Bootie Top 10 - March 2010
We're pressed for time this month, as we've got Bootie Berlin's DJ Morgoth here in California for the week,
UPDATE: Okay, so you guys let us know, and it seems that at least a few of you appreciate the blurbs. So we've updated this Bootie Top 10 with our comments for each track.
Anyway, we've actually got twelve (count 'em, 12!) tracks for you, due to having two "Double Shots," the first featuring Kate Bush (including an interesting hybrid mashup/cover from UK artist Dan Black) and the second featuring Chicago's The Hood Internet (we couldn't decide between STV SLV and ABX, so we just picked both!) We've also got a couple of "Bootie Exclusives" for you -- mashups you won't find anywhere else -- as well as a bunch of other gems, including tracks both brand-new and a couple months old (which gives us enough time to determine that they're fantastic Bootie party tracks!
Enjoy, and start right-clickin'! – A+D
DOUBLE SHOT: Kate Bush
Apollo Zero - I'm Ready & Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush vs. Kano) - New Orleans
Dan Black - Get Into Cloudbusting (Kate Bush vs. Dan Black covering Madonna) - UK
We're both big fans of Kate Bush, so we when had the opportunity to do a "double shot" of mashups that feature the iconic '80s British songstress, we couldn't resist. The first gives her biggest hit, "Running Up That Hill," a nice disco backbeat, while the second is an inspired mashup/cover hybrid from Dan Black, who sings Madonna's "Get Into The Groove" over a remixed version of "Cloudbusting."
Bassnectar - Where Is My Mind? (Bassnectar Remix) (The Pixies vs. Bassnectar) - San Francisco
This starts off innocuously enough, womming and throbbing away before mutating into the most heavy electro breakbeat version of the Pixies you've ever heard. Seeing as that Bassnectar is probably the "biggest name DJ" to come out of the Burning Man scene, we can't help but imagine this blasting out of a ginormous sound system out on the playa at dawn. "Where is my mind?" ... indeed!
DJ BC - Could You Be Love Gamed? (Bob Marley vs. Lady Gaga) - Boston BOOTIE EXCLUSIVE!
There haven't been very many killer mashups of "Love Game," but here, Bootie Boston's DJ BC rectifies that situation, making an unlikely lyrical connection between Lady Gaga and Bob Marley. Could this be love?
Copycat - I Was Made For A Heavy Cross (Kiss vs. The Gossip) - Sweden
Kiss is a rock band that dabbled in disco back when it was originally popular in the '70s. The Gossip are quite a different rock band that -- like many of their indie-rock contemporaries -- are also currently dabbling in disco. So why NOT put these two together? Apparently, disco is NOT dead!
The Face Melters - Ice Ice Tik Tok (Vanilla Ice vs. Ke$ha) - San Francisco BOOTIE EXCLUSIVE!
The debut track from The Face Melters, a collaboration between frequent Bootie Top 10 contributor DJ Fox and his accomplice Kool Karlo. What can we say that Pop Wrap's Ryan Brockington at the New York Post hasn't already said? "The dollar store version of Lady Gaga, both in name spelling and song yelling, has recently been pureed with one of the '80s most quintessential bleach-tipped rappers ... take a moment to accept the fact that Ke$ha may just be the Vanilla Ice of our era. Yikes."
DOUBLE SHOT: The Hood Internet
ABX of The Hood Internet - Ignition (Keep It Remixing Louder) (R. Kelly vs. Major Lazer) - Chicago
STV SLV of The Hood Internet - I Ain't That Earthquake (Wallpaper. vs. Little Boots) - Chicago
We couldn't pick just one! Besides, we didn't want to play favorites between The Hood Internet's ABX and STV SLV, so they get one each here ... and when both tracks are this good, why not? R. Kelly gets some hipster cred mashed-up with Major Lazer, and speaking of hipster cred, you get a double dose of both with STV SLV's combo of two very-now "bands of the moment."
The Kleptones - Welcome Back (Guns N' Roses vs. Chemical Brothers vs. LFO vs. Basement Jaxx vs. Missy Elliott) - Brighton, UK
The Chemical Brothers always approached dance music with very big, rock 'n' roll beats (hence the term "big beat") so it actually makes kinda perverse sense that The Kleptones would mash them (and several others) up with some classic Guns 'N Roses. This is a special unmixed, "single" version - the original appears on their new mashup album Upside/Downside.
MadMixMustang - Take Me On The Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne vs. a-ha) - The Netherlands
We gotta admit -- the first time we played this at Bootie, we weren't really sure how it was gonna go over. But we shouldn't have worried -- this is the classic sort of A+B mind-fuck mashup that made Bootie's reputation. In fact, it's mashups like this that originally made us fall in love with the genre to begin with.
DJ Tripp - How Low In The House (Ludacris vs. Steve Aoki) - Santa Cruz, CA
We're loving the new Ludacris single, and it's even better coupled with some bangin' electro dance-floor beats, mashed together courtesy of Bootie regular, DJ Tripp, whose output has been nothing but quality as of late.
The White Panda - Fireflies Goin' Down (Yung Joc vs. Owl City) – Chicago/Los Angeles
The White Panda mixtape amply proves that you can pretty much plop a rap vocal over just about ANYTHING, which unfortunately makes most hip-hop mashups sound a bit trite and uninspired ... and not really all that edgy. This track however, is a notable exception, adding some much-needed dirty street-cred to the overly-precious sicky-sweet sounds of that damn "Fireflies" song. Catchy as all get out. Meet me at Bootie ... it's goin' down!