Just a reminder I have a track on this year’s Summer Booty from DJ Useo – very proud of it, it’s called ‘Summertime Shake’ and it’s Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ vs DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince Kool and the Gang sampling ‘Summertime’ – the whole 3 album set is good, a lot of summer jams (and one winter jam ;-( ) – you can download it here https://audioboots.org/Albums/SB2021/
Useo asked me to be on the album which is really kind, but nothing came to me until the night of the deadline. I was going through tracks for last week’s Crumplbangers challenge and left Summertime playing while I was listening to Shake It Off and went ‘hold on…this works!’. I am a massive Kool & The Gang fan (I even own a 7″ of Jungle Boogie, blame Pulp Fiction for that) and Summertime is basically Summer Madness so it was Kool and the Gang by proxy for me..
It increasingly looks like the unlocking of the lockdown will be delayed…which makes this yearning ragga jungle call to return back to clubbing either very topical or very redundant. Created for the Crumplbangers Reggae Challenge, I loved the new reggae cover of 2013’s Wilkinson single Afterglow by Nextmen featuring Eva Lazarus so much, I made a ragga jungle version!
This calls back to DJ Zinc’s Fugees 2003 bootleg by recreating it with two other Ready or Not sampling jungle tracks with the original Enya-sampling track. Are you ready for the Afterglow? Or not? Take It Slowly (like the probable date for opening up).
This almost became a Captain Obvious track, because to me, the new one from Lil Nas X – Sun Goes Down is basically Wonderwall by Oasis? It was either this or the Verve’s Lucky Man, there’s a real Britpop vibe with this song about struggling as a queer teen in the closet – I can totally relate. Maybe because when I was a struggling queer teen, Britpop was my soundrack.
This is a real lighter in the air track! I made it with the first night of clubbing in mind in June….as a sort of drunken ‘everyone come together’ closer. And also a first – I have never done a Wonderwall mashup in nearly 20 years. Came together really quickly because I suspect someone will do it very shortly…like other Lil Nas X tracks I put it out there and just hope it’s in key 😛 I think this one is….
Crumplbang Discord challenges that is (kind of like the old GYBO challenges). Why, what were you thinking of?
Enjoying my ‘retirement’ as an undead zombie producer so much I’ve done these mashups, and I think they are rather good. Decided to just post stuff and critics be damned.
The first one was done for the EDM challenge I’m rather proud of this one. The challenge was to have a song with an EDM drop in it – this is as close to EDM I’ll ever get, the new Bicep album Isles is ace.
And a rare thing from me – a multimash, well sort of, there are tracks from each artist – Bicep and Fleetwood Mac. You might not spot it, but I mixed in and out of Lido and Cazenove by Bicep – same key….And it uses Dreams and Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac – 1975 meets 1987 in this dreamy call and response. Dream house, indeed (yes that was a genre, once). And an acapella I made from that exceedingly hard to extract album.
The second was for last week’s Crumplbangers Discord challenge – which was to create a A vs B but add drums or percussion from another track. After a failed attempt to make a drum and bass Nirvana track about educational policy (ya rly) I decided to start again with the Old Skool Breaks idea and make a proper old school battle weapon. This is what I would enter the ring to, if I was DJing IRL anymore (and indeed if anything was open…)
I’m no stranger to mashing either of these artists together – my Genesis of the Rascals uses Fix Up Sharp vs the original Genesis as a naughty DJ Hero stealback, and also did a version with Stand Up – but weirdly never Old Skool by Dizzee even though I tried many times. And I never worked with the Think Break AFAIK. Also I never got a Phantom mashup to work back in the day either, so this is revenge as I used the WWW version which is a Justice mashup in itself.
It didn’t win the challenge, but got a respectable fourth in a field of 15 other entries. Not too shabby. Listening back to my other track, I might fix that and try and find a better vocal for it. Drum and bass Nirvana does work, just not with that vocal.
P.S. have to thank Ian from Shitty Mashups whose Episode 16 mashup using Justice’s Genesis with Young MC and Bruno Mars reminded me of how ace Genesis is under a hip hop track. Well why reinvent the wheel?
And appropriately for the 4th of May, here’s the 4th volume of my best-of series ‘Kodiak Moment’ taking us up to the modern day – 2012-2020. Includes tracks from my last retirement which lasted a lot longer than this one, and even includes a Star Wars mashup as well (Star Wars Gurlz from 2015).
We even have three mashups from what I call ‘How To Mash In An Apocalypse’ series, about the lockdown and pandemic – and the first track that lead into the Black Block album.
For the first time we have the few of my viral hits in lossless quality and remastered – ‘Her Breath Is The Wind’ and the Captain Obvious swansong ‘Madonna Has A Kiki’ which still crops up in the oddest places still (a dance class video was my favourite). Most bar the newer tracks have been remastered, and there are three bonus tracks.
Not one but TWO Montero / Beatles Mashups? With MY reputation? And I’m supposed to be retired and all…yeah…seems to be a short retirement now I’ve gotten Black Block out of the way. That was indeed blocking me and getting me down along with other stuff…but no promises, we’ll see if it lasts. I also fixed the key issues with the first one as well.
Also I wouldn’t let this acapella beat me, because it was frustration with that which made me gently ragequit.
Just following the orders of ‘Tiger Mom of Mashups’ Adriana of Bootie about making more Montero genre clash mashups…done for the Montero Genre Clash challenge on the Crumplbangers Discord.
This was my original idea, to use the acapella with a heavier track until I came across ‘You Never Give Me My Money’ – but now I know the actual KEY (D Sharp Phrygian? Weird) I found a Beatles track in that actual key – Day Tripper AND it does a key change like the chorus. Woo!
Pun name doesn’t work as well, but you can’t have it all…I bet UMG will hate this too!
Thanks to vixoriadrift for the advice on some timing issues on v1 of this mashup and key help, and Leandro Moniz and many others for the original acapella advice.
New mashup and everyone is making Lil Nas X – Montero mashups so I thought I’d get down with the kids and have a go, since I love it and he has raised the game as a queer artist. Also Adriana from Bootie challenged people to make more original Montero mashups with more genre clash sources, so thought I’d have a go.
EDIT: New version of my Beatles vs Lil Nas X – Montero mashup. Yes still retired but I have unfinished business with that fricking acappella.
It’s apparently D sharp Phrygian. Really?
This is one of my favourite Beatles tracks – You Never Give Me Your Money – vs Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and is about that controversy when they well removing Montero from streaming services – what was that about? And of course I had to add in the children’s song at the end, but it’s more good children go to hell, right? Well us queer ones do, apparently.
I gave it a psych spin – set phasers to stun! Actually the acapella is quite psychedelic llike the video if you listen closely, a lot of strange production – and that auto-chorus/Vocoder From Hell which caused me problems otherwise this would have been up many days ago. Still not perfect, but if I get it 100% on my usual schedule, it’d be released in 2022!
There are more mashups to come, I’ve just been in a funk about polishing them, it seems a lot of work to get the last 1% perfect…but I have some really nice ambient ones coming up using my favourite band (not Beatles, no)
I did this mashup of Daft Punk – Digital Love vs Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere back in November, and hung onto to it although it got debuted on the Radio Clash podcast. But now Daft Punk are no more it seemed the right time to release it in their honour. Salute!
P.S. this isn’t the only Everywhere mashup I am working on…or indeed the only FM mashup generally. Depends how many work but was thinking of working on an album or EP of them.
The Rise of The Aliases! I wasn’t exactly a stranger to aliases before but something about the second explosion of work around 2008-2010 meant I was wanting to branch out and not get bogged down with past failures while I was learning…many of which I had to fix on Volume 2!
instamatic, Captain Obvious, Dj cONTaMInAtioNs, Mashbusters, timbearland, Buyrite Soundsystem, they are all here, including never released originals for the first 72 which got hacked around in the final mix -and the receipts on what happened there – and various album projects I was part of like APC’s ‘We All Kissed A Girl’ or ones organised like the Joe Strummmer one This One’s For Joe and Fleetwood Mix.
DJ Hero and GYBO challenges get a look-in too, as does a lot of dubstep which ages this compilation. And like Missy and Em in the last one there are a few artists I mashed once and never again but were ever-present – Deadmau5’s Ghosts n’ Stuff, Flo-Rida’s Low, Eric Prydz’s Pjanoo, Ting Ting’s Shut Up And Let Me Go, The Gossip’s Standing In The Way of Control, White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, that Duck Sauce track….
Surprised at how uptempo this is, very much aimed at Bootie at this point, and how difficult some of it was to master – I was learning Ableton which strangely made it harder to mix and tweak since although I still use that software, I moved platforms since so many plugins don’t work on my Mac – and I was struggling with using electro house – Daft Punk, Justice etc which has all these mid-range frequencies that clash with vocals.
Also I set T-Racks not only to stun but quite often it’s ‘Kill’ setting – this was the middle of the loudness wars! Hence why I remastered gentler versions here – I don’t like my work to be that bricked, even if it does ‘cut through’ dancefloors.
36 tracks, mostly remastered and for the first time in lossless high quality – 25 album tracks and 11 bonuses with demos, alternate versions and extra tracks that didn’t make the album cut.
Picking up where the first one left off with also a look into the pre-history of my first mashups – included is my third ever mashup, and there is earlier in the secret bonus section *only* with the full album download.
Includes: Exclusive unreleased bootlegs and annotations for each bootleg, extra bonus demos and alternate versions, and I have remixed and remastered many of them to make them all nice and shiny for 2020.
I have sourced 36 of the 38 tracks from lossless sources, many for the first time as they existed only as low-res MP3 on here.
It is like a bootleg box set!
And there is more to come in this set, I have deeply raked over the last 17 years of making mashups.
Instamatic – Future Sound of Peaches (Future Sound of London vs Peaches 2003-4)
Instamatic – Jump Uprising minimix including Ludakris Bastard version (Ludacris vs Kriss Kross vs Kid Carpet), Jump x2 (House of Pain vs Kriss Kross) and Renegade Trouble (Wildchild vs Beastie Boys) – 2004
Instamatic – My Telephone Doesn’t Work (aka Telephonic Sympathy – Missy Elliott vs Kraftwerk vs Coldcut vs Grandmaster Scott and Dynamic 3 – 2005 – 2020 tweaks)