ReMix: NiGHTS into dreams... "Dreams Dreams (Disco NiGHTS Mix)"

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Ladies, gentlemen, and purple androgynous creatures, I'm proud to announce OC ReMix's 26th arrangement album, NiGHTS: Lucid Dreaming!!

Check out http://lucid.ocremix.org, grab the torrent, viddy the trailer, and as always, please help us spread the news via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, & other means available to you, including carrier pigeon! This is our first album dedicated to a Sega Saturn game, which is awesome enough in and of itself; but it also celebrates the 15th anniversary of The (Other) Purple One - Album Director Stevo 'Level99' writes:

"To me, NiGHTS into dreams.. defines what the essence of the Sega of old was: creative, original, adventurous, and memorable. The music was the most memorable part of the game for me: I've been listening to the soundtrack for 15 years now. Despite being a cult classic, NiGHTS has not received its due attention over the years. Two years ago, I started this album, hoping to pay respect to the music, the game, and their creators through art and sound.

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the original game's release, it is my honor and pleasure to present to you, in association with NiGHTSintoDreams.com, OverClocked ReMix's 26th album, NiGHTS: Lucid Dreaming. Ranging a wide variety of genres, images, and dreamscapes, this album features twenty-seven songs and twenty-eight images by a total team of around forty people. It also features a recurring theme of the NiGHTS musical motif throughout the album, and a song with vocals contributed from thirty NiGHTS fans.

This is our love letter NiGHTS, a game which means a great deal to us. Enjoy!"

I had a Saturn back in the day, and I had NiGHTS (no specialty controller, alas), and the game really did capture a unique, rich, dreamy, colorful aesthetic with mostly on-rails 3D that made up for with style & vision what it may have lacked in resolution or detail. With all the emphasis on more serious, dramatic, mega-epic franchises like God of War & Call of Duty & what not, I feel like games like NiGHTS have evaporated from today's market, at least outside of the indieverse; part of the enduring fandom surrounding the game might be this nostalgic sense of wonderment and flamboyance that permeates it. Another part has GOT to be the music, though - great tunes aplenty, with a very upbeat pop vibe. Stevo's love for the game and its music shines through with his enthusiasm in coordinating and contributing to this project, so while kudos are due to all involved - including some very talented visual artists - a special congratulations goes out to the Supreme Bortz.

As the parenthetical advertises, this collaboration between AkumajoBelmont & Level 99 is a poppy, modern disco track w/ VOCALS. It's happy, sappy, and NOT crappy, with lovey-dovey lyrics (from the source) appropriate to the genre; Stevo writes:

""Dreams Dreams" is the definitive song of the NiGHTS series. Robbie does "Dreams Dreams" justice with this upbeat euro-dance tune with huge chunks of infections 80's cheese. I was honored to be able to contribute the guitar work. Robbie's voice is perfect for the style, and he brings the vocoding that he's become known for. He is also a huge fan of NiGHTS and the Sega Saturn in general. This song will put a smile on your face and get you dancing in your seat (if you are, in fact, seated while listening)."

It is so; obviously, if you're a super-angsty person who only wears black and listens to death metal, this saccharin-soaked injection of ubercatchy megafun may not exactly be up your dark & misunderstood alley, but I was personally toe-tapping & head-bobbing as promised. At PAX East this year, as we prepared for our panel, I came up with some alternate lyrics for those who need something a bit edgier:

Alternate Chorus

Purple pants
Touch the kids
My gender's indeterminate
Touch the pants..
Purple pants!!
Why must I be misunderstood?

So that works, too, albeit with apologies to everyone... ever. Awesome album with some fantastic, varied music from a great lineup of artists comes together in a cohesive whole that honors one of the most unique games of the 32-bit era; check out NiGHTS: Lucid Dreaming right NOW and be on the lookout for more great mixes!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2012-11-03 12:22:45

Wow. Holy damn, this is impressive as all hell! Loving this cool disco ReMix and this has got to be one of my favorite takes on the Dreams Dreams theme. The vocals are really well done and I'm glad that I can hear the words without them being drowned out by the music. Such a good beat and rhythm, and I have to echo myself on how much the vocals tie this together. Purple pants have never been better.....

Bahamut
on 2011-12-15 12:26:47

Robbie's vocals are 3 . So damn good, and he builds his music for them in a great fashion. This upbeat rendition does a good job with the source and gets it moving while keeping it fun :) .

PROTO·DOME
on 2011-07-24 19:01:03

Best song on the album- well, my most listened anyhow. Some absolutely fantastic chords, love that 7th in the chorus. Props to Stevo for yet more successful guitaring- is there no genre this man can't play?

GravitySuitCollector
on 2011-07-12 11:24:03

Man, I wish I had a Saturn now (Ah-emu, later!).... I thoroughly love this remix, and the source of it. :grin: (the 1st time I heard Dreams Dreams was on Sonic Adventure, I think...).

MechaFone
on 2011-07-07 06:49:18

Highly entertaining, great beat, GREAT sound, great vocals...this remix is great.

DiGi Valentine
on 2011-07-07 06:47:16

Coming from me who's been in and around the NiGHTS fan community for too many years (lol), there's only SO many times you can hear DREAMS DREAMS before you get fed up. So, when this Lucid Dreaming project landed on our NiGHTS forums doorstep the first thing i thought was what they could possibly do to make DREAMS DREAMS different.

Then Robbie turned up with a disco mix! XD It was absolutely everything DREAMS DREAMS needed. Seriously. A complete run through a totally different genre, and i fell in love with the track all over again. This version is so fresh yet still manages to get you those emotions you felt from the original, it just worked. Then Stevo turns up with the guitar and that pretty much sealed the deal, for me.

Bloody awesome tune, mate.

DjMystix
on 2011-07-06 03:07:04

DISCO!!! One of my favorite tracks from the album. Just love it. It's like Kylie Minogue met Rick Astley. Total awesomeness!!

AngelCityOutlaw
on 2011-07-05 22:20:39

I wear only black and listen to death metal. Where are the br00tulz in this? Srsly what's with this lame pop stuff that's alllll auto-tuned and takes like 5 minutes to make? No talent man......no talent. I'm gonna go back and make real music with my band. We don't need that music theory garbage or tune our guitars properly. We play from the heart.

Just kidding I don't play in a death metal band. Seriously though it sounds awesome overall. The vocals sound great too but in my opinion they sound a little too over produced. I'm really lovin' those classic disco strings too. Same with the sound effects. The one big thing that this lacks though, is an included disco ball. Other than that though, top shelf remix.

Great stuff!!!

auronapern
on 2011-07-05 18:19:40

Crank up this mix, stretch out your arms, tilt your head back and close your eyes. Feel that? That's what it is to fly! (And if you forgot how to fly then I pity you!) This is sooooooo much fun!!!!

Guifrog
on 2011-07-05 15:17:03

Holy dream, this is definitely one of my favorites from the album!!! I feel it so much, I can almost touch it... Mostly what your most beautiful thoughts turn into when you believe in them tightly, and at the same time try to make 'em happen. Is it possible for a dream to become more lucid than this?

Brandon Strader
on 2011-07-05 14:22:03

As a person who only wears black and listens to death metal, I enjoy this song and album, as well as most songs that are posted on this site which aren't death metal. :whatevaa:

djpretzel
on 2011-07-05 13:36:07

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