Pagan Weeknd (Die For Your Poetry) (The Weeknd vs Björkj

The Weeknd Die For You vs Bjork - Pagan Poetry mashup tbc Instamatic

For AA.

“a secret code carved…”

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?

tbc aka Instamatic – Pagan Weeknd (Die For Your Poetry) (The Weeknd vs Björk)

Collaborations – DJFnoFno and InsToTomatic +2 Bonuses

Myself and DJNoNo don’t so collaborations as much as we should, but there was a challenge to do so – hence these tracks from DJFnoFno (fnogg and DJNoNo) and InsToTomatic (ToTom & Instamatic).

Also we have +2 Bonuses (Bonusii?) of lost tracks from DJNoNo.

DJ Fno Fno (fnogg and DJNoNo) Royals At The Gay Bar (Lorde vs Electric Six) collaboration mashup

I bring you: DJ Fno Fno! (Messrs fnogg & DJNoNo) and their Royals At The Gay Bar – Lorde – Royals vs Electric Six – Gay Bar for the Crumplbangers Challenge Collab Week. This got a special mention cos of the name 😉

Idea was from fnogg entirely, production was shared between them, passing Ableton Live projects back and forth a few times.

fnogg did the first rough demo pass with YT ripped stems, DJNoNo then recreated a HQ Electric Six instrumental from the stems with a totally new instrumental mix (we couldn’t find a HQ of the instrumental), and then edited it to the demo to fnogg’s template. He then added that and the Lorde and Gay bar vocals HQ stems to match and created the breakdown and ending which wasn’t in the demo.

fnogg then took it over and then redid the Gay bar timings and added more in, and did the drop/cutins and the whoops and basically made it 100% funnier. Passed it back to DJNoNo for final massaging, mastering, production and general faffing. 

Artwork was a shared collab too, with DJNoNo at the controls and input, advice and other concepts from fnogg.

DJ Fno Fno (fnogg and DJNoNo) Royals At The Gay Bar (Lorde vs Electric Six)

nsToTomatic (ToTom & Instamatic) - Alright Here Comes The Lollipop Police (Blondie vs Supergrass vs Police vs Eurythmics vs Wannadies vs Millie) collaboration mashup

Another mashup from the Crumplbanger Discord Collab challenge. This got 3rd place and “Best Multimash’ special mention 🙂

Us two? Doing multimashes? With our A vs B reputations?

Started as a demo from ToTom with just the Supergrass and Blondie and nothing for the verses or ending. Invaluably he had marked out the segments with key shifts, which was a great help with my lack of music theory.

After some Ableton Live tech woes where I had to sort of rebuild the project by pasting it into Ableton Live Lite a bit at a time (!), I added the others but there was a lot of back and forth swapping certain bits out, finding out what artists we hate 😉

Some artists came and went but it became a narrative theme multimash about obsessive love and we had a lot of fun with the call and response).

Production/mastering is my fault (and proved to me that I really should use my nicer headphones rather than the in-ear buds, it’s how I spotted that the original instrumental was out of phase!).

InsToTomatic (ToTom & Instamatic) – Alright Here Comes The Lollipop Police (Blondie vs Supergrass vs Police vs Eurythmics vs Wannadies vs Millie)

DJNoNo - Royal Tribes Go To War (Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs The Beef Seeds)

FIRST BONUS! Not a collaboration but a lost DJNoNo demo for a collaborative compilation.I rummaged around NoNo’s closet and this fell out. It was created for a bluegrass compilation that didn’t happen (?) and was rejected anyway cos they didn’t want covers or humour – it uses a cover of The Beef Seeds covering Lorde’s Royals – yes another Royals mashup – so was abandoned. Listening back it’s classic NoNo and works pretty well.

And given what’s happened to the royals and war since, weirdly prophetic.

DJNoNo – Royal Tribes Go To War (Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs The Beef Seeds)

DJNoNo - Oops Oh My Superman (Tweet vs Laurie Anderson)

DOUBLE BONUS! Another lost mashup – this time for a challenge, not sure whay he was thinking about when he made Laurie Anderson’s artpop O Superman into a twerking RnB sexy mess, but here we are. Tweet never sounded so….arty? It was an RnB challenge so I guess he thought it was funny. It works weirdly very well.

(“This is your mother” made me LOL for reals…I had forgotten that bit)

DJNoNo – Oops Oh My Superman (Tweet vs Laurie Anderson)

Everything But The Girl vs Kylie / Eurythmics Shame megamix

Instamatic - Missing Head (Everything But The Girl vs Kylie) mashup cover

A side product of trying to do an instrumental vs instrumental mashup for this week’s crumplbanger challenge – it’s a mix like it’s 2002 all over again! Bastard Pop rules! Everything But The Girl’s Missing and Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head are basically the same song, but from different angles, I think.

(Pretty sure this hasn’t been done as there wasn’t a Missing acapella in the past, but it sounds so obvious it should have been done.)

Instamatic – Missing Head (Everything But The Girl vs Kylie)

Instamatic - Eurythmics - Shame (Switching Channels Minimix - Two Door Cinema Club vs Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcrisy vs Chic vs Vybz Kartel vs Beatles vs Maria Callas vs Nu Shooz vs Rolling Stones) mashup cover

This is closer to a remix/megamix/minimix mashup medley than my normal AvsB – based around Eurythmics – Shame. It was done fo Last Week’s Crumplbangers Challenge where you had to use songs that referenced others songs or bands.

Shame mentions two bands and references two songs directly in the lyrics- Rolling Stones – We Love You and Beatles – All You Need Is Love. Unfortunately those are both in the wrong key, so could only use drop ins and not the whole track.

So I wanted to include more as it talks about various other subjects so I included various bands and track titles referencing that (had to play fairly loose with those). Getting the mix was fun (!) as was extracting or finding all the bits needed. It’s also probably the only entry that has both opera (Puccini) AND Dancehall!

Instamatic – Eurythmics – Shame (Switching Channels Minimix – Two Door Cinema Club vs Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcrisy vs Chic vs Vybz Kartel vs Beatles vs Maria Callas vs Nu Shooz vs Rolling Stones)

Marvin Gayle (Gayle vs Marvin Gaye)

Instamatic Marvin Gayle (Gayle vs Marvin Gaye) ABCDEFU What's Going On mashup bootleg bastard pop soul fuck you

I was trying to make Gayle vs Gaye Bykers On Acid – dunno why but given this is probably the best thing I’ve done this year, I’ll take it. Had fun recreating the cover as well, finding that rather odd Germanic typeface.

I did google/YT it, I don’t think it’s been done….She goes all soulful, her singing seems to suit a slower tempo, all drawn out. I didn’t like ABCDEFU when I first heard it, but it’s grown on me.

Marvin Gayle (ABCDEFU vs Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On)


Crazy Loco (Gnarls Barkley vs Luisa Fernandez vs El Risitas)

Oh dear who told DJNoNo about a certain AI extraction site for the Crumplbangers Discord Spanish challenge? o.O

DJNoNo Crazy Loco (Gnarls Barkley vs Luisa Fernandez vs El Risitas) mashup bootleg bastard pop spanish disco laughing man

He wanted to have a go, and he took his favourite Spanish Disco Poppet (TM) Luisa Fernandez – Loco Por Ti (more famously know as Lay Love On You, it’s English version) and mixed it with Gnarls Barkley – Crazy and the legend that was El Risitas to create a 1978 Spanish disco crumplbanger.

It’s actually the English version as a background, but it’s almost identical to the Spanish version, but he used the Spanish lyrics for Luisa, and basically recreated the original.

He wants to dedicate this to the ‘Spanish Laughing Man’ Juan Joya Borja, aka El Risitas who we lost last year, Now out on his own net record label, ‘You Won’t Like It’

DJNoNo – Crazy Loco (Gnarls Barkley vs Luisa Fernandez vs El Risitas)

Toxic Love Shack Skank (Britney Spears vs B-52’s)

Toxic Love Shack Skank mashup bootleg bastard pop remix Britney Spears Toxic Bluebeaters B-52's Love Shack Thriftshop XL reboot

Purely out of the blue I decided to recreate Thriftshop XL’s Toxic Love Shack bootleg from 2004. Remember that? I’m sure everyone has forgotten it by now.

Anyway I have never done a B-52’s – Love Shack nor a Britney Spears – Toxic mashup *clutch pearls – I kno rite?* so with this mashup I put that right forthwith. Using The Bluebeater’s excellent ‘One Drop’ ska version of Toxic, with the original vocals for a ska/dubby summer jam.

Oh and FREE BRITNEY (well seems like she is, but who knows by the time this gets published – btw I am writing this in advance as I’ll be on holiday when this goes out). (Also might be why the player isn’t visible as I will try to switch it to public on some remote cliff somewhere – but might not get any signal!)

Instamatic – Toxic Love Shack Skank – B-52’s – Love Shack vs The Bluebeaters – Toxic (One Drop Version)