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The last one only took four days of stolen slices of time and left me with lots of open tabs. Most of these are YouTube, which is what happens when I'm trying to track down sources or following leads off SoundCloud, whose internal search engine leaves a lot to be desired if what you want is the official version of something. Anyway, bonus points if you can figure out the link from last week's post to this set of tracks.

To save you brain cycles I'll tell you up front that this one came from a Beats Antique mailing list and isn't related, except thematically. It's B.A's remix of Major Lazer's "Be Together". Fronted by Wild Belle (http://www.wildbelle.com/), the original track (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1g4Uoqhhc8) is a slow, sensuous 1940s-style love-and-longing track with just a touch of modern electronic sensibilities. If you've been playing along at home you may recall that I reviewed an earlier version of this remix back in June. This version is updated and better polished. For fun listen to just the first 15 seconds of the original and then the first 15 seconds of this remix back to back - it's instructive to see the different styles.

This... is a new thing for me. A cover of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" by Postmodern Jukebox in the style of Bob Fosse's vision of Chicago. Yeah, it's about that weird and/or cool depending on your point of view. The cover is good, true to the era/style that the book and play were set in, and the music follows along. The dancers, such as they are, are the big disappointment. They more "pose" than "dance" and form a somewhat interesting accompaniment, but I was hoping for more.

I think this one is also from DJ Purple (so there's your link back) and it's surprising to me that it's an old DJ Schmolli track I've not heard before or at least not blogged. I've been thinking about "Jump Around" for a while so it was a surprising coincidence to hear it coming out of someone else's speakers. The mash itself isn't spectacular so much as "yep that works" and "yep, that's fun!"

Ellie Goulding doing "Beating Heart". As a song done for a movie (Divergent) soundtrack it's heavy on the production values and the auto-tune, but I continue to think it's a good track and want to hear her doing it live. The best I could find on short notice was this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngoIDaxhFHs - a performance she did on the Today show. Skip to about 1:29. So I have to ask - is anyone else old enough to think "Stevie Nicks" when they see her?

Tosses (previously half of Tosses & Varvez) throws together some hot reggae rhythms and fun samples in a bouncy electro-funky mash. File this under "I like what I like" and what I like includes frequent helpings of reggae sounds.

And now I have fewer tabs for the next post, but there are still more. And bonus this post only took about a day to assemble.
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I've had some music things stacked up for a while, none of which were quite coherent enough to make a post. But I really want to improve my mood, so here I lay these bits and baubles.

I was just going to link to yet another of the new Abney Park tracks. As I mentioned last time, the band's musical wanderings have landed them in a place where I'm starting to like their dark energy again. This track (The Casbah) has some fun dancing going on in it - there's definite tango bits and I love the violin parts. The video comes with its own outtakes/gag reel which is pretty funny to watch.

So I'm playing this in the computer room, and Pygment says, "Wait I know that!" Sure, I say, it's a pretty common tango... no, wait, it's something specific. I forget the precise back-and-forth, but she eventually digs up that it's "Hernando's Hideaway." Give it a listen, I'll wait.


Now I totally want to write to Captain Robert and ask if this was deliberate on their part or just coincidence.

This is Bassnectar's remix of a Beats Antique tune and I link it not just because of its beauty but because I think it illustrates the problem I was talking about in my review of their show last fall. To wit, I think B.A. are still writing interesting music but they've been letting the stage show overshadow that. I was first attracted to them by the sounds that flowed into my headphones (via Pandora, iirc) and this Bassnectar remix is a lot like that - I just want the sounds to flow and yes, I can totally imagine Zoe Jakes dancing to this and it would be just exactly what I want.

"Fugged" is a self-professed amateur who has produced a sort of interesting turbo-funk-laced mix that I'm enjoying. This three-way mash is bouncy and energetic and it's also pretty with lovely vocals intermixed into the hip-hop rhyming. It kind of slips in places - feels like it could use a polish pass from an experienced producer - but it's fun enough to be worth tagging.

Very little can beat James Brown funk so here have DJ Schmolli doing a phat dance-tastic mashup of the master (Ow!) with Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars. There's also an extended mix you can grab if this is your sort of thing. Which if it isn't you can probably stop reading this entry right here, because...

Here's a funky double-shot from Howla. The first track, done with B-Side, is pretty bangin' ghetto funk. It's heavy on the fuzz and high BPM but hey the whole point here is to pick you up out of the dumps and get you dancing. I don't care if I look like an idiot on the dance floor so long as it's stuff like this that's playing.

The second track is listed as "glitch hop" which is true but it's also very funky in its core beats. By the drop at 0:40 you could easily think you were listing to an electro-funk track with some nice reggae lyrical stylings overlaid on it. It's hot and dirty and dammit, this is what moves me.
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Oh holy cow have I got music for you. I'll break it up into more consumable chunks. Some new things from known names, and I've been unpacking the Dzeko & Torres EDM mega-sampler I linked to a few weeks ago. Let's start with the new and the unusual.

It's been a while since I linked to anything from steampunk music idols Abney Park. The band has gone through a couple of minor line-up changes and their material has wandered through sea shanties and more circus styling both of which were OK but I didn't think they were really noteworthy. They've started releasing singles from their latest CD, titled "Nomad" and I think this is my favorite. It's got some of the good dark energy that got me into their music years ago and whoever did the production here really knows how to make Captain Robert's voice sound its best.

Francesca Belmonte's first solo single is gorgeous. Those who recognize the production style will go "wait, doesn't she sound like..." and the answer is "yes." Belmonte has been collaborating with Tricky and he's helping produce this, her first solo effort. It's an interesting mix of minimalist sound and harmonies with a kind of chop-cut style.

Benny Benassi is another artist I haven't talked about in a while and I sort of backed into this one by accident, when I was looking for more Eelke Kleijn music after noting his track in the Bootie end-of-year best. So, back in 2013 Benassi did a track with Grammy-winning American John Legend. It's an interesting mix of Legend's powered vocals (listen for the two-octave jumps) and Benassi's signature nu disco-influenced Italian beats. Then in 2014 Eelke Kleijn picked up the baton and produced the remix at the second link. It downplays Legend's vocals in favor of a more electronica style. I'm hard-pressed to say one is better than the other; both are interesting interpretations of the material.

Fissunix's mixes are notable for having clever, non-standard elements. At least the ones I choose to blog. Here he's taken Placebo's breathy and minor-key cover of the Kate Bush anthem "Runnin' Up That Hill" and woven in some of the best of London Grammar's "Hey Now" vocals. If this doesn't give you chills then you might be reading the wrong music blog entries. It's like part of the score for a post-apocalyptic love story.

I want to close out this entry with two excellent big mash-ups from two of the best: DJ Schmolli and Mashup Germany. The Schmolli entry is a nine (or 10 if you allow for the vocal segments)-way mix promoting love and revolution. There are some of Schmolli's trademark metal accents but the track mostly rides on the rock energy of P.O.D's "Youth of the Nation".

Mashup Germany continued his reign in 2014 of being the best and most underrated masher I know. This track is his top-of-the-pops for 2014, touching 70 different hits from the past year. It's a virtuoso effort, not simply a layering of a lot of sounds over a standard dance beat. The track weaves from orchestral to dance to electronic to pop.
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I doubt I'll be posting music on Friday, and I just had both my afternoon meetings cancelled AND it's the end of year so I'm going through a bunch of "best of" tracks, so let's clear the decks shall we?

DJ Schmolli is back with a pleasant and fairly sophisticated mash. He's got four tracks including two versions of "She Moves" by Alle Farben (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC1MmjPu3Xo) a lovely vocal dance piece that has some obvious swing influences. Schmolli skips his usual metal componentry in favor of more subtle beats and horn accompaniments. Using other vocal bits from "La La La" as counterpoint works very well. If it wasn't December I'd say this was a great summer track.

This is an oldie but somehow I failed to notice it. Back in 2012, dj bahler and Frail Limb Purity sat down with their friends from the Glitch Mob and put together a full mixtape of mashes using mostly music from Glitch Mob and The Weekend. The set tones down and mixes nicely with Glitch Mob's usual bombast. I'm on my fourth listen-through and I think my favorite is still the opening track "Unspoken" which uses five tracks in a mash that is at once innovative, surprising, and intimate.

A triple-pack from a new-to-me remixer who goes by kill_mr_dj.

The first one, I am not quite sure what to make of. It is clever and it makes me listen to Alanis Moreupset again, which I generally try to avoid. The mix is definitely arranged as a point/counterpoint with a strong transition starting about 2:30 in. I confess that "Edge of Seventeen" is one of my weaknesses, having come into my hearing when I was about that age, and feeling some of those feels. I don't know if it'll appeal to anyone else, though.

The second is a straight up A|B mash using Men at Work and Avicii. It, too, is clever and more pop-appealing than the previous track.

The third one, well you can like or not. It's using London Grammar's cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" which I think is as haunting and even more beautiful than the original.

Speaking of clever, ChasingPlanets has built a nice combination using guitars from "See Fire" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fngvQS_PmQ) a track off the previous Hobbit movie soundtrack. This is overlaid with some of the lyrical poetry that made Nas and Tupac famous. It's haunting and beautiful in ways wholly different from the original, but similar in spirit.

James Brown mixes are easy to do wrong. You end up with something spastic or something that just recapitulates what everyone who followed Brown sampled and took from him. Here MadMixMustang shows us exactly that by using Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" with Brown. WBSS is very clearly a direct descendant of Brown's work and pairing the two is a nice Master-and-pupil duet. A bit too much Michael for my tastes, but that's just me.
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Here, courtesy of a cancelled meeting, are the music links I didn't get a chance to post last time. Three collections and three individual tracks. First up, the collections...

I sometimes poke at Soundcloud's "recommended" feature. Basically, this lets an artist select things by other artists that they think you'll like. Kind of a curated set of recommendations. Herewith, DeeM & Mister Nono's recommended list. Several good things on here, but for me the winner is the Paolo Monti "Black Betty" (https://soundcloud.com/djpaolomonti/oliver-jimi-jules-vs-ram-jam-pushing-on-black-betty-paolo-monti-masup-2014) mash, just edging out the other Black Betty mash, DJ Tripp's "Funky Party Starter". Or maybe not - I really like the Daft Punk bits that Tripp uses as well. Let me know what you think!

I haven't linked as much DJ Schmolli in past years as I used to, but he's still hard at work. This is his self-selected "best mashups" of the year page. I still think his output is uneven, and the material on Pirate Nation is better, but it's interesting to listen to what he picked to represent himself.

Another solid mix from DJ Steveboy, mostly tribal/tech house but with nice variation and Steveboy's own touch on several of the tracks. There's no single highlight for this mix in my estimation, but there are several points where I stopped and thought "oh, that's nice".

And now, assuming you want something shorter to listen to...

DJ Energy pulls together a fun banger with several interesting change-ups. It's "Changed the way you kiss me" with a driving beat, some fast-rapping lyrics, and some great builds and drops. This is the kind of thing I'd put into the middle of a set - it never loses energy but it's got enough relaxed bits and bridges that you won't wipe out dancing to it.

I sometimes think Soundcloud reads my blog because right after I made a comment about Adele mash-ups I got three new ones. Of the three this one is worth reposting - it's Elias Dogantzis mashing Adele with Astral Blast and it really works well. Her vocals against a stronger musical backing, very danceable.

And finally, here's a Dutch DJ who goes as lizzart mashing my all-time favorite Rihanna tune against old-school Kiss guitar thrash. This is similar to what got me listening to DJ Schmolli way back when - take a fairly recent pop tune and put it (particularly the vocals) against some classic head-banging metal. Excuse me, I'll be in my bunk.
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Half my meetings today have been cancelled, so while I wait for the gaps to fill let's have some sounds. A couple of different things, a couple you'll be expecting.

I forget exactly what wandering took me to this remix from last year. It is, as the name says, The Golden Pony's remix of "The Sound of Silence". So if you're me get ready for a huge rush of nostalgia. It's wrapped up in modern electro-funk but very respectful of the original. I really like it.

I've mentioned Thomas Jack a couple times in the past. Each time he's brought gentle beats and a lighter tone to my day and this is no exception. It's his take on "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I), toned and quieted, but still bouncy fun.

I found this one in a DJ Steveboy mix and liked it enough to pull out and blog separately. The is The Beatangers doing "What's That Sound." The first commenter (at least as of this writing) has it mostly - the track relies on the classic Rapper's Delight and a lyrical couplet from "Stop Children What's That Sound"?" though it's the Les Rythmes Digitales version, not the original.

DJ Schmolli has been uploading some of his older mixes. This one just went up a few weeks ago, but it's from 2011 and highlights some of the great dance tracks that were popular around then. It's a little bit of a trainwreck but the source materials are great and it's fun to remember them.

I remain not a huge fan of Italian nu-disco but the electronic scene there has spawned some variations I do like. This, Skena's "Waiting in the Wings" is one such. It's darker and more ethereal, taking disco beats and looping them into a driving vibrato.

Here's a double shot of Loo & Placido multi-mashes in similar but different styles. The first one is a "Jump Around" moombahton mash with a number of scratch-based styles built around it. The intro is a little longer than I'd like but once it gets going it's a lot of bouncy fun.

The second one is a bounce-metal combo, which seems appropriate today since Nicky da B died this week. RIP Nicky. Twenty-four is way too soon.
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Had to leave work early on Friday to pick the kids up from camp. Thus, music today. Two fantastic long-form listens and a couple favorites.

Beats Antique are going on tour again. (This fall in Boston with Shpongle at House of Blues - I have my tickets, do you?) This is the first single from what I expect will be their new album and it's classic Beats. Strong percussive Middle Eastern-influenced dance sounds with a good dash of crunk thrown in for variety.

Mashup Germany did this excellent complex mash about a year ago but I just found it. This one feels largely like a "Men at Work" mash even though the vocals are primarily P. Diddy/Skylar Gray's "Coming Home" (with a nice appearance from Sting). It's low-bpm and relaxed - feels like an end-of-summer thing to me.

Two very similar remixes by Rey & Kjavic of Katermukke tracks. Both are heavy electronica, with a slinky twang throughout. I like the "Black Cat" one better because the sound really reminds me of a black cat prowling. Yes, really, this is how my brain works.

OK, time to get your SERIOUS NERDGASM on. Here is a set of nerd-themed, nerd-inspired, geek-tastic remixes from DJ BC's Dragoncon set. It includes favorites DJs from Mars, Deadmau5, DJ Schmolli, G3RST, and Party Ben. Ben's "Dr Who on Holiday" is hilarious fun but for sheer nerdy goodness "We No Speak Cantina" from G3RST takes the prize. I also have to mention "Haunted Bela" by DJ Fnord because I love "Bella Lugosi's Dead" so much.

Saving the best for last, here is Bootzilla Volume Two from DJs from Mars. Nineteen tracks of absolutely fantastic electronic dance fun from the Martians and friends. I'm on my fourth listen through of this and I can't pick one favorite. The lead track is an AC/DC mashup that rocks SO HARD and it keeps on giving from there. I suspect people will like various tracks based on the source material; for example, I love the "Depeche Doors for Fears" (track 4) because I'm a big "Personal Jesus" lover - I've always thought that was a song about phone sex. Anyway, let it play and tell me what rocks your world.
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A couple new items appeared in the stream today prompting me to do this overdue post. We've got a couple of things you don't hear often and some long-form listening to get you over these rains (or whatever the weather is doing when you read this). There's also a lot of really good old-style funk in here.

For a while Joan Jett was a popular remix source then she kind of fell out of favor. DJ Moule brings her back in a mash against Led Zeppelin that hovers on the edge of trainwreck but ends up holding together. This comes out of the Fissunix Whole Lotta Mix set, linked below.

Father Funk gives us an old-school style of ghetto funk with this "Get Up!" remix. This track is about a year old and they've got a bunch more stuff up on Soundcloud now that I plan to check out.

Speaking of funking, it doesn't get a lot better than this. The original is at the first link: "Bouncy Bouncy" by Stickybuds & South Rakkas (featuring Rage). One of the best hard-edged electro-funk tracks I've heard since the style hit the dance floors. Lots of fuzz, some scratching, and some definite reggae influences. The second link is Slynk's remix, which is surprisingly toned down. It's a little faster and a lot more melodic, with less of the hard edge that the original has.

It's been WAY too long since I heard a really good "Fat Bottom Girls" remix. It's one of my favorite ignored Queen tracks. Mashing that up with Major Lazer is surprising, and it works, though I wouldn't necessarily listen to this outside of headphones at work. I know Lazer isn't to everyone's taste but I think it really works here. Fast-paced rap, Queen's harmonies, and... yeah, it's a concept I found myself grinning along with.

If you ever thought to yourself "I wonder what it would sound like if Phil Collins sang for Kraftwerk" then you are not me. Also, you're not DJ Schmolli who has produced this brilliant weave of two sources that don't get mashed approximately ever. Bonus points for choice of media samples that all us geeks will recognize.

RESET did this summer festival dance set and it's a pleasant surprise. It's less turbofunk than some of their previous efforts, but it's got definitely funky moments. Italy is kind of ground zero for nu disco and you can definitely catch some of those influences here but damned if this isn't some seriously great wailing horns.

It's been a while since I linked one of DJ Steveboy's Groovelectric mixes. He's been experimenting with a lot of different styles and like any experiment there are some good and some bad. It's hard to recommend an entire set that's sort of 50-50. Steveboy also does a lot of his own mixing and alteration to the tracks he puts into his sets. You can usually pick up the originals on Beatport (and I urge you to do so - it pays the artists) but that's not necessarily going to be the exact sound that you get in the mix. Here, however, Steve has gone back to Groovelectric's "new old funk" roots and this one really rocks along.

Fissunix has assembled ten tracks, all of which are based off of "Whole Lotta Love". There are some really good takes on this - I pulled out the Joan Jett mix above but you can sample for yourself. Of course, if you don't like the base track I advise skipping this one entirely.
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Several good things came across Mashup Radio this week and I've got a couple other fun tracks to share.

Tosses and Varvez give us a nu-funk remix of "Down to the Music." The original is a nice standard funk track. This is funk raised to the power of funk, with some breakbeats and electro-fuzz thrown in for good measure. The track is off their new Funky Destination CD, all of which sounds excellent.

The previous track sent me cruising through other things Tosses & Varvez did in the past. This is from March of last year and it's another great funky, scratchy, breakbeat-filled track. I particularly love the synth parts around 1:20 which sound to me like a deliberate nod to Daft Punk. Or maybe just an outright steal.

I don't remember how I found this one - it's several months ago, but I just came across it. It's Snow's 1992 hit "Informer" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StlMdNcvCJo), which is notably the first time I ever saw a Canadian white boy doing respectable reggae. Here Yanivi (http://www.yanivi.com/) puts an electro-dub spin on the track, and does a respectable job of carrying both styles.

DJ Schmolli gives us a high-speed run through much of his core source material, from AC/DC and Black Sabbath to Joan Jett and Run DMC. I have the feeling I've heard this before, but it might just be because I'm used to Schmolli mashing these source tracks against all kinds of modern pop.

What this is, I don't even know. It's a trance mashup by a duo calling themselves Gatzilla (https://www.facebook.com/therealgatzilla). The base tracks are ones I like (though I think Rihanna is way overtuned on "Where Have You Been") and the idea of mashing things in a trance style is new enough to be interesting in its own right. It's high-BPM, high energy, and fun to dance to.

Major Lazer can be very much a "take it or leave it" experience. Here Discosid mashes Lazer with Bingo Players, which I'd not heard before. I love the fast vocals and the overall bouncy feel of the track - it's the sort of thing I'd play if I wanted to motivate myself to get things done.
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Busy is as busy does. Managed to fit this set of mash-up gems in between meetings.

DJ Schmolli's latest Pirate Nation collection is a return to what he does best - take modern and well-known pop and mash it up with hard rock and metal classics. I've only listened to it twice so I don't have a specific favorite to point to, yet. I will say that it is NOT my fault if you get earwormed by Bon Jovi after you listen to this.

I was not exactly looking for a Eurythmics mash-up but they're rare enough that seeing one in another search caught my eyes and I gave this a whirl. Roxy Emotions is the DJ name of a Greek producer I've not heard before. I plan to check out more of their stuff. This track doesn't knock my socks off, but it's a fine house interpretation of the classic.

Another side-effect of that same search was this mash. Supermode's "Tell Me Why" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTDeEJyCmNA) was one of my favorite night-driving tracks for a long time. Here Jack the Video Ripper has blended the dancy elements of that tune with some soulful Usher and I like the combination. It still feels like summer night music, but that's probably my preconceptions at play again.

A double-shot of "top of the pops 2013" mash-ups. One by the new-to-me DJ Dreamport, and one by the fantastic Mashup Germany. Yes, I know I'm a bit late with these things, but that's the way it goes. As you'd expect, these are mega-mashes that jump around in barely controlled fashion. The Dreamport version seems to be more dance-centric and comes across as its own dance tune. The M.G. version is hilariously head-spinning - listen up to 0:50 to see what I mean if you don't want to take the whole thing. Both are quite good, though I remain convinced that Mashup Germany is the true master of this art form. It's also interesting to compare their source lists side-by-side. I'd guess there's about 60% overlap, which is much smaller than I'd've guessed.

Finally, I'll leave you with this remix of Tritonal's Colors, which I blogged about a month ago. This remix is a fun and relaxed, almost trance-y, take on the tune. I'm hard-pressed to say that it's "better" than the original; I think I'd go with "interestingly different" which is often enough if the original is this good.
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Another cancelled meeting, another music post.

I was fond of Florrie's single when I heard it last month; unfortunately much of what she has uploaded on Soundcloud so far is pretty bog-standard dance tracks with typical pop beats and catchy riffs (see for example "Shot You Down" - https://soundcloud.com/florrie/shot-you-down). This one, "Live a Little", is at least somewhat different, with a nice horn sound and some scratch in the mix as well as pacing changes.

I've been listening to Sebwax's stuff off and on trying to find something to pick out and this one keeps coming back to me though it's a year old. He's doing the same trick of taking one instrumental and one acapella track and overlaying them. The orchestration and richness of this mix appeal to me - the vocals are played way down in a way that makes me think of a movie score.

I keep thinking I've heard this mash before - it was first put out in 2009 - but if so I forgot to post it. The elements are classic Schmolli - Beastie Boys and Metallica - with help from Ting Tings and a few samples. It's a little rough around the edges, but a lot of fun.

This track has appeared in a couple of DJ sets lately and I can see why - it's beautiful vocal trance but featuring a male vocalist rather than the more traditional female voice. If I have a complaint it's that the instruments aren't up to the quality of the vocals. Tritonal and Paris Blohm throw in a few prog-house riffs but really don't do much with the track. I want more drops, swoops, sustains... something. I'm sure there are remixes out there; I just need to find them.

I've played this almost daily since I saw their show and it's still great. Glitch Mob, featuring Aja Volkman (of Nico Vega), doing "Our Demons". They did this track as part of their show, with some great improvised drum riffs thrown in. The video doesn't capture how thunderingly awesome this can be in person.
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Meeting cancelled, can I sneak in a music post? With the business of work lately I haven't had time to listen to a lot of things, but still there are some tabs. Several of these tracks are

I'm hoping to see London Grammar this Friday and I'm stoked for the show, so let me share with you a cover they posted a few weeks ago of my favorite INXS tune, "Devil Inside". This is so different from the original it's startling. But beautiful. What made INXS work for me was Michael Hutchence's voice, and here Hannah Reid takes it on beautifully. The music is mostly transposed to piano, as you'd expect from London Grammar and if I have any quibble it's that they wait too late (3:30 or so) to bring in the full orchestration.

Another brilliant track from Mashup Germany. Seven tracks, largely built around Mark Morrison's "I am what I am". It's smooth and gentle, as befits the component tracks. He even manages to throw in some Ke$ha without it spoiling things.

DJ Schmolli starts off with a fairly basic "Rock the Casbah" mix and then starts pulling in other things. Around 2:00 he grabs some Ofra Haza to float over the bongos, which works surprisingly well. Unfortunately it then swaps back to Beyonce, which doesn't do her much credit in the comparison.

Scottscottscott pulls together five tracks in a mix that I kept thinking was going to go off the rails as a trainwreck but he manages it brilliantly. It's got good energy but never goes off into frenetic.

Sebwax - a French DJ I had not heard before - does something awesome here. He's taken Beth Ditto's vocals from "Perfect World" - which I really like - and laid them over a the instrumental track from French rockers Indochine's "College Boy" (I was going to link to the video, but it's pretty disturbing; find it if you must).

DJ Mighty Mauz turns in a fully respectable house dance mash-up, using one of the few Christina Aguilera tracks I like and the Avicii standard "Blessed". As with most of these mash-ups the question is "has the mix improved things?" and in this case I think the mix is an improvement on both the originals. This is my kind of "dance around the room when I need to get stuff done" music.

You call something "The Funk Mash-up" and you know I'm there. This is labeled "ghetto funk" which as far as I can tell involves mixing up classing funk tracks with some of the more contemporary rap/hip-hop tracks that were inspired by the original funk masters. This mix ends up being a little more disjointed than some of the smooth mixes I've linked to here, but it's a good effort using some of my favorite music.

I mentioned Thomas Jack a few months ago - back then for a beautiful symphonic house track. Here he's got a huge winner of a remix. The original is Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's famous ukelele rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World". This track has been used in at least half a dozen movies and it's hard to see how it could be improved on. What Jack does is something he calls "Tropical House" and that's just the right fit. It keeps Iz's gentle vocals and uke work but gives it an up-tempo feel and house touches. Gorgeous.
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Closing down the tabs as a form of holiday cleaning, including a double-shot of Mashup Germany. Here we go:

Dem Slackers turns in a nice electro-house mix (please do NOT go claiming that 4 minutes is "extended") of his own "Rocks n Stones". I wish I could identify the vocalist; she sounds vaguely Katy Perry-ish, but MizA disagrees. If you listen to the vocal sustains that start around 2:40 you can hear she's got some potential but it's still too heavily autotuned to be sure.

Loo & Placido do a kind of strong electro slam-mix that can be a lot of fun when it works, and this one works. It's a five-way mash that is scheduled to appear on their New Year's release bootleg pack. I'll try to blog more of the tracks once it's released. Meanwhile this is some highly danceable stuff.

This is Live City (https://www.facebook.com/LiveCityMusic) remixing London Grammar's summer blue-collar ballad "Strong" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6drfp_3823I). I have to say that even though it's a bit cliche' I love her idea that 'strong' for a man is tenderly caring for a child. Also, fireworks. Take that Katy Perry. OK, where was I? Right, this remix - it's labeled prog-house but it feels more like standard vocal house. Hannah Reid (the singer for London Grammar) still carries this track the way she does the original. Vocals + piano + dance beats = beautiful, what can I say?

Just Fine and Atik did an electro-stomping remix of Sandro Silva & Quintino's "Epic". The original (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQKsLOPK_ls) is a high-BPM summer dance vibe that's pretty heavy on the thump. The bootleg use a slightly slower tempo and more orchestration, but it's still instrumental thumpy dance. The best part is definitely starting around 2:15 where the track drops to almost slinky riddim styles before speeding back up again.

OK you've been very patient to get this far so here's your reward. Mashup Germany has been really prolific of late, but much of it has been German-language things that haven't really grabbed me. Rammstein, however, is a horse of another color altogether. This is a four-way mash built around their classic "Du Hast" which is a song I simply cannot play at less than volume 11. I also laughed out loud at the transition at 1:45 - it's the sort of "he did NOT..." transition I love in Mashup Germany's work.

The second one is listed as Mashup-Germany vs. DJ Schmolli because M.G. started with a Schmolli mash and then added his own touch. This is great work, though I think it's a little slow to start - the track doesn't really kick into high gear until almost 1:30. I've been sort of disappointed by Schmolli's efforts lately - he's doing a mash-a-day thing - and it's nice to be reminded that he did great work in the past and it can be made even better.
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They cancelled my midday meeting so you get some music links instead. There's not been much these past few weeks that appealed all that strongly, but give these a spin.

I had to listen to this a couple times for it to catch me. DJ Schmolli replaces his trademark metal components with Paramore's "Brick by Boring Brick" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A63VwWz1ij0) which isn't per-se metal but has the same urgent drum-driven sound. That goes underneath Beyonce's gentle puppies-and-sunshine "Halo" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnVUHWCynig). Having heard a lot more Beyonce since that track came out four years ago it's remarkable how obvious the auto-tuning there is now. Part of what makes this mash work is that it feels like un-smoothing Beyonce improves her sound.

You'd think something called "Turbofunk" would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, most of what they put out has too much electro-disco for my ears. That touch is obvious here as well. Unfortunately the Punx have only released a "teaser clip" so I can't do a full compare, but it seems like what Rocoe did is keep the original rich horn sound, but speed things up and give it a stronger beat.

So there's this singer who goes by "Kay" and she did a track called "Back Off, Bitch!" with producer Static Revenger (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2whHOeZ9ygQ) and it's a decent club house dance. Kay seems to want to be/compete with Azalea, a throwdown I suspect she'd lose, but anyway. This is Taco Cat's dub remix and I think it's a big boost on the original. It's hard to quantify exactly why I like one better than the other, but there you are.

In the past RAC has done notably good work with other peoples' vocal tracks. Here is one of his original tracks, "Let Go" that has been jazzed up by Cherry Cherry Boom Boom. The original is pretty standard vocal electro-pop; the remix has the electro turned up and the pop turned down - though it keeps the nearly naked vocals and snare drum I liked in the original.

Groovefunkel (http://www.groovefunkel.com/) is a new name for me. He seems to specialize in remixes of classic 70s tunes. When you lay hands on something that many people grew up listening to it's always dangerous. I can still picture the place I first heard "Rocket Man" (though I'd have to think about how old I was - maybe 11?). Groovefunkel seems to be aware of this and applies a light and dextrous hand to it. Excuse me, I have a nostalgia bus to catch now.
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Trying to keep my stress at a reasonable level, music helps. It helps if you can dance to this stuff.

Doing something he said he'd never do, and with a large helping of sarcasm, DJ Steveboy has finally put out a trance mix on Groovelectric. His subscriber newsletter was more snark-full than the Web page, so I can't resist posting this one bit:
Trance became the elfie sword-and-sorcery fantasy of dance music. The Stevie Nicks of electronica. It could be downright embarrassing. Then came Tiesto, and, well, let's move on, shall we?

Well, with all that said, he did find some trance music he liked and put together a highly listenable, relaxing, and yes "feel-good" set. Check it out.

I was surprised that these two items appeared almost back-to-back in my stream. Both are reworks of older, popular tracks and both infuse new life into the older items.

The first one is by the excellent Mashup Germany, putting Peter Fox's "Schüttel deinen Speck" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTmf11OxOYc) a bebop-inspired dance-hop tune against MC Fitti's "Whatsapper" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxb2A4uASqc), which is in turn based on the Ini Kamoze reggae fusion classic "Here Comes the Hotstepper". It's a brilliant combo, executed with Mashup Germany's flair and brilliance.

The second one is SPL (https://www.facebook.com/TheSPL) touching what has to be one of the classics of trance, Underworld's "Born Slippy NUXX" (Wikipedia has an excellent discussion of the two versions of the track and why they're often confused.) SPL borrows tropes from dubstep and d&b for this rework, but does a decent job of staying true to the original.

Kavinsky, a French electro-synth producer, is at it again. This is his latest EP, with three mixes of the same track. The styles are so different, though, that if they didn't come labeled you'd be hard-pressed to tell they're the same. The first one features The Weeknd and it's a very disco styled Michael Jackson-esque vocal piece. The second is A-Trak with some deep dub house sounds and breaks, and I think I like this one best. The third is a hand-clapping/feet-stomping fast remix from Surkin, which sounds the most like the movie soundtracks Kavinsky is known for.

Divide and Kreate has been working hard putting pop sounds into dance shapes. Here he's got Christina Aguilera's 2012 vamp-trash track "Your Body" and he makes it so much better than the original. He's cleaned up the sound, tightened up the vocals, and build a comfortable electro-pop backing for it. C.A. clearly needs a good producer and when she gets one she can sound really good.

This is utterly brilliant, even if it's Lenny Kravitz. DJ Schmolli did a mash-up called "Are You Gonna Change The Way You Kiss Me" for the second Pirate Nation compilation. Then DJ's from Mars got ahold of it and put their signature heavy stomping production touches on it. Pure gold.

Speaking of DJs remixing DJs, here's Dan Mei mashing up Armen van Buuren's "This is What It Feels Like". The original is a feel-good bit of vocal trance, which Dan Mei slams up against Zedd's "Clarity." The mash is tricky because both tracks feature high-quality strong vocals. AVB is featuring Trevor Guthrie and Zedd has Foxes doing the signature female voice for his track. The result is something of a vocal duet/duel and I really like it.
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Work has kept me super-busy, so I've done less listening and much has slipped by. Here are a few things I've had time to tag - 80s nostalgists in particular rejoice. More links to come, but I've no more time today.

DJ Schmolli does a nice job combining the 80s hit "You Spin Me Round" - another track I have a lot of sentimentality for - with some more modern MGMT. I particularly like that he's pulling from both the original "Kids" and a remix. That remix (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb1jBn0uEOc) by Soulwax is worth a listen on its own. It's a high-pitched electronica piece that is way more experimental than you'd expect.

Our next installment in the 80s nostalgia train is a mostly instrumental nu disco piece by Tronik Youth that riffs on "Safety Dance". I think you really need to have loved the original to appreciate this the way I do. The remix isn't all that novel, but it's just a fun song to riff on.

Here's a new voice with a retro sound I'm liking. HEARTSREVOLUTION (apparently it's all caps, one word - http://heartsrevolutionrideordie.tumblr.com/) are putting out their first EP and this single, "Kill Your Radio", sounds like electronic, punk-influenced, rockabilly, if that even makes sense. You probably want to listen and judge for yourself.

Riva Starr, who I mentioned last month turns in a gorgeous deep house track in collaboration with Carmen Consoli, another new name for me. Consoli (http://www.carmenconsoli.it/ - warning, site loops music on entry) is an Italian singer-songwriter whose traditional style is much closer to opera house than club house but she can also turn in some gentle nightclub-style vocals that Starr uses to great effect.

Lobsterdust is not known for traditional A|B mashups, but he turns in one here that totally kills it. He's mashing "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams (http://www.vevo.com/watch/robin-thicke/blurred-lines-unrated-version/USUV71300526?syndicationid=bb8a16ab-1279-4f17-969b-1dba5eb60eda&shortlink=W0OCcA&country=US for the unrated official video - features boobs) and Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6FBfAQ-NDE). Both are modern pop confections so the joy is in hearing how Lobsterdust weaves them with side notes and grace samples.

Budo and Hollis turn in a brilliant and beautiful cover of "Open" by Rhye. The original (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sng_CdAAw8M&feature=youtube_gdata) is a gentle love track in which the singer pleads for her partner to "stay open." The cover is more of a duet and as APC says, it's very "XXXish" and I like the treatment. I find myself singing along more with the cover than I ever did with the original.
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Yes, it's time to unload the backlog again.

First, an 11-track mash of awesome and love. DJ Schmolli's fourth "Pirate Nation" collection has ten full tracks and one demo preview that range from the very modern and electronic way back to classic rock and roll and metal. I've only had time to listen to it once so far but I think the standout for me is going to be the Ellie Goulding/Martin Solveig mash at the core of "I Like The Lights Out".

Panic Girl's latest is a nice mix of light and almost trancey vocal-pop but with a breathy dark underside. I've seen her music described as beautiful, dark, and fragile and all seem apt in varying degrees here. She's definitely at her best when it's stripped down and just her singing with the piano.

Thissongissick has been posting a ton to Soundcloud and this electro-house banger called "Murika" by Disco Fries (https://www.myspace.com/discofriesmusic#!) is one of my favorites of the past week. It's a song with a varied profile, not the typical steady-thump of house, almost a sampler of different styles. And yes, it's got a wub middle but I find myself liking it and bopping along despite the wub. The transition at about 3 minutes in is a genius move.

I had to blog this, if only because it amused the hell out of me for its use of Dan Balan, about whom I blogged in 2010. It's a nice five-way mash from Marc Johnce, with a fun Latin dance feel. But, really, can you resist going back and re-watching "Chica Bomb" after that? I couldn't.

The Italians really are rolling in the nu-disco this year. This is "Later 1982" by Fab Mayday (https://soundcloud.com/fabmayday) an Italian DJ and art director for several clubs - or so says his profile. This track mixes in a fair amount of retro europop sound which gives it a bit more edge than other nu disco tracks I've heard lately. This one sounds like a club opener - the kind of thing you'd play as people are filing in - it's extensive but not intrusive, and energetic without being too high BPM.

Another Thissongissick premiere, this one is tonally more relaxed than the previous banger, but still pretty driven. It's labeled "progressive house" and you can definitely hear the electronic influences, but it also rolls in some very heavy drums and male vocals that sound straight out of a 1970s-era rock ensemble. It's an interesting blend of styles that comes from the artists: Vicetone are a Dutch house duo who are working here with Nico Vega (http://nicovega.com/), an LA-area hard rock indie quartet. They got some minor fame recently as their song "Beast" was used in a BioShock Infinite game trailer and apparently also in a trailer for the movie Reacher, or so says Wikipedia.
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Because it's been a while and because a couple things crossed my mind and because I had these unclosed tabs there's enough for two posts. First up...

Putting this one first in case you're like me and the goddamn song earworms you. This is a video mash-up in that it's using the unaltered C-R J but as the soundtrack to an edited World Order video. So you really need to watch it to get the fun. I found this because someone had an animated GIF of a World Order bit and I went to link them to the awesome World Order in NYC video that I found to a couple years back and by the miracle of YouTube... well, here you go.

Another one you want to watch. David Bowie and Tilda Swinton doing a sexy, creepy, gender-bending little movie-let to Bowie's new track "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)". I wasn't that fond of the previous Bowie single for his new album but this one has a better feel to it - urgent and energetic. And who wouldn't want to see Bowie and Swinton together, really?

This is a crazy-people-doing-insane-stuff-and-not-killing-themselves video for DJ Schmolli's "Atom Wild Thing" off his "80s NOW!" compilation. This one features the unforgettable Tone Loc and Nari & Milani's "Atom" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVpVRAbfFsk) a high-BPM techno track from early last year.

DJ Y alias JY turns in a sweet and moving mash of Ellie Goulding's "Lights" and Yes's "Owner of a Lonely Heart". I heard this and thought - wait, haven't I blogged this before? Not quite. Turns out last time was a couple years ago, and it was Yes vs LCD Soundsystem. Like the earlier effort, this one does a great job of respecting both the original tracks but the mash is something new.

To close out we'll return to DJ Schmolli again, whose brilliant St Patrick's Day mash manages to combine "99 Problems" with Boston's own Dropkick Murphy hard-thrash guitar cover of the classic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg_rf2d894k). It's a brain-bender, but it works amazingly well.
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Pygment, MizA, and the rest of you... this is for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivg5J3jtrbc

from the forthcoming album "80s NOW!": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCmlnJaKcvk&feature=relmfu
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Lots of things I've listened to lately haven't impressed me, but there are a few gems. This time we have a couple of mash-ups, a couple interesting voices, and one visually AWESOME thing.

Bat For Lashes's singer Natasha Khan still has the power to melt me in my seat. This track, "Laura", is hauting and sad - essentially vocals and piano. She carries the emotion in her voice but it feels effortless, which is both a tribute to her and to whoever produced this track.

Bootie posted their July top 10, and I found four tracks worth grabbing, though I was sad that the usually excellent DJs from Mars only turn in a so-so mash. The first item is a Michael Jackson remix, "Beat It Freaks", which is pretty good. It's a four-way of Jackson against Yuksek, The Noisy Freaks, and Richard Cheese. I like the variation in pacing, and the use of Jackson's vocals over different backing music.

The big winner of this list is "Skrillex Rock". I continue to like Skrillex much better in mixes than on his own and here he's got stand-out backing from Daft Punk (Robot Rock), Queen (We Will Rock You), and House of Pain (Jump Around, of course, did they do anything else?). The whole track thunders along and I can't help dancing.

I also liked the Party Ben entry, "We Are Young", which is more of an electro-disco remix than a mash-up. Basically it's three different takes on the same track, woven together. It's dancey, hoppy-happy and a good antidote to the gray outside.

The DJ Schmolli entry, "Rock of Ages", is a near-trainwreck in places. It's an 8-track mega-mix that gets noisy and almost slips out of control but pulls it back in. It's good to see Schmolli stretching his skills more - he relies on his standard heavy metal favorites but takes things in a different direction.

This one you have to watch. No, really, you want to watch this. The Knocks (http://www.theknocks.com/) are an electronica duo who have teamed up with Fred Falke for this track, called "Geronimo". And look, the video features a Native American... who is AWESOME. Oh my god can that kid dance. The video credits list him as "Nakotah Larance" but I think they mean Nakotah LaRance, because see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKg8RQSv4LE&feature=youtube_gdata - this guy is a six time World Champion Hoop Dancer. Wow. Just, wow. By the way, it's a great track but the dancer really steals the show.

Burns (http://www.facebook.com/thisisburns) has a new EP coming out. Lies is the first single and it's a tight vocal electro production. I can't seem to find out who the singer is on the track, sadly. There are hints of trance buried in the track, and Skream picks up on those and goes in a whole new direction with his remix, giving us a chop-paced mix that feels experimental. Love it or hate it, it's another case of an established name trying something new rather than repeating the same old formula.

Deadmau5 remixes Nine Inch Nails. Either you like these two and will appreciate this remix, or you don't and won't. I can't say much more about that.


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