Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mashup King Strikes Again

You wouldn’t think that Miley Cyrus’ song “Party in the U.S.A” and the hardcore rap group M.O.P.’s “Ante Up” would particularly go well together, but when you actually hear these two songs mashed together as one song, the sound surprisingly feels comfortable.

Welcome to the newest album “All Day” by the one man group “Girl Talk” AKA Gregg Gillis.

Gillis has been making or “modifying” music sinc

e his first album “Secret Diary” in 2002.

SO what makes this so unique


His entire album consist of samples from existing songs, modified and combined with each other to great a new type of song. I know your first reaction is probably like mine.

What a rip off!

but after giving it a decent listen, there is something slightly addictive about it The uncanny way some of these songs mash together is very fun to experience. It helps that a lot of the songs are well known hits from past years, so the album actually takes on a second role as a type of “game” trying to guess which songs the samples are from.

“All Day” is Gillis’ most ambitious album to date, clocking in a 70 minutes long. If you sit through the entire album, you will be exhausted by the end. It never lets up and pummels you without a break for the entire 70 minutes.

That’s my number one cri

tique. It would be nice if he could occasionally slow things down a bit. At the end of the day it will totally wear you out, but if you are trying a dance party, this album will be sure to get it going.

Whether you like it or hate it, It’s very unique, and a sure fire hit if you a planning a party in the near future.

A few of my favorite mashups from the album:

  • Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” on top of Ludacris’ “Move Bitch”
  • Cyndi Lauper’s “Time after Time” on top of Young Dro’s “Freeze Me”
  • Phoenix’s “1901” on top of Ludacris’ “How Low.”
  • Neil Diamond’s “Cherry, Cherry” on top of Crooked I’s “Everythang”
  • Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” on top of Young MC’s “Bust a Move.”

So how does Gillis get away with all of this supposed copyright infringement?

Thanks to Fair Use laws Gillis is able to sample the songs without the threat of getting sued. (For now).

In another break from the norm, Gillis made his album available as a free download on his website

His site crashed several times on November 16th when he released “All Day.”

So give the album a listen. After a while it may seem a little to frantic but it’s fun to listen to for a while, and if you need some good music to jog to, I guarantee this will give you some extra miles.