ReMix:Sonic Adventure "Taikal Drum 'n' Ragga" 4:07

By MkVaff

Arranging the music of one song...

"Theme of "TIKAL""

Primary Game: Sonic Adventure (Sega , 1998, DC), music by Fumie Kumatani, Jun Senoue, Kenichi Tokoi, Masaru Setsumaru

Posted 2002-06-20, evaluated by djpretzel

We saw a beautiful flurry of activity from McVaffe a considerable time ago . . let us refer to that period as the "golden age" . . . but he's remained fairly quiet since, working on numerous other amazing and wondrous things. Check his site out for a bit and explore - you won't regret it. This mix is not brand new, but a holdover from that period. I kinda kept it around as a 'McVaffe Stopgap' if he hadn't released anything in awhile. Seemed like the right time, so up it goes. This is some of McV's best work, due largely to BRILLIANT flanging on a breakbeat and funky interactions between offbeat chords, deep & soulful tabla, and plucked stringed leads that play beautifully off one other. There's also bandpass filtered synths, ambient pads, an ethnic flute, piano, and a nice filtered eighth-note running synth. The combination of these most excellent elements into a funky new-school ragga is not to be missed - it's the afforementioned DSP on the breakbeat, noticeable at 2'08", that really whips the llama's ass, to borrow a quote from those blokes at nullsoft. Just dig that DEEP Q (aka resonance) at 2'49" and some of the jazz voicings that go on over top this wonderful stew of world-beat and electro-funk. Highly recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
SubNormal J3
on 2011-03-20 21:28:56

Some more classic hi-fi McVaffe. Much more minimalistic than his '3rd Strike' mix, but it sounds like this was made long before that (see djp's write-up). Regardless, this is still quite an accomplishment. As with most McV mixes, the beauty is in the subtleties. The mix comes off simple, but there is a ton going on. Whether it be the various articulations or the DSP scattered throughout.

on 2008-04-24 11:24:00

Great pads and percussion on this, even the simple progression and beats at the beginning is interesting. The modulating synth gives it some teture, and the piano + dulicmer sound great.

When the flanged beats come in, I feel the high end is a little too sharp, and it gets distracting.

This is a very nice and chill kind of groove, with a lot of underlying motion. It doesn't completely blow me away, but as long as the flanged beat isn't around, it's great background music.

on 2006-07-11 11:59:02
Hell, even if you haven't played Sonic Adventure.

Roger that one, and I'm glad that I did.

To start out with, I'm really digging this tune, McVaffe always seem to make great remixes when it comes to instrumental and foreign genres. Those drums in the beginning made me think of Africa, but it changed quickly into something more ancient sounding, I dunno bout the country but that harp synth sure sounds fiiiine.

However, it doesn't make you wanna go wild, neither it's not very suiting as background music, or at least to me. This fits better for when i'm relaxing, turns on my mp3 and just chills to whatever track that comes out. When it comes to this song, it feels like you only can enjoy it to the fullest if you take some time and really listens to it, to all the instruments and samples that it contains. That way, you can understand how much work this piece needed to become complete.

Or something like that, you have to decide on your own. At least I know what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna download this.

on 2005-11-03 16:27:05
I love Tikal's theme in Sonic Adventure and I love this remix of Tikal's theme. Very good work. Anyone who has played Sonic Adventure should download this. Hell, even if you haven't played Sonic Adventure.

Definitely. I think this song is either one of or the best song in all of the Sonic Adventure BGM's.

It seems to have the best groove, most effrot put into it, and not all junky-sounding.

on 2005-10-19 22:44:02

i've had this lying around on my harddrive for a long while, and i finally got around to playing it this, it's too great!

will definitely also go in my "favorite songs of all time" folder :D

on 2005-06-16 17:55:57

very very good.. I loved it in Sonic Adventure.. and now you've mixed it with my favorite two genres: Ambience and Drum and Bass/Jungle. It's a complete winning combination I will file this under "my favorite songs of all time" folder... I really liked it that much, yes.

Pip is uh.....
on 2005-03-11 13:54:50

A great ambient track. This is the kind of music I could relax to. It really has an eastern flare to it and takes MCV's stuff into a different direction. It's not my favorite peice per se. It's good but it just lacks that memorable feel to it. As you would expect from MCV's ambient tracks this one is really layered. Theres alot going on in this mix. Overall its a good enjoyable peice.

DJ Pili
on 2004-09-10 05:21:46

This is a ReMix that I downloaded some time ago, but it was until recenty that I feel in love with it. It reminds me of the music played on Indian clothing stores. When I listen to that remix, I imagine enteriong one of those stores, smelling the incense, and then browsing the clothes racks.

Julio Jose
on 2004-06-16 03:59:37

very nice and soothing. smooth sound to it.

on 2004-04-03 23:32:45

I love Tikal's theme in Sonic Adventure and I love this remix of Tikal's theme. Very good work. Anyone who has played Sonic Adventure should download this. Hell, even if you haven't played Sonic Adventure.

on 2004-02-01 20:38:11

Tikal's theme has always been one of my favorite tracks from Sonic Adventure 1. This remix makes it that much more soothing and it has the feel of standing in front of the shrine of the Master Emerald running through me in my opinion. I give it a 9.2/10.

on 2003-03-23 16:56:22

that was..lovely. I loved Tikal's theme,and this remix is simply groove-able. i had to get up and dance to it. XD; good job. the misspelling threw me off a bit originally, but, i'm glad i downloaded it. really nice.

on 2002-09-22 14:25:35

An excellent regae-style remix. It takes the original tune, and makes it even better in my opinion. Its something you can listen to over and over and not get bored with. Well worth the download.

on 2002-07-20 23:51:49

Simply Tikals theme with an as allready mentioned Raggae and drum beat. Well done, but feels too drawn out. Good but could have been better.

on 2002-06-26 00:17:17

Despite the misspelling, I love this remix. So mystical and beautiful. It really draws you in, but it all seems to go by too quickly. All of McVaffe's work seems to be amazing, however, and this one is no exception.

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Primary Game:
Sonic Adventure (Sega , 1998, DC)
Music by Fumie Kumatani,Jun Senoue,Kenichi Tokoi,Masaru Setsumaru
"Theme of "TIKAL""

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