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I am rapidly accumulating tabs (music)

Two meeting cancellations - let's try to close out some of these.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PdILZ_1P74
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuY4MSh1V-I
Right, Lorde has a new single out, which is apparently on the new Hunger Games' movie soundtrack. When I found out she existed last year I remarked that her sound showed talent, but a heavy production hand. You can still hear that production work here, but it's in service of a musically interesting tune, with interesting tempo variation. I would very much like to hear her do this tune live - if you listen to the sustain on "me..." around 2:45 it's clear they've cleaned up a good deal. I still think she could absolutely blow the roof off, but this tune is much more subdued.

The second link is an official "rework" of the tune by Kanye West. I think I like it better than the original. It's more of a torch-singa feel, slowed down into slinky and sensual ranges, and most of the tempo changes are discarded in favor of deep slow beats and choral fillers. Give it a listen.

https://soundcloud.com/bootleggers-music/bm31
I thought I had blogged Bootleggers Music before now but it seems not. This is kind of a show-off track in which they've taken a single track (Macklemore & Lewis's "Can't Hold Us") and mashed it with a series of 11 other tracks, many of which you'll recognize as pop favorites. It's not precisely a mega-mash because the track doesn't vary or weave the source tunes the way most mega-mashes do, but it's an interesting demonstration of the "you can mash anything" principle.

https://soundcloud.com/luke-db-bootleg/bel-amour-vs-jozsef-keller-muzikamour-luke-db-luis-rondina-mash-up-mix
Luke DB has an interesting A|B mash between Bel Amour's "Bel Amour" - a relatively forgettable disco-heavy tune from 2008 - and Jozsef Keller's "Day Muzik", a recent nu-disco track. Luke has managed to do a good job of pulling out all the weak synth stuff from these tracks and replacing it with a hard house beat. The result shows some nice vocal bridges and is much more danceable.

https://soundcloud.com/danihel-offical/lets-loose-mammoth-free-dl-25-reposts
This is another experimental track that I thought was worth noting. Danihel puts together an interesting six-minute mix showing off a set of what I think of as "dj standard" mix tropes. I started off not liking this track much but it gets better as it goes along.

https://soundcloud.com/mixmstrstel2/fergie-vs-disturbed-la-sickness-mashup-by-mixmstrstel-mustard-mix
"The Sickness" is one of those songs that's nearly perfect for mashing and this track is one of the more innovative uses of the source I've heard. MixmsterStel 2 uses the Disturbed a capella over audio from the new Fergie single "L.A.Love", which is pretty much necessary because otherwise you'd have to listen to Fergie and we don't want that.

https://soundcloud.com/luca-rubino-mashup/calvin-harris-vs-survivor
Closing out this post with a question - what do y'all make of this one? Luca Rubino has been doing pop mashes that I haven't bothered to blog and this one is the new Calvin Harris "Blame" with the classic "Eye of the Tiger". I'm not sure I like Eye sped up this much but it's interesting. I think the original Calvin Harris tune has some interesting riffs but it's a bit repetitive (pop, yeah, I know). Someone is going to do something interesting with this source material; I'm just not sure Rubino has it pegged.
Tags: lorde, luca rubino, music
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