As it is every year, it takes a while for us to fire up the ol’ Bootie Top 10 again, since we’re always concerned with getting the annual end-of-the-year Best of Bootie album out to as many people and places as possible.
Then again, it hasn’t helped that there’s been a dearth of decent material in the mashup scene lately. “Current hits vs. current hits” mashups may be all the rage these days, but unfortunately many are what we call “what’s the point” mashups. Where’s the clever genre-clash, era-spanning musical connections, or interesting lyrical counterpoints? Oh right, NOWHERE.
That said, the past few weeks have reinvigorated us, with some of our favorite bootleg producers cranking out some top-notch stuff, and reminding us the scene is still there, and still vibrant. We’ve also included some older “secret weapon” and “forgotten favorites” on this month’s list as well. And since it’s nearly mid-February, we went ahead and made it a Top 15, because … well, because Bootie loves you.
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Bogoss – Sexy Boys And Girls Know It (LMFAO vs. Blur) – France
After hearing a slew of uninspired Top 40 mashups using LMFAO’s “Sexy & I Know It” acapella, we were relieved to hear it finally mashed up with a song older than six months … and with a lyrical connection to boot!
Brat – Rhiannon’s Teardrop (Fleetwood Mac vs. Massive Attack) – Los Angeles
Massive Attack is the perfect backdrop for Stevie Nicks’ hauntingly witchy “Rhiannon,” putting the song in a darker context than the Fleetwood Mac original.
DJs From Mars – Fade Into Someone Like You (Adele vs. Avicii) – Italy
We suppose it was inevitable that Adele’s heartbreaking ballad would get turned into a jubilant club banger, but DJs From Mars pull it off with grace, offering a slow burning build-up that crescendos into electro awesomeness.
The Hood Internet – Without Kimmi (Usher vs Twin Sister) – Chicago
When Usher sings with David Guetta, it just sounds like Top 40 pap. But when ABX of The Hood Internet pairs him with the indie chillwave of Twin Sister, the true lilting beauty of that vocal hook is seen in a whole new light.
Lobsterdust – Bonfire Vision (Childish Gambino vs. Joker) – New York City
If you MUST mash up two current songs together, at least make sure they’re both by artists as cool as the rap alias of Community actor Donald Glover and UK dubstep/grime artist Joker.
Lobsterdust – Changed The Way You Relax (Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs. Example) – New York City
Just as we were getting sick of everyone in our scene mashing up this Example song (there’s a hybrid of two of them on the Best of Bootie 2011 CD) Lobsta comes out with this, which he used to open his recent sets at Bootie SF and LA.
PARTY ANTHEM DOUBLE-SHOT
MadMixMustang – New Years Eve Party Anthem (Pink vs. LMFAO vs. Queen vs. James Brown vs. Chemical Bros. vs. Europe vs. Rick James) – The Netherlands
DJ Schmolli - Super Bowl Anthem (LMFAO vs. Madonna vs. Europe vs. Queen House Of Pain vs. Reel 2 Real vs. Tag Team vs. The Vinyl Rippers vs. Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah vs. MC Hammer vs. Queen vs. Metallica vs. White Stripes) – Vienna
These two multi-mashup party anthems were made for two separate occasions – New Years Eve and Super Bowl Sunday, respectively. But their “let’s party now!” sentiments are good for ANY time of the year!
Marc Johnce – The Sign In The U.S.A. (Ace of Base vs. Miley Cyrus) – Germany
Who doesn’t love both of these songs? Sure, you say you don’t, but we know you secretly do. If you’ve been to Bootie, then you know that this mashup is like a chick magnet to an empty dance floor at 10pm.
Mashup-Germany - Paradise (Infinity And You Know It) (Coldplay & Fedde le Grand vs. LMFAO vs. Guru Josh Project vs. Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette) – Germany
This mashup was THIS close to making it on to Best of Bootie 2011. Deciding which mashups make the cut for that is always like killing babies, but we’ll always have the Bootie Top 10.
DJ NeilBeats – Be Faithful Single Ladies (Fatman Scoop vs. Beyoncé) – New York City
A “secret weapon” track we got from Mashup-Germany that never fails to make the dance floor go crazy. Who knew some fat guy from Brooklyn yelling at the crowd mixed with some Beyoncé would work so well?
Robin Skouteris – Barbra Streisand Strikes A Pose! Vogue! (Madonna vs. Duck Sauce) – Greece
Okay, we admit it. We are SO late to the party with this one, which came out over a year ago. But hey, Madge just performed “Vogue” at the Super Bowl halftime show and Robin Skouteris is our guest DJ at Bootie SF and LA in March, so we’re gonna pretend like this is perfect timing.
DJ Schmolli – Titanium 500 (The Proclaimers vs. David Guetta feat. Sia vs. Midnight Oil) – Vienna
More than any other track on this list, Schmolli’s latest has renewed our faith in mashups. This proves that despite the current scene’s doldrums, a simple A+B(+C) that uses clever, underutilized source material can still surprise and amaze (and make a Bootie dance floor jump and sing along!)
DJ ShyBoy – Working Supermodel (RuPaul vs. Michael Jackson) – Los Angeles
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the iconic “Supermodel” (has it really been twenty years?) DJ ShyBoy has released a RuPaul mashup mixtape. Bonus points for using a Michael Jackson song that’s NOT from “Thriller” or “Bad.”
Titus Jones – Don’t 69 In The Dark Without Jagger (David Guetta & Usher vs. No Doubt vs. Dev vs. Bryan Adams vs. Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera vs. Eurythmics) – Nashville
The standout track from Culture Bully’s “2011 Mashed” album, Titus Jones creates a touching duet between Gwen Stefani and Bryan Adams. And of course, this being a Titus Jones track, there are plenty of guest appearances from a peanut gallery of current pop stars.