Britney Spears puts out a new single ("Hold It Against Me") and we get two remixers take on it. The first is Marc Johnce's "Rolling Sassy Against Me" which puts Britney up against Kat Graham's "Sassy" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9xCSMPj02k) and Adele's "Roll In The Deep" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZUbIrf_xOA). Graham's highly auto-tuned vocal dominates this mix which is something of a sadness because I think Adele is a much better vocalist than either of the other two. My preference for throaty Motown sound has nothing to do with this judgment, really.
DJ Schmolli then gives us "Not Gonna Hold It Against Me" which brings in the hot Russian duo t.A.T.u. doing "Not Gonna Get Us" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HL-N9oOjcs). As is typical for Schmolli's style, the mash-up emphasizes the energy and beats underlying the melody and yet it's hard to miss how much better t.A.T.u.'s vocals are than Britney's.
Speaking of Schmolli-style, here's him doing "T.N.T. Bass", a mash of AC/DC's "T.N.T" - one of the beloved metal tracks of the 70s - and Egotronic's "Mehr Bass (vs. JA!KOB)" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTZOGPDUPQI) which is itself a highly thump-tastic tune. What's interesting here is that Schmolli has released two versions of the track and I find myself liking the extended version better. It's more BPM, which I usually don't like but in this case I think it works because it sounds less like the AC/DC tune and my brain doesn't get jarred as much. Or something - just listen for yourself.
I promised a week or so ago to go through more of G3rst's work of which there's quite a lot at http://www.g3rst.com/. Here are some things I pulled out because they're innovative and interesting.
The first one is "Venus Whip" and it composes Devo's "Whip It" with Disrupt's "Wir Rufen Die Venus" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufl59mrBi14) which is a heavy bass dubstep number that is notably down-tempo. Why it works to put that against the frenetic Devo track is anyone's guess. Like I said... INTERESTING.
"Sugar Water" pits Peter Fox (ft. Vanessa Mason)'s "Zucker" against Justice's "Waters Of Nazareth" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqJu_3CPhC4). Again it's an interesting and unexpected combo as Peter Fox is smooth and supple where Justice is raw, rough, and fuzz-heavy. I have to admit I'd never heard Justice before but they're definitely going into my Darker Thrash mix station on Pandora.
"Red Hot Rude Boy" is another combination that just makes you sit up and take notice. From the name you can probably guess it's Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California" and Rihanna's "Rude Boy." Except not quite. G3rst is mixing against the classical cover of Rude Boy by Aston who I tagged back in June as being Made Of Awesome. I like Dani California - it's probably my favorite RHCP song and G3rst has slowed it down so that Anthony Kiedis's vocals match well with the Aston adaptation.
"Hey Baby Bug" is No Doubt's "Hey Baby" vs. Shakalabbits' "Phasemeter Trippin' Bug Shake" (yeah, I never heard of them either). The remix touches a little bit on frenetic because Shakalabbits are Japanese ska punk. Yes, really. I can't make this stuff up. But the No Doubt tune is solid and the remix holds together nicely.
Next time we'll probably have more G3rst, an hour-long French remix set, and a surprise re-appearance.