Recently I have been finding mashups and remixes very exciting. Plus, most of them are free. So, I felt like it was required that I write about these important new discoveries.
As you may know, there are many legal websites that give away free songs bands and DJ's post for publicity. From these, if you look and listen hard enough, you can find some really great stuff. And I would say that a very large percent of this greatness is remixes and mashups. Especially mashups. Pretty much all mashups are free. But the problem is, there are a lot of them out there and only a small percentage of them are actually good, like worth listening to.
A couple of mashup artists (or DJ's) that I find very impressive are DJ Earworm and DJ Topcat. What I like about these two, is not only that they mashup well, but they also are very high quality free tracks. DJ Topcat tends to mix two songs, one rock and one rap while DJ Earworm tends to mix 25 songs that are all of a very similar genre, so its a very different experience hearing Earworm and Topcat. Below are the links to the two DJ's websites where can pretty much download all of their stuff free.
So, in addition to that, I feel that it is needed that I write about my favorite song(s) by each of these artists.
From DJ Topcat I really like his mashup of MGMT's 'Kids' and Black Eyed Peas 'Boom Boom Pow.' I find it really interesting how well the two songs actually go together. Its like they were made for each other. Plus, 'Kids' is a great song and 'Boom Boom Pow' is a decent song, so together they make a greater than decent song, which is more than good enough for me. Another one by Topcat thats pretty cool is his mashup of '21 Guns' and 'Gangster's Paradise' by Coolio. Again, its crazy how well these two go together, and together they also make a greater than decent song.
DJ Earworm, though very similar to DJ Topcat in the sense that they both make great mashups, is also completely. He instead of taking 2 songs and putting them together to make a mix of the songs takes 25 songs and creates a brand new song out of them. A good example of this is 'No More Gas," one of his better mashups. But, my favorite is still 'United State of Pop 2007.' Its just a nice mashup of a lot of songs that is not as overwhelming as his others. So definitely go check out these two mashup artists. You wont regret it. In fact, you will more than not regret it, you will be satisfied. Now onto the remixes.
Remixes are very different than mashups because they use one song, but make it slightly different (or extremely different in some situations), so basically they take a song and make it different. Usually this different make-age is by adding a beat behind it and some electronic synth stuff, which I find quite enjoyable. One remix I really like is Steve Aoki's remix of "Pursuit of Happiness." Its taking a good song and adding a little twist.
You can check it out here: Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix)
So, I hope you enjoy these remixes and mashups as much as I do.
That is all.