THE greatest Halloween track gets reworked !
One defying moment of 2009 has got to be the death of Michael Jackson. Like it or not, he left no one indifferent and will always be a musical and pop icon. Even tough Michael Jackson could’ve been labeled in that category of best-work-behind-them for me he made some tracks that redefined music, then he did a lot of crap too, was miserable and went mad and died in an unexpected manner. The Revenge, the Alessi Brothers, and OOFT Music, made this edit of “Thriller.” In case you were in need of a great track for that Halloween party you’re DJing, this is it ! Looping the Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton’s (Who wrote the track) sinuous core groove throughout the track’s extended length (with an extra “woo-hoo” for good measure), OOFT preserve the track’s forward motion with a long breakdown in the tradition of extended versions of dance tracks of the 80’s and make it friendlier for DJs to mix. The Revenge is again displaying an uncanny ear for reworking music : this is the best remix of Michael Jackson I’ve ever heard, and imo it even surpasses the original making it less poppy and more danceable. It stays faithful to the original, removing most of the vocals and relentlessly working that funky hook. It’s subtle and clever at the same time. However, the OOFT version does keep in a few elements from the video (i.e. a long break) that I was really keen on. Remixing can sometimes be tricky and dangerous. Here the vocal doesn’t kick in before 6 minutes : a damn long tease that keeps our attention from start to end ! This is why it is such a great remix : it doesn’t try to be different than the original track. It’s simple and works because of that. Now say it loud : it’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking from the dark….!
Michael Jackson, “Thriller” (OOFT Music Phazed Edit)