okay. that breakdown was really cool actually. Such a drastic change in dynamics and you executed it perfectly. It was a breath of fresh are from the main versus.
very cool riffs on the second verse.
The mix is a bit cluttered in the mid-highs. You have a lot of the trumpet stabs and strings on one panned side. I would keep them opposite to help each of them shine through.
freakin love the part at 4:14. You could've easily dragged this song over 7 minutes by just keeping that part playing for more.
I honestly can not tell if its over compression that's making everything sound (stagnate?) or you pumped up the ratio too high, or the release is too short. I definitely think the ratio/gain is pumped too much.
I would've liked to hear more high end on the snare/hihats. they really add some ground to an already groovy-riff based track.
But yeah. Ease off the compression a bit, Clean up those mid-highs with your trumpets/violins. Pan out your instruments a bit more, especially when you got those trumpet stabs going. I would love to hear an extended version with that bad ass 4:14 section.
What trumpet/violin packs are you using? I've been seeking out new libraries recently.
Love what ya do WF!