Category Archives: Mashups
Can’s “Vitamin C” and Miguel De Deus’s “Black Soul Brothers” for the beat; “Cacha Mechanica” (artist unknown) for the guitar sample and a piano loop from Krysztof Komeda’s soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s “Knife in the Water.”
The tight freak-out grooves on Krautrock pioneers Can’s Ege Bamyasi make it my favorite album in their wide-ranging discography. I really wanted to emulate that free-form sound in my band in grad school – but while the “free” part was do-able for us, the “form” didn’t work out so well due to my not-so-polished drum skills. Thank god for automatic beat-matching. Continue reading
Damn – they stole my idea – or rather they beat me to the punch. I love the piece “Proven Lands” on Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood’s soundtrack to There Will be Blood – if there were ever a beat to be flipped from music made for a string ensemble, this is it, and I’ve been struggling to find a way to remix it/mash it up. Now, it seems Radiohead and MF Doom (or DOOM, as he now prefers to be called) have done just that with “Retarded Fren“: Continue reading
French electronic DJ and producer Mr Oizo’s 1999 release Analog Worms Attack is proof positive that “techno” is not just for glowstick waving douchebags.
Made entirely with analog instruments, the album’s tracks sound deceptively simple, but are anything but. The subsequent mashup of beats from this seminal album with songs from Wu Tang’s Enter the 36 Chambers are guaranteed to have even the most puritanical of hip hop heads bobbing in agreement. Continue reading
As I mentioned in my previous post, rock and hip hop mashups are tricky – when done well, they bring out the intensity of both tracks, when done not-so-well, you get Limp Bizkit.
The idea isn’t new, of course, but more recent producers have put their own spin on rock-rap hybrids with interesting results. Some examples:
Roc Raida & DJ Vlad: “Whole Lotta Dead Wrong”
The late, great X-cutioners alumnus Led Zeppelin produced this remix, featuring Biggie’s “Dead Wrong” over Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with DJ Vlad. Works on every level. Continue reading
The song I sampled here – ‘The Guy Who Invented Fire”- is my favorite Shellac song from their debut album, and of course C.R.E.A.M. is arguably Wu Tang’s best song.
Even though the acapella parts (especially Insectah Deck’s) don’t match-up perfectly with Todd Trainer’s clumpy, angular rhythms, I think the dynamics still work – especially with Steve Albini’s trademark lacerating guitar riffs. Continue reading