Bootie Top 10 - May 2009
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ABX of The Hood Internet - 1000 Times Right Round (Flo-Rida vs. MSTRKRFT) - Chicago
It's been a while since we've featured anything from The Hood Internet, but ABX knocks it out of the park with this one, blowing up the blogosphere with this dance floor stormer, where MSTRKFRT's buzzsaw electro seems to suit Flo-Rida's remake of "You Spin Me Round" much better than his own hip-hop instrumentation, and brings something new to both tracks, making an unbeatable Electro-Bootie hit.
Aggro1 - You Know You're Blue (Nirvana vs. Blue Stahli) - Dayton, Ohio
Last month marked the 15-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain's tragic suicide, so it seems perfect timing for Ohio's best bootlegger to take one of Nirvana's last recorded songs and to make it even darker and more depressing than it already was. We hate to say it, but this mashup just screams suicide. It's dark, it's haunting, it's depressing as hell, but powerful.
Amoraboy - The Twist of Single Ladies (Beyoncé vs. Chubby Checker) - Toulouse, France
Nearly 50 years separate these two songs, yet they fit together like they were made for each other, turning "Single Ladies" into a doo-wop hit at a 1950s sock-hop. Can't you just imagine the video for this, with Beyoncé in a poodle skirt doing The Twist?
Dan Mei & Marc Johnce - Chasing Cars That Way (Backstreet Boys vs. Snow Patrol) - Denmark / Germany
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We didn't realize how many people know EVERY SINGLE WORD to this Backstreet Boys song until we played it as our last "slow dance" song at Bootie LA. We're not sure whether this gives the Backstreet Boys a bit of indie cred, or if it just makes Snow Patrol sound cheesy. Um ... both?
Faroff - House of Klezmer (House of Pain vs. Amsterdam Klezmer Band vs. Pa Brapad) - Brasilia/Cambridge
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We love fucking with our audience at Bootie, and this is one of those tracks that does exactly that, with a long intro that has the crowd scratching their heads going "WTF?" -- that is, until a minute later, when "Jump Around" kicks and makes the place explode into some sort of klezmer-hip-hop freakout. And make sure you watch the video, it's fantastic! How does someone from Brazil come up with this stuff? Did we mention that DJ Faroff is our special guest in San Francisco this month?
DJ Lobsterdust - Love City (R.E.M. vs. The Panthers vs. Holy Ghost!) - New York City
We've always loved this R.E.M. song and hearing it updated with some nice electronic throb and beats takes nothing away from its melancholy sentiment. It's not exactly something you'd wanna drop in the middle of a prime-time party set, but we love its dark beauty.
Overdub - Mixed Farm (Beck vs. Rage Against The Machine) - France
This mashup feels SOOOO LA to us! Take two quintessential Angeleno artists, from opposite sides of town, and put 'em together -- somehow, it just magically works, giving Beck a much harder-rockin' backing band, and making Rage sound more melodic than they ever have before.
Party Ben - Shame (At Nite) (Kid Cudi vs. Evelyn "Champagne" King) - San Francisco
Seems like many of the hipsters are jumping on the disco-revival bandwagon these days, so mashing up Kid Cudi with a classic disco hit not only gives everyone a bit of a musical history lesson, but also, interestingly enough, sounds fresh and contemporary -- even despite that saxophone!
Titus Jones - A Circus of Heartbreakin' Divas (Pat Benatar vs. Beyoncé vs. 3OH!3 vs. Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera vs. M.I.A.) - Arkansas
Our favorite bootlegger from Arkansas returns with a sonic stew featuring five dueling divas from different decades, along with "peanut gallery" input from hot new band 3OH!3. We've been waiting for years for something good to be mashed up with Pat Benatar's classic "Heartbreaker" (it's Adrian's fave karaoke song!) and here, Titus Jones delivers.
DJ Topcat - Boyz Slumdog (M.I.A. vs. A.R. Rahman) - Seattle
This mashup was just MEANT to be. How perfect is it to pair the Sri Lankan M.I.A.'s vocals with A.R. Rahman's Indian soundtrack music from "Slumdog Millionaire?" We love giving a little Bollywood flavor to the dance floor!