At first I wasn’t going to listen to this, based on the cover graphic alone, because for one, the Rolling Stone “tongue” didn’t exist when they recorded “Mother’s Little Helper”. Two, do I really need something from the distant past to help keep Eminem relevant? No. However, I listened to it and I think it works as a mash-up, created by CHEATCODE.
You may have heard the buzz about it, perhaps seen a few links here and there but didn’t bother to take a listen? I’d like for you to give it a try. Cheatcode decided to create a new mix of Nas’ “Street Dreams” by pulling in Aerosmith’s “Dream On” and Frank Sinatra’s “Young At Heart” and this is the very nice end result.
I’ll admit: I get a fair share of music, a mixture of what I enjoy listening to on a regular basic, along with music that artists and publicists would like for me to listen to, and at times it is overwhelming. Then there’s the music I end up not knowing about or simply missing, I can’t be hounding the interwebs 24 hours a day. Fortunately, I’ll get some tips, and this one was sent to me by David Kelly, a/k/a Rheomatic.
It seems simple right, nothing more than a mash-up of a John Lennon song from 1971 and a Van Halen song recorded in 1983, released in 1984 on the album 1984. In this case it’s a funny mix, and yet it works quite beautifully. Odd? Eerie? Come up with whatever word or phrase for it but… it’s cool. This mix was done by someone named Mighty Mike, and while some of you may say “I heard this last spring”, then all I can say is the next time you find something you think I might think is cool, pass a link to me. Or a year or two later, doesn’t matter. I share this with you.
Wugazi‘s 13 Chambers is a great mash-up album that unites the music of Fugazi with the lyrical wisdom of the Wu-Tang Clan, both as a group and various solo and sidebar projects, and it works beautifully. A lot of times when some do mash-ups, there’s something that’s not quite right. Either the acapella vocal track is slightly off, or it sounds like the remixer has no idea how to use the music properly. In this case it works great. It’s not just Fugazi tracks layered over it, there’s an awareness of their songs with some nice chopping and slicing to show how well it can be used in a Wu-Tang context.
I’ve never been a fan of Inspectah Deck‘s “R.E.C. Room”, in fact I prefer my own remix of it. Here, it is reinterpreted into “Killa Hill” and I like this better than the original INS version too.
It works with many levels, and not just as something you want to hear because of its novelty factor. This is done with style and honor, and I think the Wu-Tang would be happy with the results.
(You can download the album for free by clicking to Wugazi.com.)
Someone whom I follow on Twitter had retweeted an article on Pitchfork where Kathleen Hanna, vocalist for Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, was asked about her views on the hip-hop group Odd Future. I find it odd that Hanna was asked this question, but I think because of what she represented in the 1990’s as the focus of the Riot Grrl movement and people viewing and hearing Odd Future as sexist pigs, someone felt a need to know what Hanna’s views were.
As someone who was a part of my local punk scene for years, I am familiar with Bikini Kill. I know of Hanna as much more than someone who influenced Kurt Cobain to come up with a song title and as an extra in a Sonic Youth video, she wasn’t just a hot topic in Sassy magazine.
Now, I like what I’ve heard of Odd Future. As to what they represent, I’ll leave that up to the listener, fans, and non-fans. Hanna claims that if people think Odd Future are boring, don’t talk about them. That’s fine. Odd Future are known for lyrics that may be shocking, and yet Hanna was someone who was not afraid to speak her mind, and arguably those were shock tactics too. I think the only thing that could be done is to unite Kathleen Hanna and Tyler The Creator in a song.
Here is something I quickly put together called “Cock Out”. There’s the term “rock out with your cock out”, but Hanna might be the kind of person to say “I don’t like you, I wish I could tear your soul up and rip your cock out”, thus the title.
There’s a cool 7″ single out, released by the Mash Mellow label out of Germany. This one takes Biggie Smalls and Ol’ Dirty Bastard acapellas and creates new mixes of them, as if both of them were rapping 90’s style in the 70’s. Biggie McDonald offer “Everyday Struggle Just Begun”, while Ol’ Dirty Henderson “Got You Dancing To The Beat”
You can hear MP3 excerpts of each, and order your copy by heading to Juno in the UK. These are the sources of the songs in these mixes:
Yeah, you really don’t need another blog or website talking about Lady Gaga but I’m going to make an exception with this track/video, which is a mash-up between her “Beautiful Dirty Rich” and Mark Ronson‘s “Bang Bang Bang”. Gaga probably would not be the success she is today if she went directly to the funk, but I dare her to prove me wrong.
The almighty Kleptones have been creating some incredible mixes and mash-ups, and now they present some visual projects for their songs. This one is “Come Again”, which combines The Beatles, Rare Earth, Daft Punk, Cypress Hill and Boston in a unique fashion. Slice it.
It’s not the first time someone has mixed up The Beatles with sounds from various other artists, and it’s not the first time someone has messed with The Beatles and hip-hop. In this case, it’s Beatles cover versions layered with some Wu-Tang acapellas, and this is the end result, a great project put together by Tom Caruana called Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers.
The entire 27-track album is available as a free download, either as HQ MP3’s or FLAC lossless, by heading over to the page at Bandcamp.com.