I guess I’m just getting really excited for March Mashup Madness to kick off tomorrow. But here’s another mashup post. Unlike the previous one, the artist, DJ Schmolli tends to the rock and industrial side of mashups. AudioPorn presented this EP the other day and it is totally worth posting. Since the EP is only 5 songs long, I’m only posting one but you should download the rest here. Ever wondered how the Red Hot Chili Peppers would sound with heavy distortion and industrial backing of the legendary “Smack My Bitch Up”? No? What about with a little Bob Marley thrown in? Yeah. It’s a pump up track for sure. Check it out!
Archive for February, 2011
New mashup by Norwegian Recycling! Remember this artist? I posted one of their tracks on a mass mashup post a bit ago. This is a sweet track, definitely pop, but really smooth and enjoyable. It doesn’t have the quirkiness of the last track I posted (yay banjo) but it harks to some of DJ Earworm‘s better done super mashups. I’m digging it and am glad because he’s announced that there will be a new track every other month, so we have tracks to look forward to. Norwegian Recycling is cycling through 11 pop songs from Katy Perry, Flo Rida ft. Akon, Black Eyed Peas, Snow Patrol, Mike Posner, Jason Derulo, Usher ft. will.i.am, Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson & D.O.E., Jay Sean, and David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi. Enjoy. (via Mashuptown)
UPDATE: On Norwegian Recycling’s website this song is entitled “Open Your Eyes, but on Mashuptown it is titled “Close Your Eyes”. Strange. I’m sticking with the artist’s website, but the download is probably tagged as “Close Your Eyes”…
Sorry I don’t post more on the weekends, y’all. On Saturday I’m recovering from Friday and on Sunday I’m working. So I’m going to throw this old track up. Remember the hype last year as we approached Bobby Ray’s (B.o.B’s) album drop? It was so good! That was one of my favorite albums last year. This would have to be my favorite track on the album. I mean, it’s a soulful, beautifully produced hip-hop track, riffing off of a Vampire Weekend song. How great of an idea is that? Anyways, in the build up to the album’s release Pigeons and Planes would bless us with a leaked track here and there to get our appetite going. This was leaked, and I then bought the album. Imagine my surprise when the album version of this track was mixed subtly differently. Janelle’s role was reduced and the chorus was reshaped in later verses. I think I actually prefer this version. Since you can’t buy this anywhere, I thought I’d put it back into circulation. What do you think? Spot the differences? (Here’s the normal version).
Welcome back to Friday folks. It’s frozen over again here, no more unseasonable warmth. Oh well, I had an awesome birthday. And yes for about half an hour it devolved into a dubstep rave dance party as most things with me are wont to do. But today is a day for mashups. Ready? Here goes.
Maybe I should just throw in a Brenton Duvall track every week. His beats are just so smooth. How can I pass it up. He makes even Gucci attractive with his slick sampling (my favorite type too, hyper-produced sped up vocals). ADL, feel free to skip this one, I know you have trouble with Gucci et al. But everyone else, you have no excuse. Listen.
I’m afraid this has put me in a very pop mood. So I’m throwing down a Miley mashup. Now this isn’t the Biggie Smalls mashup, it’s mashed with Snoop, Dre, and a little bit of Lil Jon. While this is a simpler mashup than the Biggie track in some ways, the tiny samples of Lil Jon on the choruses make this track unbelievably more enjoyable. And if you like Miley Cyrus as is, you should enjoy this anyways. Check it out
This next one is part mashup part remix. I’m not sure what’s up with the sound quality on the vocals but it’s a good song nonetheless. The remixers reinterpret both songs as they mash them up (or maybe they found reinterpretations and mashed them up. I don’t know a lot about this particular track). It’s a really cool effect. Enjoy it.
Now I’m feeling like throwing something weird up to counter the previous pop-y songs. What’s weirder than Daft Punk…. and klezmer? Yes. Yes, I said that. You’d better press play. Then you’ll understand me when I say this is the way AutoTune should be used. For good, and not evil. For AutoTune is a tool like any other, it can be turned to good or bad at the command of its user. Ok I’m done now. Listen.
And how else could I follow up a klezmer mashup but with a Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP mashup? With a Mashup-Germany mashup, you say? Why not both, I say. I say, what a song. And yes. That’s Backstreet Boys. And Phantom of the Opera. And Benny Benassi. Have fun!
I’m digging the World vibe I have going here. Next up should keep that up with a Indian (from India not the Americas) Hip-Hop band mashed with some classic explicit Ying Yang Twins and Mike Jones. Isn’t this a great beat? Crazily catchy. Something about guitar and rap that can just really work sometimes. Listen, listen!
Well I think I’m going to end this with a chiller track. It’s pretty trance-y and really pretty. I love those synths. Did you know Kaskade made mashups? Well he did and they are chill as anything. How could they not be when he’s using Deadmau5? Mmm mm. Enjoy and have a great Friday!
I’ve been wanting to throw up a couple of dubstep and electro/house tracks over the past few days so I think I’m going to combine the small posts and make a greater whole. What do you think? Good end result?
First up, a party pleaser for sure. A danceable Ke$ha remix. Now let me tell you, as someone who likes to think of himself as a guy with fairly good music taste, I have trouble listening to Ke$ha because of the painful mainstream-ness of it. To make up for it I listen to mashups and remixes. There are many pop songs that I literally do not know in their original format… Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. But I really like this track. It has enough electro and dubstep (not to mention pop) influences to meld into many party moods. Definitely coming out at my next party.
Next up, a Lykke Li remix. Now most of the time I’m really unimpressed with remixes of Lykke Li, but in this case I’m a fan. What a drop, right? A real stomper of a dubstep track. Definitely worthy of playing at a party. This track is also coming out at my next party.
Here’s another popular track remixed. Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” has more remixes of it than… than… than Cee-Lo’s “Fuck You”! But this one may be my favorite. It enhances the original rather than completely changing the track or laying down new verses. With well placed wobs this track rocks hard. Not sure if this is real dance party material but it’s a hell of a remix.
Black and Yellow (The Rockstars Dubstep Remix) – Wiz Khalifa / Not from Mediafire (remixes are fair use dammit!)
And here’s another popular track remixed in the dubstep tradition. This track is a bit older but that makes the remix that much sweeter. Coldplay’s “Fix You” is given an echoey beginning as is proper in dubstep and gradually builds , like the original, to a far gentler drop than you might expect. With higher synths than expected this track really feels ethereal with the deep wobs more of a background than a spotlit event. The remix keeps the guitar drop from the original song pretty much as is, then augments it slightly with some higher synths and deeper bass. It’s not as wild a track as I might hope for but it’s really quite good.
Next, a Skrillex remix. There is no way you can go wrong throwing down a Skrillex track so check this out. Traditional techno synths build to a distorted Skrillexian symphony. How can you really describe Skrillex’s manic chaos? Seriously, if you have a good way to describe it, share, because I have trouble summing it up. Anyways. Very cool song.
And now for something a little different. With a lovely traditional eastern opening, this track has a drop to a hip hop feel, which is swiftly joined by some indie falsetto vocals, and soon after given a dose of dubstep on the chorus. I’m digging the sheer quirkiness of this song. I’m a big fan of the union of genres as my love of mashups will attest to, and this really delivers.
Finally I’m going to end with a lovely remix of the CocoRosie song “Werewolf.” Scaw posted an Omega remix the other day which made me remember this track. It’s an eerie song already which makes it a prime candidate for a dubstep remix, and this is a great one. I really like the riff Omega gets going once the wobs drop. Check it out.
New Outasight! It’s pretty simple but pretty enjoyable, with a trademark Outasight beat: quirky, jazzy, and repetitive. I’m enjoying it. I still think my favorite track is “Stranger than Fiction” which Tusserte posted a little over a month ago. But this has a lot of that manic energy too and is pretty fun. What do you think? (via Earmilk)
I haven’t heard from Big Z Remixes in awhile but I love the dude’s style. Generally he replaces the entire instrumental of a track with his own work and it is good. His previous works tended to have a very minimalist approach to the instrumental and this one, while a little more involved with a lovely piano jam worked in, maintains the simple, clean, minimal attitude toward remixing that characterizes Big Z Remixes. Let me say this again. Really enjoyable piano in this. Caught this on Sunset in the Rearview. Look forward to Big Z’s new mixtape, dropping March 15th (now his remixes are sometimes mashups too, lending credence to my idea that March is going to be an awesome month for mashups).