Kodiak Moment 4: Best of Instamatic, Captain Obvious & tbc 2012 – 2020

Kodiak Moment 4: Best of Instamatic, Captain Obvious & tbc 2012 - 2020 cover mashups bootlegs bastard pop

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.

Download on Bandcamp or over at the Bootleg Archive.

Tracklist

  1. Captain Obvious – Madonna Has A Kiki (Madonna vs Scissor Sisters) – 2012
  2. Instamatic – Let Me Go Sunshine (Heaven 17 vs Rockers Revenge vs The Clash) – 2012
  3. Instamatic – Wedding Hounds (Futureheads vs Billy Idol) – 2012
  4. tbc aka Instamatic – Her Breath Is The Wind (Rhiannon’s Breath) (Sia vs Fleetwood Mac) – 2012
  5. tbc aka Instamatic – the Golden Mirror (Elbow vs Fleetwood Mac) – 2012
  6. Instamatic – Push Groove (Dee-Lite vs Salt n’ Pepa) – 2013
  7. Instamatic – Impact Mode (Depeche Mode vs Presets) – 2009 finished 2014
  8. Instamatic – Still Haven’t Found It (Negativland vs String Quartet 2014 version)
  9. Instamatic – Star Wars Gurls (Katy Perry vs Meco) – 2010, finished 2015
  10. Instamatic – Lost At The Beach (The Clash vs Beach House) – 2015
  11. Instamatic – Dark Dreams (Fleetwood Mac vs Sparklehorse and Dangermouse) – 2015
  12. Instamatic – TV Nation (Daft Punk vs Spearhead vs Montrose) – 2016
  13. Instamatic – Liability Shade (Lorde vs Procol Harum) – 2019
  14. Instamatic – Wish I Could Wake In September (COVID-19 Mashup – Pink Floyd vs Green Day vs Richard Hendrick) – 2020
  15. Instamatic – Wish I Could Wake In September (COVID-19 Mashup – Pink Floyd vs Green Day – demo) – 2020
  16. Instamatic – Ghost Rats (B. Dolan vs Ghost vs Zeropoint) – 2020
  17. Instamatic – Daft Punk Everywhere (Daft Punk vs Fleetwood Mac) – 2020
  18. tbc aka Instamatic – Spiralling (Every Circle In It’s Right Place) (Post Malone vs Radiohead) – 2020

Black Block mashup album

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.

The full album zip is here, or links/players below.

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.

And a silly one, a mashup of seasons – Wonderful Summertime (Paul McCartney vs Don Henley)

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 tried the reverse of this…talking of which – Summer Drive (Don Henley vs The Cars)

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.

“Who’s gonna plug their ears
When you scream?”

The Cars – Drive

What Am I Going To Do? / The Disco Dancer’s Lament (Chic vs Michael Mayer live demo) – another live Virtual DJ mashup demo of Chic – I Want Your Love vs Michael Mayer & Burger / Voigt & Voigt – Disco Dancers, sounds surprisingly good for the limitation. Again might finish this at some future time but not now, and not possibly ever,

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.

Like A Songbird In My Room (ABBA vs Fleetwood Mac) – this is an unintentional sequel to 2012’s Her Breath Is The WInd – FM vs Sia. Birds? Check! Fleetwood Mac? Check! Dreamy sad vocal and instrumental? Check! And it’s not often I cry at my own mashup while making it, not sure that has ever happened…it happened with this one.

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.

DJNoNo’s First Album – Accordion Hero

DJNoNo’s First Album – Accordion Hero! (well if you don’t count Ballroom as an album, it is more like mini-album or long EP…that will be posted after this for the full DJNo ‘experience’). 16 years in the making it covers the best and a little of the rest of 2004-2020.

Silly mashups, bastard pop, soundclown, or crumplebangers – take your pick of label he spans the all! from the little red bootleg robot. Mixing accordions, hip hop, drum and bass, Julie Andrews, kid’s themes, rude songs, Muppets, cheesy golden oldies, dub reggae, rave and happy hardcore, balllroom big band ALL together! And making a totally dumb mess while doing it.

30 tracks including 3 bonuses and 5 unreleased or rare tracks that never made it past the podcast or a fleeting blog mention! Now all in HQ lossless – and only 3 of them are from MP3, the rest have been painstakingly sourced from lossless, remastered or tweaked/re-exported.

Available to download at my Bandcamp or the Bootleg Archive.

Tracklist:

  1. DJNoNo – Just Lose The Accordion (Eminem vs Myron Floren – 2004 – 2020 remaster)
  2. DJNoNo – B-Boy Polka (DJ Kool Herc vs Lawrence Welk – 2004?)
  3. DJNoNo – Em Is A Nagging Fly (Crossover vs Eminem vs Roy Orbison – 2004 – 2020 remaster)
  4. DJNoNo – Too Many Egos (70 second version – Alter Ego vs Cardigans vs Justice vs. Simian vs White Stripes – 2004)
  5. Instore – FCUKK Fashion (Prodigy ft PWEI vs David Bowie vs DJ Yoeri vs John Creamer And Prince Quick Mix- 2004 – 2020 remaster)
  6. DJNoNo – I Love Happy Hardcore (Fuck Happy) (Fiddler’s Dram vs Kids In The Hall vs DJ Buzz Fuzz vs Poogie Bear – 2004-5 – MP3 source)
  7. DJNoNo – Supercalibreakz (Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke vs Shy FX – 2005)
  8. DJNoNo – Imperial Nanny (John Williams vs Julie Andrews vs Orbital vs 2 Bad Mice – 2005, finished 2015)
  9. DJNoNo – DRM Bombscare (2 Bad Mice vs Julie Andrews & cast – 2009 – 2020 remaster)
  10. DJNoNo – Chitty Chitty Gang Bang (Julie Andrews and cast vs Pendulum featuring Freestylers vs Capone – 2005)
  11. DJNoNo – Cha Cha Like It’s Hot (Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams vs Starlight Strings – original 2005 version)
  12. DJNoNo – Snoop Duck (Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams vs Jean Jacques Perrey & David Chazan – 2006 – 2020 remaster-tweak)
  13. DJNoNo – County Sound (Count von Count vs Dillinja vs Aphrodite – 2006)
  14. DJNoNo – Cross Channel Pigeon (Dastardly and Muttley theme vs Aphrodite vs Pendulum – 2008)
  15. DJNoNo – Fraggle Ross (Fraggle Rock theme vs SebastiAn – 2008)
  16. DJNoNo – Jetboy Flashback (Elton Motello vs Cyantific feat. Logistics – 2006)
  17. DJNoNo – Scarey Xmas (Mariah Carey vs Dillinja vs Unknown Error – 2008)
  18. DJNoNo – Yo-Yo Roll (The Osmonds vs Aphrodite vs Hugo Montenegro vs Swingle Singers – 2009, 2020 remaster)
  19. DJNoNo – Those Were The Drums (Mary Hopkin vs Aphrodite vs osymyso – 2010 – MP3 source)
  20. DJNoNo – Trolololowooble (Eduard Khil vs Aphrodite – 2010, 2020 remaster)
  21. DJNoNo – Batty Dub (Weedy G vs Count Von Count – 2010 – 2020 remaster)
  22. DJNoNo – My Name Is Bub (Eminem vs Herbert Chappell – 2011 – 2020 remaster)
  23. DJNoNo – 99 Hardcore Problems (Jimmy Jay vs Jay-Z – 2014 – 2020 remaster)
  24. DJNoNo – Jungle Monkees (DJ Krust vs Monkees – 2016)
  25. DJNoNo – Charming Infiltrator (The Smiths vs Altern-8 – 2018-2019)
  26. DJNoNo – Trumpton Lockdown (Kanye West vs Urban Hype – started 2008, finished 2020)
  27. DJNoNo – Vicious Silence (Simon & Garfunkel vs Vicious House -2018-2019)
  28. DJNoNo – Charming Infiltrator (Chipmunk Version – The Smiths vs Altern-8 – 2018-2019)
  29. DJNoNo – Moog It like It’s Hot (Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell Williams vs Jean Jacques Perrey – 2006? – MP3 source)
  30. DJNoNo – 99 Polkas (And A Ballet Aint One) (Squeezettes vs Jay-Z – 2014, 2020 remaster)

Kodiak Moment Vol 2: Best Of Instamatic 2003-2008

So here finally is the second Kodiak Moment with my mashup work for the first 5 years – 2003-2008 as Instamatic and tbc..

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.

Download at my Bandcamp or over at the Bootleg Archive

Tracklist

  1. Instamatic – Future Sound of Peaches (Future Sound of London vs Peaches 2003-4)
  2. 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
  3. Instamatic – My Telephone Doesn’t Work (aka Telephonic Sympathy – Missy Elliott vs Kraftwerk vs Coldcut vs Grandmaster Scott and Dynamic 3 – 2005 – 2020 tweaks)
  4. Instamatic – Peaches n’ Orbs (shorter version) (Roy Orbison vs Peaches – 2004)
  5. Instamatic – Infidel Milkshake Party (Wyclef Jean featuring Missy Elliott vs Kelis – 2004)
  6. Instamatic – Work It Tiger (Le Tigre vs Masters at Work – 2004)
  7. Instamatic – Weed Milkshake (Luniz vs Kelis – 2004 – 2020 repitch)
  8. Instamatic – Radio4Play (extended) (Radio 4 vs Shannon – 2004)
  9. Instamatic – Altogether Let It Be Me (The Farm vs Nancy Sinatra – 2004)
  10. Instamatic – Fragile Tomorrow (Fragile State vs Kings of Tomorrow – 2004 – 2020 remaster)
  11. Instamatic – My Room Is A Warm Place (NIN vs Nancy Sinatra vs Depeche Mode – 2004)
  12. Instamatic – Missy Wants A White Horse (Missy vs Laid Back vs Jacky – 2004)
  13. Instamatic – Dirty Money Mouth (Rose Royce vs Ol’ Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis – 2005, 2020 tweak-remaster)
  14. Instamatic – LFO Can’t Turn Around (LFO vs Farley Jackmaster Funk vs Foremost Poets- 2006 – 2020 remaster)
  15. Instamatic – Push it Slut (French Avenue) (Avenue D vs Salt n’ Pepa vs Kraftwerk – 2006 remake)
  16. Instamatic – Burn Yr Radio (P.E. Version) (Queen vs Leftfield vs Public Enemy – 2006)
  17. Instamatic – Ghetto Tits (Outkast vs Peaches vs Scissor Sisters – Solcofn partial reboot – 2006 remake)
  18. Instamatic – Madonna’s Hung Up (aka Let’s Hang Madonna) – 2006
  19. Instamatic – Alison She’s So Horsey (Goldfrapp vs Laid Back vs DJ Weight Problem – 2006)
  20. Instamatic – Nothin’ Crazy aka Crazy Marvin (Gnarls Barkley vs Marvin Gaye – 2006)
  21. Instamatic – Dirty Hitchhiker (Christina Aguilera vs Bernie Leadon – 2006)
  22. Instamatic – Juicy Clare (B52’s vs The Strokes – 2006, released 2007)
  23. tbc – Swan Rot Chaos (Michael Nyman vs Blackalicious – 2006)
  24. tbc – Saturday Sunshine (Boards of Canada vs Roy Ayers – 2006, remade 2012)
  25. tbc – I Try But The Words Weigh Too Much (Macy Gray vs Kings of Convenience (Four Tet mix) – 2006 – 2020 tweak-remaster)
  26. tbc – Cowboy Mary (Boards of Canada vs Scissor Sisters – 2006 – 2020 remix)
  27. Instamatic – Basement Void (Sterling Void vs Basement Jaxx 2003)
  28. Instamatic – Blancmange Milkshake (Blancmange vs Kelis – 2004 *from MP3 source)
  29. Filthy McNasty – Song 2 Divided By Zero (Blur vs Pet Shop Boys vs My Robot Friend – 2005)
  30. Instamatic – Madison Heartbreak (Maisonettes vs Madison Avenue – 2004 *from MP3)
  31. Instamatic – Let The Uziq Play (U-Ziq vs Shannon – 2004 demo)
  32. Instamatic – Like To Coup You Well (Howard Jones vs 23 Skidoo – 200? demo)
  33. Instamatic – Ludakris (Bastard version with Kid Carpet vs Ludacris vs Kriss Kross – 2004)
  34. tbc – Mama Believe Me Now (Scissor Sisters vs E.L.O. 2006 – 2020 remix)
  35. Instamatic – Peaches n’ Orbs (full-length version – Roy Orbison vs Peaches – 2004)
  36. Instamatic – Push It Slut (2004 original 2020 remaster-tweak)
  37. tbc – Sunday Work-Hating Jam (Various – 2004)
  38. Instamatic – Weed Milkshake (Luniz vs Kelis – 2004 original)

Masters of Mash interview with PimpDaddySupreme

Pimpdaddysupreme  PDSMix Masters of mash interview screenshot with Instamatic

Just a reminder that I’ll be talking to beardmeister Pimpdaddysupreme who is interviewing me part of his Masters of Mash series (who? me?) for 2 hours from 7pm BST this Wednesday 27th May (there might be something special if you turn up early though 😉 at his Twitch – PDSMix.

Pretty sure we’ll be talking mashups/bootlegs/bastard pop history, my background history and firsts, Bastard and UK bootleg scene, Bootie, this very blog and podcast, Bootleg Archive, videos and mashups I’ve done…unless we get distracted by our wonderful beards that is! 😉

A lot of tea will be dished (and cake, plenty of cake unless I eat it first). Be there or be somewhere else with a lot less beards. And where’s the fun in that?