And finally this gets released – my other Xmas track -the Taylor Swift one got chosen for Bootie Xmas but I think this one is a classic festive sadbanger (well it’s euphoric as well, oddly)
This was one of the other tracks under consideration for the Bootie Christmas 7 compilation….but I think it’s the best Wham LC Mash EVER but then I would, but I have heard a lot of meh ones and I wanted to do something epic and yes a little bittersweet with it -what’s more epic than Heroes by David Bowie? Answer: NOTHING.
And yes I will probably be drinking alcohol and/or being mean over Xmas, hence why I left that in….like a lot of my recent work, there’s a lot of personal stuff encoded in it, in between the silly and soulful.
Given the sad death of Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, I thought I’d post this old mashup here, with a positive message – yes don’t stop making your kind of music!
An unusual thing – a mashup that isn’t related to a challenge!
A friend told me the title (in not exact words) because I was unhappy with where my mashups were going and also the tumbleweed reception some of them get. So when I was messing with Fleetwood Mac instrumentals (quelle surprise) I realised another one worked with one of my favourite songs – Mama Cass’s Make Your Own Kind Of Music and that Don’t Stop would be a perfect musical and thematic fit.
So this is a message to you all – make your own kind of mashups, music, remixes – and screw the algorithm and the viral ‘fame’ – as long as you’re happy, then anything else is an extra.
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.
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.
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”
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!
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….
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 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!
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!
Edit – and now with video! Spoilers if you haven’t watched Stranger Things 4, so be warned.
Those of you who are watching ST4 will know what this is about…a very emotional scene (no spoilers!) using Kate Bush- Running Up That Hill (and further used in the series frequenty). The choice of Depeche Mode is because the lyrics fitting that episode perfectly – other songs were not a thematic match.
I debated whether to post this, as its NOT a tribute mashup but it just happened that Depeche Mode works best with Running Up That Hill – and it’s such an obvious mash it’s probably been done before (I couldn’t find one though) and as Running Up That Hill is shooting up the charts and this moment will be gone shortly,
And seems a bit unfair on the surviving members of a band to basically ban them cos one member had died? I don’t like or feature mashups that are posted immediately after a death, in the first day or so…it’s been longer than that since Andy Fletcher sadly died.
Anyway, Depeche Mode fans seem OK with it, and it’s been received very well on Sowndhaus and Bootie’s mashup page, so unlike a lot of random stuff that’s hiding over at the Sowndhaus page I thought I’d post this first. I need to update the highlights here – got a lot of things to post and a big Pride-related post tomorrow.
DJNoNo has done his worst for the Crumplbangers Discord Artist Pun challenge…Probably the Crumpliest Flakiest thing DJNoNo has ever done, a bit like watching a car wreck in slow motion while huffing petrol.
There are a few extra special secret bits for Richest Llama and Titus Jones (oh hai!) but can you guess the two bits that DJNoNo was in stitches doing? A
Also contains TWO puns, an artist pun as requested but also a side-pun…Ken Dodd’s Diddymen vs Do Wah Diddy – which might have been done before , but NOT like this, LOL.
Richest Llama who was judging the challenge said ‘In my judging spreadsheet, for pun score I wrote “wow” and track score I wrote “insanity.” I still don’t know if I get it, but I kinda love it, it was like a fever dream turned into music? Please explain it to me.’
It’s not that explainable really…who knows how the mind of DJNoNo works.
Man 2 Man ft Man Parrish – Male Stripper Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Ken Dodd & The Diddy Men – Old McDonald Had A Farm Ken Dodd & The Diddy Men – The Diddy Men Make A Record
EDIT: This won the challenge! Although I do find it interesting that I win the challenge yet both have gotten get zero likes on Sowndhaus. :-/
DJNoNo decided to have another go at the Crumplbangers Discord Spanish Challenge, he felt more bangin’ drum and bass was needed, but after a failed attempt to meld Cuando Cuando Cuando with Shy FX (watch this space, likely a non-Spanish version might appear in future) he then found this track called El Silbido (El Pito) (The Whistle in two languages?) by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz, the Mexican bandleader who wrote the song that became “Sway”.
So he mixed it with Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Through The Night, but very strangely for him also liked the non-banging version just using the synths and acapella from that. He hopes this track is in Spanish, he can’t make out the words? It’s quite a short set of lyrics…but definitely by a Spanish speaking artist.
It’s Drum n Boogaloo, or Swing n’ Bass, Latin bugalú meets drum and bass, I have to say I am fast preferring the synthy less busy and less beat-y quiet version more and more.
So here are both, they are separate entries and mixed and tweaked differently – one a quiet whistle, another a loud one. Very much inspired by Senor Coconut and London Elektricity.
And again, DJNoNo never makes political statements but he feels that this needs to be dedicated to the people of Ukraine, who need help to make it through the night atm.
Which is far too serious for a DJNoNo mashup! But we live in serious times.
DJNoNo’s Anti Angry set (starts 7 mins in) for the still-going Crumplstock 9 is up – yes didn’t take him weeks to post it! And he goes HARD and intense and fast – think silly plunderphonic mashcore, donk, Does It Bang?, gabba, breakcore, bootleg, white label, classical techno, even a bit of disco and strange Xtian music. And that’s just the danceable bits.
Extreme BPMs, dumb noise and very angry and a wee bit offensive. To anyone with ears, basically. Can you survive the DJNoNo Set Survival Challenge?
It’s made of WRONG. So it’s very crumpl. pure Crumplbangers! ;-(
Download it here (59:32. 87MB) or listen to past Crumplstock sets here (weirdly I never really posted the older mixes here, but over at Radio Clash – not sure why)
SPYRO – Nobody Likes The Records
Phil Mac – Welcome To The Jungle
Malcolm Middleton And David Shrigley – When Words Fall In A Toast
Spongebob Squarewave – Feel Da Luv
Audiotist – Gimme Gimme
G3RSt – Gimme Pussy! (ABBA vs. Rammstein)
Little Marcy – I Love Little Pussy
JAKAZiD – Donk Español
Petrol Hoers – Baby Donk
DJNoNo – Eva’s Polkka Donk Troosers (Bilal Göregen vs Donald Where’s Your Troosers vs Donk)
Classical Techno – Vivaldi 2000 (club mix)
Edwin Triumph – Music Banger
rastatroll – Big Up (feat general levy)
JAKAZID – Wanasthasia (T99 vs. Spice Girls)
Alien Hand – Zaggacore
Katy Stott – Chirpy Chirpy Cheep (Disco Version)
Rokhausen – Pianomang
DJNoNo – Leave Home For A Watermelon Tonight (Too Busy Edit) (Savoy Havana Band vs Chemical Brothers)
Dsico – Compton Magic (N.W.A. vs. Olivia Newton-John)
Sarah Brightman – Who Wants To Live Forever (Xenomania Club Mix)
I have decided to make my Black Album – and we all know what that mean don’t we kids? Yes I am out of the mashup making business (and sadly it is a business) for a while, it’s not really making me happy. It’s called Black Block and is 11 tracks in no real order, and named after the creative block I have been struggling with and the black unhappiness. And also a pun on feeling anarchic against the whole thing, the whole alienation and hamster-wheel feeling of a lot of this. I am not here to make bangers so people can make money.
“You don’t like it? So what, I don’t care” to quote Rob Base.
So in that vein the first mashup Spiralling (Every Circle In It’s Right Place) (Post Malone vs Radiohead) – played on podcast #346 when I release it – seems really appropriate with it’s lyrics which is reflected in the Black Block artwork. I did a lot of glitching and fiddling on this, vocal production is the only thing I have enjoyed of recent times. And given the themes of most of the album – loss, depression, lockdown, longing – the Radiohead track ‘Everything In it’s Right Place’ is perfect detailing Thom Yorke’s breakdown. I also use Melodyne to take a lot of his Larry the Lamb warbles out 😉
Yeah this isn’t a pop mashup album….but there are poppy/silly episodes, just like me.
“Maybe you don’t understand what I’m going through It’s only me, what you got to lose? Make up your mind, tell me, what are you gonna do? It’s only me, let it go”
Post Malone – Circles
Second track from Black Block is Surprise Daddy (Fleetwood Mac vs Radiohead) a personal one, and probably one of my better mashups of recent times…been holding onto this for a long while for a never to be finished Fleetwood Mac album/EP. Maybe like the Ballroom EP I’ll finish it in 10 years. Maybe.
This is Fleetwood Mac – Oh Daddy vs Radiohead – No Surprises – yes I really got into Radiohead in lockdown and did these two mashups of them. This is for a certain person – my best mashups are usually about him, and also weirdly quite often bird related…hold that thought.
Dolly’s Joint – Adonis vs Dolly Parton (live mashup demo) There are a few demos in here, this is from last year where I was experimenting with VirtualDJ in lockdown. It is Dolly Parton’s great attempt at disco – Baby I’m Burning with Adonis – Reck The Joint. Acieeed! Although it’s a small clip. I meant to work it up properly but I don’t think I will for a long while. It’s fun and it works. And it’s not all doom and gloom on this album. Well it mostly is, but not all.
This album has three – count ’em THREE Fleetwood Mac – Songbird mashups. Completely by accident, I was working on this Better Songbird (Fleetwood Mac vs Khalid) and then very recently a new downtempo idea came along which I had to try the reverse as well it’s all in the vocal. You’ll see later in this post, I think it’s a sequel to Her Breath Is The Wind.
I really like this Khalid track, Better, great video – and Songbird seems to reflect the bird sounds in it. Yes birds again. What is it with me and mashups about birds?
Wicked Games Everywhere aka Everywhere’s WIcked (Fleetwood Mac vs Chris Isaak) is a good one, another variant of my Daft Punk vs FM one, which I think works better, and after the months of struggling with the DP one, this one just slipped out. I like the interplay in the choruses with Chris Isaak – Wicked Games and the FM gang on Everywhere. Their harmonies are a nightmare, hence why the DP one took so long and is still not 100%. I had to futz around with a free trial of Melodyne, deleting harmonies like crazy to get it to work…whereas here Chris does the work for me. Thanks Chris!
The genesis of the proposed FM album – called Tempo in the Night or something – was to try and use the acapellas from Tango…which have hardly been used because there aren’t any acapellas, using RX8/AI extraction. I found the hard way that it leaves weird resonances and odd stuff in, hard to tune extracted parts, even harder when Christine McVie writes in weird jazz keys and sings around the key.
Is it an early Summer track? A late Xmas track? It’s both! Celebrate Xmas in Summer, or summer in Xmas…I did this just after Xmas and was keeping it for next Xmas, but I doubt I’ll work on it more.
I did go through a Don Henley – Boys of Summer phase, partly because I’ve always been obsessed with the coda here which resonated in lockdown – you can’t look back, you can never look back. And it cheered me up to think of summer and American Californian highways rather than dull grey Britain in total lockdown. And Wonderful Christmastime is a classic, despite annoying off-key pretend kid singing.
I wrestled to whether include this – that Don Henley extraction is a nightmare. Friends and I peered at it for weeks like some broken engine – it SHOULD work, it’s in the right key, etc. But something about either the exctraction or his vocal is off, and I don’t have the musical chops to make it work 100%.
Shame because I think the feel is there, even though like a few tracks on this sort-of-album, it has almost zero genre clash. The Cars – Drive has real depth and gravitas after Live Aid, so it brings a sort of ennui to Don’s vocal, stripping it of that AOR sheen.
The Michael Mayer track is a total steal/loving update of Chic’s I Want Your Love, even down to the bells. I don’t know why that album isn’t bigger, and amazing for 2016 how fresh it sounds.
This refrain ‘What Am I Gonna Do…’ which was used in an edit of that track seemed to sum up the first lockdown, as a clubber.
Reverse Angel / Upside Down Songbird (Fleetwood Mac vs Madonna / ABBA) Weirdly although I knew the other version worked best, I did this mashup of Madonna – Like An Angel Passing Through My Room (ABBA) vs Fleetwood Mac – Songbird in reverse order, i.e. first. Reflects the topsy turvy nature of this album and my life, really. But also because I had already done ‘Better Songbird’ I had the acapella warped already, so it made sense to do this first. As it turns out, the other worked best and I knew that….but I wanted to play with the Madonna vocal and instrumental.
Sadly although the acapella worked well, the RX8 extraction of the ABBA track didn’t – as I said, not many ABBA parts and no instrumentals bar the ones on the albums. And the poor music box synths got rather crunched by the AI, so that was a no-go.
But I suddenly remembered that Madonna has covered this song with William Orbit and never released it – the acapella and instrumental leaked online many years ago. So I did have a cover instrumental of Angel, and a Madonna acapella. Not sure what she did with the tuning, but the vocal doesn’t work over Songbird, but the Songbird vocal does work pretty well over the instrumental – with a few Mads interludes, courtesy of the acapella, remaking the original track that I couldn’t find in decent quality anyway.
I quite like the Orbit version – she released an orchestral version of this on an Xmas album, without the drums or synths. Shame, given the original’s electronic feel, I think that worked better, rather trip-hoppy.
If you don’t know me personally – this mashup is me. Completely me, rarely has a mashup or piece of artwork summed up totally how I am feeling and who I am like this one. There has been three like this in my career – Golden Beard about a certain someone like Surprise Daddy above, Her Breath and this one.
In lockdown I have been doing a lot of what the ABBA song talks about – sitting in the gloom or dark thinking about better times. And although Frida’s vocal is quite stately and reserved, there is darkness and sadness within – at the end:
“So the present runs into the past Now and then become entwined, playing games within my mind Like the embers as they die Love was one prolonged good-bye”
ABBA – Like AN Angel Passing Through My Room
A very personal mashup, and a reminder why I make them. Not for commercial gain, not for fame (a little would be nice) and most definitely not for pop hits or happy times. I make music that reflects how I feel – and part of the struggle is my feelings haven’t been exactly pop or happy recently. And that pressure to be pop/perfect/pre-eternally happy has just depressed the fuck out of me and taken the joy out of it.
I’d be happy if this was played at my funeral, hopefully that won’t happen soon, but that’s how I feel about this track. It is completely and utterly me at this moment in time.
And like a late arrival as the party just ended, here’s the last mashup I have done – Never Arriving Back Again (Fleetwood Mac vs ABBA), I fixed some of the tempo and most of the tuning issues (Stevie was singing OOK on the demo, sorry!) and the rest will have to wait for another lifetime. IHNI what beat Arrival is on, maybe it’s in some odd time sig…*shrug*. This will have to do, ending on an incomplete mashup, how apt.
There aren’t many ABBA instrumentals, Arrival is one of the few, and seems a little, well, sparse with it’s synthy folky bagpipeness (is that a thing?). I noticed Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Never Going Back Again’ fit well and the lyrics seem to be the best to bow out on:
“Been down one time Been down two times I’m never going back again”
Fleetwood mac – Never Going Back AGain
I never say never – that was the joke with people ‘leaving’ making mashups, they’d be back a few weeks/months/years later usually. The people who stopped totally never announced it, they just did. So who knows…but this is how I feel at the moment.
The arrival is also a departure, it cycles around. I did my first return mashups in late March 2020 after a break of over two years, and it’s been over a year of struggle. I have other things to do, really. Still doing the Bootleg Archive and the podcast, but I feel making them is too time intensive and not good for my mental health.
P.S. I forgot to say thanks to ToTom and Ian Fondue for the help they’ve given over the last year with the more trickier mashups (and some of my others, like the Daft Punk vs Fleetwood Mac one which almost belongs on this album) – musically these mashups have stretched a lot of my limited music knowledge, especially Radiohead’s weirder timing and chords and FM’s harmonies.
Their help has been indispensable, and a lot of these mashups wouldn’t have been finished without their advice.
A mashup that came out of my long-running remix of The Clash’s ‘Lost In The Supermarket'(more of that soon) 2 years ago, this is a very ambient chilled mashup using Beach House’s Myth…just finished it, and I think it works really well.