Halloween Head Trips (PopMatters Playlist)

Presenting a set of spooky, angsty, twisted electronic beats to celebrate the dark season from PopMatters editor in chief, Sarah Zupko.

We're doing something a little different here with this year's Halloween playlist. No "Monster Mash" or the typical fare. Instead, we're setting the mood for an adult Halloween with a set of complex electronic music that evokes fear, dread, worry, paranoia and even existential angst.

Play the pop tunes early, if you must, but then settle in to the dark of the night with a fine drink or bud and prepare to get tripped out with these unsettling beats. With this list of disquieting sounds, we're also highlighting music from some of the very best electronic albums of the year (Ital Tek, Ash Koosha Kuedo, Antwood), nestled in with some old favorites (Underworld, Flying Lotus, Orbital).


01 ITAL TEK - Redeemer (Hollowed, 2016)

02 RABIT - Advent (Communion, 2015)

03 ORBITAL - Satan (In Sides, 1996)

04 YEARNING KRU - "A Chapel Under Static" (Copper Vale, 2016)

05 FATIMA AL QADIRI - Blood Moon (Brute, 2016)

06 BURIAL - Distant Lights (Burial, 2006)

07 JLIN - Guantanamo (Dark Energy, 2015)

08 ARCA - Mutant (Mutant, 2015)

09 VENETIAN SNARES - Your Face When I Finally (Your Face, 2015)

10 ASH KOOSHA - Ote - (I AKA I, 2016)

11 UNDERWORLD - Moaner (Beaucoup Fish, 1999)

12 LOTIC - Slay (Heterocetera, 2015)

13 THE BUG - Poison Dart (London Zoo, 2008)

14 KODE9 - 9 Drones (Nothing, 2015)

15 ZOMBY - Witch Hunt (Dedication, 2011)

16 THE PRODIGY - Poison (95EQ) (Their Law The Singles 1990-2005, 2005)

17 LOEFAH - Truly Dread (Tempa Allstars, Vol. 1, 2012)

18 SOPHIA LOIZOU - Glimpses of Death (Singulacra, 2016)

19 HERVA - Kila (Kila, 2015)

20 ITAL TEK - Reflection Through Destruction (Hollowed, 2016)

21 KUEDO - Border State Collapse (Assertion of a Surrounding Presence, 2015)

22 THE GASLAMP KILLER - Shread You to Bits (Instrumentalepathy, 2016)

23 BLUE DAISY - We're All Gonna Die (Darker Than Blue, 2015)

24 ILLUM SPHERE - Ghosts of Then and Now (Ghosts of Then and Now, 2014)

25 ACTRESS - Contagious (Ghettoville, 2014)

26 RABIT - Fetal (Communion, 2015)

27 HIEROGLYPHIC BEING - Hollow Earth (The Acid Documents, 2015)

28 EKOPLEKZ - Death Watch (Four Track Mind, 2015)

29 FLYING LOTUS - Tiny Tortures (Until the Quiet Comes, 2012)

30 RAIME - Dead Heat (Tooth, 2016)

31 JUJU & JORDASH - Deadwood City (Clean-Cut, 2014)

32 THUG ENTRANCER - Ghostless M.S. (Arcology, 2016)

33 POPULATION ONE - Temporary Insanity (Temporary Insanity, 2016)

34 BASIC SOUL UNIT - We All Want to Believe (Under the Same Sky, 2015)

35 DJ CLENT - The Wickedness (Last Bus to Lake Park, 2015)

36 ANTWOOD - Spirit Fabric (Virtuous.scr, 2016)






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