Mykah, long time member of the Gamechops family, finally released his bombastic, colossal album: Bass Dragoon. This album has been in the works for 9 years, facing many revisions and hiatuses. The album remixes the music of Panzer Dragoon Saga on the Sega Saturn.
Panzer Dragoon Saga is the third of the four titles in the Panzer Dragoon series. It is the most unique of them all, being an RPG as opposed to the On-Rail Shooter genre of the other games. The games all feature a character riding on the back of a dragon in a post-apocalyptic world. I was introduced to the series in 2003 with the last main entry: Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox. The older games in the series are pretty difficult to find, being on the less popular sega systems. There is a full port of the first game in the “Pandora’s Box” bonus features of Panzer Dragoon Orta, but the other games did not get any full ports to modern systems.
The music of Panzer Dragoon blends orchestral instruments and synthesizers to create a unique and mystical sound. I can’t attest to Saga’s music, but the other games had very different tracks for each of the levels to bring out the atmosphere of that specific level. Because the levels are all on-rails, the composer was able to add music cues and shape the music to fit the flow of the level. This makes the soundtrack a real treasure, as having music cues during active gameplay isn’t possible in most games, especially in that era when looped music was king.
Mykah does a fantastic job adapting the soundtrack to the dance genre. He keeps the spirit of Panzer Dragoon Saga alive by pairing authentic-sounding oriental and folk instruments with his signature House and Drum and Bass style. These aren’t the only styles you’ll hear on the album, however. The tracks cover Techno, Dubstep, Trance, Deep House, and Drum and Bass. Despite the different styles, they still all very much sound like Mykah. There’s always some flavor of 90’s dance music that appears in Mykah’s music, however he does it in such a way that avoids sounding clichéd. You could say that it is what defines his sound and it leaves such a nice impression on me, as a listener and fan of 90’s dance music.