Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Bootie Top 20 - December 2008
The past two months have been good for the bootleg scene. In other words, we couldn't pick just ten! And since this is our last Bootie Top 10 of the year, we thought we'd share in the holiday spirit and double it up for you, including a few older tracks from 2008 that just narrowly missed the cut the first time around. So here are 20 of our current favorite mashups, listed in alphabetical order by bootlegger.
DJ Bagel - Ace of Big (Notorious B.I.G. vs. Ace of Base) - Montreal
Mashups fill our email in box nearly every day, as many budding producers and DJs send us their tracks directly. Unfortunately though, most of them suck. Current pop vs. current pop? Rap over a hip-hop beat? Wow. Clever. But every now and then, an attached MP3 (with no ID3 tags, in this case) takes us by surprise. Sure, this may just be a simple A+B ... but Biggie rapping with Ace of Base sure brought smiles to our faces ... and you know, sometimes that's good enough for the Top 10! We also love that he brings in Ace of Base to sing with Biggie at all the perfect intervals. It's all about bringing that original back in as the payoff!
Brat - Easy Heaven (The Cure vs. The Commodores) - Los Angeles
This track has been Brat's little secret for years. When he first played it at Bootie LA years ago, our jaws dropped. We had to have it. But due to some issues with the acapella, Brat felt it wasn't ready to release. But every few months, he'd show up at Bootie LA and come up to the DJ booth with a mischievous grin on his face ... and we would know that he had brought it so we could at least play it that night! It's one of the best "last song" mashups EVER. We are so glad he's finally been able to put this out there for everyone to enjoy.
Clivester - Funky Touch (Bella Love vs. Soulwax vs. Lipps Inc.) - Vienna, Austria
We weren't familiar with MySpace star Bella Love, but we fell in love with her vocal immediately. Here, Clivester cleverly mashes up a mashup, dropping her sexy vocals into a bootleg of Soulwax vs. the classic "Funkytown." The more we've been spinning this, the more we've loved it. Dirty dance floor fun!
Divide & Kreate - Party Kisser (Katy Perry vs. Bloc Party) - Stockholm, Sweden
"I Kissed A Girl" had to be one of the most mashed up songs of the past year. The only problem was that nearly ALL of them kinda sucked. There's just something about the vocal (especially the melody change from the verse to the chorus) that made it difficult to mash up well with other songs. Of all the Katy Perry boots out there, we thought that this one sounded the best. And it just felt wrong to get to the end of the year without at least recognizing the most over-played song of 2008!
Dunproofin' - Bootie Call (Blondie vs. Dragonette) - Scotland
Blondie's classic gets a contemporary electro rock update. And no, we didn't pick this for the Top 10 just because Dunproofin name-dropped our club name in the title! It's a kick-ass track that has turned us on to a new band, Dragonette.
Earworm - If I Were A Free Fallin' Boy (Beyoncé vs. Tom Petty) - San Franicsco
We've always had a soft spot for "Free Fallin," our favorite song Tom Petty song ever. Hearing him brought into this decade by forcing him to do a duet with Beyoncé is just brilliant. It seems like Earworm, master of the multi-layered mashup, is rediscovering the graceful simplicity of a clever, well-crafted A+B.
Electrosound - Salmon Rehab (Chemical Brothers vs. Amy Winehouse) - France
"Salmon Dance" is such a silly novelty tune, but here, it works seamlessly with Amy Winehouse's retro-'60s soul, making for an interesting genre-clash that never sounds forced.
The Illuminoids - Suffragette City (The Illuminoids Remix) (David Bowie vs. The Illuminoids) - Los Angeles
Seems like we always have to have at least one "Electro-Bootie" bootleg remix in the Bootie Top 10, and this month, The Illuminoids deliver an absolutely slammin' electro version of Bowie's glam classic. Oddly enough, Ziggy Stardust sounds particularly well-suited to the "future-is-now" buzzsaw electronics. We love it when classics like this get updated in ways the original artist never intended.
Immuzikation - Columbian Cartel (MGMT vs. The Ting Tings) - Athens, Georgia
Indie hipsters rejoice! Immuzikation has made a name for himself in the blogosphere for his "blends" (what people afraid of the word "mashup" call mashups). His specialty is mashing up indie bands of the moment, and here, he takes three Ting Tings songs and two MGMT songs (and none of them are the hits) and turns them into something that sounds so very "NOW."
Lock3down - Some Like It Hot and Heavy (The Power Station vs. Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Toronto
Speaking of songs (and bands) so very "NOW" ... here we have indie darlings Does It Offend You, Yeah getting schooled on which '80s song they inadvertently (and probably unknowingly) ripped off. The dodgy Power Station acapella extraction only adds to the low-fi "distorted coolness" of the track.
Marc Johnce - Hot N Cold Maniac (Bootie edit) (Katy Perry vs. Michael Sembello) - Germany
More '80s retro fun, paired up with the latest Katy Perry song that we're not sick of ... yet. In our heads, we picture Katy Perry in a ripped sweatshirt, doing "Flashdance" dances every time we hear this song. We even tossed in a little of the original Michael Sembello vocal for a nice little call-and-response for this "Bootie edit."
TWO FOR ONE "RICKROLLING" SPECIAL!
Mad Mix Mustang - Don't You Ever Give Up Wanting Me Baby (Rick Astley vs. Human League) - The Netherlands
Mighty Mike - Neverending (Rick Astley vs. Mika) - Paris
The Bootie Top 10 has finally been RICKROLLED! Ever since we first heard the Rick Astley acapella had been leaked, we've been waiting for him to show up here. Sure, now that Rick Astley himself has Rickrolled the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, we're sure the Rickroll phenomenon has officially jumped the shark. But still, we couldn't get through 2008 without not one, but two options: The first track is perfect for Rickrolling a packed dance floor. The second is for the end of the night when everyone's good and drunk!
DJ Moule - Fa Fa Fa Good (James Brown vs. Beatles vs. Datarock) - Bordeaux, France
James Brown as a indie rocker? It's hard not to like James Brown's funky vocal ... hell, and it even holds its own paired up with Norwegian dance rockers Datarock. Throw in some Beatles and you've got another wonderful decades-spanning mashup courtesy of classic rock and soul-loving Moule.
Party Ben - Single Ladies (In Mayberry) (Beyoncé vs. "The Andy Griffith Show" Theme) - San Francisco
After nearly a year-long detour into B-more house and remixes, Party Ben makes a much welcome return to the world of mashup making with a silly - yet insanely infectious - bootleg that reaffirms his standing as a master of the craft. Cheeky and totally fun. Welcome back, Ben!
DJ Schmolli - Wicked Wedding (Billy Idol vs. Chris Isaak) - Vienna, Austria
Bootie Munich's resident DJ places Billy Idol's classic anti-wedding ode in a much more melancholic musical setting. In the process, Schmolli recontextualizes the song to more accurately reflect the cynical lyrical content (believe it or not, Billy was NOT in favor of marriage in this song, a fact lost on any couple who requests this at their own wedding!)
Smash-Up Derby - Christmas Bop (The Ramones vs. three Christmas songs) - San Francisco
As the house band at Bootie in San Francisco, Smash-Up Derby has been playing live rock mashups since 2004. This song has been a part of the band's Christmas repertoire since 2006, when they first played it at the Bootie Holiday Party. They finally got around to recording it this year, and it's the first track on Santastic 4, the annual holiday mashup compilation.
Totom - Every Kind Of Creep (Zebra remix) (Radiohead vs. Robert Palmer) - France
You'd never think Radiohead could sound this SMOOVE. It makes Thom Yorke sound kinda smarmy, especially with that '70s bass, the chicka-chicka guitar, and the steel drums ... like somehow he's found himself in a fancy tropical resort hotel bar, sipping a fruity drink, and hitting on every lady that walks by and, well ... being a creep! Gives this song a COMPLETELY different feel, which is what a good mashup SHOULD do!
TWO FOR ONE SPECIAL!
DJ Y Alias JY - Can't Stand Beggin' (The Police vs. Madcon) - Munich
DJ Zebra - Back to Beg (Amy Winehouse vs. Madcon) - Paris
After hearing this "Beggin" song in a recent Adidas commercial, we were like, "Where have we heard this song before?" Oh yeah, from mashups made by two of our DJ friends in Europe, where this Frankie Valli cover by Norwegian hip-hop band Madcon was a HUGE hit. It's about to be released here in the U.S., but why not hear it mashed up two different ways, like we did? The first one with The Police is a nice genre clash that works beautifully, and the second one with Amy Winehouse sounds so seamless that we weren't even convinced it was even a mashup when we first heard it!