Saturday, 19 July 2014

YOU REALLY NEED TO GET UP AND DANCE!!!


YOU REALLY NEED TO GET UP AND DANCE!!!

A lot of songs have unique signifiers that are recognised by the listener. Because of these, we can identify a track before it really kicks in. The sign of an exceptional mashup dj is when they make a track without using these key signifiers and create something completely new and amazing. I look for these tracks constantly.


If your not sure what i'm talking about, I refer you to listen to, for instance, Stevie Wonder's Superstition (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CFuCYNx-1g) and listen to the first 12 - 15 seconds,



or Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Baby (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0I6mhZ5wMw ) and listen to the first 10 - 20 seconds
not that you can't recognise most familiar song's within a few seconds, but the point I make here is that most classic hits have these signifiers, beats, sections, that makes it hard to mash that particular song without using them, so when I come across someone who has managed to do this, I get kinda excited, and listen with anticipation. They don't always pull it off, but most of the time, the worst cases are still a good effort, and end up being worked on and perfected.

The following couple of tracks are, for me, absolute success in this endeavor. I hope you agree when you have listened to them.
first up.



Queen vs RATM vs Prodigy vs Skrillex - We Will kill the Breathe of Bangarang - Djs From Mars Bootleg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPZwbbELhZo&list=UUKFTka-4aYpo2H_WTcDCoJg)
The Martian boys are rather good at this, and this track is no exception to there own very strict rules of getting every last potential drop out of a mashup. Not a track to repeat itself, the whole thing, piece by piece is mighty damn fine, with some clever tricks to blend the tracks together. well done chaps.

Next,   4th Branch (Kashmiri Mix) [Immortal Technique vs. Led Zeppelin Mash-up by Wax Audio] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzienqtNufk) absolutely love this one from wax audio, with one of my favorite rappers, immortal technique. This one actually uses the recognisable led zep guitars, but toned down, so they are not too promenent.



Sticking with Led Zeppelin, LED ZEPPELIN - IMMIGRANT SONG (DIRTY FUNKER REMIX) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmxxaG4QU2c) Zep, updated and a bit upbeat. Some say don't mash the greats, I say, Mashup is an art form, and art has no boundaries.


The one's I really want to put you onto, though, I have found a couple of James Brown beauties. James Brown has always been difficult to mash, a problem sononamous with most motown tracks, but these are really well done.



James Brown - Sex Machine (Audioplayerz Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVMzNvYqj4g) I feel that a good mashup should make you want to jump up and start bouncing around the room, where the original wouldn't (not that the original sex machine wouldn't, but you catch my drift). This one delivers, great mix, great original beat, all round banging tune.



The second is a lot slower but just as good, and just as well put together
James Brown - I feel good (Pretty Lights Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wVQOW4_Fcw)  this one is absolutely gorgeous, it's tracks like this when I wish youtube would offer a loop facility on playback.

Prettylights can be found at http://prettylightsmusic.com

If you have any issues with the links, I always list my findings on twitter @MeadViceMashups
and MeadVice Mashups now has a fledgling FB page https://www.facebook.com/people/Mead-Vice/100008288831899
Mashups will be listed here when found. Just got to get into the habit of using it.

Damian Marley - Road To Zion ( EFIX & XKAEM Cover)  Dealer de Musique  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-qI-eMMscM Dealer de Musique has a youtube page absolutely pack with great tracks but this one really caught my ear, very pleasant to listen to.




I would like to make a mention here of "The King Of ArtPop" MICHAEL JACKSON vs LADY GAGA Mashup Album, by Robin Skouteris  https://www.facebook.com/notes/robin-skouteris/the-king-of-artpop-michael-jackson-vs-lady-gaga-mashup-album-by-robin-skouteris/10154260516360542. A lot of work in this one, very very well done. I really like the resulting album here. I'm not going to go on about it, but download, listen and enjoy

While I'm on this thread, Monsters & Miracles / TMCD5RMX by tiger mendoza. Whole bunch of people worked on this, you can download from loads of places, including colatrons website and tigers website.



Ok, to finish up with, I wanna tell you about a guy named Kygo. Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll (born 1991), commonly known by his stage name Kygo, is a Norwegian musician, remixer and a superb mashup artist. You want to known more, he has a wiki page. The reason I'm giving this guy a mention is because his music is awesome, but no-one seems to have heard of him. It's like he's the dj's dj (he our little secret and we're not sharing).

Kygo is on YT, and his stuff is wonderful. Theres not a lot out there, but whats there, is absolutely superb, and his portfolio grows daily. His stuff can be found on loads of channels, I'm not going to list them here. Go to Youtube, type in KYGO, just a few track links to be getting on with.

Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqPnZ4I9IdU)
 Ed Sheeran & Passenger - No Diggity vs. Thrift Shop (Kygo Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEQxWg92Ux4)
Ed Sheeran - I See Fire (Kygo Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWYp1xRPH5g)
 Coldplay - Midnight (Kygo Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acHKPu4oIro)
 Passenger - Let Her Go (Kygo Remix)  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6PYrbJ7MbU)
Enjoy these, look for more and tweet what you find.

Whilst on the subject of little known dj's, I keep coming across tracks labelled Citrus Mix, but Citrus is such a generic word that I'm having trouble finding out about this dj. I usually very good at finding information on the WWW but this person is proving elusive. There is a track listed on the PH4Studios YT channel and the same track with different picture vid on Evita K channel.

 Flo Rida - How I Feel (Citrus Remix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7RxrmFVWHI
Jutty Ranx - I See You (Citrus Remix) http://mixupload.org/track/jutty_ranx-i_see_you_citrus_remix

Cant really find much else about this chap at the moment. Might be new, and we just need to be patient.



Robin Skouteris
Shakira / Xtina / Katy Perry Mashup - for Miss Tiffany's Universe 2014 - Thailand (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHTpNtfPJq8)
Pat Scott - Love To Blow You Baby [Donna Summer / Beyonce / Kesha / Madonna] EXPLICIT VIDEO   (http://vimeo.com/100626400)




OK I'm outta here. Later Tater! Have a good summer!

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