Bootie Top 10 – Genesis vs U2 vs Negativland

Instamatic Still Haven't Thrown It All Away (Genesis vs U2 vs Negativland) mashup cover Bootie Top 10

I am seriously behind posting my mashups to my site and here – check my Sowndhaus page for the up-to-date latest releases, but this recent mashup made the Bootie Top 10 for June – surprised because it features Negativland, not the usually most ‘pop’ of artists (although they are popstars in my heart…) but the rest is very radio friendly.

It mixes Genesis with more memories of 1986 with ‘Throwing It All Away’ – one of my first albums was Invisible Touch and I still stand by that album – mixed with U2’s stadium-bothering I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and the lawyer-bothering ‘The Letter U and the Numeral 2’ acapella and ‘radio edit’ which U2 famously nuked and is a part of mashup/copyright history.

I even did a ‘booper’ radio version – I asked The Weatherman if I could use some of his booper and he said yes, so I took some bits to edit out the rudeness, still think those bits are too strange for radio, but Stranger Things have happened (see what I did there?)

Download: Still Haven’t Thrown It All Away (Genesis vs U2 vs Negativland) and Still Haven’t Thrown It All Away (Boopered Version)

Pride Mashups: Relax And Take The Easy Cure (Aurora vs MIKA) & Lizzo vs Patrick Cowley & Sylvester

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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.

Download: Instamatic – Relax And Take The Easy Cure (Aurora vs MIKA)

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!)

Captain Obvious Damn Ya Wanna Funk (Lizzo vs Patrick Cowley Featuring Sylvester) mashup cover Pride

Download: Captain Obvious – Damn Ya Wanna Funk (Extended Version) (Lizzo vs Patrick Cowley Featuring Sylvester

Download: Captain Obvious – Damn Ya Wanna Funk (Lizzo vs Patrick Cowley Featuring Sylvester)

And BONUS: here’s a quick mashup I did of Lizzo vs Daft Punk, Lose Yourself To Dance with About Damn Time.

Captain Obvious - About Damn Punk (Lizzo vs Daft Punk) aka About Damn Time To Lose Yourself To Dance mashup bootleg cover

Download: Captain Obvious – About Damn Punk (Lizzo vs Daft Punk) aka About Damn Time To Lose Yourself To Dance

I hope these two get played at various Pride celebrations for my queer family 🙂

Stranger Things – Kate Bush vs Depeche Mode

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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.

Instamatic – Policy of Running (Depeche Mode vs Kate Bush from Stranger Things)

Weeknd vs Fez / Disasterpeace

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It was a Video Game Challenge last week, and I had fun messing with the music of various games. One of the few games I totally fell in love with and was obsessed by for months if not years was Fez, the 2D/3D platformer from 2012. A big part of that was the music. The game had a deep significance for me, something almost spiritual?

These two from Rich Vreeland aka Disasterpeace’s soundtrack for Fez vs Weeknd were the result, but I think this glitchy one was a bit too late for the challenge. Fun with the Hysteresis plugin.

Call Yr Fez (Weeknd – Call Out Your Name vs Disasterpeace – Sync/Glitch (from Fez))


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And I love all my mashup children but this one is my favourite. Something about the Weeknd plus Fez’s distorted glitchy mournful soundscapes just works – but Ariana brings human warmth especially at the end, which always makes me smile.

I’m sure it’ll fall into the black hole that all my other ‘You Won’t Like It’ ‘record label’ releases have fallen into, and was totally ignored like all my entries for the challenge (but oki’s amazing Queen mashup toitally deserved to win) but this is very much how I hear things.

P.S. this is my first Ariana Grande mashup EVER!

Save Yr Fez (Weeknd & Ariana Grande – Save Your Tearrs vs Disasterpeace – Adventure (from Fez))

Fleetwood Mac vs Fleet Foxes / Philip Glass Animals

A double shot of downtempo punnery again for the Crumplbangers Discord Challenge – it’s the only reason I make mashups nowadays seemingly!

One Fleetwood Mac vs Fleet Foxes – a combo I am surprised has not been done before, and the clever pun of Philip Glass Animals, after the New York composer and the London artist.

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Did someone say Fleetwood Mac? What would the Fox Say? Well he’d say Fleetwood Mac vs Fleet Foxes is the shiz. If rather horizontal.

Also some cultured Rime of the Ancient Mariner engravings by Gustav Dore as the artwork. Ooh fancy! If I ever do that Fleetwood Mac remix album I’ve been threatening for literal decades, this will be on it.

Fleetwood Mac Foxes (White Albatross) Fleetwood Mac – Albatross vs Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal


tbc aka Instamatic - Philip Glass Animals (Heatwaves In May) (Philip Glass & Paul Leonard-Morgan vs Glass Animals) mashup bootleg pun bastard pop downtempo soundtrack

And here is the Philip Glass vs Glass Animals downtempo mashup no-one was asking for! (Well the challenge did say genre clash was important, and nothing is more genre clash than modern classical /soundtrack vs EDM pop?).

Heatwaves is a surprising jam, with a very odd video about living and performing in a lockdown…yes the PTSD of that is basically staining all my work now, like a grain running through it all.

tbc aka Instamatic – Philip Glass Animals (Heatwaves In May) Glass Animals – Heatwaves Philip Glass & Paul Leonard-Morgan – Life of May (from Tales From The Loop)


Instamatic vs iWillBattle – Beatles Got Back

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Probably the world record for fastest reboot/remix?

I asked iWillBattle if it was OK to reboot his mashup ‘Paul McCartney Got Back’ , a brilliant combo of The Beatles with Billy Preston – Get Back vs Sir MixALot’s Baby Got back inspired by Paul McCartney’s Got Back tour poster. That was released just 24 hours ago because I wanted to take it in another direction. He said yes, and is happy for me to release this (I checked with him because the first time I did this the person wasn’t happy with it, only really done this 3 or 4 times in nearly 20 years!).

Here is his original:

And here is my take:

I wanted to add the beat from the original, which turns out is a sample itself – an early house track by Juan Atkins and Doug Craig (Carl Craigs brother) aka Channel One -Technicolor, and add more Beatles in, and generally beef it up.

This is very much the ‘maxi’ extended version to the original, which still stands up as a classic A vs B, but I wanted to have fun glitching to the beat and making more of an Instamatic version. Also his doesn’t have the intro, so I added that back in, because I think it’s a really iconic part of that track, but spun to the Beatles studio chat…. ‘Lorreta!’.

Proudest bit is in the drop – sometimes the simplest ideas are the best!

Anyway it’ s been interesting talking to Will comparing our different approaches, and looks like he might make a video of this, so it comes back around 😉

Instamatic vs iWillBattle Beatles Got Back (Sir MixALot vs The Beatles vs Channel One) Paul McCartney Got Back mashup bootleg bastard pop
Download my version ‘Beatles Got Back’ here, or Will’s Paul McCartney Got Back’ over at Sowndhaus.

GOh Beat! (The Linda Lindas vs The Go Go’s)

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Probably the first Linda Lindas mashup?

This was done for this week’s Crumplbanger’s Challenge which was from Will Battle – and he challenged us to use a track from a band on the When We Were Young festival. A lot of bands I am not into, but at the bottom is The Linda Linda’s which I LOVE.

Listening to their last but one single ‘Oh!’ I was reminded of the Go Go’s and We Got The Beat, so I mashed the two together. A short pop punk gem, if I say so myself.

This was awarded 4th out of a massive week of 35 entries! Very proud of that.

GOh Beat! (Linda Lindas vs Go Go’s)

A Message To Artists (In The Middle Of The Crowd) (Jimmy Eat World vs Etherwood vs Charles Bukowski)

A Message To Artists (In The Middle of the Crowd) (Jimmy Eat World vs Etherwood vs Charles Bukowski) tbc aka instamatic mashup bootleg remix bastard pop drum and bass poetry
Original drawing of Bukowski by Graziano Origa under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

A message of support to all artists out there – especially those who feel they don’t fit in, they suffer from the ‘wisdom’ of the crowd, and worry that their art isn’t perfect in an imperfect world that really doesn’t get what they do.

This again is very personal, and is as much a message to myself.

Hey, don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head, you feel left out
Or looked down on
Just do your best
Do everything you can
And don’t you worry what their bitter hearts
Are gonna say

Jimmy Eat World – THe Middle

Not many mashups include Charles Bukowski’s poetry (any?) – especially The Genius of the Crowd, nor do I think many combine Jimmy Eat World with Drum and Bass? I’ve always loved ‘The Middle’ and it’s message of not conforming and worrying what people think, but when combined with Etherwood’s Amongst The Crowd and his poetry it gets a totally different take of artistic defiance.

Not Being Able
To Create Art
They Will Not
Understand Art

They Will Consider Their Failure
As Creators
Only As A Failure
Of The World…

And Their Hatred Will Be Perfect

Like A Shining Diamond
Like A Knife
Like A Mountain
Like A Tiger
Like Hemlock

Their Finest
Art

Charles Bukowski – The Genius of the CRowd

Originally done for the Crumplbangers ‘When They Were Young’ challenge – incidentally two of my tracks came 3rd and 4th, I will post those shortly.

A Message To Artists (In The Middle of the Crowd) (Jimmy Eat World vs Etherwood vs Charles Bukowski)

Run The Jungle (Run The Jewels vs Dwarde & Tim Reaper)

Run The Jungle (Run The Jewels vs Dwarde & Tim Reaper) mashup bootleg drum and bass bastard pop

Another lost mashup – this Jungle/drum and bass remake of the then current Ooh La La by RTJ got played on the podcast in demo form in 2020 but never released.

Here is the updated and tidied up version, it’s a lot cleaner and has an ending, of sorts!

instamatic – Run The Jungle (Run The Jewels vs Dwarde & Tim Reaper)

Over Reckoning (Fleetwood Mac vs Radiohead)

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A mashup I started and pretty much finshed in 2021 for a Crumplbangers Challenge and never released. I rediscovered it yesterday on my backup MP3 player and went ‘why did I never release this?!’

It’s not the first Radiohead vs Fleetwood Mac mashup I’ve done, not even the first vs Christine McVie (Surprise Daddy is the first)! But it’s my first using Reckoner and Over and Over, and has a real vibe.

I even snuck in the Tusk dog on the artwork 😉

tbc aka Instamatic – Over Reckoning (Fleetwood Mac vs Radiohead)