I personally enjoy remixing tracks into something the artist never intended. I enjoy making happy songs sad and vice-versa. With the American Melting Pot album, I tried to take the one part that Jay-Z seemed to be dedicated to (the live band feel) and erase it, then replace it with a synthy-futuristic backbeat.
This blend (for one) has always felt like good walking around music to me. A little cold weather / snow, certainly helps too. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.