Nights Remix offers an authentic selection of some of the most enamoring Nights melodies, mixed fluidly with familiar dance music styles. It's a combination that most any fan of the original or of simple "let's have a good time" dance music will enjoy.
The album doesn't start off as much fun at all, though. "Message From Nightopia (We'll be Back Mix)" comes out with a cliched hip-hop beat and an obnoxious distorted electric guitar that make for a terribly simplistic version of the main Nights theme. Further tarnishing the album are four lackluster vocal tracks, all of which focus on the main vocal theme "Dreams Dreams" from the game's ending. Though not bad in any particular way, their generic turns at house, pop and R&B offer little over the moderately charming but not particularly versatile original version.
Fortunately, apart from those vocal tracks, "Message From Nightopia", and two repetitive (if solidly produced) remixes for "Gate of Your Dream" and "Know Thyself!", the album gives Nights fans some remixes to remember.
"Paternal Horn (Sweat-T-shirt Mix)" is where the fun starts. A simple get-up-outcha-seat beat gets things going, with a short Nights instrumental sample teasingly thrown in to draw anticipation for some music in the true Nights spirit. Once the bright, cheerful main melody (one of my favorites) enters in full form, the piece becomes a true joy to listen to, capturing the essence of the original while adding a dance flavor that you can't help but want to move to. Even a short rap sequence somehow works within the flow of the track.
"The Mantle (Acid acid love Mix)" has a no-nonsense, "comin' at ya" feel to its melodies and jazzy horn and keyboard instrumentation, with another perfectly placed interlude in the middle - this time a nice piano bit. Meanwhile "Under Construction (Wow wow 70's Mix)" utilizes a simple but body-movin' beat, piano loops, groovy bass, and some disco-style synth strings to provide retro fun.
The producers saved the best for last in their "Peak Power From After Hour Climax" remix of "Growing Wings". Though it starts deceptively low-key with a steady beat and instrumental of the Nights main theme, once some space launch style radio-transmitted voices begin and the tempo quickens, the track blasts off with a faithful rendition of the immensely optimistic final stage theme. That upbeat reprise is perhaps my favorite track from the original, fantastically capturing the bright, cheerful feel of Nights, and it remains as enjoyable as ever in Nights Remix.
Certainly the dance music production in Nights Remix isn't particularly ambitious or complex, sticking to tried-and-true formulas. Rather the appeal of the album lies behind the lovable and memorable Nights themes, which in remixed form have been given a slightly different overall flow but possess the same charm as before. Remixed or not, it's a great way to experience a one-of-a-kind soundtrack.