Easy On Me Man Child (Adele vs Kate Bush)

tbc aka Instamatic - Easy On Me Man Child (Adele vs Kate Bush) mashup

This is one of the many ‘lost’ challenge tracks I either didn’t post at all, or posted over at Sowndhaus and didn’t post here. Not sure why, I know at the time the vocal sounded slightly off to me, then again Adele is all E M O T I O N A L in this track, so it’s *elmo shrug* from me why I did that. The surprising thing is that I made artwork for it, those tracks usually get posted as I only do that for tracks I think are good.

While idly singing Easy on Me I started hearing the piano to Man With The Child In His Eyes.

Technically this shouldn’t work, and almost (and probably) doesn’t. Either a good lesson that you should ‘try’ things rather than relying on Tunebat/Googling keys, or a trainwreck lesson that you can’t force things.

Not sure which it is at the moment, but putting it out there anyway because I think it works enough. And there aren’t enough Kate Bush mashups in the world!

tbc aka Instamatic – Easy On Me Man Child (Adele vs Kate Bush)

Collaborations – DJFnoFno and InsToTomatic +2 Bonuses

Myself and DJNoNo don’t so collaborations as much as we should, but there was a challenge to do so – hence these tracks from DJFnoFno (fnogg and DJNoNo) and InsToTomatic (ToTom & Instamatic).

Also we have +2 Bonuses (Bonusii?) of lost tracks from DJNoNo.

DJ Fno Fno (fnogg and DJNoNo) Royals At The Gay Bar (Lorde vs Electric Six) collaboration mashup

I bring you: DJ Fno Fno! (Messrs fnogg & DJNoNo) and their Royals At The Gay Bar – Lorde – Royals vs Electric Six – Gay Bar for the Crumplbangers Challenge Collab Week. This got a special mention cos of the name 😉

Idea was from fnogg entirely, production was shared between them, passing Ableton Live projects back and forth a few times.

fnogg did the first rough demo pass with YT ripped stems, DJNoNo then recreated a HQ Electric Six instrumental from the stems with a totally new instrumental mix (we couldn’t find a HQ of the instrumental), and then edited it to the demo to fnogg’s template. He then added that and the Lorde and Gay bar vocals HQ stems to match and created the breakdown and ending which wasn’t in the demo.

fnogg then took it over and then redid the Gay bar timings and added more in, and did the drop/cutins and the whoops and basically made it 100% funnier. Passed it back to DJNoNo for final massaging, mastering, production and general faffing. 

Artwork was a shared collab too, with DJNoNo at the controls and input, advice and other concepts from fnogg.

DJ Fno Fno (fnogg and DJNoNo) Royals At The Gay Bar (Lorde vs Electric Six)

nsToTomatic (ToTom & Instamatic) - Alright Here Comes The Lollipop Police (Blondie vs Supergrass vs Police vs Eurythmics vs Wannadies vs Millie) collaboration mashup

Another mashup from the Crumplbanger Discord Collab challenge. This got 3rd place and “Best Multimash’ special mention 🙂

Us two? Doing multimashes? With our A vs B reputations?

Started as a demo from ToTom with just the Supergrass and Blondie and nothing for the verses or ending. Invaluably he had marked out the segments with key shifts, which was a great help with my lack of music theory.

After some Ableton Live tech woes where I had to sort of rebuild the project by pasting it into Ableton Live Lite a bit at a time (!), I added the others but there was a lot of back and forth swapping certain bits out, finding out what artists we hate 😉

Some artists came and went but it became a narrative theme multimash about obsessive love and we had a lot of fun with the call and response).

Production/mastering is my fault (and proved to me that I really should use my nicer headphones rather than the in-ear buds, it’s how I spotted that the original instrumental was out of phase!).

InsToTomatic (ToTom & Instamatic) – Alright Here Comes The Lollipop Police (Blondie vs Supergrass vs Police vs Eurythmics vs Wannadies vs Millie)

DJNoNo - Royal Tribes Go To War (Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs The Beef Seeds)

FIRST BONUS! Not a collaboration but a lost DJNoNo demo for a collaborative compilation.I rummaged around NoNo’s closet and this fell out. It was created for a bluegrass compilation that didn’t happen (?) and was rejected anyway cos they didn’t want covers or humour – it uses a cover of The Beef Seeds covering Lorde’s Royals – yes another Royals mashup – so was abandoned. Listening back it’s classic NoNo and works pretty well.

And given what’s happened to the royals and war since, weirdly prophetic.

DJNoNo – Royal Tribes Go To War (Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs The Beef Seeds)

DJNoNo - Oops Oh My Superman (Tweet vs Laurie Anderson)

DOUBLE BONUS! Another lost mashup – this time for a challenge, not sure whay he was thinking about when he made Laurie Anderson’s artpop O Superman into a twerking RnB sexy mess, but here we are. Tweet never sounded so….arty? It was an RnB challenge so I guess he thought it was funny. It works weirdly very well.

(“This is your mother” made me LOL for reals…I had forgotten that bit)

DJNoNo – Oops Oh My Superman (Tweet vs Laurie Anderson)

Something About The Wikka Cat (Evasions vs Doja Cat vs Daft Punk)

Something About The Wikka Cat (Evasions vs Doja Cat vs Daft Punk) something about the wikka cat

A finally one I’m really proud of and was the only real ‘exclusive’ in my Crumplstock set (the others being unreleased things a few people had heard). I’ve always wanted to make a Chic vs DP bootleg, so I did it via the back door! I heard Doja Cat while dancing at one of the last Duckie clubs and started singing Wikka Wrap by the Evasions over it (shout out to Rhythm Scholar whose remix of Coolio’s 1,2,3,4 reminded me of it recently).

When I got home, I tried it and it worked! And of course it directly references Good Times, and then I found that Something About Us vocals worked with that, so it’s the most funkiest and smoothest summeriest mashup I’ve ever done.

Instamatic – Something About The Wikka Cat (Evasions vs Doja Cat vs Daft Punk)

Whispering Forests and Paranoid Androids

Hardcure was a ‘unhappy hardcore’ Cure project that never happened. This is the final version, but I’m posting the original demo as well cos they are radically different – the one I played at Crumplstock is the second version, the one you might have heard on Dunproofin’s streams is the demo.

BTW Whispering Grass is one of my favourite songs of all time, of course these two are from AInt Half Hot Mum, I still quote Winsor Davies all the time. It was supposed to be quite Crumpl but ended up quite….spooky? So I amplified that with some speech from Night of The Demon – also sampled by Kate Bush for Hounds of Love, fact fans! It’s apparently one of her favourite movies.

DJNoNo – Let’s Go To A Whispering Forest (The Cure vs Jimmy J & Cru-L-T vs Winsor Davies and Don Estelle)

Whispering Forests and Paranoid Androids whispering forest

Hardcure was a ‘unhappy hardcore’ Cure project that never happened, you might have heard this version on Dunproofin’s stream; it was really a demo at this point, but I’m releasing both the demo and the final version cos they are radically different – the one I played at Crumplstock is the second version.

DJNoNo – Let’s Go To A Forest (Hardcure Demo) (The Cure vs Jimmy J & Cru L-T)

Whispering Forests and Paranoid Androids marvin paranoid

An epic mashup – Radiohead’s Paranoid Android mixed with the depressed robot that inspired that title from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – 3 songs from him in fact. Yes Marvin did several singles in the 80’s – well Stephen Moore did as Marvin.

I suspect someone might have done one of the tracks, I doubt they would have done all 3.

For the Crumplbangers Character Challenge – it was 2nd.

DJNoNo – Marvin The Paranoid Android (Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy vs Radiohead)

And BONUS from another robot, a small less depressed red one, s this frankly silly DJNoNo Theme Song ffrom last year I never uploaded, intended as an intro to DJNoNo but got played at Crumplstock 10 so now uploading it. It’s silly and a bit OOK.

DJNoNo – NoNo Limits (2Unlimited vs Ulysses 31)

Emotional mashups 1: Rainy Days and Hexagons

Emotional mashups 1: Rainy Days and Hexagons rainydaywordgame@0.5x

Trying something rather emotional MoodyMash with a rainy day breakup theme for the Crumplbanger Discord Film Music challenge.

More experimental downtempo and layered than my usual stuff, trying to push the tbc/downtempo stuff into interplay and more variety of sources – I mean Aphex, Burial, Scott Walker, Magnetic Fields AND Nina Simone? With MY reputation? And more inspired by the old Colatron snootlejams of old.

Oh it uses Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent) written for For All Mankind. a documentary film about the Apollo space missions. Also there aren’t many Magnetic Fields mashups at all – this uses All The Little Words, and far too fiew Burial and Nina Simone ones.

tbc aka Instamatic – Rainy Day Word Game (Scott Walker vs Magnetic Fields vs John Legend vs Brian Eno vs Burial vs Aphex Twin vs Nina Simone)

Emotional mashups 1: Rainy Days and Hexagons turquoise hexagon sun

Created for the Crumplbangers Discord Challenge for ’emotional’ mashups, there aren’t enough folk mashups, especially with electronica, and I’m a massive Sandy Denny fan, which her Quiet Joys of Brotherhood was a Fairport Convention track originally but this is a later version with her solo….a paean to lost times where man was in sync with the land. And yes that is Greta Thunberg wandering in during the mix.

Big fan of Boards of Canada – and yes had a lot of fun quietly working a lot of hexagons in this video – my first real Davinci Resolve Fusion animations…woo! Learning a lot about the deeper features of Resolve, kind of why I am doing these videos to thoroughly learn the package as I tend to stick to editing and composite modes usually.

tbc aka Instamatic – Turquoise Blues For A Dying Planet (The Quiet Joys Of Hexagons) (Sandy Denny vs Boards of Canada)

tbc aka Instamatic - The FIrst And The Last Time (I Walk Away) (Roberta Flack vs Low).

BONUS – I missed this one. Low isn’t mashed much – if at all… and this has a real vibe. And given the recent death of Mimi Parker this mash has new and deeper meanings….

A cri de coeur; I love the HEY WHAT Low album especially ‘Don’t Walk Away’ – it has a lot of personal resonance for me, and the very experimental layered production. And Roberta Flack’s The First Time oddly works with it – the first flush of love with the last goodbye, so I made a mashup that has both, as a sort of call and response. The memory of what once was (intentionally Day Before You Came esque) and the call to try and save it, the probable ending.

Far from a happy pop banger; and won’t go near any frontpages any time soon, but it’s what I am feelimg.

tbc aka Instamatic – The FIrst And The Last Time (I Walk Away) (Roberta Flack vs Low).

Whitesnake vs H.E.R. / Joji vs P!NK revolutionary mashups

I am getting more and more political in my old age with current events. Here are two revolutionary mashups – well they might not be musically revolutionary but they have a revolutionary message. H.E.R. goes all Whitesnake and Joji’s sadbanger goes all P!NK.

Instamatic - Fight For Your Love (H.E.R. vs Whitesnake)

Created for last week’s Hair Metal Challenge on the Crumplbangers Discord, a groovy slow soulful take on Is This Love? Turns out, you take the guitars and synths off you can hear that David Coverdale was a blues and soul man at heart.

And yes, the lyrics of Fight For Your Love talking about resistance and coming from the Fred Hampton movie, ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’, present and correct like my last X mashups including stealth politics in my mashups supporting resistance and revolution. 

We desperately need one. Now.

Instamatic – Fight For Your Love (H.E.R. vs Whitesnake)

Whitesnake vs H.E.R. / Joji vs P!NK revolutionary mashups what glimpse of us

Created for the Crumplbangers ‘Fresh’ Challenge where you had to use a very new track, I was obssesed by this Joji track released in May…mixed with 2017’s very timely ‘What About Us’ by P!NK. Can you say emotional banger? Emobanger? Tried to interplay the vocals to make up for the rather repetitive backing and basically restructured the P!NK song from scratch partly cos my instrumental sounds different – remake?

The challenge was double for me, because the reason for ‘2 ear mix’ is my right ear has been blocked for nearly two weeks and my first mix of this only my left ear was functional, and I couldn’t hear hardly anything from the left (30-35% if that). It turns out it’s REALLY hard to mix mashups without stereo hearing…

Today it cleared, so I could finish this mashup and post it, although the ‘1 ear mix’ wasn’t far off in fact, although it turns out it’s hard to judge vocal volume on one ear…I added a bit more layering, the idea was to have these spooky background vocals, with Joji backing Pink, and Pink backing Joji, like a round or circular mashup. 

And yes in this ’emobanger’ the political subtext is 100% intentional:

“Sticks and stones they may break these bones 
But then I’ll be ready, are you ready? 
It’s the start of us, waking up, come on”

Instamatic – What Glimpse Of Us (Joji vs P!nk) (2 Ear Mix)

Everything But The Girl vs Kylie / Eurythmics Shame megamix

Instamatic - Missing Head (Everything But The Girl vs Kylie) mashup cover

A side product of trying to do an instrumental vs instrumental mashup for this week’s crumplbanger challenge – it’s a mix like it’s 2002 all over again! Bastard Pop rules! Everything But The Girl’s Missing and Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head are basically the same song, but from different angles, I think.

(Pretty sure this hasn’t been done as there wasn’t a Missing acapella in the past, but it sounds so obvious it should have been done.)

Instamatic – Missing Head (Everything But The Girl vs Kylie)

Instamatic - Eurythmics - Shame (Switching Channels Minimix - Two Door Cinema Club vs Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcrisy vs Chic vs Vybz Kartel vs Beatles vs Maria Callas vs Nu Shooz vs Rolling Stones) mashup cover

This is closer to a remix/megamix/minimix mashup medley than my normal AvsB – based around Eurythmics – Shame. It was done fo Last Week’s Crumplbangers Challenge where you had to use songs that referenced others songs or bands.

Shame mentions two bands and references two songs directly in the lyrics- Rolling Stones – We Love You and Beatles – All You Need Is Love. Unfortunately those are both in the wrong key, so could only use drop ins and not the whole track.

So I wanted to include more as it talks about various other subjects so I included various bands and track titles referencing that (had to play fairly loose with those). Getting the mix was fun (!) as was extracting or finding all the bits needed. It’s also probably the only entry that has both opera (Puccini) AND Dancehall!

Instamatic – Eurythmics – Shame (Switching Channels Minimix – Two Door Cinema Club vs Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcrisy vs Chic vs Vybz Kartel vs Beatles vs Maria Callas vs Nu Shooz vs Rolling Stones)

We Hate Drum and Bass and Sea Shanties

DJNoNo - Pröpänë Kïckstärt (Mötley Crüe vs Pendulum vs Adriana A) (Salty Version) mashup cover

DJNoNo’s response to the Crumplbangers Hair Metal is to add pounding drum and bass – it’s been ages since he did a rock Pendulum bootleg, it still works so well….

And given the criticism from certain quarters, here’s an appropriately respectful mashup *ahem* from him, it’s ages since he did a rock vs Pendulum bootleg, and why not choose the dreadful poodle rockers Müttlëy Crüdë to do it with?

BTW the title is Pröpänë Kïckstärt not Propane Kickstart, he hopes to crash your Twitch feed with too many umlauts. Maybe you’ll get a Derailed Hype Train instead :-p

There is a salt-free version for those with södiüm issüës and don’t want the shade further down the page!

DJNoNo – Pröpänë Kïckstärt (Mötley Crüe vs Pendulum vs Adriana A) (Salty Version)

DJNoNo - Pröpänë Kïckstärt (Mötley Crüe vs Pendulum) (Salt Free version) mashup cover

This is the salt-free shadeless version of this mashup also created for the Hair Metal challenge over at the Crumplbangers Discord, to celebrate that in fact Adriana DOES like drum and bass if it’s mixed with Muttley Crude as DJNoNo calls them…

The original got a great reaction on the Mashup Listening Bootie Twitch a few nights ago, which prompted me to get this out there before I go on my travels.

The only thing I think DJNoNo and Motley Crowd agree on is the impröpër üsë of ümläüts which will probably crash your computer or something….

DJNoNo – Pröpänë Kïckstärt (Mötley Crüe vs Pendulum) (Salt Free version)

Also this track was rebooted/built upon by the excelllent iWillBattle for a Halloween crumplbanger adding some of Rina Sawayama who I am very mucn a fan of:

DJNoNo - Hog Eye Dust (Martin Carthy vs DJ Fresh) mashup cover

DJNoNo introduces Shanty n’ Bass – a new genre! Yes this isn’t the rudest – pretty rude though if you listen to the lyrics (err what goes chuff chuff?!?), it’s not what it seems…and it’s an OG shanty – 1860’s.

Probably the only time Martin Carthy has met drum and bass also.

Created for the Crumplbangers Discord Challenge – YARR!

DJNoNo – Hog Eye Dust (Martin Carthy vs DJ Fresh)

BONUS MASHUP!

We Hate Drum and Bass and Sea Shanties all the lubbers

Continuing the sea shanty theme – It didn’t win the challenge yet it got ‘special mention’ and made DJNoNo laugh and is very Crumpl. A reminder that sea shantys are not Wellerman and are usually rude af. 

Very old shanty/rugby/drinking song Good Ship Venus – here by Loudon Wainwright III – meets Kylie’s All My Lovers. I’m sure Kylie fans will hate it also 🙂

Again for the Sea Shanty Challenge….it’s very rude!

DJNoNo – All The Lubbers (Good Ship Aphrodite) (Loudon Wainwright III vs Kylie)

New mashup videos on YouTube

Following the post of the tbc mashup videos to Youtube, here’s two Instamatic videos that are rather more upbeat – well sorta, the next one is more of a tbc track in all but name, but like a lot of recent mashups has not been posted here but has been posted over at Sowndhaus,

Joji vs P!NK What Glimpse Of Us – ostensibly about a empty relationship vs the same but also a cry for justice, becomes a song about the planet and climate change as the animals in the video look at us accusingly and say ‘what about us?’. With COP27 on the way and last night reading a great interview with Bjork and Greta Thunberg it was on my mind.

The allgator eye was the image from the Joji single so was the starting point, but I couldn’t find enough croc clips – so I diversified and it became something else.

More upbeat is this video for Something About The Wikka Cat (Evasions vs Doja Cat vs Daft Punk which is one of my favourite recent tracks, finally successfully making a Daft Punk track that works 100% and mixing in Evasions novelty funk tune, Wikka Wrap which is a fave of mine. Doja Cat was unknown to me until fairly recently, but ‘Say So’ is TOTAL disco so works with the Chic Good Times nods.

And the video? Well it’s just a tropical good time party, where I wish I was rather than damp cold grey England…

Back to YouTube – New Mashup Videos

I have neglected my old YouTube channel somewhat – I’ve done the odd Live stream but not many proper videos for my mashups. Feeling I should make some quick ones, and at first planning to just make simple artwork only videos, I got sucked into making visualisations, or simpler videos for my work. I have created 3 major videos in the past 24 hours, and two artwork ones. Here are the tbc ones, the Instamatic ones ar in another post.

I also haven’t been posting many of my works here or over at my mashup blog, just dumping them on Sowndhaus so good to dust them off and push them out there a bit more.

First up is American Dream Part 3 mashup (LCD Soundsystem vs Paul Simon vs Elvis vs Idlewild vs Suicide vs Taylor Swift vs MKTO) – but of course, this was the only one to get blocked, so a revisit to an old dusty Vimeo account as well!

All these videos are experiments in not using band or artist footage which tends to bring the blocks faster than you can say ‘Lego party’. I am using either longer shots or re-using footage and not getting too hung, or totally reframing the mashup with a new narrative.

And a simpler one, I found these falling leaves on Pexels so thought it was perfect for my ES vs ES mash, Autumn Man (Elliott Smith / Heatmiser vs Ed Sheeran). Surprised this hasn’t had more legs, it’s been mostly ignored – I preferred the Carpenters vs Elliott one but totally knew that the mood meshed perfectly with this one. I had a weird feeling it would be the one that would ‘fly’ but no, it’s the other one.which incidentally just got an artwork video.. Not sure that needs a full one.