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

Kodiak Moment 3: Best of Instamatic & Captain Obvious 2008 – ​2011

Instamatic Captain Obvious - Kodiak Moment 3 cover

The Rise of The Aliases! I wasn’t exactly a stranger to aliases before but something about the second explosion of work around 2008-2010 meant I was wanting to branch out and not get bogged down with past failures while I was learning…many of which I had to fix on Volume 2!

instamatic, Captain Obvious, Dj cONTaMInAtioNs, Mashbusters, timbearland, Buyrite Soundsystem, they are all here, including never released originals for the first 72 which got hacked around in the final mix -and the receipts on what happened there – and various album projects I was part of like APC’s ‘We All Kissed A Girl’ or ones organised like the Joe Strummmer one This One’s For Joe and Fleetwood Mix.

DJ Hero and GYBO challenges get a look-in too, as does a lot of dubstep which ages this compilation. And like Missy and Em in the last one there are a few artists I mashed once and never again but were ever-present – Deadmau5’s Ghosts n’ Stuff, Flo-Rida’s Low, Eric Prydz’s Pjanoo, Ting Ting’s Shut Up And Let Me Go, The Gossip’s Standing In The Way of Control, White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, that Duck Sauce track….

Surprised at how uptempo this is, very much aimed at Bootie at this point, and how difficult some of it was to master – I was learning Ableton which strangely made it harder to mix and tweak since although I still use that software, I moved platforms since so many plugins don’t work on my Mac – and I was struggling with using electro house – Daft Punk, Justice etc which has all these mid-range frequencies that clash with vocals.

Also I set T-Racks not only to stun but quite often it’s ‘Kill’ setting – this was the middle of the loudness wars! Hence why I remastered gentler versions here – I don’t like my work to be that bricked, even if it does ‘cut through’ dancefloors. 

36 tracks, mostly remastered and for the first time in lossless high quality – 25 album tracks and 11 bonuses with demos, alternate versions and extra tracks that didn’t make the album cut.

Download at my Bandcamp or over at the Bootleg Archive

Tracklist

  1. Instamatic – Willesden Blue (The Orb vs Mescaleros vs Bonzo Dog Band – 2007 from MP3 source, 2020 remaster)
  2. Instamatic – English Ghost (Dillinja & Lemon D vs The Clash – 2007 – 2020 remaster)
  3. Dj cONTaMInAtioNs – Genesis of the Rascals (Dizzee Rascal vs Justice – 2009)
  4. Instamatic – Blue Robot Love (Candi Staton vs New Order vs Röyksopp featuring Robyn – 2008, released 2011 – 2020 remaster)
  5. Instamatic – Neon Sex People (Neon Neon vs Depeche Mode and Latour – 2008 – 2020 remaster)
  6. Instamatic – Silence Anywhere (Depeche Mode vs Presets – 2008 – 2020 remaster)
  7. Instamatic – I Kissed a Monster (Katy Perry vs L7 vs Lesbians on Ecstasy – 2008 – 2020 remaster)
  8. Instamatic – White Witch Dub (Dubmatic version – Fleetwood Mac vs Skream – 2008 – 2020 remaster)
  9. Instamatic – Ground Shelter (Fear) (Stereo MC’s vs Rolling Stones vs Benga vs Fun Boy 3 – 2008)
  10. timbearland aka Instamatic – Justice Is Blind In This Land of Confusion (72 Pt 9 original entry – Lady Sovereign vs Justice vs is vs Hercules & Love Affair – 2009 – 2020 remaster)
  11. Instamatic – Florida Ghost Tour (Flo-Rida vs Deadmau5 – 2009 – 2020 remaster)
  12. Instamatic – Go Your Own Steinway (Eric Prydz vs Fleetwood Mac – 2009 – 2020 remaster)
  13. Instamatic – Shut Up And Ting (Ting Tings vs Shut Up And Dance – 2009 – 2020 remaster)
  14. timbearland aka Instamatic – Last Night A DJ Tied Up Madonna (72 Pt 17 rejected entry – Madonna vs LFO vs Indeep – 2009, 2020 ter)
  15. Instamatic – Standing in the Way of Jack White (The Gossip vs White Stripes – 2009 – 2020 remaster)
  16. Instamatic – Stalker Fever (Fever Ray vs Aphrodite – 2009 – 2020 remaster)
  17. timbearland aka Instamatic – Wee Acid Space Woman (72 Pt 17 2nd entry (Charlie vs The Juan Maclean vs Wee Papa Girl Rappers – 2020 remaster)
  18. Instamatic – Dubble Blow Job (Bruce Haack vs RAH Band vs Disrupt – 2009 – 2020 remaster)
  19. Captain Obvious – Right Gaga (Flo Rida ft Ke$ha vs Lady Gaga – 2010, 2020 tweak-remaster)
  20. Captain Obvious – The Light of Pleasure (Dionysus vs Apollo full mix – Scissor Sisters vs Frankie Goes To Hollywood – 2010)
  21. Captain Obvious – Self Couleur (Laura Branigan vs Crookers ft Yelle – 2010 – 2020 remaster)
  22. Instamatic – Nasty Chewing Girls (12″ Bubblicious Genius mix) (Vanity 6 vs Annie vs Tom Tom Club – 2010, 2020 remaster) – MP3 e
  23. Instamatic – Fela Down the Chippy (Swears He’s Hot) (Fela Kuti vs Hot Chip – 2010 – 2020 remaster)
  24. Captain Obvious – Ravril (What The SL2) (SL2 vs Avril Lavigne – 2011 – 2020 remaster)
  25. Instamatic – Electric Loop (Pendulum vs Judas Priest vs Ulysses 31 vs Willy Wonka – 2011 – 2020 ‘Turn It To 11’ remaster)
  26. Mashbusters – I Was Made For Barbra Streisand But She Gave Love A Bad Name aka Duck Kiss (Duck Sauce vs Kiss vs Bon Jovi – 2011 – remaster)
  27. Buyrite Soundsystem – Dem Girls Stealing My Rolex (Zig and Zag vs Wiley – 2008 – 2020 remaster)
  28. Instamatic – Blue Robot Love demo (Candi Staton vs New Order vs Röyksopp featuring Robyn – 2009)
  29. Dj cONTaMInAtioNs – BonkersJustice (Dizzee Rascal vs Justice – 2009)
  30. Instamatic – S.W.A.T – Sugar Cube With Attitude (Compton Hit) (Sugarcubes vs N.W.A.- 2010)
  31. Captain Obvious – The Light of Pleasure (Silenus in Shorts mix – 2010)
  32. Instamatic – Ground Shelter (Hope) (Stereo MC’s ‘vs Rolling Stones ‘Gimme Shelter’ vs Benga – 2008)
  33. Instamatic – Make My Pjanoo Feel That Way (demo – Eric Prydz vs Blackalicious – 2009 – 2020 master)
  34. Instamatic – Nasty Chewing Girls (7″ Juicy Fruit mix – Vanity 6 vs Annie – 2010) – MP3 source
  35. Instamatic – Blue Robot Love Dub (New Order vs Röyksopp featuring Robyn – 2009)
  36. Instamatic – White Witch Dub (Fleetwood Mac vs Skream – 2008 – 2020 remaster)

Rare unreleased mashups (Sage Francis, Britney Spears, Fela Kuti, Sugarcubes, N.W.A. and more!)

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.

britney

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.

francis

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.