This is my personal reinterpretation of MJ‘s classic: ‘Thriller’, taken from the best-selling ‘Thriller’ album produced by Quincy Jones and first released in November 1982 at Epic Records (Los Angeles). I consider it as a tribute to the greatest singer, dancer and performer of all times: ‘The King of Pop’. How did I proceed? During my performances as a deejay, I noticed that the following 2 tracks fit really nicely together:

1. Spirit Catcher – Voodoo Knight (Live Remix)
2. MJ – Thriller (The Reflex ‘Halloween Disco’ Edit)

Below you can find a short biography of Spirit Catcher as blogged by Resident Advisor:

Spirit Catcher have become one of the most in-demand house acts, gracing the finest underground labels with their polished future disco sound. But to those who know them, Thomas Sohet and Jean Vanesse are simply a pair of Belgian misfits looking for life and love between the keyboard keys and the automated faders. Two kids born into the sounds of the seventies, then immediately grabbed by the cruel talons of music and doomed to seek solution in the groove. Luckily, through the help of well-meaning record labels such as Silver Network, Freerange, Winding Road, Missive and Moodmusic, we can all listen in to the frenzied disco workouts through which they exorcise their murky pasts.

Spirit Catcher sampled a tiny, but catchy part of MJ’s ‘Thriller’, for the original ‘Voodoo Knight’ release on Moodmusic back in 2005. It devastated dance floors all over the world and catapulted the duo into the big league of producers. Even after 4 years of constant touring and remixing, ‘Voodoo Knight’ was still one of the highlights on their debut album ‘Night Vision’ at 20/20 Vision in 2007. To re-vitalize this classic, they released a killer live remix in 2008 which they had been playing already at their liveshows with great success.

The Reflex has captured the world’s attention and built an impressive army of fans along the way by taking remixing and audio editing to new heights with his ‘Revisions‘. This motto describes accurately the expert craftsmanship involved in turning stems into brand new versions combining creative mixing skills with the connections to track down exclusive multi-tracks. This London based French producer and remixer is well-known for his beautiful edits and reworks using the original sounds from the multi-track master tapes or stems of famous producers and artists around the world. With his impeccable knowledge and musical skills, he twists and rearranges these originals into gorgeous extended workouts. He can literally breathe new life into old classics, like he achieved with his ‘Halloween Disco Edit’ of MJ’s ‘Thriller’ using only the acapella and instrumental versions of the original tune. His extensive catalogue of remixes will be played for years to come. It’s more than an edit, it’s ‘The Reflex Revision’.

Spice up your Halloween and blow this refix through the speakers! Can you dig it?

Featured Artists:

Featured Tracks:

  • Spirit Catcher’s ‘Voodoo Knight’ (Live Remix) taken from ‘Voodoo Knight Remixes’ EP (2008)
  • MJ’s ‘Thriller’ (The Reflex ‘Halloween Disco’ Edit) taken from ‘Revisions’ EP (2013)

Featured Labels:

  • Moodmusic
  • 20/20 Vision
  • Revision Records
  • Epic Records

Listen to MJ vs Spirit Catcher & The Reflex – Voodoo Thriller Knight (Dave Canto’s ‘Are You Scared Yet’ Refix). Please comment, share & support!

MJ - Thriller

On November 23 2018, I got the opportunity to be part of a unique collaboration project for SHARP.Art’s Fine Art Prints Expo at the enchanting House de Neuf in Edegem.

SHARP.Art‘s photographer and friend made a selection of his works and displayed these artistic creations in 4 different rooms. Every room had its specific theme: ‘Contessa’, ‘Milos’, ‘Torn Reality’ and ‘Living Sculptures’. Several other artists were invited to bring their own interpretation and talent to every individual room.

Let’s start with the photographer’s personal statement and invitation to explore his intimate exposition:

“Inspired by the classical Greek female form – in a contemporary interpretation – I seek to blend dreams and reality in an aesthetic way. My work is not intended for screens nor magazines, but to enliven empty walls and offer the viewer a glimpse of another world. Floating between the spheres of glamour, fashion and art I aim to embark you with my creations on a journey of visual delight. Although the works have an unmistakable aesthetic character, I invite you to discover the – sometimes subtle – messages.”

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Kristel Balcaen, Belgium’s Wine Lady of the Year 2018 and Champagne Ambassador, did a wine and champagne pairing for every room by selecting 4 different tastes: an Austrian white, an Italian rosé, a French red and a champagne, combined with delicious chocolates from La Clé Du Sud by Thomas Losonczy.

Nicola Wills, demi-soloist at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, made an exclusive choreography and did 4 haunting performances based on a specific theme song per room, carefully selected by myself: Bicep’s ‘Glue’, Hallucinogen’s ‘L.S.D.’, Hans Zimmer’s ‘Time’ in the Tale Of Us Edit and Yael Naim’s Britney Spears cover ‘Toxic’.

To complete the experience, I was soundscaping the perfect atmosphere for the invitees, making a fine selection of transcending music that easily blended with the surroundings and the exposition.

Special thanks go to:

It was a stunning evening for everyone and together we created an unforgettable fusion of artistic talents.

The days are getting shorter, the nights are feeling colder and nature is telling us: Winter is coming. This doesn’t mean Winter season cannot be interesting too, don’t you think? In Winter time you can also go to apéros, afterworks, openings or visit various indoor/outdoor popup-initiatives. But nevertheless these cosy Winter events keep reminding me of last Summer and make me longing and dreaming for just a little more sunshine and happiness.

Winter Warmers 2

For the second time, I’m proud to present my personal Winter Warmers, a fine collection of mixtapes recorded live during the last year at different locations in Belgium. These carefully selected tracks will help you living through Winter season easily. I really hope you enjoy this music as much as I do.

Now sit back, relax and turn up the volume!

A special “thank you” goes to the various promotors out there supporting my passion for music and especially to:

These creative concepts and surprising locations inspired me to compose those exclusive mixtapes for you.

“Quality music that takes you on a journey of sounds & beats and leaves you longing for more.”

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The days are getting shorter, the nights are feeling colder and nature is telling us: Winter is coming. This doesn’t mean Winter season cannot be interesting too, don’t you think? In Winter time you can also go to apéros, afterworks, openings and visit other indoor/outdoor popup-initiatives. Nevertheless these various Winter events keep reminding me of last Summer and make me longing and dreaming for more.

Winter Warmers 2016

Therefore I’m proud to present my Winter Warmers, a fine collection of mixtapes recorded live at different locations during Summer time in Belgium. These carefully selected tracks will help you living through Winter season easily. I really hope you enjoy this music as much as I do.

Now sit back, relax and turn up the volume!

A special “thank you” goes to the various promotors out there supporting my passion for music and especially to:

These creative concepts and surprising locations inspired me to compose those exclusive mixtapes for you.

Quality first!

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This is my personal refix of Oxia‘s techno classic: ‘Domino’, taken from the ‘Speicher 34’ EP released in April 2006 at Kompakt Extra (Cologne). Oscillating melodic tones, a skippy high-end and a driving insistence give this atmospheric and melodic techno track an anthemic lift which works well on the dancefloor.

In 2013, Kompakt Records wanted to do something special for their 20th anniversary. They asked multi-instrumentalist and orchestral composer Gregor Schwellenbach to deconstruct 20 of the label’s signature tracks into pure classical arrangements for a hand-picked ensemble of chamber musicians. His goal was to give each cut “a new voice” while retaining “the core of the experience: the melody, the hook, the feeling” despite the vastly different presentation. On May 27th 2013, the resulting album ‘Gregor Schwellenbach Spielt 20 Jahre Kompakt’ was released. It features 20 chamber music versions arranged by Schwellenbach and played with assists from flutist Dorothee Oberlinger, guitarist Christian Buck and harpist Jane Berthe, who are all veteran classical musicians.

Schwellenbach also reworked Olivier Raymond’s ‘Domino’ which is one of Kompakt’s greatest hits. It was Wolfgang Voigt who suggested that “the bursting energy of the treble semiquavers (16th notes) might work well on strings” and he was damn right. The subtle classical addition of Schwellenbach’s chamber music ensemble takes this track to the next level. I just can’t stop listening to it. What about you?

Featured Artists:

  • Olivier Raymond (Oxia)
  • Gregor Schwellenbach (Ohrfilm)

Featured Tracks:

  • Oxia’s ‘Domino’ (Original Mix) taken from ‘Speicher 34’ EP (2006)
  • Oxia’s ‘Domino’ (Gregor Schwellenbach feat. Infansonido Version) taken from ‘Gregor Schwellenbach Spielt 20 Jahre Kompakt’ album (2013)

Featured Label:

  • Kompakt Records

Listen to Oxia – Domino (Dave Canto’s ‘Infansonido’ Refix). Please comment, share & support!

Oxia - Domino