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Bootie Blog continues to publish best-of lists infrequently and mostly I am not that fond of what they pick but there are good things now and then. Herewith a pretty random selection from the last few months of "Bootie Best-of" lists. All these are direct MP3 links and being Booty they tend to be pretty direct mash-ups. Still, a good sampling of styles here.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/09-2015/05%20-%20Madonna%20vs.%20Led%20Zeppelin%20-%20Justify%20a%20Whole%20Lotta%20Love%20%5BWax%20Audio%5D.mp3
Wax Audio gives us two music icons - Led Zeppelin and Madonna - in an interesting mix, particularly if you think of Madonna as being mostly pop and uptempo. The original of "Justify My Love" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_Y740aReI) is not your typical pop by any means.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/09-2015/DJ%20Mario%20Santiago%20-%20Lilly%20Wood%20And%20The%20Prick%20(Robin%20Schulz%20Remix)%20vs.%20Red%20Hot%20Chili%20Peppers%20-%20Prayer%20In%20C%20vs.%20Otherside.mp3
DJ Mario Santiago does a great job picking the best bits of two fine tunes and putting them together. I enjoy the RHCP track and the Lilly Wood track is one I thought was underrated when it came out, largely because the mixing is so spare and thin. The mash does a little better but I still feel there's more to be done with this material.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/09-2015/10%20Major%20Lazer%20%26%20Dj%20Snake%20feat.%20M%F9%20Vs%20Knife%20Party%20-%20Lean%20On%20Vs%20Bonfire%20(Djs%20From%20Mars%20Club%20Bootleg).mp3
The DJs from Mars take the much-used "Lean On" and run it through the blender with some more RHCP and a little leavening of Tears for Fears. What comes out is a chop-mixed chair-dancing piece of ear candy. As you'd expect with the DJs it rocks pretty hard, but only near the end. I would rather have had the full energy throughout.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/10-2015/13%20-%20Walk%20The%20Moon%20vs.%20Bryan%20Adams%20-%20Shut%20Up%20+%20Dance%2069%20%5BRysonRemix%5D.mp3
If you've had enough of "Shut up and dance with me" then you should skip this one. I'm not done with it yet and it's interesting to see how much my subconscious remembers of Bryan Adams and how well Ryson makes the two fit together. They really are kin, however many decades separate them. Like most of the mixes in this post, this one is short and I really notice it here.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/09-2015/We%20Will%20Rock%20You%20Mama%20(David%20Guetta%20ft.%20Nicki%20Minaj%2C%20Bebe%20Rexha%20%26%20Afrojack%20vs.%20Queen%20vs.%20The%20Black%20Eyed%20Peas)%20-%20Entyme.mp3
It's really hard to go wrong with a "We Will Rock You" mash and it's also hard to something even a little new. Here I think we have something at least a bit new, as Queen appears against three other tracks. It's mostly Nicki Minaj but you can hear other bits here and there. Still, any WWRY mix rises or falls on the signature boom-boom-clap and this one works exceptionally well.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/07-08-2015/DJs%20From%20Mars%20vs.%20PH%20Electro%20-%20The%20Reason%20(Club%20Mix)%20(Hoobastank%20Bootleg%20Remix)%20.mp3
Another DJs from Mars entry (the Booties like them as much as I do), this one built around Hoobastank's "The Reason". I had fairly completely forgotten about the innocent male-rock track until I heard this and it's fun to hear how it's powered up to modern EDM speeds.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/09-2015/15%20-%20Placebo%20vs.%20Kate%20Bush%20vs.%20Marilyn%20Manson%20vs.%20Ministry%20vs.%20Eurythmics%20-%20Running%20Dreams%20%5BLeeDM101%5D.mp3
And finally, one I promised Otherjill (who has no LJ): Placebo doing Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" versus Marilyn Manson doing Eurythmics. Yeah, I have no idea who thinks this stuff up, either. In this case it's LeeDM101 but I have to wonder what he was on at the time.
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I usually try to have five or six tracks to blog when doing a music post, but all three of the offerings below clock in at over half an hour so there's plenty to keep your ears occupied. They also represent three very different corners of my listening stream; I don't imagine anyone but me is going to like all three but maybe one or two will appeal. Anyway, enough blah-blah, on with the tunes.

https://soundcloud.com/ghettofunk/b-side-detta-the-mountain-meal
B-Side, Detta, and Howla have gotten together as Ghetto Funk Crew to make this promo mix. It's half an hour of rap and hip-hop infused funk. I really like the fusion. Funk has underlain hip-hop since its early days and this style goes back to the roots. It also has some pretty reggae segments mixed in, as well as Motown-type gospel harmonies. And it's significantly lacking in the overused b* and n* words that turn me off much current hip-hop.

https://soundcloud.com/ummetozcan/ummet-ozcan-presents-innerstate-ep-27
Ummet Ozcan is someone I used to listen to more when I first got into EDM, when he had what seemed to me a more European style. The Innerstate sets have been more standard EDM/house and less vocal, so I don't blog them much. This particular mix happened to hit me at the right time and it's got a lot of serious bangers mixed in with the lovely piano solos and electric orchestral bits.

http://londongrammash.com/
Fissunix got together with his friends LeeDM101 and Colatron and created this double-disc of London Grammar mashes. It's musical heaven when it's at its best and not bad on a couple of what I think are filler tracks. If you've been reading me for a while now you'll not be surprised to know that I think the best tracks are those that feature Hannah Reid's voice strongly, such as the "London Hybrid" that leads off disc one. If you just want to stream the whole thing you can also listen on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/fissunix/sets/london-grammash) but the download is at this site.
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Let's see what's available for mood-alteration today. The goal of this set of links is to have completely different feels so you can find something that fits where you are right now.

http://soundcloud.com/helloclubfeet/city_of_light
Clubfeet (http://www.facebook.com/helloclubfeet) are a relatively new synth-pop quintet from Australia. This, City of Light, is the first single off their second release. It's somewhat Jarre-esque (what? I just made that up, hush you) with high minor electro accents over light male vocals. Very pleasant listening.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/05/beastie-boys-sabotage-blue-stahli-remix.html
If your taste runs to something much dirtier than Clubfeet, how about Blue Stahli's remix of the Beastie's classic "Sabotage." Stahli splits the track, adding more thundering bass and pushing up some of the higher bits with electro-scratch stylings. I love the original and this remix is a nice tribute and fun when you want to crank something loud.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/05/illegal-sunday-leedm101-let-go-of-the-world.html
LeeDM101 takes Dragonette's "Let It Go" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSL93KO2gnk) and done it one better. The original is a highly produced pop tune that has a hard time balancing its vocals with overdriven house thump. Lee takes out that horrid background and lays the vocals down over much more sophisticated musical accompaniment from Alex Metric and The Ting Tings. This is a case where the mash-up is clearly superior to the original.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/06/retrograde-mindfighter-gigi-dangelos-euro-mix.html
Retro/Grade (http://www.facebook.com/retrogradeishere) are a UK producer duo. This mix of "Mindfighter" is instrumental, very Euro-disco, and gives me the feel of a futuristic B movie soundtrack. That's not bad, mind you, it's just the kind of music that wants to be played as spaceship models fly past pinprick skies.

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/The_Temper_Trap/track/Need-Your-Love-Fort-Romeau-Remix
This Temper Trap (http://www.myspace.com/thetempertrap) remix brings an interesting cross between straight-up four-piece rock-and-roll and soaring electro-house. The original (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vsbc0oR6fE) is a drum-strong anthemic rock tune that here is remade into a high-BPM dance-feel track by remixer Fort Romeau (http://soundcloud.com/fortromeau).

http://rcrdlbl.com/2012/05/21/stream_liars_no_1_against_the_rush_vince_clarke_remix_
Liars are sort of artsy experimental electronica. I decided against blogging the official video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggR6RuBh8I0) when it came out because it freaked me out more than a little. The Vince Clarke remix here preserves a lot of that weirdness and electro-experimental feel, while fitting things around some nice techno beats.
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I've almost got enough saved items to make a themed post so let's see how this goes. Most of what we have here is smooth and wonderful electronica of one sort or another, with new beautiful vocals to enjoy.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/04/illegal-sunday-leedm101-sound-of-light.html
LeeDM101 is someone I found late last year and his best work, in my opinion, works with strong female vocalists and here he lays in another in that genre. Ellie Goulding's "Lights" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NKUpo_xKyQ) is, as I noted last month, pretty syrupy synthpop. Husky Rescue's "Sound of Love" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg7pjP9idSk) is more sophisticated and LeeDM picks out the best of both for this mix. I will probably have more to say about Husky Rescue later.

http://photek.fm/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swcDeoZR0E8
Photek unfortunately doesn't tend to put up full tracks. You can get a number of samples off his page via the player, and also don't miss the entry in the Tron: Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D remix set. He keeps the strong thudding house bass but weaves his special magic around it.

It's interesting to put that one up with the Glitch Mob entry into the Tron remixing set. The Glitch Mob don't have Photek's smoothness; what they have is incredible intensity and an ability to work with electro-fuzz in a way that doesn't set my teeth on edge. Normally it's not my cuppa but damn it works so well here. The video artistry by Khameleon808 is also tight and cut fine.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/04/world-premiere-apc-exclusive-josephine-ft-copycat-the-darkest-side-of-me.html
If this one doesn't send chills up and down your spine then I'm not sure what to say. Josephine has a gorgeous dark rich vocal style that makes me think of elegant nightclubs, and DJ Copycat's electro-disco supports it extremely well. The result is much more vocal-trance than you'd expect - intimate and just a little bit ethereal.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=364&Itemid=36
Yes, dear readers, that is Clivester. You know, the guy who does all those fun 80s-metal remixes and hard-edged Nordic/German rock stuff? Yeah, um, took me completely by surprise too. This one takes Axwell's "Heart Is King" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyUiVCiNURw) a modernist John Williams-esque instrumental piece, and plays beautifully against Chase & Status's "Time" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWP9VvkeTmA - warning, video is about domestic violence). Chase & Status are a drum&bass DJ duo; here they're featuring Where the original is a sort of minimalist pop tune, this mash is a stronger anthem. The singer is just credited as "Delilah" and I've not been able to track her down yet.
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I've almost got enough saved items to make a themed post so let's see how this goes. Most of what we have here is smooth and wonderful electronica of one sort or another, with new beautiful vocals to enjoy.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/04/illegal-sunday-leedm101-sound-of-light.html
LeeDM101 is someone I found late last year and his best work, in my opinion, works with strong female vocalists and here he lays in another in that genre. Ellie Goulding's "Lights" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NKUpo_xKyQ) is, as I noted last month, pretty syrupy synthpop. Husky Rescue's "Sound of Love" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg7pjP9idSk) is more sophisticated and LeeDM picks out the best of both for this mix. I will probably have more to say about Husky Rescue later.

http://photek.fm/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swcDeoZR0E8
Photek unfortunately don't tend to put up full tracks. You can get a number of samples off their page via the player, and also don't miss their entry in the Tron: Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D remix set. They keep the strong thudding house bass but weave their special magic around it.

It's interesting to put that one up with the Glitch Mob entry into the Tron remixing set. The Glitch Mob don't have Photek's smoothness; what they have is incredible intensity and an ability to work with electro-fuzz in a way that doesn't set my teeth on edge. Normally it's not my cuppa but damn it works so well here. The video artistry by Khameleon808 is also tight and cut fine.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/04/world-premiere-apc-exclusive-josephine-ft-copycat-the-darkest-side-of-me.html
If this one doesn't send chills up and down your spine then I'm not sure what to say. Josephine has a gorgeous dark rich vocal style that makes me think of elegant nightclubs, and DJ Copycat's electro-disco supports it extremely well. The result is much more vocal-trance than you'd expect - intimate and just a little bit ethereal.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=364&Itemid=36
Yes, dear readers, that is Clivester. You know, the guy who does all those fun 80s-metal remixes and hard-edged Nordic/German rock stuff? Yeah, um, took me completely by surprise too. This one takes Axwell's "Heart Is King" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyUiVCiNURw) a modernist John Williams-esque instrumental piece, and plays beautifully against Chase & Status's "Time" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWP9VvkeTmA - warning, video is about domestic violence). Chase & Status are a drum&bass DJ duo; here they're featuring Where the original is a sort of minimalist pop tune, this mash is a stronger anthem. The singer is just credited as "Delilah" and I've not been able to track her down yet.
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Yeah, I know, I just did a music post, but there are a bunch of 'best of the year' things out so I'll be putting up a bunch today and hopefully another bunch before the week is out.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/12/dj-earworm-united-state-of-pop-2010-dont-stop-the-popdj-earworm-united-state-of-pop-2010-dont-stop-the-pop.html
I don't think you can do one of these without pointing to DJ Earworm's (http://www.facebook.com/Earworm) United State of Pop mix. His 2009 mix was awesome and really set a high bar for every mix last year. Earworm doesn't just mix a few tracks against each other - he samples at the word/phrase level and blends the results. Unfortunately (imo due to inferior source material) this year's mix isn't as good as last year's. His skills are still evident, but the 24 tracks represented here are more concerned with trying to sound like they are their own party than anything else.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/
Also like last year, Bootie turns in a few surprises in their top of the year picks. For one thing, the page now has a Soundcloud stream so you can listen to the set all together. I do wish Soundcloud would implement a "forward one track" feature, though. Bootie did something interesting this year, producing two lists. The first are in the mix - 23 tracks that fit together. Then they added 10 bonus tracks that they thought were good mixes, but that didn't fit the set for one reason or another. I didn't think much of the main set (the good tracks were ones I'd already blogged) but there are some real gems in the bonus tracks. Let's see:

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/Mashup-Germany%20vs.%20Faroff%20-%20Everybody%20&%20Ray%20Speaks%20No%20Americano.mp3
Mashup Germany hit a home run with this one, called "Everybody & Ray Speaks No Americano". As you can guess from the title the popular Yolanda B Cool track is the backbone for this, and it's cut up and mashed with some great bits including some classic Ray Charles vocals that I just adore. Ray Charles was such an innovator in his time I regret he's not around to collaborate with some of today's best.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/Titus%20Jones%20-%20I%20Wanna%20Bulletproof%20Dancer.mp3
Titus Jones turns in another hot dance track putting together four female vocalists, pitting La Roux and Robyn against Whitney Houston and Taylor Swift. As pop female vocals go, each has something interesting to add and the result makes the best of each one's style.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/LeeDM101%20-%20%28Find%20Myself%29%20A%20Heap%20Of%20Love.mp3
LeeDM101's "(Find Myself) A Heap Of Love" brings a melancholy note using mostly Florence & the Machine with a helping of Depeche Mode and some Imogen Heap.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/DJs%20From%20Mars%20-%20Love%20The%20Way%20You%20Lie%20In%20Paradise%20City.mp3
DJs from Mars remain some of the most brilliant creators in the scene and this track proves it. Take the problematic Eminem/Rihanna track and fold in some stereotypical 80s hair rock - that can't possibly work, can it? Uh, yeah. It works. Seriously, this ought not to be possible but these guys are that good.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/DJ%20Fox%20-%20Come%20See%20About%20Down.mp3
What could possibly make one overplayed Jay Sean tune interesting again? How about a BIG helping of Motown superstars The Supremes. This one may be more hit-or-miss for those of you who didn't grow up loving Motown the way my pre-pubescent past self did. The elegant style and beautiful harmonies of the Motown ladies were magical then and they're magical now. Props to DJ Fox for this blast from the past.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/Mashup-Germany%20-%20Imagine%20One%20Day%20So%20Far%20Away.mp3
Mashup Germany also take an overused track (Lennon's "Imagine") and reinvigorate it with contributions from a selection of more modern male vocalists. The combination of Matisyahu and Bob Marley is particular brilliant - an obvious pairing retrospect but so far as I know nobody's done it before.
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Yeah, I know, I just did a music post, but there are a bunch of 'best of the year' things out so I'll be putting up a bunch today and hopefully another bunch before the week is out.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/12/dj-earworm-united-state-of-pop-2010-dont-stop-the-popdj-earworm-united-state-of-pop-2010-dont-stop-the-pop.html
I don't think you can do one of these without pointing to DJ Earworm's (http://www.facebook.com/Earworm) United State of Pop mix. His 2009 mix was awesome and really set a high bar for every mix last year. Earworm doesn't just mix a few tracks against each other - he samples at the word/phrase level and blends the results. Unfortunately (imo due to inferior source material) this year's mix isn't as good as last year's. His skills are still evident, but the 24 tracks represented here are more concerned with trying to sound like they are their own party than anything else.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/
Also like last year, Bootie turns in a few surprises in their top of the year picks. For one thing, the page now has a Soundcloud stream so you can listen to the set all together. I do wish Soundcloud would implement a "forward one track" feature, though. Bootie did something interesting this year, producing two lists. The first are in the mix - 23 tracks that fit together. Then they added 10 bonus tracks that they thought were good mixes, but that didn't fit the set for one reason or another. I didn't think much of the main set (the good tracks were ones I'd already blogged) but there are some real gems in the bonus tracks. Let's see:

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/Mashup-Germany%20vs.%20Faroff%20-%20Everybody%20&%20Ray%20Speaks%20No%20Americano.mp3
Mashup Germany hit a home run with this one, called "Everybody & Ray Speaks No Americano". As you can guess from the title the popular Yolanda B Cool track is the backbone for this, and it's cut up and mashed with some great bits including some classic Ray Charles vocals that I just adore. Ray Charles was such an innovator in his time I regret he's not around to collaborate with some of today's best.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/Titus%20Jones%20-%20I%20Wanna%20Bulletproof%20Dancer.mp3
Titus Jones turns in another hot dance track putting together four female vocalists, pitting La Roux and Robyn against Whitney Houston and Taylor Swift. As pop female vocals go, each has something interesting to add and the result makes the best of each one's style.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/LeeDM101%20-%20%28Find%20Myself%29%20A%20Heap%20Of%20Love.mp3
LeeDM101's "(Find Myself) A Heap Of Love" brings a melancholy note using mostly Florence & the Machine with a helping of Depeche Mode and some Imogen Heap.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/DJs%20From%20Mars%20-%20Love%20The%20Way%20You%20Lie%20In%20Paradise%20City.mp3
DJs from Mars remain some of the most brilliant creators in the scene and this track proves it. Take the problematic Eminem/Rihanna track and fold in some stereotypical 80s hair rock - that can't possibly work, can it? Uh, yeah. It works. Seriously, this ought not to be possible but these guys are that good.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/DJ%20Fox%20-%20Come%20See%20About%20Down.mp3
What could possibly make one overplayed Jay Sean tune interesting again? How about a BIG helping of Motown superstars The Supremes. This one may be more hit-or-miss for those of you who didn't grow up loving Motown the way my pre-pubescent past self did. The elegant style and beautiful harmonies of the Motown ladies were magical then and they're magical now. Props to DJ Fox for this blast from the past.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/Mashup-Germany%20-%20Imagine%20One%20Day%20So%20Far%20Away.mp3
Mashup Germany also take an overused track (Lennon's "Imagine") and reinvigorate it with contributions from a selection of more modern male vocalists. The combination of Matisyahu and Bob Marley is particular brilliant - an obvious pairing retrospect but so far as I know nobody's done it before.
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Sitting around waiting to see if I'm going to get a call back from New Not-Boss, so perhaps I can put together a music post while I wait...

http://leedm101audiolego.blogspot.com/
http://soundcloud.com/leedm101/leedm101-roxannes-tainted-fly-the-police-soft-cell-miley-cyrus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OjkiuCp0bU

I first picked up on LeeDM101 on one of the Bootie Top N posts and went to check out his page, the first link there. Like any massive compilation it's got high and low points. The Soundcloud set-up is very nice since it gives you a one-button play option or you can skip tracks you don't like. I thought I'd pick out two tracks that struck me as particularly different and interesting.

The first is "Roxanne's Tainted Fly" which you can see from the URL mixes up the classic rock Police track "Roxanne" with Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" and lays them over the beats of Miley Cyrus's 2008 hit "Fly on the Wall". Cyrus is one of those whose lyrics make me want to slap them, so it's great not to be subjected to that, and Lee manages to pull really the best parts out of the other two tracks.

The second one is a "Tubular Bells" remix, something I haven't heard in several years. Putting it up against the very mod "Girls on Film" from Duran Duran makes an great combination. The video by Instamatic is also a great accompaniment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaAhtWyZKFs&feature=related
East & Young (http://www.myspace.com/eastandyoung) turn in one really moving prog-house track. This is another genre that isn't to everyone's liking, I know, but a good progressive house tune is sweeping and lush and gives you the musical sense of being lifted up and carried along. I got this one off a DJ Steveboy mix, and am looking forward to investigating more of Ivo de Jong's and Marc Vano's work.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/09/gravitonas-religious.html
Swedish singer Andreas Öhrn (hot!) leads the duo Gravitonas (http://www.gravitonas.net/) in a track that APC calls pop, but I think is much closer to the prog-house sound, though with more vocals and more stripped down vocals. But when they bring in all the instrumentals and the backing vocals to fill around the solo piano... well, listen for yourself. I can't help thinking about Faithless "God is a DJ" - there's a mash-up waiting to happen.

http://www.myspace.com/music/10223893/songs/73310077/
Lest you think I'm going all soft, I'll leave you with this one. Rad Bad, another Bootie find turns in a wild thing 10-minute megamix that has hundreds of samples, all bangin'. They flow and mix in interesting ways, while keeping the thing moving. It doesn't have the tight precision of some mega-mixes but it's fun to listen to the stream go by and try to see how many samples you can identify.
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Sitting around waiting to see if I'm going to get a call back from New Not-Boss, so perhaps I can put together a music post while I wait...

http://leedm101audiolego.blogspot.com/
http://soundcloud.com/leedm101/leedm101-roxannes-tainted-fly-the-police-soft-cell-miley-cyrus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OjkiuCp0bU

I first picked up on LeeDM101 on one of the Bootie Top N posts and went to check out his page, the first link there. Like any massive compilation it's got high and low points. The Soundcloud set-up is very nice since it gives you a one-button play option or you can skip tracks you don't like. I thought I'd pick out two tracks that struck me as particularly different and interesting.

The first is "Roxanne's Tainted Fly" which you can see from the URL mixes up the classic rock Police track "Roxanne" with Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" and lays them over the beats of Miley Cyrus's 2008 hit "Fly on the Wall". Cyrus is one of those whose lyrics make me want to slap them, so it's great not to be subjected to that, and Lee manages to pull really the best parts out of the other two tracks.

The second one is a "Tubular Bells" remix, something I haven't heard in several years. Putting it up against the very mod "Girls on Film" from Duran Duran makes an great combination. The video by Instamatic is also a great accompaniment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaAhtWyZKFs&feature=related
East & Young (http://www.myspace.com/eastandyoung) turn in one really moving prog-house track. This is another genre that isn't to everyone's liking, I know, but a good progressive house tune is sweeping and lush and gives you the musical sense of being lifted up and carried along. I got this one off a DJ Steveboy mix, and am looking forward to investigating more of Ivo de Jong's and Marc Vano's work.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/09/gravitonas-religious.html
Swedish singer Andreas Öhrn (hot!) leads the duo Gravitonas (http://www.gravitonas.net/) in a track that APC calls pop, but I think is much closer to the prog-house sound, though with more vocals and more stripped down vocals. But when they bring in all the instrumentals and the backing vocals to fill around the solo piano... well, listen for yourself. I can't help thinking about Faithless "God is a DJ" - there's a mash-up waiting to happen.

http://www.myspace.com/music/10223893/songs/73310077/
Lest you think I'm going all soft, I'll leave you with this one. Rad Bad, another Bootie find turns in a wild thing 10-minute megamix that has hundreds of samples, all bangin'. They flow and mix in interesting ways, while keeping the thing moving. It doesn't have the tight precision of some mega-mixes but it's fun to listen to the stream go by and try to see how many samples you can identify.
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There are a surprisingly large number of good items to be noted. I'll probably do a second batch next week just so I don't overwhelm the few of you who actually take the time to click on the links.

http://soundcloud.com/foxsounds/money-4-nothing-bmore-2
DJ Fox showed up in my first set of Bootie reviews this time and I've been going through his mixes since then. This one is probably my favorite of the things he has posted. I'm still trying to puzzle out the components - obviously it's built on Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" but the "BMore" almost certainly refers to Baltimore. At least some of the sounds seem to come from Estelle ft Kardinal Offishall - I Can Be a Freak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKBxpXDD58Y) which is itself sampling a bunch of things.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/Fatboy%20Slim%20vs%202Pac%20-%20California%20Skank%20%28DJ%20BootOX%20pres%20Blaze%20Music%29.mp3
DJ BootOX (whose MySpace page starts making annoying noise when loaded up) puts together 2Pac's "California Love" with the classic "Rockefeller Skank" from Fatboy Slim. There are some additional funky riffs mixed it, making a nice overall package.

http://titusjones.somethingsgottago.com/Mashes/Titus%20Jones%20-%20Ke$ha%20vs.%20Glee%20Cast%20vs.%20La%20Roux%20vs.%20Black%20Eyed%20Peas%20vs.%20Iglu%20&%20Hartly%20-%20Imma%20Stop%20Loving%20Drugs.mp3 (or http://tinyurl.com/34cl4es)
Titus Jones (http://www.titusjones.com/) is unknown to me, and apparently I need to correct that. He turns in a brilliantly multi-layered mix here built around the Glee cast cover of Journey that started all the remixing. He pulls in BEP and Ke$ha but don't despair he's also got a healthy respect for La Roux vocals and doesn't let any of the better-known names dominate.

If anyone can pinpoint the source of the "I like your beard" sound sample in there I'd love to know it. ETA: fidgetmonster gets it first go; see comments.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/LeeDM101%20%28Find%20Myself%29%20A%20Heap%20Of%20Love_PN.MP3
LeeDM101 (http://leedm101audiolego.blogspot.com/) lays down a slow and sensual mix built around Florence and the Machine, with help from Depeche Mode and Imogen Heap.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/mashup-germany---hit-and-drop-on-all-the-single-ladies-rihanna-vs.-ray-charles-vs.-snoop-dogg-vs.-beyonce.mp3
I'm undecided on this one. I'm not a big "put a ring on it" fan, nor all that hot on Snoop, but Ray Charles is a seriously under-utilized source for mash material. In the early days of rap, a number of hip-hop artists took riffs from his tunes and looped them, often uncredited. His influence on modern music is huge and it's fun to imagine what it would sound like if he was playing in his prime on the same stage as a Beyonce or a Rihanna. Here Mashup Germany goes a good way toward giving us a feel for how that might sound.

Next time, the last of the mashes from the Bootie Blog, including the hands-down best smooth mix of the year.
drwex: (Default)
There are a surprisingly large number of good items to be noted. I'll probably do a second batch next week just so I don't overwhelm the few of you who actually take the time to click on the links.

http://soundcloud.com/foxsounds/money-4-nothing-bmore-2
DJ Fox showed up in my first set of Bootie reviews this time and I've been going through his mixes since then. This one is probably my favorite of the things he has posted. I'm still trying to puzzle out the components - obviously it's built on Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" but the "BMore" almost certainly refers to Baltimore. At least some of the sounds seem to come from Estelle ft Kardinal Offishall - I Can Be a Freak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKBxpXDD58Y) which is itself sampling a bunch of things.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/Fatboy%20Slim%20vs%202Pac%20-%20California%20Skank%20%28DJ%20BootOX%20pres%20Blaze%20Music%29.mp3
DJ BootOX (whose MySpace page starts making annoying noise when loaded up) puts together 2Pac's "California Love" with the classic "Rockefeller Skank" from Fatboy Slim. There are some additional funky riffs mixed it, making a nice overall package.

http://titusjones.somethingsgottago.com/Mashes/Titus%20Jones%20-%20Ke$ha%20vs.%20Glee%20Cast%20vs.%20La%20Roux%20vs.%20Black%20Eyed%20Peas%20vs.%20Iglu%20&%20Hartly%20-%20Imma%20Stop%20Loving%20Drugs.mp3 (or http://tinyurl.com/34cl4es)
Titus Jones (http://www.titusjones.com/) is unknown to me, and apparently I need to correct that. He turns in a brilliantly multi-layered mix here built around the Glee cast cover of Journey that started all the remixing. He pulls in BEP and Ke$ha but don't despair he's also got a healthy respect for La Roux vocals and doesn't let any of the better-known names dominate.

If anyone can pinpoint the source of the "I like your beard" sound sample in there I'd love to know it. ETA: fidgetmonster gets it first go; see comments.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/LeeDM101%20%28Find%20Myself%29%20A%20Heap%20Of%20Love_PN.MP3
LeeDM101 (http://leedm101audiolego.blogspot.com/) lays down a slow and sensual mix built around Florence and the Machine, with help from Depeche Mode and Imogen Heap.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/mashup-germany---hit-and-drop-on-all-the-single-ladies-rihanna-vs.-ray-charles-vs.-snoop-dogg-vs.-beyonce.mp3
I'm undecided on this one. I'm not a big "put a ring on it" fan, nor all that hot on Snoop, but Ray Charles is a seriously under-utilized source for mash material. In the early days of rap, a number of hip-hop artists took riffs from his tunes and looped them, often uncredited. His influence on modern music is huge and it's fun to imagine what it would sound like if he was playing in his prime on the same stage as a Beyonce or a Rihanna. Here Mashup Germany goes a good way toward giving us a feel for how that might sound.

Next time, the last of the mashes from the Bootie Blog, including the hands-down best smooth mix of the year.

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