Final mashups #3 – Impact Mode

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Started 6 (!) years ago, this mashup of Depeche Mode’s Just Can’t Get Enough vs Orbital – Impact (Live) has been featured on mixes, usually from the Parkade but never released – until now. I was never happy with any mashup it has to be told, despite what some people say – stuff that got released either was ‘oh sod it – I’m so fed up with this, that’ll do’ or in some cases had been hanging around for years, and on the 3rd, 4th or 5th iteration.

I estimate I didn’t release almost half of my mashups or more because I wasn’t happy…sometimes I think to their detriment, some of these are perfectly fine. I got rather obsessed with quality – partly because the disdain some of the mashups community showed me and my work, I wanted to ‘show them’. Silly really.

No-one ever did the 30 minute mashup in fact (good ones anyway) – that was a lie, I call bullshit on everyone who said that, you knew they’d spent hours if not days on it. That’s the kind of weird competitiveness that was rife in GYBOland…and beyond.

This one is dedicated to the Parkade and all the DJs there.

Impact Mode (Orbital vs Depeche Mode)

Dark Dreams (Fleetwood Mac vs Sparklehorse and Dangermouse)

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No you’re not seeing things, yes I’ve still stopped doing mashups – but I thought I’d finish and post the mashups I was working on when I downed tools…some of them are too good to just leave on my hard drive forever!

So the first one is one of two planned follow-ups to Her Breath Is The Wind from 3 years back (!), this time with Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams – which I feel a lot of mashups and remixes miss the more darker, deeper, psychedelic and trippier possibilities of that track. So I paired it with ‘Everytime I’m With You’ from one of my favourite albums, Dark Night Of The Soul – Sparklehorse (RIP) and Dangermouse’s amazing collaboration with David Lynch.

This is a hybrid of mashup and remix really, using both parts of the original and extra sparkles added by me. This will be available for download for a while…maybe Soundcloud if I can find an account I don’t mind being nixed.

This one is dedicated to Mark Linkous and Vic Chesnutt.

Dark Dreams (Fleetwood Mac vs Sparklehorse and Dangermouse)

Old tracks revisited / reposted

As part of the big cupboard cleaning mentioned in the main post, I found some old tbc tracks, including a redo I did of one of my Boards of Canada tracks, Saturday Sunshine (2012 Retweak) (Boards of Canada ‘Hey Saturday Sun’ vs Roy Ayers ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’) which had a re-rub a few years back, to give it a happier, sunnier sheen.

Early on, sometimes I’d abandon tracks and post them as they were…this happened to ‘I Try But The Words Weigh Too Much’ – Macy Gray’s ‘I Try…’ vs Kings of Convenience – ‘Weight of my Words (Four Tet Remix) – which was online in 2004 or 2005, as part of my old multiply site, but not since. Tuning issues, but then again that’s not always easy with Macy Gray…

Rare unreleased mashups

Having a clear out of the dusty mashup cupboards at NoNo/RadioClash Towers, and found quite a few unfinished or finished but unreleased mashups, or stuff that was on my old Multiply site and never got reposted.

So I’ve uploaded some tracks that fell off Soundcloud, were never really posted/uploaded apart from GYBO, or demos and rarities as well as the other tracks you (don’t) know and (don’t) love. First few are from the GYBO Weekend Challenge where you had only 1-2 days to create them using one or both of the posted acapella(s) or instrumental(s), and so are a bit rough and ready, like demos – but quite good all the same. I tended to only post the winning entries (I won the Weekend Challenge twice, with Bollywood In Space and the first one, Fela Down The Chip Shop. I Heard You Were Ill was another entry, but didn’t win.

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First up is Zombie Britney (Britney’s ‘Hold It Against Me’ vs T>Power’s ‘Blissed Out Snacking Zombies’) which was for Weekend Challenge #38 in 2011, wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but it works really well actually. Didn’t win though.

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Another for that challenge is Francis In The Desert which is Controlfreak ‘Desert Fox’ vs Sage Francis ‘Slow Down Ghandi’. Works pretty well, Controlfreak loved it – but it does go a little OOT towards the end, but remember all the challenges had to be done over a weekend.

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And from Challenge #14 is S.W.A.T – Sugar Cube With Attitude (Compton Hit) – Sugarcubes – Hit with N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton. This works really well, didn’t win though.

Another demo that’s been hanging around for ages (since 2008!), was on this site’s player but not for download (officially) and probably won’t be finished is Silence Anywhere, Depeche Mode vs Presets.

A friend was trying to do a mashup/remix album about bass, and so I did Alternate Justice using Altern-8, Dizzee Rascal and Justice. I think it words surprisingly well, if a bit rough in places. I never really did a Justice track I was happy with, actually apart from DJ Contaminations which tbh was partly a DJ Hero rip!. This is not perfect towards the end, and shows it’s unfinished state, but most of it shows old skool rave flavour!

Another long-lost mashup is another Depeche Mode one, favourite of the Parkade is Impact Mode (Orbital – Impact vs DM’s Just Can’t Get Enough). Had a few goes at this, it’s 99% there. I probably should’ve released it properly, but as ever I just lose interest! EDIT: I did finish this and you can hear it here.

And last but no means least is Star Wars Gurls, a track I’ve had a few goes at and like the last ‘demo’ is pretty much there but got lost in the, err, ‘rush’ *ahem*. It’s Meco’s Star Wars theme vs Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – California Gurls. I was intending to make a video for this, but again that never happened…in a galaxy far, far away, maybe. EDIT – I also finished this, well as finished as it was going to be.

And don’t forget to check out the one unreleased and the other reposted ambient mashups over at the tbc site.

Instamatic – Still Haven’t Found It (Negativland vs String Quartet 2014 version)

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With the death of Casey Kasem Negativland released the stems for their litigious ‘hit’ ‘The Letter U And The Numeral 2’, which survived ten days before U2’s legal eagles swooped and had no sense of humour at all. Over ten years ago I mashed this up with the String Quartet version of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ using a sparse version. Now the stems are out there, it made sense to revisit it….adding in more Casey. (RIP).

Download: Instamatic – Still Haven’t Found It (Negativland vs String Quartet 2014 version)

Original 2004 version is still on here.

Instamatic – FIFA’s Out Of Control

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New mashups on the way from Mr NoNo and Instamatic, but here’s a topical quickie – Pop Will Eat Itself ‘Reclaim the Game’ vs Chemical Brothers ‘Enjoyed’ aka ‘Out of Control’ instrumental remix.

PWEI released the acapella for their track Reclaim The Game, asking people to mash it up. I’m not a football fan but horrified by what’s been happening out in Brazil, the pacifications, the billions for stadiums that will only be used a few times while people live in favelas, the corruption, the tax-free exemptions for FIFA. FIFA is responsible, but doesn’t seem to care, even with a billion in the bank.

I broke the 109bpm rule in their competition, so what, so sue me 😉

Download the MP3 here.

Push Groove (Dee-Lite vs Salt n’ Pepa) video

Originally done for Kleptonite, here’s one of my new mashups which is Salt N’ Pepa’s Push It vs Dee-Lite’s Groove Is In The Heart…no HD since the Dee-Lite video is such low quality, even the ‘high quality’ ones!

The idea isn’t original, Half Arsed Beats did this in in the early 00s but I wanted to remake it with a video and refine it as their version was, err, as they say ‘quirky’ and not really DJ friendly with some very erratic off-beat* fill sections.

You can download Push Groove here.

* Nice way of saying those sections were OOT, as in out of time…or maybe it was an early experimental version of fidget house on the fill breaks, I dunno? It annoyed me that such a great idea wasn’t done as a straight mashup. Yes it might not be ‘cred’ or 100% original, or even that clever, but sometimes you have to just put your DJ ego aside and do the track as it needs to be done…a good simple cheesy fun floor-filler. As long as that’s not ALL you do *grin*

Also I did quite a few other videos for Kleptonite, not for my mashes although I have a few others coming – here’s a selection:

Really proud of the Compuphonic / Petula Clark and E-Jitz – Def Con Wan ones. You can find more of my video work, including some new videos for old Instamatic/DJNoNo classics on YouTube and Vimeo. Should be a few more to come, including a very silly one and a very moody one.

Let Me Go Sunshine (Heaven 17 vs Rockers Revenge vs The Clash)

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(Taxi image by Marc Samsom, used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

As premiered in the latest podcast, this mashup isn’t my idea at all – Jeb Edwards aka DJ 50PoundNote asked me to make it as part of his set. He originally heard it on a friends tape from the 80’s but couldn’t find the original whitelabel (or it might have been mixed live?) so this is my recreation! It’s not a new combo bar The Clash bit, but the other combos I’ve heard are too fast or just don’t work. I think this works as an old-skool summer mashup – shame there isn’t any sun at the moment!

Obviously it’s Heaven 17’s Let Me Go vs Arthur Baker’s Rockers Revenge project ‘Walking on Sunshine’ with a little bit of Magnificent Seven by The Clash.

Instamatic Recreation – Let Me Go Sunshine

Instamatic vs Captain Obvious – Party Groove v 2.0 with new video!

Captain Obvious and Instamatic go head to head in bloody dancefloor battle with this mashup – taking CO’s Party Groove combining Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO with Madonna’s Into the Groove from way back in June (see below!) and polishing it Instamatic style for a brand new dancetastic coating. And it gets a video!

You can download the 320kbs MP3 here, for all good dancefloors > Instamatic vs Captain Obvious – Party Groove v2.0 (Madonna vs LMFAO)

New video for Captain Obvious – Light of Pleasure! (Scissor Sisters vs Frankie Goes to Hollywood)

New video for my Scissor Sisters vs FGTH mash ‘The Light of Pleasure’ – I’ll save you the bumf about how and why, apart from it features one of my favourite directors, Kenneth Anger and some Len Lye influenced jiggery-pokery from Instamatic…which is also me! Confusing this multiple alias lark…