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Oct 31

Friday Favorites 80: Halloween Edition

Welcome to a very special Friday Favorites brought to you by blood, guts, serial killers, ghosts, clowns, and all manner of other spooky things that inspired this morbidly awesome Halloween playlist. So turn off the lights, lock the door, check behind you, look under the bed, and behind the shower curtain, because we're pretty sure we saw this pumpkin guy up here headed to your place looking for some sugar, baby.

Josh Bennett
Trance | Arnej vs 8 Wonders - Beginning Of The End (Original Mix) [A State Of Trance]
An underrated track from an underrated producer. Released in 2010, The Beginning Of The End by Arnej and his darker counterpart 8 Wonders is the perfect soundtrack for the trance tent of a post-apocalyptic zombie rave. Pick up the track here.
Jesse Champagne
Electro House | James Egbert - Thriller [Free Download]
My all-time favorite Halloween track, from my all-time favorite pop star, gets the remix treatment from James Egbert, who (surprise!) also happens to be one of my favorite electro house producers. Featured on Whiiite's Halloween Volume 3 package, James injects his own signature energy and wobbles while still keeping the original's spooky vibe intact. Pick up the free download here
Nathan Codd
Midtempo | Figure feat. Bitter Stephens - Jason Is Dead (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Figure is the undisputed dark lord of movie monster bass music, and this slow-moving soul-eater was my favorite from the latest installment in his long-running tribute to terror, Monsters 5. Yes, he's done this four other times, with gems like last year's Child's Play filling gaps along the way. Looking for excessively heavy Halloween tracks? He's all you need to know. Catch him on the Terrorvision tour with Space Laces here.
Jacob Marmor
Funk | Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters (Kill Paris Remix) [Free Download]
Kill Paris ain't afraid of no ghost! The talented producer tackled this remix last Halloween, and it's been a favorite of mine ever since. Kill Paris always has a way of holding onto the melody of the track he's remixing while still putting an awesome twist on it. This remix is no different. The track is bassy, funky, and fun. You can pick this remix up for free from Kill Paris' SoundCloud here.
Mike Davies
Trance | Brainbug - Nightmare (Sinister Strings Mix) [Positiva]|
It can be tricky to relate Halloween to dance music, with the majority of it being quite the opposite of sinister or spooky. Yet, 1997's Nightmare by Italian producer Brainbug ticks all the boxes and was a bit of a hit in its day, reaching #11 in the UK charts--quite a feat for the time. Heavily featured in sets from the likes of Oakenfold in the latter part of the '90s, Nightmare's most famous version is appropriately the Sinister Strings Mix. Nostalgia has admittedly got the better of me--this isn't as good as I remember it, but hey, it's a classic, and those strings are certainly sinister.
Eric Gossett
Indie/Beats | Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy
Aphex Twin's Come To Daddy is a fairly disturbing track on its own, but nothing compares to the utterly terrifying music video that goes with it. The video was supposedly shot in some of the same locations as Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, and features a gang of destructive, demonic children who all look like Richard D. James terrorizing an entire city. The track is a nightmare-inducing mix of electronic madness with what I'm assuming is one of the demon spawn howling, "I want your soul / I will eat your soul," over and over again.
Megan Murphy
Electro House | The Bloody Beetroots feat. All Leather - Romborama (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
The Bloody Beetroots possess a sound so dynamic it can take on just about any form, including a sinister one. With a fierce, pulsating beat, shrill percussion, and plenty of creepy vocal effects, Romborama is as spooky as they come. Grab the track on Beatport, and be sure you listen for the slow, looming piano chords at the end--they get me every time.
Chris Downar
Trap | Yellow Claw & GRX & Cesqeaux - Psycho [Free Download]
In my opinion, Psycho by Yellow Claw, GRX, and Cesqeaux should have come out this month just in time for Halloween. Its haunting overtones, epic choir-sung build up, and famous samples from the classic horror film, Psycho, make it a real thriller. In case you didn't know, GRX is an alias of Martin Garrix. It's definitely one of the finest Dutch trap tunes to come out this year, and you can download it for free here.
Yasmin Damoui
Tech House | BONES - HALLOWEEN MIX 2014
If you live for grimy, warehouse-style tech house and happen to need a pump-up pregame playlist for tonight's festivities, this mix by LA favorite BONES is the prime candidate. In true Halloween spirit, this set includes the deepest, dirtiest, and dopest underground jams that will have your head bobbing for the entire thirty minutes. Peep the full track list here.
Arnej vs 8 Wonders - Beginning Of The End (Original Mix) [A State Of Trance]
James Egbert - Thriller
Figure feat. Bitter Stephens - Jason Is Dead (Original Mix)
Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters (Kill Paris Remix)
Brainbug - Nightmare (Sinister Strings Mix) [Positiva]
Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy (Original Mix) [Warp]
The Bloody Beetroots feat. All Leather - Romborama (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
Yellow Claw & GRX & Cesqeaux - Psycho
Oct 31

Dinnerdate Offers An Enticing ‘Memoire’

If you're ever in need of tranquil, reflective tunes to take you away from the daily grind and into a fully meditative state of mind, look no further than Dinnerdate. The German producer made his mark over a year ago with the mesmerizing remix of José González' Crosses and has been notorious for captivating fans with emotionally-stirring minimal edits of indie tunes ever since.

The latest in this medley of entrancing gems is the first of five upcoming originals, quite appropriately entitled Memoire. The track eases listeners into complete relaxation mode with the sound of natural, ambient rain leading into subtle percussion, soothing piano chords, and a muffled vocal sample from Deborah Cox's 1998 September.

Memoire was released on Oct. 27 via Los Angeles' Next Wave Records and is available as a free download here.

Dinnerdate - Memoire [Next Wave]
Oct 31

Grandtheft, Valentino Khan, Zomboy Re-Envision ‘When We Were Young’

With his long-awaited Money Sucks Friends Rule album still playing through the ears and heads of his many fans, bassy new remixes of Dillon Francis' When We Were Young offer three different takes, each with energy matched only by its original creator.

Grandtheft's (pictured) official remix is a luminous trap take with hints of tropical and reggae from its marimba lead and the occasional hand-drumming all built on a big, round-edged bassline. Unpredictable for the greater part of the track, he even wraps things up with a little guitar solo, cause why not?

Valentino Khan picks up the pace and adds gorgeous pluck lines to his driving, compression-heavy trap remix that opens up between wild bouts in the bass jungle into beautiful, spacious valleys full of stars--another fantastic setting for Chain Gang's vocals.

Zomboy's dubstep remix (below via UKF) is heavy-handed, yet light on its feet thanks to quick, punchy percussion and bright tones that balance out his typical growls and thunderous bass.

Official releases for the Zomboy and Grandtheft remixes are still TBA, but pick up Khan's version here for free.

Dillon Francis, Sultan & Ned Shepard feat. Chain Gang of 1974 - When We Were Young (Grandtheft Remix)
Dillon Francis, Sultan & Ned Shepard feat. Chain Gang of 1974 - When We Were Young (Valentino Khan Remix)
Oct 31

PREMIERE: Jerome Isma-Ae & Strobe – Vila Nova (Radio Edit) [Jee]

Jerome Isma-Ae (pictured) teams up with fellow German producer Strobe for a rework of Martin Buttrich & Timo Maas' 1997 classic Vila Nova, and LessThan3 has the exclusive premiere.

Having originally tackled the track in 2008, Jerome and Strobe have taken things in a deeper direction for 2014. The essence of Vila Nova is still there--the chanting vocals, the beautiful guitar riff, the chilled strings. Combine it with a throbbing bass riff and some solid percussion, and you end up with deep-meets-Balearic house--a little taste of Ibiza and the perfect way to reminisce about those long summer evenings.

Villa Nova is out on Nov. 3 on Jerome’s own label Jee Productions.
Jerome Isma-Ae & Strobe - Vila Nova (Radio Edit) [Jee]
Oct 31

Mat Zo Unveils New Single & Plans For North American Tour

The multi-talented Mat Zo has returned with a pair of treats for his fans--a new track, Ruffneck Bad Boy, and plans for an upcoming North American tour for his label, Mad Zoo.

First things first--the song. In what should come as no surprise to anyone who has listened to Mat Zo before, Ruffneck Bad Boy contains a little bit of everything. Opening with soft vocals and piano play, the song quickly transitions into a thunderous drop that combines elements of electro house, dubstep, drum & bass, and trap. The end result is a turbulent, high-energy anthem that shows off Zo's versatility and creativity.

In the second piece of news, Zo has announced The Mad Zoo Winter Roadshow. The tour starts Nov. 28 in Chicago and will feature a "very special guest." Dates can be seen below, and tickets can be found here.

Ruffneck Bad Boy is set to drop Nov. 17 via Mat's own label, Mad Zoo.
Mat Zo - Ruffneck Bad Boy (Original Mix) [Mad Zoo]