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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?

https://soundcloud.com/ando-tutnixx/dj-schmolli-farbenkarussell-she-moves-the-sun
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.

https://soundcloud.com/frail-limb-purity-1/sets/xoxo-the-glitch-mob-the
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.

https://soundcloud.com/killmrdj/you-oughta-beg-banks-vs-alanis-morissette-vs-stevie-nicks
https://soundcloud.com/killmrdj/wake-up-down-under-avicii-ft
https://soundcloud.com/killmrdj/wicked-london-grammar-kylie-minogue-chris-isaak-madonna
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.

https://soundcloud.com/chasing_planets/i-see-firethugz-mansion-ed-sheeran-ft-nas-tupac
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.

https://soundcloud.com/madmixmustang-1/wanna-get-up-and-start-being-a-sex-machine-long-version-1
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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APC has had a number of good things show up lately. Let me share a few with you. We'll start with two big names who are just excellent at what they do, then move on to new stuff, with a visit to listener-feedback land.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ArminvanBuuren/posts/R7jQGSJUbwn
I don't know anyone who does vocal trance or techno-trance better than AvB. He's also better than a lot of DJs/producers at crediting the vocalists he's working with. Here he makes excellent use of work from Ana Criado, whose solo stuff is ... OK, I guess. One of the things that makes van Buuren good is that even though he's working within a particular formula he can bring out talent and produce great sounds that others would not.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/09/david-byrne-st-vincent-who.html
I'm on David Byrne's fan email list so I've been listening to this stuff as he sends out links. This is, to my knowledge, the first full public song+video from his upcoming project with St. Vincent (http://ilovestvincent.com/) and it's got all the right signature touches - Byrne's voice and the arrangements (horns and drums) that we've been hearing since forever from him. St. Vincent's contributions are obvious in the vocals - very beautiful, somewhat choral, and somewhat Andrews Sisters. On her site you can listen to how she does her own stuff and it's also definitely worth your time.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/09/jack-beats-ft-diplo-and-example-war.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RMNoZXXq7o&feature=player_embedded
The first one is not going to be to everyone's taste. Jack Beats (http://www.jackbeats.co.uk/) collaborating with Diplo and Example. It skates across more styles than a rack at the old Filene's Basement. I like it because it pulls in lots of interesting beats. There are obvious Celtic and African sounds here as well as techno-experimental stuff. I kept thinking I wasn't going to like it, then found myself bopping along. Make of that what you will.

The second link is for the radio edit of Beats' "Careless" and is also hard to pin down stylistically. It's got some great vocals from Takura and again a wild mix of rhythmic styles, with some fairly heavy dub influences.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/08/syron-breaking.html
Syron (http://soundcloud.com/syronofficial) is a new, young British soulful singer. Not soul, per se - the sound is rough-edged and yet it's clearly soul-influenced. I particularly like the production values on this track. It's clear that the producer worked with her voice to get the best sound out of it, but it doesn't come across as overproduced or auto-tuned, and you can even hear a little bit of London accent in how she says "no' allowed ta love you".

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/08/apc5-madmixmustang-inspector-clouseau.html
Madmixmustang apparently shares my love of Inspector Clouseau because he's built a wonderful mix using some of the best of Peter Sellers' language-mangling faux French. The musical tracks underlying the mix are fun and appropriate, but really who can't love "Not any more!" - those of you who've heard me mangle it, this is the original.

---------- OK, audience participation time

Like last time I want to put out two tracks that I'm not certain about and see what y'all think.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/09/c2c-arcades.html
C2C's (http://www.myspace.com/c2cdjs) "Arcades" is kind of an interesting scratch-DJed dubstep track. On its own I'd pass it by, but the video is (I think) what makes this one. It's simple black-and-white slow motion footage that is itself scratch-edited. There are some real flashes of brilliance in here - the eye bit at 0:15 caught me and then a few seconds later the shirt... yeah. I'm not sure a few brilliant shots are enough to make this one great, but they definitely engage me. The editing is tight and it's superbly matched to the music.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/09/the-presets-ghosts.html
This is "Ghosts" by The Presets (http://www.thepresets.com). I don't even know how to begin classifying this one. It's sparse vocals - except where it's not - and subdued electronica, except where it gets definitely orchestral and rich. I hear ambient and trance influences, and knowing that they're Australian I tend to think some of those near-military drum bits are Aboriginal. All I know is I can't stop listening to this.
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Browser has many tabs open. Let's see what I can close out here. Thursday was busy so I didn't get to it. Today I'm waiting around for people to be done with other meetings so they can meet with me. Allow me to carry on...

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/02-2012/Bogoss_Bootlegs--Sexy_Boys_And_Girls_Know_It.mp3
http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/02-2012/lobsterdust--Changed%20The%20Way%20You%20Relax%20(Frankie%20Goes%20To%20Hollywood%20vs.%20Example).mp3
http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/02-2012/MMM_MadMixMustang--New_Years_Eve_Party_Anthem.mp3
Bootie's February top list is up and I've picked three for your listening pleasure, two from familiar names and one new artist. I really like the first two in part because they're built on long-loved tunes.

"Sexy Boys and Girls Know It" is by a French bootlegger called Bogoss (http://djgrenouillebogoss.free.fr/Bootlegs.htm) mashing LMFAO with Blur's "Girls & Boys" which remains far and away my favorite tune by them ever, despite its popularity.

"Changed The Way You Relax" is Lobsterdust's set-opener these days and I can see why. It's a slow-build very danceable mix of Example's "Changed the Way You Kissed Me" with the awesome classic "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Frankie doesn't get remixed much these days, which is really a shame if you ask me.

Finally there's a "New Years Eve Party Anthem" by MadMixMustang. This is a mega-mash of at least seven artists - modern (Pink, LMFAO) with some great classics (Queen, James Brown, Rick James). This mash is brilliant. The LMFAO/Pink combo alone would be worthwhile but then about 1:30 in the whole thing shifts into a higher gear and keeps pushing up. Putting James Brown into something almost always makes it better and this one has some really funny transitions to keep you from getting complacent.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/02/deep88-la-beija.html
Deep88 (http://www.deep88.com/) is an Italo-disco DJ with a lot of interesting roots: jazz, salsa, and funk in addition to disco. He makes interesting blends that aren't what you expect. This one, for example, is kind of deep-house mellow, but with definite nu disco influences.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/02/le-castle-vania-the-light.html
Also on the nu disco tip is "The Light" by Le Castle Vania which, despite the non-English sounding name is a US producer (http://lecastlevania.com/). APC calls this song a "flirt" which is quite appropriate. It's flirty and fun with just a tinge of sexy.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/02/destro-everywhereanywhere.html
Now turn that flirt up to 1000 and you've got hot and sexy. This is sensual silky Destro whose beautiful form is on full show in the video, as well as her luscious voice. *fans self* There are lots of little details here that make it fun, too. I've not seen Destro before and her hair style caught me by surprise; it's non-traditional in a very hot way (long except for one side being shaved). Also, the song is about hands and face, which makes it easy to read as a queer love song, as long as you are OK with conventionally beautiful female bodies in queer relationships.

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Sep. 6th, 2011 03:11 pm
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OK, that's a bad joke. Some of this is new and some is older stuff I just found. Also, I'm listening to some so-called "nu disco" about which more in a future blog, I expect.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/08/audioporn-central-on-big-city-beats-%E2%80%93-august-show-hosted-by-simon-iddol.html
APC did another of their multi-hour shows on Big City Beats. Quite a lot of good listening in here. The first part is a recap of a dozen of the remixes that appeared on APC in the past month. There's then an interlude of live mashing by Simon Iddol himself, but the best part is the last third, which is Copycat doing a live set with a bunch of his favorite mashes from the past few months. Copycat's style is hip and lively with a heavy dash of tribal and rhythm, making a good couple hours of listening.

http://official.fm/tracks/293550#
Ruinmytune, which appears to be another name for Pheugoo, puts together a nice bounce mix. Given that it's built in part with Rozalla's "Everybody’s Free"(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YgAw1G-4zY) which is one of my favorite vocal trance tracks. Pheugoo takes out the vocals, dropping the cheesy electronica in favor of a double dose of Calvin Harris's "Bounce" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooZwmeUfuXg). Kelis's vocals on the original Bounce are good, but I like the Rozalla/Harris combo better.

http://soundcloud.com/madmixmustang/holiday-of-choice
This mix is about a year old and I thought I had blogged it, but apparently not. Madmixmustang remixes two classics - Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" which gets remixed all the time - and Dead Kennedys' "Holiday in Cambodia". I don't think I've ever come across a DKs remix before and this one is insanely catchy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9qW6HEBo_c
Norwegian Recycling (http://norwegianrecycling.net) is a guy with a talent for multi-track mashing. He eschews the simple A/B pairings in favor of blending 4 or more related tracks into a new thing entirely. The YouTube page has a bunch of links to his stuff. Some of the more interesting pieces - like the "Don’t Stop Believin" currently on his site's home page - have almost conventional song structures, sometimes the same structures as one of the original pieces. As such they are less like the megamixes done by Lobsterdust and more like traditional pop songs.

http://marcjohnce.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/flex-gym-duck/
Another one from about a year ago, Marc Johnce taking the then-popular "Duck Sauce" and Dizzee's "Flex" and putting together a remix workout song with Ray Krebbs' "The Gym". I've always thought Duck Sauce made more sense as backing track than as a stand-alone and Dizzee can rap above most anything.

http://djsteveboy.com/groovelectric.html
DJ Steveboy's latest mix is "Downhome" and it's a nice blend of bluesy, funky, and danceable tunes. Lots of good phat horns.
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Not much preamble here - busy, not much time to organize a post.

http://www.madmixmustang.nl/
http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/You%20Rock%20My%20Rock.mp3
http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/Dont%20Stop%20Bromancing.mp3
http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/Fat%20Bottomed%20Girls%20Come%20Together.mp3
http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/MMM%20-%20We%20No%20Can%20Dance.mp3

Mad Mix Mustang has appeared in a few places I've noticed lately so I went to check out the site. There are a lot of mashups here. Like any other big collection, you'll find winners and losers here, and a wide variety of styles. I've pulled out the direct links to a few I think are particularly good, mostly because they mash together things that you don't usually hear mashed at all, or in combinations.

"You Rock My Rock" is Queen/Michael Jackson/Joan Jett. The only weak part of this is where he pulls out Jett's vocals to use MJ's, but I'm not much of an MJ fan to start with.

"Don't Stop Bromancing" is another Journey mash, but put up against someone I've not heard before: Tim Berg (http://www.facebook.com/timbergmusic, http://beatport.com/artist/tim_berg). The base "Bromance" track (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChzbYiYHOUU) is being mixed all over Europe it seems, and I can see why. It's a high-powered electro-house dance track with a simple riff and lush musical sweeps that just beg for soaring vocals. Paging Steve Perry!

"Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together" is an example of MMM's unusual pairings. The Queen track is a popular remix component, but here we get a guest appearance by John Lennon on behalf of The Beatles. This one really has to be heard to be believed, because it works really astonishingly well.

"We No Can Dance" is another good mix of components you don't hear all that often. I would be remiss in passing it up, though, after my musical adventures around We No Speak Americano. Here we have Phil Collins (*) singing over the jazzy riffs of the Yolanda tune. It works. And I swear he's sub-sampling just one tiny bit of "Chica Bomb" near the end there as well as one very clear "unh hunh" from "Da Da Da".

(*) I was amused to discover that MizA and I fall into the group of people who consider "Genesis" to be things done by this group while Peter Gabriel was a member. After he left it's all "Phil Collins" regardless of what's on the album cover.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/08/illegal-sunday-pheugoo-all-that-she-hides.html
Pheugoo, who I last noted as doing something awesome pulls off another brilliant musical juxtaposition by putting together Ace of Base and Kosheen. I don't like either of the base components, so not linking them, but this mash is smooth and funky-danceable.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/lady-gaga-ft.-beyonce-vs.-metallica---enter-telephone-djs-from-mars-club-rmx.mp3
I'm reasonably certain I asserted I was done with Gaga mash-ups. I am reasonably certain I shall now eat my words. My new heroes DJs from Mars took not just Gaga but also Beyonce and threw them to the heavy metal wolves. Metallica adds just the right kind of hard edge and thunderous bass that makes this the kind of thing I want to play VERY LOUD.

There's a particular moment where the mash shifts from the slower pace to the faster and you'd expect something to fall apart, but instead it just kicks up another notch.
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Not much preamble here - busy, not much time to organize a post.

http://www.madmixmustang.nl/
http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/You%20Rock%20My%20Rock.mp3
http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/Dont%20Stop%20Bromancing.mp3
http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/Fat%20Bottomed%20Girls%20Come%20Together.mp3
http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/MMM%20-%20We%20No%20Can%20Dance.mp3

Mad Mix Mustang has appeared in a few places I've noticed lately so I went to check out the site. There are a lot of mashups here. Like any other big collection, you'll find winners and losers here, and a wide variety of styles. I've pulled out the direct links to a few I think are particularly good, mostly because they mash together things that you don't usually hear mashed at all, or in combinations.

"You Rock My Rock" is Queen/Michael Jackson/Joan Jett. The only weak part of this is where he pulls out Jett's vocals to use MJ's, but I'm not much of an MJ fan to start with.

"Don't Stop Bromancing" is another Journey mash, but put up against someone I've not heard before: Tim Berg (http://www.facebook.com/timbergmusic, http://beatport.com/artist/tim_berg). The base "Bromance" track (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChzbYiYHOUU) is being mixed all over Europe it seems, and I can see why. It's a high-powered electro-house dance track with a simple riff and lush musical sweeps that just beg for soaring vocals. Paging Steve Perry!

"Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together" is an example of MMM's unusual pairings. The Queen track is a popular remix component, but here we get a guest appearance by John Lennon on behalf of The Beatles. This one really has to be heard to be believed, because it works really astonishingly well.

"We No Can Dance" is another good mix of components you don't hear all that often. I would be remiss in passing it up, though, after my musical adventures around We No Speak Americano. Here we have Phil Collins (*) singing over the jazzy riffs of the Yolanda tune. It works. And I swear he's sub-sampling just one tiny bit of "Chica Bomb" near the end there as well as one very clear "unh hunh" from "Da Da Da".

(*) I was amused to discover that MizA and I fall into the group of people who consider "Genesis" to be things done by this group while Peter Gabriel was a member. After he left it's all "Phil Collins" regardless of what's on the album cover.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/08/illegal-sunday-pheugoo-all-that-she-hides.html
Pheugoo, who I last noted as doing something awesome pulls off another brilliant musical juxtaposition by putting together Ace of Base and Kosheen. I don't like either of the base components, so not linking them, but this mash is smooth and funky-danceable.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/lady-gaga-ft.-beyonce-vs.-metallica---enter-telephone-djs-from-mars-club-rmx.mp3
I'm reasonably certain I asserted I was done with Gaga mash-ups. I am reasonably certain I shall now eat my words. My new heroes DJs from Mars took not just Gaga but also Beyonce and threw them to the heavy metal wolves. Metallica adds just the right kind of hard edge and thunderous bass that makes this the kind of thing I want to play VERY LOUD.

There's a particular moment where the mash shifts from the slower pace to the faster and you'd expect something to fall apart, but instead it just kicks up another notch.
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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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