I say it every year: Have pity on your Halloween party goers, coworkers and the hoards of trick-or-treaters who darken your door. Don't cobble together your own rushed mix tape when you can instead benefit from professional DJ mixes and curated streams.
It will save you from the mental anguish of decision fatigue -- and it will save your guests from "The Monster Mash."
Demonic DJs on the Decks
First, let's consider some mixes. For the second year in a row I'm completely won over by DJ Boba Fatt's Halloween mix for Death Waltz Recording Company. I've profiled their releases here before, so you may remember that Death Waltz specializes in horror soundtracks from such legends as John Carpenter, Alan Howarth and Fabio Frizz -- along with contemporary artist such as Sinoia Caves.
Last year's mix was a shamelessly fun bombardment of horror disco, classic synth soundtracks and copious horror movies samples. This year's offering is a little less rambunctious, but it still delivers an excellent horror mix for horror fans. Give both installments a listen right here:
As far as other Halloween DJ mixes, there aren't many other items on my radar this year. DJ Rubber Funk and Evil Nine have both created fantastic Halloween mixes in the past, but have moved on to other projects in recent years. Still, the good doctor's Funky Halloween Mixes are still a mainstay for me, and Evil Nine's VHS Halloween mixes hold up well too:
Uncanny Music From the Space Between
If you've listened to our podcast episode "The Science of Uncanny Music," then you've heard the otherworldly sounds of The Wyrding Module, Team Doyobi member Christopher Gladwin's solo project. He's still hard at work on his upcoming "Obsidian Manuals" release, but has blessed us with an all-new 30-minute soundscape titled "Music From the Space Between." Listen to it below, and be sure to read my interview with the artist himself.
Streaming the Sinister
Finally, don't abuse your Halloween guests with a crappy Pandora channel. If you're gonna stream a creepy soundscape into your life, do it the right way. Tune into a free, continuous mix of industrial anguish with SomaFM's Doomed channel. They run it year-round, but mix in Halloween-specific sound-effects and haunted ambience each October. If you dig it, float them a few bucks to maintain costs. And if you want to learn more about them, read my interview with founder Rusty Hodge.
Finally, the Hearts of Space radio show always delivers an hour of dark ambient music for our Halloween listening pleasure. This year's program is titled "The Twilight Zone," and I look forward to finishing today's festivities in its sonic embrace. For more on Hearts of Space, read my interview with host and founder Stephen Hill.