Fuck I love mashups. I posted about it just this morning on the Morning Brew. Something about the combination of different sounds that bring stuff unrelated together just gets me going. So here are my favorite mashup artists, they put in the work and it is all for free and the glory of music (due to licensing laws and shit). These people deserve to be making money for their talent and I am sure they do through merch and shows and such.
Definitely feel like mashups are an underappreciated sector of EDM that deserves to be shown more exposure.
His name is Mike McCourt from Huntington, NY. This is his Soundcloud, follow it. Here he pulls together Bass Cannon by Flux Pavilion, Mercy by Kanye West, and other stuff that gets me amped up. He has 7 discs out on his BandCamp channel, all for free download and streaming. Find it here and support him!
I mean holy shit people.
KapSlap (Jared Lucas from Bethlehem, PA) is not just a mashup artist. He does mixes, house, electro, so I definitely do not want to give anyone the impression that he exclusively does mashups. However, Frequent Flyer is such an awesome mashup CD, 17 tracks and 84 minutes of constant enjoyment. This is honestly something you could put on at a party and just let it run with no effort necessary (don’t do that though – that’s lame). KapSlap also currently has Bootie Bundle Vol. 1 out – and just started up Slapcast, his podcasts, which are available for free download!
Super Mash Bros.
These guys. These fucking guys. They are amazing. I have been listening to them for about 2 years now, longer than I have listened to most other artists. And they constantly keep coming out with grade A high quality mashups. They are a trio from LA, comprised of Nicolas Fenmore, Dick Fink and Ethan Dawes, and manage to go to school in addition to their artist careers. I am featuring the Pure Fix Mix in this post because it is the most accurately titled mix I have ever heard. Thriller from start to finish.
Girl Talk aka Gregg Gillis from Pittsburgh, PA, is probably the biggest mashup artist out there. He also is one of the oldest, coming out with his first album, Secret Diary, in 2002 under the label Illegal Art. Perhaps one of his biggest accomplishments – Girl Talk’s album Night Ripper was named #22 on Rolling Stone’s best albums of 2006. He offers all his music via his website with the option to “pay as you wish” which essentially means the music is free but you have the option to help the EDM scene and the deserving artist by making a donation (Which you should).
The White Panda
The White Panda is comprised of Tom Evans (Procrast) and Dan Griffith (DJ Griffi) respectively from Chi-town and LA. They stepped on the mashup scene in 2009.These guys, in my opinion, are hands down the best mashup artists in the world right now. They are just destroying everything they do. I cannot get enough of them and have been playing “Bearly Legal” since it came out a little over a month ago. You can download it for free here. Follow them on their Facebook page for updates, as they release full versions of each of their Bearly Legal tracks.
One of their biggest successes is this amazing mashup of Kanye West and M83. I don’t know why Kanye is good for mashing but oh well.
Here is an amazingly chill mix I just found of Kendrick Lamar and Pierce Fulton. Really relaxing.
Last, my favorite track off of “Bearly Legal” – “All Knas Everything”. Which is one of the few tracks they have released a full version for. THIS IS FUCKING HYPE.
Follow these guys. They are going places. I would love to have the opportunity to interview them, like that is one of my goals right now.
WHITE PANDA IF YOU READ THIS LET’S SIT DOWN FOR AN INTERVIEW.