No you’re not seeing things, yes I’ve still stopped doing mashups – but I thought I’d finish and post the mashups I was working on when I downed tools…some of them are too good to just leave on my hard drive forever!
So the first one is one of two planned follow-ups to Her Breath Is The Wind from 3 years back (!), this time with Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams – which I feel a lot of mashups and remixes miss the more darker, deeper, psychedelic and trippier possibilities of that track. So I paired it with ‘Everytime I’m With You’ from one of my favourite albums, Dark Night Of The Soul – Sparklehorse (RIP) and Dangermouse’s amazing collaboration with David Lynch.
This is a hybrid of mashup and remix really, using both parts of the original and extra sparkles added by me. This will be available for download for a while…maybe Soundcloud if I can find an account I don’t mind being nixed.
This one is dedicated to Mark Linkous and Vic Chesnutt.
Time to delete, time to forget, nothing to see here.
No, not been hacked, but after 12 years decided to shut up shop, and remove all my mashups – partly because of Soundcloud, but it’s time, burnt out and tired of the shit, and want to move on. Might be back, might go the way of the podcast…gone forever. Same applies to my YouTube and Vimeo channel – video mashups for others stay but mine are gone everywhere else, only left the few mashups for album compilations since gaps there would look odd!
Mashups – nagiutb, 2015 RIP.
I know for a fact quite a few people in the original bootleg scene won’t shed a tear (still happy to use my photographs, or get free camera or graphics work…well good luck with that now!). Ah well, fuck them. As Radiohead put it so well ‘But who are my real friends? Have they all got the bends?’ – the ones who are my real friends, know who they are or I’m still talking to. The fake ones who gave the O’Jays song it’s name are all Ctrl-Alt-Delete from my life, far too toxic.
You don’t want to know, just keep believing the mashup world was warm and cuddly and nice, it looked so on the outside, in fact those inside took so many pains to make it look so.
As part of the big cupboard cleaning mentioned in the main post, I found some old tbc tracks, including a redo I did of one of my Boards of Canada tracks, Saturday Sunshine (2012 Retweak) (Boards of Canada ‘Hey Saturday Sun’ vs Roy Ayers ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’) which had a re-rub a few years back, to give it a happier, sunnier sheen.
Early on, sometimes I’d abandon tracks and post them as they were…this happened to ‘I Try But The Words Weigh Too Much’ – Macy Gray’s ‘I Try…’ vs Kings of Convenience – ‘Weight of my Words (Four Tet Remix) – which was online in 2004 or 2005, as part of my old multiply site, but not since. Tuning issues, but then again that’s not always easy with Macy Gray…
Having a clear out of the dusty mashup cupboards at NoNo/RadioClash Towers, and found quite a few unfinished or finished but unreleased mashups, or stuff that was on my old Multiply site and never got reposted.
So I’ve uploaded some tracks that fell off Soundcloud, were never really posted/uploaded apart from GYBO, or demos and rarities as well as the other tracks you (don’t) know and (don’t) love. First few are from the GYBO Weekend Challenge where you had only 1-2 days to create them using one or both of the posted acapella(s) or instrumental(s), and so are a bit rough and ready, like demos – but quite good all the same. I tended to only post the winning entries (I won the Weekend Challenge twice, with Bollywood In Space and the first one, Fela Down The Chip Shop. I Heard You Were Ill was another entry, but didn’t win.
First up is Zombie Britney (Britney’s ‘Hold It Against Me’ vs T>Power’s ‘Blissed Out Snacking Zombies’) which was for Weekend Challenge #38 in 2011, wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but it works really well actually. Didn’t win though.
Another for that challenge is Francis In The Desert which is Controlfreak ‘Desert Fox’ vs Sage Francis ‘Slow Down Ghandi’. Works pretty well, Controlfreak loved it – but it does go a little OOT towards the end, but remember all the challenges had to be done over a weekend.
Another demo that’s been hanging around for ages (since 2008!), was on this site’s player but not for download (officially) and probably won’t be finished is Silence Anywhere, Depeche Mode vs Presets.
A friend was trying to do a mashup/remix album about bass, and so I did Alternate Justice using Altern-8, Dizzee Rascal and Justice. I think it words surprisingly well, if a bit rough in places. I never really did a Justice track I was happy with, actually apart from DJ Contaminations which tbh was partly a DJ Hero rip!. This is not perfect towards the end, and shows it’s unfinished state, but most of it shows old skool rave flavour!
And last but no means least is Star Wars Gurls, a track I’ve had a few goes at and like the last ‘demo’ is pretty much there but got lost in the, err, ‘rush’ *ahem*. It’s Meco’s Star Wars theme vs Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – California Gurls. I was intending to make a video for this, but again that never happened…in a galaxy far, far away, maybe. EDIT – I also finished this, well as finished as it was going to be.
And don’t forget to check out the one unreleased and the other reposted ambient mashups over at the tbc site.
With the death of Casey Kasem Negativland released the stems for their litigious ‘hit’ ‘The Letter U And The Numeral 2’, which survived ten days before U2’s legal eagles swooped and had no sense of humour at all. Over ten years ago I mashed this up with the String Quartet version of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ using a sparse version. Now the stems are out there, it made sense to revisit it….adding in more Casey. (RIP).
New mashups on the way from Mr NoNo and Instamatic, but here’s a topical quickie – Pop Will Eat Itself ‘Reclaim the Game’ vs Chemical Brothers ‘Enjoyed’ aka ‘Out of Control’ instrumental remix.
PWEI released the acapella for their track Reclaim The Game, asking people to mash it up. I’m not a football fan but horrified by what’s been happening out in Brazil, the pacifications, the billions for stadiums that will only be used a few times while people live in favelas, the corruption, the tax-free exemptions for FIFA. FIFA is responsible, but doesn’t seem to care, even with a billion in the bank.
I broke the 109bpm rule in their competition, so what, so sue me 😉
Here’s a video for former Parkade co-owner and DJ Amanda Shinji aka Ms Cyberpink’s great mashup ‘Strangeword’ – Cameo’s ‘Word Up’ vs Depeche Mode’s ‘Strangelove’ – a lot of fun to do. And again you can hear this track and tracks like it on rotation at Radio Clash Live.
I generally don’t tend to post my mashup videos over here, but they are a large part of my output now, expecially with Kleptonite (RIP) and hopefully other VJ gigs. You can find out more of my mashup videos over at my YouTube and Vimeo (both Push Groove and Strangeword would be on YouTube but nasty WMG & UMG stopped that…).