So things have been developing at a rapid pace. There’s supposed to be a large snow storm this Tuesday-Wednesday across the Midwest (~24 inches). That killed my plans to get back to school. So one thing after another and I’m leaving tomorrow. I know it’s not that much different of a shift in travel times, but I’m feeling very harried. Anyways I’m leaving home to go home and I thought I’d throw up J.Cole‘s reference track for Diddy. I like J’s version better anyways. Sorry I won’t have time to blogcrawl today. I might tomorrow, but don’t expect a post.
Archive for January, 2011
A sad start to the day. I’m posting this track for the day. It’s smooth, it’s sad, it’s good. Voidstar doesn’t bother with mainstream songs. Instead he takes a cover of “Paint it Black” and turns it into a Smooth Jazz track. Crazy. It’s melancholy but it has a driving force behind it in the beat. I find it relaxing and totally my mood. But you don’t have to be feeling emo to enjoy the track. Try a listen.
So I did this a little over a week ago, threw up a bunch of my favorite old mashups. But I have more than what I posted last time. So I’m doing a part two. Think I should do a part three? Hit me up in the comments.
First up, a smooth track from Dan Mei & Marc Johnce. I think these fit absurdly well but my mate Greg points out a flaw on the chorus that makes for an odd chord. I don’t care. This track really fits the name. Listen to Smooth Romance.
Next we have some Royksopp and Lil Wayne. I love this electronic track so throwing some Weezy on it can’t help but make a decent track. And the Hood Internet go above and beyond the call of duty here. This track starts with almost no intro but the beat builds subtly to the chorus and comes together nicely. Simply quality.
Now this next track I’m putting up is definitely a dance track. It’s one of my favorite Loo & Placido mashups. And it is old. I think I cut this file out of one of their sets years ago. Anyways how can you go wrong with “Black Betty” and “Everybody Dance Now”? This track starts out hectic and high paced and does not slow down until it ends. Take a listen. (Comes with bonus hidden track….)
Next up a Mashup Germany favorite. It’s not terribly old, especially compared to the last track. But it is smooth. Reggae mashups should be made more often, gotta say. This track has a ton of different songs Stilller is sampling from but it completely works. Take a load off and chillax to this.
Here’s a classic mashup. Jay-Z and the Verve. Need I say any more?
This one’s another ancient Loo & Placido track. This one feels way more organic as a song than most mashups I hear. Despite the different singers and styles, the song builds and fits together in a classic indie pop song format. Like I said in a previous post on DJ Earworm, this seems almost to be an original song. Some people have complained about the placement of the Daft Punk, but I think it flows easily. You decide.
And to finish out this post I’ll post a track that fascinates me as much as it surprised me. Party Ben took Justin Timberlake’s annoying track “My Love” and turned it into an ethereal electronica track by removing the vocals and combining it with Radiohead’s “Reckoner” (yes it’s a popular track to mash). Listen. It’s crazy.
So. What do you think? Should I have a part three? A series? I do have more…
When I saw that mashix had added an 8-bit section, the first thing I thought of was this song. Then I actually listened to it again, and realized that it isn’t really 8-bit. Still, it’s an enjoyable, video-gamey tune created by Mark Nabors, an – acquaintance – of mine, so I thought I’d throw it up here anyway.
So, after two days of snow and a day and a half without power, I can finally make a post again. Aaaaand then tomorrow I’ll be getting on a plane and going away for two weeks. Anyway…
I’m not sure where to start with this one. I had never heard of Hockey until hearing this track, but I found out that they are an indie group from Oregon who released one home-made EP, signed with two labels, got recognition as one of “50 emerging artists,” and then broke up. Then the Remix Artist Collective came along and remixed the song “Too Fake” off of Hockey’s EP. This makes for a very interesting indie sounding song, backed with some very cool synths. It all comes together for a very poppy sounding track that keeps me interested.
So I wasn’t going to post this, because I would end up summarizing Confusion’s post, but dang it, I like this song too much to not post it. Now I’ve been applauding the trend toward mashups in pop music for ages. Timbaland does some sick sampling of people like Nickelback and Jet and the rap song becomes more mashup-like. Kanye’s been inviting more guest artists on his tracks than he has tracks (Bon Iver?!). I love it. Anyways Confusion says we should stop bothering with genres in 2011 because it’s hard to categorize stuff these days. My solution to that has just been to tag these songs with every genre that influences the track.
So I have a double post for ya here. I’m gonna post the tracks in the reverse order from which I spotted them, because that’s really the way they should be heard. First up is a slick remix of Led Zeppelin’s classic, “Stairway to Heaven”. I know, sacrilege! But this track is excellent. Just quality goodness. It becomes a jazzy little hip-hop beat, reminiscent of the Visioneers. Anyways take a listen to a masterpiece by Gramatik.
Next up is what I spotted first over at MashupTown. Fissunix took this sweet little beat and instead of throwing a rap on it like you might expect he puts some Marvin Gaye on and runs with it. I think it fits surprisingly well but don’t take my word for it, take a listen. Also, how fun is this? A mashup of a remix… Still looking for the metamashup (mashup of two mashups…).