You never knew Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid had a progressive rock side did you? Here they team up in a large plexiglass pyramid with the `Floyd and Welcome you to the Master Scene, the Voulez Vous Machine, sil vous plait. (My pre-GCSE French is failing at this point monsewer)
And there’s something deliciously icy bout putting them over progressive rock….also the lyrics oddlly mesh with Welcome To The Machine, maybe from the other side, but they sound so robotic here that it feels like the Machine is talking:
“Ain’t no big decision (ah-ha) You know what to do (ah-ha) La question c’est voulez-vous Voulez-vous… …you know the rules, you know the game Master of the scene We’ve done it all before and now we’re back to get some more You know what I mean
As premiered (accidentally) on Bootie Mashup Listening stream because Adriana thought it was a festive holidays mash…it sort of is, sort of isn’t, it started as a festive mash and became an entry for the Disco Challenge. I’ve tightened it up since, so this is a new version as I wanted it to be perfect.
Looking to see if the combo had been done before I found that Holiday vs The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On had (DIsco Purrfection represent!), but the others have not, surprisingly given the current ever-present 80’s references – Bad Habits vs Holiday hasn’t been done either.
And then found that Madonna pretty much sampled herself with a Hard Candy era track called Beat Goes On with backing vocals by Pharrell which makes reference to her previous work and Whispers tangentially (I didn’t use the bits from a certain rapper who is cancelled in my world – thankfully so given recent evenrs) so it’s also a Madge vs Madge mashup as well!
It should have been made for the Confidence Challenge – I do that a lot, make the perfect track for the previous week’s challenge in the new one – as Will Powers said, ‘Dancing For Mental Health’ – Ed’s song about the devils of nightlife, drugs and partying paired with he messages between the four tracks do mesh – about being positive and confronting adversity vs bad habits and old behaviours. It’s like a couch session in mashup form! Freud is IN and on the dancefloor!
I tried to bolster that with the juxtapositions. I actually find multi-mashes really hard as I focus on narrative flow A LOT and it’s hard to get that flow right the more tracks you add. I think this one works really well, but took a lot of fiddling and dropping things in and out and sequencing. It’s supposed to be like an old disco medley….and I felt there was enough of the backing vocals and other Madonna not to bring the original vocals in.
Have to say – not a massive Ed fan but like T-Swift his tracks are really fun to mash and his pop songs are good.
And not a single MC Miker G & DJ Sven in sight! I tried to delete that from my memory with my mashup – didn’t work.
Again thanks to Ian Fondue for the feedback on this – Madge is a nightmare to tune, all that auto-tune and studio trickery – and added the 80’s OOK synthage I have tended to feel her early work is cursed for me…hopefully I’ve broken that curse?
And the moodymashes haven’t gone away….they just got shelved for the festive and disco fare which is also posted very soon or elsewhere!. .
Some songs just trigger an immediate personal reaction, like going straight back to where I was. Pagan Poetry was one, a difficult time where I was in love with someone I should not have been, and he’s long gone to a distant Valhalla – or more likely Helheim. The Björk song reminded me of him and works really well with Die For You, which has similar themes of darkness and uncertainty. Hence I wanted to reflect that sound of whispers, secret codes, the claustrophobia and yearning, the darkness and light.
To say this The Weeknd’s Die For You vs Bjork – Pagan Poetry mash is highly personal and just done for me to express something I can’t express in words…is an understatement. I nearly didn’t post it for those reasons….it’s skirting too close to the wind. Layers upon layers of what I reveal (or don’t), secret codes, whispers, ghosts – that’s what I put into this. It’s odd for someone who seems to be an open book, there are chapters that are firmly glued shut. A dark horse hiding out as a unicorn.
After I made it I found out the Weeknd song is big on The TikToks. Shame I’m not really one to post there after having 2 of my videos immediately pulled.
I thought that doing this might give some resolution, exorcise the memories but turns out, it doesn’t work like that. It feels too naked and revealing, but maybe other people can relate?
Since Sowndhaus has gone done a few times recently including last night, it’s reminded me of the massive backlog of tunes I never posted here – mostly challenge tunes, but all good pieces including these two queer disco mashups for Crumplbangers Discord challenge.
I think have got better and better in the last year or so of challenges – tempted to make an album, but first I need to post around 6-8 months (!) worth of work here. Not everything, but all the good or interesting ones….they need to have a home if Sowndhaus goes down for good. It’s a chore to post them here…but luckily they do have artwork and blurbs, so that’s not too bad.
And these were my first mashups on the new laptop….
Our barricades are our dancefloors, our resistance is queer joy.
Surprised no-one in the challenge used these tracks – nor has made this mashup (AFAIK – did a quick Google and YT and Bootie Mashup DB search, but didn’t spend hours looking…so apologies if it’s an accidental reboot) but this is an obvious quick Av sB joining new and old queer anthems – I Will Survive from the pre-AIDS disco era and until today, and Gossip’s Standing In The Way of Control which is the same theme for my generation.
Created for the recent Crumplbangers Challenge from DJ Firth and oki who wanted us to create a confidence inspiring song with pride – well Pride came early, as I wanted to create a defiantly queer banger to resist what’s going on in Qatar and the sad shooting at Club Q in Colorado, echoes of Pulse – and it was Trans Day of Remembrance yesterday.
So here is my first ever Born This Way mashup – including Dua Lipa cos she said HELL NAW to playing Qatar and made clear she only would if they improved their human rights – sadly many others have taken the blood money, shame on them. And Sister Sledge as a nod to my roots and it featuring in The Birdcage movie – which I desperately wanted to use Gloria Gaynor’s I Am What I Am but couldn’t get it to work with anything, so this will have to do.
And yes despite the title, it is a collab between Instamatic and Captain Obvious! I am not totally sure about the Gaga vocal, it needs fixing in places, but it was such a faff to do, not sure when or if II’ll go back to it. Maybe nearer Pride next year.
Thanks to Ian Fondue for the Deelay recommendation, used that to good effect on both tracks
Also a bonus for another challenge – a Rina vs YMCA mash!
Well I started making this for Pride / my Crumplstock set, then while working on it I realised Pride is an emotion so fits this week’s Crumplbanger Discord challenge as pride is an emotion! And also the song includes a variety of emotions, defiance, resistance, anger, camp – is camp an emotion? This is the most proudly camp mashup I’ve done since Madonna vs Junior Vasquez or Scissor Sisters vs Madonna!
Thanks to Cecile DeMilla for introducing me to the Rina track.
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…
As it’s Pride month (well in the States/the Stonewall anniversary, our Pride is the start of July in London, Brighton is in August.) so here’s two new mashups/ First is a mashup and video of not one but TWO queer artists – MIKA and Aurora .
Her song ‘Cure for Me’ is about conversion therapy, so it’s sadly very apt for these times. No Cure for Me! MIKA – who recently presented Eurovision, his Relax, Take It Easy song which contrast the Aurora vocal, like a call and answer, and has some quite alarming lyrics to contrast the chorus. It’s intentionally bittersweet pop vs pop with a deeper message.
It got it’s exclusive first play on DJSQWRL’s Bootie stream early this morning, and went down well, so here’s to many more! And it has a video – had a lot of fun with effects and layering, it’s one of my best.
And also this is the second mashup I made for Pride this time from Captain Obvious – my Lizzo vs Patrick Cowley ft Sylvester – Do Ya Wanna Funk mashup, very 1978 disco like the Lizzo song – About Damn Time – in two versions, extended and shorter ‘radio’ edit (as if I’d ever be played on the radio!)
This is a mashup for the current Crumpbangers Discord Weekly Challenge which this week is set by reconthuse – he wanted us to take a favourite mashup, then reboot it using the same artists (or album, although that rule has been relaxed) in an adjacent alternate reality combination.
I chose Party Ben’s Bizarre Light Triangle (Madonna – Ray of Light vs New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle), and strictly True Faith wasn’t on the same album as it was non-album single (but it was on Substance and the Deluxe version of Brotherhood later) but Nothing Really Matters was on the Ray of Light album.
It bangs, and I think it works really well, I was asking myself ‘What Would Party Ben Do?’ when doing this. And ironically it’s almost a reboot in itself, because I came up with the combo then later found back in 2010 Eden did this combo but as a DJ club remix with the full tracks, not a A vs B mashup as you can hear it is very different.
Let me know if the Grand Mashup Council thinks I should credit this in the title as a reboot – I mention it in the comments in the MP3 & Sowndhaus, but I personally think it’s a stretch to say it’s a direct reboot, but it’s a grey area…
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)