Halloween is my favourite holiday. It acts as the explanation point in the sentances of our socially acceptable identities. It’s an excuse to show a side of yourself few ever see. Halloween highlights people’s personalities simply to have a good time and share a few laughs.
Remixes (and mashups) are perfect Halloween songs too – they take what’s familiar, dress it up, and sometimes transform it into something almost unrecognizable. Former bassist and producer from Death From Above 1979, JFK and Al-P respectively, take their knob-twiddling magic and release some of the best viscous and filthy dance music ever. Like costumes accentuating people’s personas, MSTRKRFT’s remix work radiates neon apocalypse throughout any of the original material they touch.
For those who prefer rock and are scared to cross the techno threshold, check out the MSTRKRFT remix of Metric’s “Monster Hospital.” This tune is far from a new release but it’s one that freaks out dance floors world wide. The remix keeps the original song’s pop sugariness but adds a sticky layer of crunchy synthesizer that’s thick enough to chew. The metamorphosis takes pop music and dresses it for a night of ghoulishly sweaty, hands-in-the-air dancing.
metric – monster hospital (mstrkrft remix).mp3
Last year a supergroup of indie-minded musicians including:
• Win & Regine [Arcade Fire]
• Buck 65
• Syd Butler [Les Savy Fav’s]
• Chris Murphy [Sloan]
• Thurston Moore [Sonic Youth]
• Anna Waronker [That Dog]
• Karen O [Yeah Yeah Yeahs]
• and many more
… got together and formed the North American Halloween Prevention Initiative. The group released a song called “Do They Know It’s Hallowee’en,” where all proceeds of the song are donated to UNICEF. The song parodies the “misguided, somewhat patronizing attitude, and Western-centric worldview” of other benefits such as Band Aid and Live Aid.
The group satirically calls for the banning of Halloween – to end the scariest and most terrorizing night of the year. The social commentary behind the lyrics laughs at the current climate of fear smothering North America. At the same time, the song also raises awareness for the annual UNICEF Trick-Or-Treat tradition where kids help kids. Buying the single is a fun, easy, and a rewarding way to make a donation to a worthwhile cause. After all, Halloween is all about the sugar highs, candy overdoses, and rotten-toothed smiles.
Do They Know It’s Halloween [Original Edit].mp3
Do They Know It’s Halloween [Disco D Remix].mp3