Mashup Monday – We're back again with some of the freshest mashes to start your week off right. These are the mashes that are worth hearing, so stop you're searching and instead settle down at your computer… turn up your speakers… and get ready for that sweet nectar that only EARMILK can give ya. Let's GO!
First off I want to thank everyone who participated in the Kap Slap Headphone giveaway. It feels great to be able to give back to the devoted followers of not only Mashup Monday but the artists as well. So without further ado, the winner of the #KapSlapMashupMonday is…@yowasuphomeboy. So if you're reading this, please tweet me (@ItsGutz) or hit me up in an email – firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can get you those headphones.
Now to the music. Wasn't really feeling the submissions and tracks sent my way this week. That's not to say that this week is lacking in quality, but rather I had to scour a bit more for some hidden gems. Still managed to get almost 15 tracks, which is certainly a number I'm happy with. However, what needs to be highlighted first and foremost is D.veloped's Work Party: 2 Weeks Notice. The 2nd project in D.veloped's Work Party series isn't as long as Kap Slap's "Back To School" mix, but it's definitely worthy of being played alongside it. You're going to get a little bit of everything when you put in 2 Weeks Notice ranging from a little bit of funkiness, some trap, some moombah, and that good ole D swagger. Absolute fire for 40 straight minutes.
And switching gears to some chiller mashups, I'd like to take note of Mighty Mike's "Alive and Kissing" as well as Ricky Cervantes' "Gorilla Lullaby". Mighty Mike employs some Simple Minds and M.I.A. to create a mash that gives Mathangi Arulpragasam a more emotional essence. M.I.A. can certainly be an explosive artist, as witnessed by her Super Bowl performance, but Mighty Mike brings her down to earth in a more calming manner. Ricky, on the other hand, takes (seemingly) every masher's recent go-to edit, Frail Limb Purity's edit of The Cure's "Lullaby". Last week, DJ Prophet mashed it with M.I.A. (am I hearing a theme?), but Ricky chooses to go with some good ole Gorillaz. I'm split as to which mash I like more, so I leave it for you to decide. Hit me up in the comments to sound off.
The final track that I want to highlight is 8corporation's "Every Little Gambino She Does Is Childish", which incidentally is part of an EP that deals Childish Gambino – found here. As soon as I started hearing Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' "Home", my interest level perked up. The overall sequencing and layering of the track works, though I do think it could be cleaned up a bit more. By that, I mean that some sections could be isolated a bit more to really make it stand out but I'm definitely still a fan. I'm certainly a sucker for "Home" – I'm talking to you Jane Doze and that section of your live set at Studio Paris – but more than anything, I'm a sucker for good music and mashups. So keep sending in your submissions, and let's get you up on Mashup Monday.