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!
So I've been really happy with the positive feedback that has been posted with the past 2 mashup editions, and I'm excited to get this week's segment started. However, I want to temper some expectations because I'll be the first to admit that finding quality mashups was difficult. With totals being 20+ in each of the past two editions, this week's total comes in around 15 mashups. I'm a proponent of quality over quantity, so this week we'll start with an exclusive mashup given to us by DOSVEC. Pairing Passion Pit's new "Carried Away" with Deniz Koyu's remix of Miike Snow's "Pretender", the resulting mashup is a nice flowing vocally driven mashup. By this, I mean that Passion Pit seems to lightly sit on top of the instrumental, wonderfully increasing with the build and providing energy with the synth-heavy drop. Great to hear this sort of track from DOSVEC, and a wonderful addition to your library as 2012 comes to a close.
I want to give a quick shoutout to Lydia over at Sunset In The Rearview for posting some quality mashups that I had recently overlooked. With tracks including Sharkf3ng's "Eyes and Years", Carlos Serrano's "Ghetto Angels", and Drivas' "Million Voices Will Fix You" coming from Sunset's past Mashup Mondays, it's safe to say that Lydia probably saved this week's edition of MM. Just goes to show me that even if I'm not really excited about submissions and with tracks that I come across, it's always advised to check out other blogs that you respect to find some hidden gems. My preference of the 3 listed above is Sharkf3ng's "Eyes and Years" as he expertly infuses Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" throughout the track with Kaskade, Alesso, and others. Then again, it's hard to go wrong with Ellie…as long as you know what you're doing.
It may just be me, but I feel as though hip-hop mashups have become greatly underutilized. Unfortunate really, because so many people can instantly identify samples that are used. This week's highlighted hip-hop mashup comes courtesy of DJ 21azy with his "Just What I Drank". Using a personal favorite of mine, Kid Cudi, with rising star, Kendrick Lamar, "Just What I Drank" is a great mash that could easily come off as an original. It's this fluidity between the two samples that makes me really enjoy the track.
There are plenty of other mashups for your listening pleasure below, so get to listening as I put the finish touches on the sample list for each track. You'll find this post updated with the sample list at the end of the track listings in about an hour or so. Keep sending me submissions at my email provided below.