I, unfortunately, have not had time to whip up a Halloween mix but some great bloggers and musicians are here to save the day. The five following mixtapes should be enough to keep your party going all night. And please tune in to UtahFM.org to hear me keeping it creepy from 9-10:30PM on Oct31. Plenty of horror film themes and other evil tracks to bring the house down.
First up, Fever Ray has put together this exceptionally well crafted and appropriately themed mix of songs for Resident Advisor. Some have always been fairly dark and evil but some only come off that way in the greater context of the mix. It works very well and is highly recommended.
Fever Ray - RA.178
“Walk Me Home” is 17 minutes of new music from Memory Tapes. It was compiled for arawa.fm as a Halloween mix and is a bit darker than most of Memory Tapes’ material thus far. Also great.
Memory Tapes - Walk Me Home
Gorilla vs. Bear has put together a group of tracks and samples that, while not specifically Halloween related, do come together to form a dark soundtrack that works well. I love the samples and plan to play some similar things on Saturday’s show. Also, thanks to Chris for hooking up that Salem track. WEpt is about as dark and strange as I’ve heard from the band. They’re definitely on drugs, right?
Gorilla vs Bear - Halloween09
Kitsune Noir has taken a similar approach and put together a mix of spooky songs (The Horrors, Fever Ray, NIN) and a group of others that work to make the mix accessible and dark all at once (Girls, Smashing Pumpkins, Grizzly Bear). I love the artwork.
We Never Heard Its Noise | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
And lastly, one of my favorite new bands (still calling them new until they pick up a little more notoriety), Salem, put together this mix a few months back. It’s not exactly a Halloween mix but everything this band does is ultra dark and disturbing and this is no exception. There’s even some gabba in there for you techno-heads.
Salem - XXJFG Mix