Back in the 80s, and in a vain attempt to become one of the Disco Mix Club (DMC) megamix DJ/producers I had a crack at remixing the original version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller by way of a demo.
I had two copies of the 12-inch 45, two turntables (of course), a mixer and a glorious reel-to-reel tape machine (A Revox). I still have the tape, full of splice joints that are drying out as I write. Still, I played it a few months back and I’m still cringing. Thankfully I had the foresight not to send it to DMC. One of my better decisions.
I considered giving it another crack, but dismissed the idea thinking that no one would want to hear yet another remix of Thriller – how wrong was I.
The latest version of this track to land in my inbox is a cracker. Yes, it’s the song we know and love (love?) – complete with Vincent Price’s monologue, but with a modern treatment using all the modern EDM tricks to put the thrill back into Thriller and breathe even more life into this 80s classic.
Steve Aoki’s Midnight Hour Remix takes this tired old track to another level – yes, a cliche I know. But still… Steve was just the right guy for the job. He’s an electro house musician, DJ and record producer. And kudos to you Steve – great job.
This is one of those remixes that really does add value and puts this on my recommended list – one to buy.
Not only does the Japanese DJ make great music, he is the founder of the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, which raises money for global humanitarian relief organizations. I like this guy already.
Michael Jackson, Thriller (Midnight Hour remix): Verdict: Hit