nUb Raver Tuesday #31
***This week’s special Halloween edition of nUb Raver Tuesday features songs by Designer Drugs, Tits & Clits, Telepopmusik, Three 6 Mafia, Alice and the Serial Numbers, Michael Jackson, and more!***
For those of you who haven’t already noticed, there aren’t that many great Halloween-themed songs, especially for a dance party – which is why in the past, I did not even try to come up with a theme-appropriate DJ set whenever I hosted Halloween dance parties (likewise, it’ll be the same story this year). Nevertheless, I think you’d still enjoy some of these. They’re better than Monster Mash FFS! I had to reach pretty deep into my bag of treats, but if you are planning on throwing a party this Saturday, you should consider adding the following songs to your playlist.
I quickly wanted to remind you that I won’t be able to write any NRTs until mid-December, but I’m sure Antytrend will fill in for a couple of them here and there. So this is the last you’ll hear from me until then.First of all, you can’t do an electro/nu-rave Halloween party without the song Zombies by New York electro duo DESIGNER DRUGS, who are back home from their Euro tour and are now tearing up the states until late November. Anyway, I used a couple of versions of the song in a mix (called ‘T3H Z0MB13‘) I made for my first “mixtape” (If you’re interested in hearing the mix, check it out on my SOUNDCLOUD). What’s even better is the remix by Boston’s THE HOT PINK DELOREAN, who will be playing at a club near you until mid-December.
1. Designer Drugs – Zombies
2. Designer Drugs – Zombies (Hot Pink Delorean Thrillernight Remix)
It doesn’t get much better than Attack of the Living Dead (which also samples from the movie Night of the Living Dead) by Benjámin Kalászi & Csaba Bernáth, aka TITS & CLITS, from Budapest, Hungary. The duo’s production catalog is pretty limited (as far as I know), so I’m satisfied with this. T&C have a couple of RMXs circulating out there, and most of them are above-average (still…not too good, but not too bad). Attack of the Living Dead is not banger material, but it would be a great electronic song for your Halloween mix.
3. Tits & Clits – Attack of the Living Dead
This next one is a re-hash of a track called Ghost Girl featured on nUb Raver Tuesday #12 by French electronic trio TELEPOPMUSIK. The song was remixed by electro DJ’s BLATTA & INESHA from Italy. This, on the other hand, is a perfect club banger, that’s a bit “dark,” for the occasion and has several electro breaks for mix-friendly DJing.
4. Telepopmusik – Ghost Girl (Blatta & Inesha Remix)
I found the next track on a blog post on COWS ARE JUST FOOD in August, and I couldn’t find much information about this particular version of the Halloween movie theme. The artist’s name is Ben Tramer, who was a character who shared the same name in the movie. According to NORMANRECORDS (who at some point sold the EP), Tramer is an alias of one of the members of indie/folk band ARAB STRAP. Upon further investigation, I found out that Tramer is one of the many aliases of Aidan Moffat. This is all pretty hard to swallow. Nevertheless, this is a good electronic version of the song and is somewhat danceable. Well, it’s good for at least one round.
5. Ben Tramer – Halloween Theme
There’s probably only a few of you who are familiar with this particular version of the song. A version of the early leaked track contained a sample of the Halloween movie theme, but was later released with a generic piano loop due to issues with using the sample. I wish it would have sticked, because this particular version (if you ask me) is 10X better than the radio version. Then, Brooklyn’s DJ MORSY took it to the next level and electro-fied the rare version. Despite the fact that it is a censored (or “clean”) version, this is one of my favorite hip-hop remixes from the past year or two, and my runaway favorite for the best Halloween-appropriate club jam.
6. Three 6 Mafia – Lolli Lolli (ft. Yung D, SuperPower, & Project Pat) (Morsy Mix)
And now, it’s time for a bit of ridiculous. If you’re going to do this the proper way, then you gotta have a bit of composer Danny Elfman in the mix. He’s been the mastermind behind many Tim Burton creations, including the theme for the 1988 movie Beetlejuice. Brazil’s KAMEI put a nice dance-y twist to it, and this is how it turned out. Pretty nice if you ask me!
7. Danny Elfman – Beetlejuice Theme (Kamei Halloween Edit)
8. 666 – Devil (Figure ‘Is It Halloween Yet’ Remix)
Honestly, I was initially not so impressed with this remix of Zombie Barbie by LA’s ALICE AND THE SERIAL NUMBERS, but nevertheless it is slowly growing on me with each listen. The appropriately-titled ‘Dawn of the Bass’ remix was done by young Norwegian DJ ANIKI. I’m fairly confident that this could find its way into your Halloween set.
9. Alice and the Serial Numbers – Zombie Barbie (Aniki Dawn of the Bass Remix)
Is it true that you can’t throw a Halloween party without playing Thriller? Not sure if it’s ever been done…I tried last year for my Halloween party, and ended up mixin’ in a short snippet of a bouncy remix by house DJ RICHARD GREY from Spain. There’s more than a handful of other remixes out there obviously, but Richard Grey’s is my favorite of the ones I’ve heard. Also, the big break about 1/3 into the remix is perfect for any DJ trying to mix out of the track quickly . Enjoy!
10. Michael Jackson – Thriller (Richard Grey Remix)
Is that it? I guess so! Sorry, I don’t have any bonus tracks for you guys this week (this whole edition was sort of a bonus, really). Like I said, it’ll be some time before you hear from me again. Don’t worry though, I’ll be back full-swing in mid-December with plenty to talk about, I’m sure. Happy Halloween everyone!
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