David Wise's work on the Donkey Kong Country series soundtracks is arguably some of the most iconic of the SNES era. The original set the tone, from the 'Main Theme' to 'Aquatic Ambience' to 'Gan-Plank Galleon'. And because of Wise's excellent work, we've all heard of 'Stickerbush Symphony' from Donkey Kong Country 2 and the drums from Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!'s 'Rockface Rumble' are etched into our minds.
Now, there's a brand new way you can celebrate the music of this brilliant series. The Holophonics, a ska punk band from Denton and Dallas, Texas, has released a new album as part of its MaSKArades series. Titled Donkey SKAng Country, the band has laid down the funk and rhythm to rearrange 21 iconic tracks from the three Super Nintendo titles.
Well, that's the soundtrack to our summer sorted, then!
Last year, The Holophonics created Banjo-Kazooie album, which rearranged every level's music to ska perfection. The band has also recorded an album with a variety of video game-related covers, from the Pokémon theme to Kirby to Chrono Trigger and even Zelda.
Sadly, Donkey SKAng Country will be the band's last video game cover album, but they're not going to stop making music, thank goodness! You can go and check out the band's Bandcamp page here, where you can purchase this fantastic new DK album. Or you can go and listen to some of the music over on The Holophonics' YouTube channel.
Go on! Give your Monday a bit of a banana boost with this fantastic album. And thanks to Justin Hines for pointing us in The Holophonics' direction!
Share your thoughts on the album in the comments below!
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This is incredible, adding to the summer car trip playlist.
love me some Dankey SKAng!!
Hey this is kind of a jam. I love Donkey Kong music so much!
.....When I hear "Ska" Album, I think of a DK Mistborn crossover.
You had me at Ska!
the phrase “ska punk band” brings me back
I was a big Mad Caddies and LTJ fan, with a little dose of the Hippos
Awesome, would be fun to hear this live. Been too long since I've been to a live show.
It's dangerous to skank (note- 'dance') around the banana hoard...too bad! I'm a rudie 😎 I love these VG cover albums!
Honestly, ska and Donkey Kong together… it just sort of works!
I don't these remixes but I know remixes in general end up with streamers/youtubers playing the original games getting A LOT of copyright claims from people who aren't the original game authors.
Got this preordered on vinyl. So stoked to hear it!
Calling all skaheads
@OldManHermit going out on a limb here but maybe because you’re a hermit?
@MathGeekDave That is a distinct possibility.
This sounds cool! I have heard of the Holophonics before.
Excuse me while I web search for a Ska version of the DK Rap…
Thanks! Oh, I'm all over this! This reminds me of how I'd imagine Donkey Kong Country music, back in the 90s, performed in my head, while I took a test or did homework. I imagined renditions that didn't exist, yet this really, really comes close!
I obsessively listened to Donkey Kong Country and "The Mask" soundtracks close together, you see.
Holy crap. I always scoffed at people who loved soundtracks but this is some different level. If the production companies don't scoop this up, they're out of their mind. This is Dragon Quest+ level.
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