the magic of it.

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Here is a illustration that I came up with one late night. The piece originally was created with paper and pencil, then was scanned into the computer to be finished with Photoshop. The hardest part of this piece was to figure when to stop. I always see points where I can continue on the pieces I create.

 

The “Revenge” Mixtape is here!!!

Hey everybody I just released the anticipated first part of a two part mixtape series. The first part is entitled “Revenge” which is the side of my rage Odell Lancaster is who I am on the mic. This mixtape is really a hard working process but I like to thank everyone who was involved in this adventure. I like to thank you fans for downloading this mixtape you guys like it and share with everybody you know. Stay tuned for the next which is in working progress. Also check out more on my soundcloud account. Thanks for the support everybody!

Revenge Mixtape

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