After six weeks of an intense travel schedule (LA, Singapore, Hanoi, Saigon, Bangkok, Seattle, New York City), it’s nice to be back home in San Francisco for more than just a couple days. So now that we’ve had a week to settle back into the swing of things here at Bootie home base, it’s time for another belated Top 10.
In keeping with tradition, two weeks of tardiness have resulted in five extra tracks, so this is actually a Top 15. And what a mixed bag it is! We’ve got mashups both old and new on this list, dusting off some forgotten favorites, as well as showcasing some brand-new productions.
One caveat: Having been on tour, we’re a bit backlogged in going through new music, so if you’ve sent us something, we might not have gotten to it yet. We’re still sifting through the “New Mashups” folder that contains about 200 tracks in it, but hey, that’s what the December Top 10 is for, right? And if you want to send us mashup submissions, please use our NEW email address (and only send 1 or 2 tracks/links max.): firstname.lastname@example.org
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Divide & Kreate - Save The Streets (U2 vs. Swedish House Mafia) – Stockholm, Sweden
There’s just something so epic and anthemic about BOTH of these songs, perfect for last call, or — depending on where you’re DJing — sunrise!
DJs From Mars – Where Dem Levels At (Avicii vs. David Guetta vs. DJs From Mars) – Torino, Italy
We’ve publicly lamented the inherit lameness (and laziness) of what we call “what’s the point?” mashups – sure, two current pop hits mixed together might technically be a “mashup,” but who cares? Sometimes though, you just can’t help yourself, so if you ARE going to do it, rip a page from the DJs From Mars handbook and put shit-tons of your own production work on it, making it your own, and elevating it beyond just a mere mashup or remix. When that electronic throbbing dubby bass kicks in, it feels like the aliens have landed.
Electrosound – Crazy Little Feel Called Love (James Brown vs. Queen vs. Fatboy Slim vs. Beck) – France
Classic genre-clashed A+B (with a little C and D thrown in for spice too). Every wonder what would happen if James Brown fronted Queen instead of Freddie Mercury? Wonder no more!
The Evolution Control Committee – Stairway To Britney (Britney Spears vs. Led Zeppelin) – Columbus, Ohio
Since 1986, The ECC have been violating copyright law the hard way, long before computers made it easy. They’ve been making mashups since before the term even existed – hell, before even most of today’s mashup producers were even born! Earlier this year, they put out a new album, All Rights Reserved, where this classic – the closing song of their sets for years – finally got released.
Lobsterdust – Sunglasses x3 (Chris Brown vs. Corey Hart) - New York City
Lobsterdust makes his obligatory appearance on the Bootie Top 10 with this dance floor gem, which revives Corey Hart’s ’80s classic by grafting Chris Brown’s “Yeah 3x” on top. Lobsterdust shows, once again, his excellent production skills on this track.
Markito – Hello Without You (Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette vs. U2) – Vienna
Want your mashup to instantly sound more epic and anthemic? Just add some “Joshua Tree”-era U2! The venerable Irish band makes their second appearance on this list, adding some gravitas to Dragonette’s “Hello” vocal. Another good one for late-night!
Mashup-Germany – Who Knew Someone Like You… (Adele vs. Pink vs. 4 Non Blondes vs. Ben E. King vs. Snow Patrol vs. Lady Gaga vs. Whitney Houston) – Frankfurt, Germany
Despite his well-earned reputation as a killer dance-floor club DJ, Mashup-Germany’s production forté is really in multi-mashed tracks like this, where he fuses seven songs into a plaintive, beautiful slow jam. If we were producing a Broadway mashup musical, this would be the heartfelt ensemble ballad… and there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house!
MixmstrStel – Now That We Found Mr. Saxobeat (Heavy D and The Boyz vs. Alexandra Stan) – Boston
We couldn’t do a Bootie Top 10 this month without paying tribute to rapper Heavy D (R.I.P.). Mashed-up a month before he died, this is a fitting tribute from Boston’s MixmstrStel.
DJ not-I – Keep On Rockn (My Rebellion) (Steve Miller vs. Arcade Fire) - UK
A forgotten favorite from the vaults. Indie darlings Arcade Fire somehow elevate Steve Miller’s best-known song into something … more than the same song you’ve been hearing on classic rock radio since the ’70s.
RLP – Respect 2010 (RLP feat. Aretha Franklin & Lil’ Jon) – France
Here’s an interesting case study in how to get your mashup officially released: Come up with a great idea and get it out there (like this one!). Since you can’t get or afford the original licensing, when it starts to gain attention, find someone to record a very faithful cover version of the song you’re bootlegging. Release a nearly identical version of your original mashup to great acclaim. See how easy that was? However, since Bootie specializes in bootleg mashups, you’re getting the one using the original artists here.
Salvador G (Automatic Reaction) – Ignition – The Blue Remix (R. Kelly vs. New Order) – New York City
The world isn’t exactly crying out for yet another “Blue Monday” mashup, but dammit, we just couldn’t resist! R. Kelly’s vocals somehow cheeses this one up just enough for our tastes.
DJ Schmolli – Cruelly Good Summer Feeling (Flo Rida vs. Avicii vs. Ace Of Base vs. Sak Noel vs. Jason Derulo vs. Stanton Warriors vs. Aura Dione vs. t.A.T.u. vs. Adele vs. Travie McCoy vs. Groove Armada vs. Britney Spears) – Vienna
As one of our favorite mashup producers, Austria’s Schmolli is consistently excellent with a well-crafted A+B mashup, but here, he starts venturing into Earworm/Titus Jones territory, taking 12 songs and fusing them into one seamless song creation.
DJ ShyBoy – Bette Davis Eyes In The Dark (Graph Gonzales vs. Kim Carnes vs. Corey Hart) – Los Angeles
One way to try to break an up-and-coming artist is to mash up one of her songs with (in this case) much more well-known songs. Here, DJ ShyBoy does just that, taking Canadian indie/alternative/pop musician Graph Gonzales and mashing her up with TWO ’80s classics. Shyboy creates a very beautiful mashup out of these, perhaps greater than the sum of its parts… and makes us want to know more about this new artist. And what’s up with Corey Hart this month? His second appearance on this list!
Titus Jones – Bad Things Will Roll With The Devil (Marilyn Manson vs. Christina Aguilera vs. Jace Everett vs. Rihanna vs. Lady GaGa vs. Katy Perry vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. Drowning Pool vs. 666 vs. Mike Oldfield) - Nashville
Barely released in time for Halloween, this is simply too good (and not too spooky-specific) to only be played once a year. In typical Titus Jones fashion, it’s incredibly diva-licious (although shockingly lacking any Britney Spears), but gets MAJOR bonus points for using the theme song from “True Blood!” Titus Jones does it again!
Voicedude – Moves Like A Deadmau5 (Maroon 5 vs. Deadmau5 vs. Rolling Stones) – Orange County, California
We had unfairly overlooked this one a few months ago, due to the fact that we were simply so sick of that damn Deadmau5 song, surely the most mashed-up song of both 2010 and 2011! But there’s no denying that this mashup works great, and with the added Mick Jagger vocal, it just ties it all together.