Mashup Monday | Aug. 26

Sorry folks, the day got away from me I won’t lie. I also don’t have much time to waste with how my week went and why mashups are slowly a dying art form. In any case – here’s some music!

Bruneaux hasn’t been featured here in awhile. I had my choice this week of two tracks – I like them both but went with this one, honestly for no reason in particular, they’re both great, but I’ve been feeling rather contemplative and this one seemed to fit the mood better. If you like it, definitely check out – I Will Wake.

I had pretty much assumed Deskhop was dead and lost to us. But alas, the world is not so cruel it seems. Not only is he alive and well, he apparently played a show in my very own STL, as the set is labeled “Live at WUSTL”, so if you had the pleasure of going – good on you. Deskhop, back in the days of Torpeedoh, E-603, and the like, was the glitchy goodness master. These sets, though a little unpolished, are filled with that goodness that I adore. 25 minutes of pure bliss and nostalgia, chopped up into tiny pieces, like m&m’s of my youth.

FrankCarmine actually has 3 tracks on this weeks playlist, but I’m not about to let him get away with such things – though all 3 are very good, these two stuck out. As I predicted, the Madeon “Technicolor” mashups are starting to roll in, so far I’m loving these, the rock inspiration behind this one is quite pleasant. The second track, or maybe first, “Break Free”, is a great track on its own as well, with haunting vocals and an energetic instrumental that carries throughout.

MashupGermany is a hard name to exclude from a Mashup Monday, even his bad tracks are good, and this was not even close to a bad track. It seems AWOLNATION’s “Sail” is having a second coming lately, this week and last saw fresh mashups including it. Though this one is easily one of my favorites. The SOAD vocals are nothing short of amazing, and fit remarkably well. Even the outdated Avicii sample kind of works, especially when it runs into those Blink-182 vocals…nobody likes you when you’re 23.

Flipboitamidles proves this week that his sense of humor is as good if not better than his mashup prowess. Sometimes you see tracks like this, sampling “Barbie Girl” or something like that, and you’re not sure what to make of them, they’re usually pretty bad, if not a bit amusing for the 30 seconds or so you can stand them. This is nothing like that, it’s actually listenable, more than listenable, I enjoyed it. Sure it felt a bit like a mix of 1998 and 2006 which is a bit like drinking pepto-bismol with whiskey…and liking it. That’s skill, I don’t care what you say.

This next track from, PennWallace, was a pleasant surprise. I never had a Panic at the Disco phase, maybe I was just a little too old, or too young, but they never found a place on my iPod for whatever reason. Not knowing many of their songs, I didn’t expect to like this track. Obviously I did, it’s much slower paced than I was expecting, and the vocals don’t dominate it the way I thought they might. Really the biggest talking point for this week is the many shades of Ellie Goulding…I think there are something like 4 or 5 tracks this week all that sample her and none that sound remotely the same.

Ricky Cervantes reign as the week-to-week featured artist is successfully continued another week. His latest “Embers” is a tasty Linkin Park // Ellie Goulding mash. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of more recent Linkin Park, I would’ve been happy if they had stopped after “Meteora” but that’s okay, because it opens the door to mashes like this. The Ellie Goulding instrumentals really give the LP vocals weight that they desperately needed, otherwise they would just come off as angst-y. Thankfully – this track is relatively angst free!

Speaky is another name that I’d written off as a relic of a bygone era. A name I’d cherish on my playlists because the tracks were finite. Alas, back he came. Friday night I think it was he announced on Facebook that he had a new album coming, and rather than 2 or 3 months away…it was merely days away. I’m not sure what to call it – I guess “@#$%” will have to do. But it’s a solid 30 minute mix of the great Speaky mashing that first got me started writing posts like this 3 years ago.

I don’t quite know how to introduce this DJ Schmolli track. It’s certainly one of the most eclectic Taylor Swift samples I’ve ever heard. I’m not a huge AMG fan, and by that I mean I’ve never heard of him, but the opening line made me smile. The idea of this, the exact opposite of Taylor Swift music and Taylor Swift going together; this is the reason I love this genre. The melody says yes, the lyrics say no, and it works.

DJ Topsider hasn’t been producing at his usual breakneck speeds, I think maybe schools must be starting? That’s still a thing right? God I’ve been out of school for too long. If I had to close my eyes and hit Shuffle, I would probably guess this song is by his brother DJ Trademark, but I like to see artists do something a little different. This track is an interesting mix of energetic though calm – which doesn’t make sense at all. Basically it’s electronic based so it goes up and down – but I found something calming about it, even when it’s on an “up”, totally makes sense right?

Last but certainly not least, Isosine put together probably my favorite track of the week. I don’t know where the vocals come from, but I found them very fitting, perhaps they only fit my mood, but I think they fit the mood of the track brilliantly. It’s refreshing to be able to actually listen to the vocals on a track and have them mean something.