These are the mashes that are worth hearing, so stop your 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!
Starting off, we have "Leçon 27" from Stromae, part of a series of videos that gives us an up-close view of the going ons of the Belgian artist. With videos ranging from Stromae walking around in a supermarket in a bathrobe to Stromae introducing, and performing live, his hit "Alors on Danse" for a French crowd to this lesson that sees him team up with Major Lazer at one of their shows in Paris, each leçon is quite refreshing. Combining his (Stromae's) single, "Papaoutai", with Major Lazer's "Watch Out For This (Bumaye)", the end result is infectious and lively. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find the direct song from either Major Lazer or Stromae, so we're left with a nice rendition by Sebatian Lynasio. If you can find the actual file/song, then link it below in the comments.
Following such a lively song, we transition to The Melker Project, a New York-based artist consisting of Scott Melker, who gives us The Melker Project 3. Made up of 10 songs totaling near 50 minutes of music, The Melker Project 3 is another satisfying glimpse of what to expect in a live performance of Scott Melker. As Melker describes it, this mix is "an opus for the ADHD generation" and "this genre busting mixtape, which utilizes parts of nearly 200 songs…showcases Melker’s world class scratching and mixing skills…", making it perfect to plugin as a party playlist. You'll get a little bit of everything, so be prepared to transition from hip-hop vocals overlaid on rock instrumentals before transitioning to pop-heavy samples that will have all the ladies singing. Grab the download below, and be on the lookout for The Melker Project's upcoming The Skeetles project focusing on Beatles' samples.
I've noticed that as much as I complain about all those female pop radio singers (ie Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc.), I do tend to post mashups that involve samples of them. I take that as a sign that mashup artists integrate these samples in a manner that's an improvement over the original and/or deep down, and subconsciously, I'm actually a fan of these ladies. Don't know if I want to believe that just yet, but Marc Johnce shows us that aforementioned "improvement" by combining Icona Pop, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and new pop radio lady Bonnie McKee. Lord forgive me, but this one may just turn out to be a guilty pleasure of mine.
We end with newcomer RUINMYTUNE's "I Was Made To Love", which employs Kiss and John Legend, repeat artist Isosine, and a playful mash from Dylan Vasey. RUINMYTUNE does an admirable job of combining popular rock group Kiss with R&B crooner, John Legend, but I would've liked to have seen Kiss take a more prominent role in the mashup. Regardless, "I Was Made To Love" tugs at you emotionally, and is a nice relaxing mash with some deep bass undertones. Isosine, on the other hand, goes the route of Anna Kendrick with some Kendrick Lamar all over Florence & The Machine's "Never Let Me Go". Kendrick provides a much-needed edge to an otherwise tender song. Finally, Dylan Vasey gives us "Safe & Sound in 5 Years Time" which intertwines personal favorite Capital Cities with Noah & The Whale. The ambiance of the mashup is uplifting, playful, and simple with catchy whistles and violin strings provided by Noah & The Whale's "5 Years".
Catch many other mashups below, and as always, drop your comments and suggestions in the comments section. Only 1 more edition until we hit the 100th edition…