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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...

https://soundcloud.com/deem-mashup/battle-bridge/recommended
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!

https://soundcloud.com/djschmolli/sets/best-mashups-of-2014-selection
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.

http://www.djsteveboy.com/talkingincolor.html
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...

https://soundcloud.com/bootleg-mash-by-djenergy/djenergy-changed-the-way-you
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.

https://soundcloud.com/elias-dogantzis/elias-dogantzis-set-fire-to-the-supernova-adele-vs-astral-blast
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.

https://soundcloud.com/lizzart/rihanna-vs-kiss-iwasmadefor-sm
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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Interesting watching the chatter stream light up as we felt the 5.9 quake that hit VA this afternoon.

http://www.last.fm/music/Kelly+Rowland/_/Work+(Freemasons+Radio+Edit)
Kelly Rowland has been doing pretty much the same style of music that she did with Destiny's Child since she left. That's not bad, but it hasn't raised to the level of notice. Her voice is OK, but it's autotuned a lot and she's trying too hard to get by on her considerable good looks. If you doubt, just watch the vid - she can't actually dance but she sure can pose. With all that, why link? Well this isn't just her tune, it's a Freemasons (http://www.myspace.com/freemasons) remix that takes a standard pop song and mixes in some interesting bhangra riffs at high BPM. Now that is interesting.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/08/miguel-migs-ft-evelyn-champagne-king-everybody-kid-who-italo-dub.html
A nice long-form tech-dub track from Miguel Migs. It's listed as "featuring Evelyn “Champagne” King" but she doesn't make that big of an appearance. This is good motivation music for playing in the background when you want to get chores done - moves without distracting.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/jun2011/Express%20This%20Way%20Remix%20(Bootie%20Exclusive).mp3
A few days after Gaga released "Born This Way" DJ Tripp put out a remix of the track with the Madonna classic "Express Yourself". Now he's redone it with a little more thought and a few more effects. The basic formula is still the same - a duet that shows off some of the best bits of both tracks and shows just how much Gaga is copying. This one focuses less on the copy aspects and more on constructing a fuzz-edged disco stomper.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/jun2011/dj-schmolli---sweet-sweet-dreams-eurythmics-vs.-recover-project-la-bouche.mp3
I've been hot and cold on Schmolli's efforts this year to break out of his signature style. This one is hot, building on two same-named tunes "Sweet Dreams." One is the Eurythmics standard - and we don't hear a lot of Eurythmics in mashes, sadly - and the other is a little-known Eurodance track. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aPTDxl37Vs - some nice eye candy there but not really the most memorable of musical efforts.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/jun2011/the_reborn_identity_-_friday_night_in_a_and_e.mp3
The Reborn Identity do a really nice job mashing up a Smiths classic with a new track from Morning Parade, who are described as an "up and coming Brit indie band" - new to me anyway. Like the Eurythmics, the Smiths do not get used in a lot of mashes. Here they get sped up quite a bit and yet it still works.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/jun2011/marc-johnce---word-up-this-way-lady-gaga-vs.-korn-vs.-cameo.mp3
Someone shoot me - I've linked to two Gaga mashes, in one post. I still want to be done with her, but this one deserves mention. Marc Johnce - who managed to make a palatable Perry mash, too - puts together Gaga and Korn. Yes, that Korn. I have no idea what he was drinking when he came up with this plan, but damned if it doesn't work. There's some Cameo thrown in there, but what you really have here is a metal-dance combo of the two main tracks. That shouldn't be possible, yet here it is.
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This is the more party-hot blasty stuff from the back files, all due to Bootie. I am still not that fond of the A+D remixes, but about 1/4 of their picks are really good. Let's get dancing!

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/may2011/donna_usher_dj_got_us_falling_in_hot_stuff_djs_from_mars_radio_edit.mp3
http://bootiemashup.com/top10/may2011/adele_vs_robin_s_show_me_in_the_deep_djs_from_mars_classic_club_rmx.mp3
DJs from Mars are brilliant and bad people. Given the recent resurgence of disco in the mash scene, who better to appear than the old queen of disco herself, Donna Summer? The first track is a clever interleaving of her "Hot Stuff" with Usher's "DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again". I didn't realize how deeply ingrained in my brain the Summer riffs were. Apparently they're in Usher's brain, too.

The second mash is a "hard electro remix" of something the Martians released a while back. The root pairing is Adele "Rolling in the Deep" vs. Robyn "Show Me Love". This version is bangin' and high energy but also undeniably disco-influenced.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/may2011/lobsterdust---roll-it-yeah-yeah-yeahs-a-trak-vs.-salt-n-pepa.mp3
DJ Lobsterdust does an amusing "he said/she said" kind of mix with the old Salt'n'Pepa rap and the modern Yeah Yeah Yeahs pop. Like a lot of his stuff I think you'll like this one only if you like the underlying tunes.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/may2011/04_DJ_ShyBoy_Dark_Love_Kill.mp3
DJ Shyboy is a new name to me. Here he's using music from his own band Hypnogaja (http://hypnogaja.com/welcome.html) in a mix with Kanye West and La Roux. It swerves close to train wreck at points but he pulls it out nicely. I've been jonesing for more La Roux lately and this fits the bill.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mar2011/DJ%20Tripp%20-%20Express%20This%20Way.mp3
Finally, I have to eat a small bit of crow. I've passed over a couple of previous Gaga-Madonna mashes with a dismissive wave. Despite the obviousness of her splash in today's music scene being a conscious repeat of Madonna's splash a couple decades ago, the mashes have been sub-par and I did think you couldn't improve a Gaga tune no matter how much Madonna you added. This mix is unashamedly disco and DJ Tripp is making a clear point about just how much Gaga's "Born This Way" is copying "Express Yourself".

(Late Addition)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1o6WJLhouE
http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/mashup-germany---everybody-speaks-no-americano-chaos-club-edit.mp3
Mashup Germany turns in another stompin' awesome mega-mix that starts with Yolanda Be Cool's "No Speak Americano" and mixes in a ton of other things, including Benni Benassi, Backstreet Boys, Phantom of the Opera, and... well, just give it a listen. I do have to say that I'm disappointed by the video, which starts off all cool and gothy and then kind of falls off a cliff with the Benny Benassi video, which really grates on me. OK the offensive video got nuked off YouTube so I've linked to the original MP3 so you get the goodness without the offensive.
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Making up some hours I missed yesterday, waiting for a call, listening to tunes. Here, let me share:

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/dj-tripp---dynamite-pressure-queen-david-bowie-vs.-taio-cruz.mp3
I have a soft spot for mixes that use the original Bowie/Mercury "Under Pressure" track, and not just the hook. This one, from DJ Tripp, does a fine job using Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpGgBYeOgi0) which is a passable hip-hop dance tune on its own. The mix is superior, natch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OejYG4IEUl8
I've been meaning to blog this one for a while - I snatched it out of a DJ Steveboy mix some time ago. Cevin Fisher's track "We Re the Lucky Ones (Original Mix Edit)" is shamelessly ripping off Enya and blending it with some hard house thumps. But actually, that's OK. Enya on her own is sadly overdone and it's nice to see the tune re-freshened in a different context.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKczpz0RdQQ
Also in the beautiful vocals department is Zara Taylor (http://www.myspace.com/zarataylor) who appears hear on Sunlounger's "Lost (Dance Mix)". It's a standard vocal-trance track, but I like her voice enough that it has been on repeat play for a while and I'm going off to check out more of her work. Like a lot of vocal trance, it has lyrics that can verge on sappy, but I think they both carry it off well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15uFb2wjxjg&feature=player_embedded
While we're on the subject of sappy lyrics, here, have some male vocal/piano duet beauty. HURTS (http://www.myspace.com/ithurts) remind me of nothing so much as a modern Tears For Fears with the serious affect and the Euro-mod hair and clothing. That can be good or bad, I suppose, depending on your preferences. I recommend checking out some of their other videos from the Suggestions on the YouTube page. They appear to do a kicking live show.

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Frankie_Rose/track/Candy_Le_Chev_Remix
Finally, a band that's harder to pin down. On the surface Frankie Rose owes a lot to the 'girl bands' that preceded them, including The Bangles, but they have an interesting style that both hearkens back to surf-rock and forward to hard punk girl rock like L7. Fun stuff.
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Making up some hours I missed yesterday, waiting for a call, listening to tunes. Here, let me share:

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/dj-tripp---dynamite-pressure-queen-david-bowie-vs.-taio-cruz.mp3
I have a soft spot for mixes that use the original Bowie/Mercury "Under Pressure" track, and not just the hook. This one, from DJ Tripp, does a fine job using Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpGgBYeOgi0) which is a passable hip-hop dance tune on its own. The mix is superior, natch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OejYG4IEUl8
I've been meaning to blog this one for a while - I snatched it out of a DJ Steveboy mix some time ago. Cevin Fisher's track "We Re the Lucky Ones (Original Mix Edit)" is shamelessly ripping off Enya and blending it with some hard house thumps. But actually, that's OK. Enya on her own is sadly overdone and it's nice to see the tune re-freshened in a different context.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKczpz0RdQQ
Also in the beautiful vocals department is Zara Taylor (http://www.myspace.com/zarataylor) who appears hear on Sunlounger's "Lost (Dance Mix)". It's a standard vocal-trance track, but I like her voice enough that it has been on repeat play for a while and I'm going off to check out more of her work. Like a lot of vocal trance, it has lyrics that can verge on sappy, but I think they both carry it off well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15uFb2wjxjg&feature=player_embedded
While we're on the subject of sappy lyrics, here, have some male vocal/piano duet beauty. HURTS (http://www.myspace.com/ithurts) remind me of nothing so much as a modern Tears For Fears with the serious affect and the Euro-mod hair and clothing. That can be good or bad, I suppose, depending on your preferences. I recommend checking out some of their other videos from the Suggestions on the YouTube page. They appear to do a kicking live show.

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Frankie_Rose/track/Candy_Le_Chev_Remix
Finally, a band that's harder to pin down. On the surface Frankie Rose owes a lot to the 'girl bands' that preceded them, including The Bangles, but they have an interesting style that both hearkens back to surf-rock and forward to hard punk girl rock like L7. Fun stuff.
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OK, most of it is still "meh" but there are a few gems in here, mostly things based on tunes I like.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/tripp-papawasaghost.mp3
DJ Tripp mashes up "Poppa Was A Rolling Stone" - the Temptations classic - with a Deadmau5 track that I'll be damned if I can identify. It's beautiful and danceable with Deadmau5's trademark electronic riffs. If you're a Temps fan, by the way, you should definitely see if you can find the cover/update of "Poppa" done by Was (not Was).

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/mashup-germany---imagine-one-day-so-far-away.mp3
Mashup Germany does an amazing piece of work here, mixing five different vocalists' work in a mix I wouldn't mind slow-dancing to. (Matisyahu, John Lennon, Blink 182, Gentlemen - http://www.myspace.com/rockfromgentlemen - and Bob Marley.)

http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/Take%20Me%20On%20The%20Crazy%20Train.mp3
Madmixmustang (http://www.madmixmustang.nl/) puts forth a scary tour-de-force by mashing up two acts with very different styles that anyone who listened to music in the 80s will recognize. And no, I'm not going to spoil it by telling you who. It's been a long time since I linked a brain-blending mix and you should enjoy it unspoiled.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/major-lazer-vs.-harold-faltermeyer---pon-de-foley-ludachrist-remix.mp3
Ludachrist (http://www.myspace.com/worshipludachrist) takes two different decades' electronic performers and mixes them up with a special helping of his own weirdness. It's ridiculously catchy.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/Come%20See%20About%20Down%20%28Jay%20Sean%20vs.%20Supremes%29.mp3
Have I confessed to loving Motown yet? Yes. In this post? Oh, yes. Well, OK then. The Supremes were beautiful and their silky vocals with their R&B and gospel influences are still beautiful today. DJ Fox (http://www.foxsounds.net/Fox_Sounds.html) clearly feels the same way as he's putting those vocals up with Jay Sean's 2009 smash pop hit "Down". I like the way the mix treats them as equals rather than trying to make the women into backing vocalists.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/kesha-vs.-queen---radio-tik-tok-djs-from-mars-bootleg-remix.mp3
The question still remains - is it possible to make something good from a Ke$ha tune? Here my new heroes DJs from Mars give it their honest best, putting "Tik Tok" against Queen's "Radio Ga Ga" which has to be one of the worst catchy tunes Queen ever released. Even Keith Richards' guitar licks make a guest appearance. The result is certainly danceable, but the basic question remains unanswered.
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OK, most of it is still "meh" but there are a few gems in here, mostly things based on tunes I like.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/tripp-papawasaghost.mp3
DJ Tripp mashes up "Poppa Was A Rolling Stone" - the Temptations classic - with a Deadmau5 track that I'll be damned if I can identify. It's beautiful and danceable with Deadmau5's trademark electronic riffs. If you're a Temps fan, by the way, you should definitely see if you can find the cover/update of "Poppa" done by Was (not Was).

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/mashup-germany---imagine-one-day-so-far-away.mp3
Mashup Germany does an amazing piece of work here, mixing five different vocalists' work in a mix I wouldn't mind slow-dancing to. (Matisyahu, John Lennon, Blink 182, Gentlemen - http://www.myspace.com/rockfromgentlemen - and Bob Marley.)

http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/Take%20Me%20On%20The%20Crazy%20Train.mp3
Madmixmustang (http://www.madmixmustang.nl/) puts forth a scary tour-de-force by mashing up two acts with very different styles that anyone who listened to music in the 80s will recognize. And no, I'm not going to spoil it by telling you who. It's been a long time since I linked a brain-blending mix and you should enjoy it unspoiled.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/major-lazer-vs.-harold-faltermeyer---pon-de-foley-ludachrist-remix.mp3
Ludachrist (http://www.myspace.com/worshipludachrist) takes two different decades' electronic performers and mixes them up with a special helping of his own weirdness. It's ridiculously catchy.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/Come%20See%20About%20Down%20%28Jay%20Sean%20vs.%20Supremes%29.mp3
Have I confessed to loving Motown yet? Yes. In this post? Oh, yes. Well, OK then. The Supremes were beautiful and their silky vocals with their R&B and gospel influences are still beautiful today. DJ Fox (http://www.foxsounds.net/Fox_Sounds.html) clearly feels the same way as he's putting those vocals up with Jay Sean's 2009 smash pop hit "Down". I like the way the mix treats them as equals rather than trying to make the women into backing vocalists.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/kesha-vs.-queen---radio-tik-tok-djs-from-mars-bootleg-remix.mp3
The question still remains - is it possible to make something good from a Ke$ha tune? Here my new heroes DJs from Mars give it their honest best, putting "Tik Tok" against Queen's "Radio Ga Ga" which has to be one of the worst catchy tunes Queen ever released. Even Keith Richards' guitar licks make a guest appearance. The result is certainly danceable, but the basic question remains unanswered.

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