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Missy Elliot vs Martin Brew – Work It (DJ Soo’s Hopscotch Blend)

Are you ever in the mood to hear a song you used to listen to in high school? Sometimes I’ll put on a “Y2K” or “Millenium Hits” playlist and jam out to songs that were prevalent during my adolescence. The familiarity is nice; this nostalgia feels good every so often.

Missy Elliot’s “Work It” is one of those songs that brings me back to childhood; to riding (remember those pre-driving days??) to soccer practice with a teammate and her mother singing along. “Get your hair DID” was the line that cracked me up the most. Growing up in England, I had never heard this lingo! It was a whole new world to me- especially since this was music my parents probably wouldn’t approve of. A few years down the road, in my teenage years, I still enjoyed the song. And I could finally understand the lyrics. ‘Shave my WHAT’?? I thought. And what’s, “It’s your phenemwithernyeathyna”?? So I did some research and experimented with voice-manipulation software. Long story short- turns out that gibberish she is saying is, “Put you thing down flip it and reverse it” IN REVERSE!

This mashup by DJ Soo tones down Missy’s vocals and emphasizes Martin Brew’s instrumentals. His use of bells are reminiscent of the winter holiday season; of songs that speak of Santa and his reindeer. But this is far from a Christmas song. Soo takes the focus away from Missy’s rhymes and quintessential classic hip-hop record-scratching, and adds a mellow drum beat. This, along with the subtle bass and keyboard, take the original song down a detour. I’ve had mixed feelings about mashups in the past, but this song makes me want to be open to how DJs are manipulating songs in drastic ways. For those of you familiar with the original, prepare for DJ Soo to create a whole new mood for your listening experience.

One interesting thing I noticed is that Soo mixed in a clean version of “Work It”. This contrasts the original greatly, which is quite… filthy. This version is the one I’d rather my teenager daughter listen to! I hope you feel some positive nostalgia upon listening to this track. Who knows what random memory it’ll bring you back to.

Missy Elliot vs Martin Brew – Work It (DJ Soo’s Hopscotch Blend)

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Oliver vs. Ellie Goulding – Control the Lights (Chris Carter Edit)

There is a sound to summer, and it is sweet. It’s the sound of a jolly homeless man singing “Let It Be” in the streets, the ripple of conversations heard outdoors as you wonder how everyone is able to brunch everyday of the week. It’s outdoor seating for restaurants, and skater dudes with cool tricks. It’s a crew of beautiful decked out men and women walking the streets of your neighborhood with glitter and colors, boom box in hand and reggae in ears.

Maybe it was after all of those awesome things today that I came across this and felt, yes. This is what summer is about. I’m thrilled to bring it to you from EMPT and I’m really excited for you guys to embark on summer sound journeys. The thing about listening to music in the warm weather is that no matter how much you like or dislike the weather, the sun is out. So outside, your face is really happy about the fact that it’s light out, and your ears are reacting to a sound (whether you like it or not) that kind of equates to what’s going on with the sun. Everything is connected.

So my kitten is now playing with the space fan in my bedroom because it’s that kind of weather and he’s that kind of cat, and everything is adorable. Chris Carter has done some beautiful work in terms of remixes and edits, so you won’t be surprised that this is just as fun and just as happy. I’m going to sleep and I’m leaving you guys with this work of fun.

Oliver vs. Ellie Goulding – Control the Lights (Chris Carter Edit)

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RRod – With The Suit & Tie On (Marvin Gaye vs. Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z)

Here’s the thing. Both Marvin Gaye and Justin Timberlake are two of my favorite musicians in the whole world. I stand by that statement for. Ever. JT’s debut album was one of the first CDs I owned. It wasn’t the first one, okay? Shakira holds that spot, but only because I found that CD first. I’m an honest and loyal supporter of Mr. Sexyback. As for Marvin Gaye, do I really have to say a lot? He’s the king of soul and the king of my heart.

You can imagine my happiness when I came across this.

I’m really picky about mash-ups. In fact, I’m so picky that I’ve only ever written about one, and it happens to be this Captain Cuts remix. It’s hardly even a mash-up because it’s so new. That being said, you can trust me when I say that what we’re dealing with here, is a lovely collision of two masters and their soothing sexy voices.

Damn it. I have to finish writing my thesis, but this song has my heart and mind in another dimension of fantastical sexy ruminations. Neither of these men, or RRod for the matter, have any idea that I need to be productive right now, but hey. There’s no harm in imagining yourself to a more sensual place, even if the place you’re physically in is not that sexy. I mean, I am sitting in a cafe sipping happy hour Black Chocolate Stout, so things could definitely be worse.

Take your suit and tie off and get it on.

RRod – With The Suit & Tie On (Marvin Gaye vs. Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z)

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The Hood Internet – Pyramidspeak (Purity Ring x Frank Ocean)

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The first time I listened to Channel Orange, I knew that Frank Ocean was three levels ahead of his contemporaries. The whole work blew me away. It was enthralling. Each track deserves its own recognition and praise, but “Pyramids” is what “Back to Black” was for Amy Winehouse. Pure, raw artistry. It’s a true gem of a track and one hell of a story. It’s Ocean’s opus, really, and his production skills are on fire. The moment the chimes and rocking beat drop out and in drops a huge filthy synth melody is his shining star. I remember hearing it for the first time and immediately stopping what I was doing, threw my hands up and screamed “Yass honey yass!” That moment — those brief ten seconds are what sold me on Frank Ocean.

I’ve spent a good couple of months searching, waiting, hoping for a remix of “Pyramids” to surface. There were a couple, but they never really worked with those ten seconds, the one part that mattered to me. It’s such a unique and unexpected moment that Ocean was smart to ruin too much of a good thing and continue it through the whole ten minutes, but it also had such potential for a remix. And just as I was about throw up my hands (for a different reason now) and resign my hope Chicago based duo, The Hood Internet, drops this heavy hitter in my lap and twirl away (well, at least I imagine they’d twirl away).

This track is op-u-lence (say that while clapping on each syllable  please). I doubted the title, but right out of the gate comes Ocean’s brightest moment guns hot. In a way only The Hood Internet can do, Purity Ring’s hauntingly dark “Belispeak” jives with Ocean’s powerhouse beat. Megan James’ ethereal voice floats as the music pounds through us. I’ve always thought there was something sexy about the dissonance of the melody James sings. I can’t place my finger on the word, but I’ve always pictured a Lolita-looking twentysomething girl teasing someone over her sunglasses. I digress. The two worlds of Ocean and Purity Ring merge so elegantly that you’d think it was the original version. They sound made for each other. It’s a perfect sonic marriage.

What’s so solid about this track is The Hood Internet’s approach to the mash-up. We all know that putting a bunch of tracks together that have a relatively similar beat works (those year end pop mixes, anyone?), but it’s to hear something like this.  This mash-up is only two tracks, one instrumental and the other vocal layered on top of one another. They work in harmony like a soul mates. It’s something that only The Hood Internet can do; something like proving you don’t need fifteen tracks to make an incredible mash-up.

The Hood Internet – Pyramidspeak (Purity Ring x Frank Ocean)

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Black Van – Inside (Oliver Remix) vs Goldroom – Fifteen (ft. Chela) (Silenx mashup)

Greetings from the beautiful state of California! Los Angeles has been my place of destination for the past week and I have to say, having lived on the east coast my entire life, this place is magical and filled with sunshining possibilities. The soundtrack for this trip has been eclectic to say the least, but this song has crossed my path at just the perfect time. With love and familiarity, we are introduced to this remix/mash-up in bouncy synth fashion and I could not be happier.

I’m feeling this track in the sun. It’s in headphones, the weather is perfect, and a drive is on the horizon. Wait for the drop and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find an anthem that makes you feel like the young sassy dancing rebellious teenager that you are at heart. Run upstairs, slam the door, put this on the speakers and let that bass penetrate the floor so that your parents know that you’re serious with your rebellion. That’s what this feels like.

Enjoy this track while you let your young at heart emotions get the best of you.

Black Van – Inside (Oliver Remix) vs Goldroom – Fifteen (ft. Chela) (Silenx mashup)

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Marvin Gaye vs. Pryda – Too Busy Thinking About Leja

Think less, do more.

I tend to over think things. Whether it’s where to go to eat or what song to listen to while I’m working out, I’m constantly plagued by indecisiveness and procrastination. Maybe it’s the English major in me, but I tend to analyze every aspect of my life, from where my life is headed to what color shirt to wear.

The consequence is pretty simple: I feel like I don’t get about a tenth of what I set out to do and hope to accomplish. Ideas flow through my veins, but following through on these ideas and just acting on them can be a challenge. I have difficulty just shutting out everything and focusing on either the moment I’m living in or that one thought I’m having.

This song is about doing exactly that–allowing solely one aspect of your life to consume your actions and thoughts (in this case, that’s love).  I’m not big on resolutions, but this is definitely one I’m zeroing in on for 2013–zoning in on one aspect of my life at a time and not worrying about what I can’t control.

“I aint got time to think about money or what it can buy,
I aint got time to sit down and wonder what makes a birdie fly…”

I’ve been on a huge Marvin Gaye kick lately, and the combination of his deep, emotive voice and Eric Prydz’s ambient house is straight magical right here. It makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time, the way all bittersweet gems do.

“I got a one track mind…”

Marvin Gaye was as troubled as they come, but he still managed to put his problems aside and produce the best soul to come from the Mo-Town era. Everyone has issues and contradictory thoughts swirling through their minds–it’s how you deal with them and what art emerges from those thoughts. In 2013, I hope to do a lot less thinking and a lot more accomplishing.

Marvin Gaye vs. Pryda – Too Busy Thinking About Leja

 

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Beyonce vs. Beastie Boys – Girls on Girls (Captain Cuts Remix)

Take an unstoppable force like Beyonce already mixed with something as dancey as Major Lazer, and then throw some Beastie Boys in there. Two songs that already have a knack for getting stuck in your head, placed together to give you the beauty that is a modern day mash up with all the right ingredients. Mind you, I’m very picky about mash-ups, but this one just can’t do any wrong. This track just bleeds summer happy. I’m a sucker for songs that put me right in the mood to dance. But not just dance. I mean like jump up and down, smiling like an idiot, with your hands moving in every direction. It’s just the kind of joyful song that you want everyone to hear. There’s not too much else to say about this track because it’s just pure gold, so turn up the speakers in your house, dance around in your underwear, and do whatever else you need to do to spread the good cheer.

Girls On Girls (Captain Cuts Remix) – Beyonce vs. Beastie Boys

-Ashley

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The Twelfth Hour

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Will someone please explain to me the phenomenon that is time while at work? Doesn’t it feel like right before you get to work time is flying and you can’t move fast enough but the second you sit down it’s like you go into some alternate world and it takes an hour for 5 minutes to pass. Work sucks huh? You know what, I really like the concept of that new Bruce Willis movie. We should have robots that represent us at work while we do important things like thinking of more ways to use robots and not do anything. That probably won’t happen today so I’ve got a little something to help you day dream and procrastinate more than you already do…

The Twelves released a new 60 minute mixtape two days ago and I think my friend Ben’s facebook message describes it best: “new 12s mixtape = predictable amazingness.”  This is the followup to their previous mixtape Episode II, which I never got around to posting but will in the next week or so.  I’ve been listening to this all morning and it rocks, there’s really nothing else to say.  These guys just get it when it comes to song selection and production. The transitions from song to song are seamless, the mash-ups and remixes are top notch and the overall flow and feel is energetic and entertaining all throughout.  it’s quite good.

The Twelfth Hour (Download)

Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)

Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)

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Groove Armada – Drop The Tough (The Twelves Remix)

Drop The Tough (The Twelves B-Live Remix Edit)

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Here’s the set list:

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Chromeo – Call Me Up (Bag Raiders Remix)

Every time I listen to Chromeo I’m reminded of those old school smooth soul R&B/Funk bands. You know, like the Barry Whites, Fatback Band, Major Harris, the Persuaders. All the guys whose sole purpose as artist was to sing about the many complexities, dimensions and details of macking it to girls on a daily basis. I was always fascinated by those steamy spoken interludes Barry White had in his songs, I mean you have to be deep in the seduction game to pull that off and not come across like a master cheese-ball. Call Me Up is about making the said girl comfortable with some casual phone conversation and flirtatious foreplay…

Call me when you’re sad. Call me when you’re mad
Call me when you’re home alone. Call me when you’re freaky
Call me when you’re nasty. Call me when you wanna *ahem*”

All you rookies can learn a thing or two from this song – making a girl at ease and comfortable around you will get you very far in romance. Communication is key, I know it sounds cliche but if you dive into that concept and apply it you’ll be surprised how open a pretty girl can get and how exiting a love life can be. Here’s the original and Bag Raiders remix/mashup of Call Me Up, enjoy.

Chromeo – Call Me Up

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Chromeo – Call Me Up (Bag Raiders Remix)

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Dead Prez vs. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks Of Hip Hop

I’m not usually into mash-ups but my friend Will sent me this a few weeks ago and I thought it was great. Dead Prez is an underground hip-hop group known for their socially conscious and politically charged lyrics. Though never achieving much commercial success they’ve garnered incredible respect and street credibility from both fans and fellow artist. Hip Hop, the most well known song from their 2000 LP Let’s Get Free, is an attack on the commercialization and exploitation of hip hop. This song was written in 2000 so the downfall of Hip Hop had already begun with the questionable leadership of Puff Daddy and post Hard Knock Life Jay-Z. Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear is a great song, I won’t say much about it so the focus remains on the Dead Prez lyrics, but enjoy the mash-up, we don’t post many.

Dead Prez – Hip Hop

Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks

Dead Prez vs. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks Of Hip Hop