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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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Extraordinary Magnitude Vs. Blackstreet – No Diggity 2013

You’ve gotta have a grip of confidence if you think you can take on one of the great, enduring anthems of the 90s and actually elevate the proceedings, let along do it justice. I mean, come on! Outside of its chart and critical success, the legacy of No Diggity is largely a product of its crossover appeal. Doesn’t really matter what you’re into. Musically speaking, the track has something for you. Hard-nosed thuggery? Hey Dre. Deft lyricism? Queen Pen’s pretty nimble on the mic. Charm out the ying yang?

I like the way you work it
Trumped tight, all day, every day
You’re blowing my mind, maybe in time
Baby, I can get you in my ride.”

You tell me.

Which makes me a bit incredulous about how this mashup came to be. The way Extraordinary Magnitude, or Exmag depending on which URL corner you’re poking around, tells it, it was a happy accident. See, Exmag is a freshfaced young group who were hard at work on their upcoming album Proportions when they realized one of their instrumental tracks just so happened to mesh well with acapella track for the 90s R&B standard by Blackstreet. Convenient! Did I mention that Extraordinary Magnitude is the new side project from producer Gramatik and a few of his musically adept buddies?

No surprise then that this piece of audio populism works as well as it does. It sounds less like a “mashup” in the traditional sense and more like a jam session, where the original vocals are used as a frame upon which Exmag drape they funk fineries. The musicianship on display here is a bit staggering; every time I run though the track I catch another lick or bass line that I latch onto and nod along with, little marvels they are. And whenever the track reaches a bridge (or is it a second chorus?), the whole thing opens up in a full on funk explosion. Especially under Pen’s verse, that interplay between the clav and the guitar is butter smooth. A quick run up the keys here, a little nimble noodling there, light touches that make for quick counters and ripostes. That’s right. Real instruments, interacting with each other as though they were being played together live in the same room. Can you imagine?

Extraordinary Magnitude Vs. Blackstreet – No Diggity 2013

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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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Broke One Vs Classixx – Nightcallomania (Jorge BOnJOuR Remix)

A few weeks ago we introduced you guys to French/DJ Producer Jorge Bonjour via his now wildly popular Kitsuné Club Night mix.  His style can be described as seamless execution. His mashups, blends and remixes sound so effortless and well done that it’s hard to think of the songs as not going together in the first place. Bonjour displays a master of both taste and technology, a skill set that that is in my opinion a prerequisite for the modern artist.

Today ol’ boy is back with yet another perfectly executed mashup sure to liven up your Tuesday morning. We’re excited to be the breeding grounds for this new young talent and we look forward for what’s to come, enjoy.

Broke One Vs Classixx – Nightcallomania (Jorge BOnJOuR Remix)