Posted by: Staff | 11.05.2009

Top Ten Mash Up Artists

TYLER STARR ’10

In recent years, a new genre of music has emerged: remix also known as “mash ups.” Remixes or “mash ups” are when a DJ samples two or more songs and splice them together. A remix can range from Lil’ Jon with the cast of Lazy Town to the Beatles with Jay Z. I have spent the past year exploring the remix world and finding new mash up artists. After listening to them constantly, I have compiled a list of my top ten mash up artists.

#10: DJ Earworm

DJ Earworm has some fun remixes of Michael Jackson with Alter Ego and does one big mash up of the year’s most popular songs annually. He does a good job of mixing songs from completely different genres. Though some of his work really pops, there really isn’t much of it. I would still recommend downloading his music from his website (http://www.djearworm.com/), especially his song “United State of Pop 2008.”

#9: DJ Z-Trip

I stumbled across Z-Trip not that long after finding Earworm and was equally satisfied with his music. One thing that definitely stands out about DJ Z-Trip is his song “Z-TRIP PRESENTS : Victory Lap – The Obama Mix Pt.2” which incorporates multiples clips from Obama’s presidential speeches. His album with DJ P, “Uneasy Listening,” has some samples from the Star Wars Saga and from The Warriors. There is a lot that DJ Z-Trip has to offer and listen to. You can get his music from his website: http://djztrip.com/

#8: Ludachrist

With definitely the weirdest name, Ludachrist finds himself in the number eight spot by mashing the Ghost Buster’s theme song with Busta Rhymes. In his one big album “BANGFEST”, he mixes Lil Jon and the East Side Boys with Dire Strait which always pumps me up. What keeps Ludachrist from the top of the list is his lack of content. He has one big album and a smaller one comprised of four songs. His fast tempo really sets him apart from these other artists. All of his music is free from his website http://worshipludachrist.blogspot.com/2009/07/he-is-coming.html

#7: Norwegian Recycling

Introduced to me just a few weeks ago by Charlie Segar ’12, Norwegian Recycling quickly found a place in my heart. Most of his remixes are a lot slower than most, which adds a nice feel. He does have a few songs where he mixes multiple songs together; “Acoustic Alchemy” is a mixture of nine different songs from bands such as Jack Johnson, Green Day, Josh Rouse, Joshua Radin, Wyclef Jean, Christina Aguilera, Atomic Kittens, and Black Eyed Peas. By far his best work is his album “Donkey Business” where he samples songs with the Donkey Kong video game soundtrack. Overall, Norwegian Recycling is really cool. You will not find yourself breaking out in dance while listening to him, but when you show it to your friends, you’ll probably get a few comments like, “man that was really cool” and “I never knew the Donkey Kong soundtrack was so good!” Norwegian Recycling can be downloaded from this website: http://norwegianrecycling.multiply.com/music

#6: The Hood Internet

The Hood Internet was actually the second mash up group I really started to listen to. Their website, http://thehoodinternet.com/, is a hub for remixes from all different artists. Along with the website, they do produce their own remixes. Even though most of their songs are just two songs mixed together, their larger albums “The Hood Internet Mixtape Volume Three” and “The Hood Internet vs. Chicago” are continuous remixes of many different songs. My favorite Hood Internet album has to be “The Hood Internet vs. The Pack” which includes their song “Got to Get Vans (vs. The Bees)”. Their album “The Hood Internet vs. Chicago” incorporates one really amazing mash up of Kanye West with the 1985 Chicago Bears singing the super bowl shuffle. You can’t go wrong with the Hood Internet, and there is plenty of it.

Check in next Thursday for the Top 5. Those are the artists you really want on your iPod!

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