Digg Dis needs to make a Dig Dug mix, just so I can proclaim that "You'll dig Diggi Dis's Dig Dug!!" - until that fateful day, however, we've got one more mix from van 't Ende to enjoy. We last heard from Frank back in 2008, with one of my favorites from him, 'Mamacitas in My Valley,' so it's cool to be posting something new. And from previously unmixed Sega classic Golden Axe II, no less! While the first GA was the more important title, its sequel carried the torch further and had some great tunes as well. Personally, I was all about the dwarf (that's Gilius Thunderhead to you...) - that charging headbutt move? Money. Also, kicking those helpless little elf thieves during the bonus stages, so as to acquire extra potion? That was 16-bit console gaming at its finest.
Ah right, the music: Diggi starts us off with straight orchestral - energetic, if not the most convincing samples, but it establishes the setting w/ rolling snare pattern, leading up to a nice big kick drop at 0'30" used to introduce a beat & some synths. Love the rising, lo-fi bitcrushed synth riff that in turn gives way to some electric guitar power chords and modulated synth lead. Beat drops out and filters back in, picking up some temporary swing-time swagger as flute takes over on the melody, then we come back with ensemble strings before jazzing it up with a solo piano break. I think judges were correct in their crits that the intro isn't the mix's strongest point and that the first third is more conservative, but you gotta love the energy and variation later on. I especially like the way Frank handles tradeoffs between leads, i.e. seamlessly. The strictly solo piano conclusion is a nice unorthodox ending that works in some fantastic new arrangement ideas at the eleventh hour - I like it. Deia writes:
"I was expecting this to stay as an orchestral mix throughout, but once things kicked in I was pleasantly surprised. The pacing overall worked just right; the changes of instrumentation/style came at just the right time to make me want to keep listening."
"Pacing" is the right word - there are a lot of ideas presented in succession here, keeping things fresh the whole time, but it never feels scatterbrain or incoherent. I also think Frank chose a really awesome source that definitely needed some love - gotta branch out a bit more, people! I love me some Chrono Trigger, too, but it's taken us 10+ years to get a Golden Axe II ReMix, and the source here is every bit as rich & deep as some of the more popular RPG themes out there! A little conservative, takes some time to get going, but Diggi Dis's latest is another great, musical arrangement filled with style AND substance.
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