It’s been a Challenge…

Crumplbang Discord challenges that is (kind of like the old GYBO challenges). Why, what were you thinking of?

Enjoying my ‘retirement’ as an undead zombie producer so much I’ve done these mashups, and I think they are rather good. Decided to just post stuff and critics be damned.

 Instamatic Lido Tango (Cazenove Dreams) (Bicep vs Fleetwood Mac) tango in the night mashup bastard pop crumplbangers challenge bastard pop blend cover

The first one was done for the EDM challenge I’m rather proud of this one. The challenge was to have a song with an EDM drop in it – this is as close to EDM I’ll ever get, the new Bicep album Isles is ace.

And a rare thing from me – a multimash, well sort of, there are tracks from each artist – Bicep and Fleetwood Mac. You might not spot it, but I mixed in and out of Lido and Cazenove by Bicep – same key….And it uses Dreams and Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac – 1975 meets 1987 in this dreamy call and response. Dream house, indeed (yes that was a genre, once). And an acapella I made from that exceedingly hard to extract album.

Instamatic – Lido Tango (Cazenove Dreams) (Bicep vs Fleetwood Mac)

Old Skool Justice (Battle Weapon - Dizzee Rascal vs Justice vs Lyn Collins) mashup bastard pop genesis pussyole phantom blend cover Instamatic

The second was for last week’s Crumplbangers Discord challenge – which was to create a A vs B but add drums or percussion from another track. After a failed attempt to make a drum and bass Nirvana track about educational policy (ya rly) I decided to start again with the Old Skool Breaks idea and make a proper old school battle weapon. This is what I would enter the ring to, if I was DJing IRL anymore (and indeed if anything was open…)

I’m no stranger to mashing either of these artists together – my Genesis of the Rascals uses Fix Up Sharp vs the original Genesis as a naughty DJ Hero stealback, and also did a version with Stand Up – but weirdly never Old Skool by Dizzee even though I tried many times. And I never worked with the Think Break AFAIK. Also I never got a Phantom mashup to work back in the day either, so this is revenge as I used the WWW version which is a Justice mashup in itself.

It didn’t win the challenge, but got a respectable fourth in a field of 15 other entries. Not too shabby. Listening back to my other track, I might fix that and try and find a better vocal for it. Drum and bass Nirvana does work, just not with that vocal.

P.S. have to thank Ian from Shitty Mashups whose Episode 16 mashup using Justice’s Genesis with Young MC and Bruno Mars reminded me of how ace Genesis is under a hip hop track. Well why reinvent the wheel?

Instamatic – Old Skool Justice (Battle Weapon – Dizze Rascal vs Justice vs Lyn Collins)

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