Apparently hailing from “Califournia“, the band named the Neighbourhood burst on to the music scene a year ago with this moody and dramatic debut track. I heard it first on Pigeons and Planes some time ago. The distorted chords and mournfully postmodern lyrics seize the attention and keep it focused. It’s resolute, grungy, alternative rock with electronic influences. A very cool sound. Check it out.
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Friday. It means freedom. It means the end of the drudgery. It means a time of release. Here at PaperMashMusic we observe Friday by listening reverentially to mashups. Join us in our observation of this ancient holiday.
This day we celebrate for a long awaited song. Elocnep finally released a download for this funky smooth mashup of “Thrift Shop” and it is spectacular. Enjoy.
We give thanks with this Stylust Beats mashup. The funkiness is practically dirty with bass and it provides a energetic backing to the old school hip hop. Check it out!
Mashup-Germany shares this short mashup in contribution to the acknowledgement of the greatness of Friday. It is a good transition between funk and pop and the German rap gives it certain shine. Give it a listen.
Reggae meets reggaeton in an inspired mashup from Jejah. The horns and shortened guitar echoes make quite the counterpoint to the rapid autotuned Spanish. Enjoy it.
In another relaxing mashup worthy of Friday, Kosher Kittens sets rap to Modest Mouse. The slow guitar riff was turned into a beat by YouTube User JahiMakesBeats and Kosher Kittens takes full advantage of it. Check it out.
You know that song “I Love It”? I must confess that I don’t love it. But DJ Schmolli does such a good job mashing it up that I find it appropriate to appreciate Friday with. Give it a listen.
It is time to end this ode to Friday, but that does not mean that our celebration will cease. 3lau put this track together awhile ago and recently decided to reassemble it more to his satisfaction. It’s rousing and danceable and every time that Krewella’s vocals rise to the fore, I am happy. Enjoy and have a great weekend.
Viceroy remixed the Knocks and it’s a match made in heaven. Viceroy’s tropical electronic sound and the Knocks’ indie-anthem style complement each other easily although few might have thought to pair them. But they were paired and the result was fantastic. Viceroy employs the festive synths he is known for and they sparkle like the dance magic the Knocks are singing about. This track makes it hard to keep a smile from my face or a bounce from my step. Enjoy it!
First off, if you haven’t listened to Little Daylight’s song “Overdose” yet, do so. I’ll embed the video below so you don’t have to leave the page if you don’t feel like it. Next step, listen to the Chainsmokers‘ official remix of it. These guys put together a catchy dance remix of it. Using progressive house synths, they build an intro to frame the gorgeous vocals from Little Daylight. Then after establishing the song, they chop the vocals up a bit to provide a melodic synth effect, before dropping into some more prog house sounds. The beat drops off and the Chainsmokers chop the vocals in such a way as to provide rhythm and melody, but soon it becomes apparent that the rhythm is designed to match and supplement the beat. It’s a very cool effect and an effective outro. Here’s what the Chainsmokers have to say about their process:
Overdose came about cause we heard Little Daylight’s song at a party & we looked them up and shot them an email & were thrilled when they were into the idea as they were looking for someone to do a more up-tempo remix. So we thought about it & wanted to make the song very warm and with uplifting chords and chop the vocal up a bit and we’ve been really into this indie progressive mesh of sound that drops but is more animated. Then we thought instead of the usual house structure we would do something a bit funkier and keep the song evolving as it unfolds, so it starts out a bit simple with the vocals bleeding in over some warm drums but then end in this entirely different place
They give a funnier account of their process in the description on their SoundCloud page. While you’re at it, give their Facebook Page a “like” and help them reach their goal of 30,000 likes. They say that if they reach that number they’ll release their remix of “Levels”. Having heard this and other remixes of theirs, I can’t wait to hear it. In the meantime, enjoy their stellar remix of “Overdose”.
BONUS: Here’s the music video for Little Daylight’s original track “Overdose”. The track is an indie/alternative pop-rock track that can be simply described as catchy. Or maybe incredibly catchy. You decide by listening to the video below. The video itself is fairly simple, playing with focus and lights in a city. I love the idea of a flashlight rave. I may have to organize one now. Check it out.
I spotted this on Sunset in the Rearview last week and I’m very glad I did. From the very opening, with a fairly standard hip hop bump backing pretty female vocals, I knew this song was one to pay attention to. Lorde‘s music arrests my interest in the way she effortlessly melds genres into an eerie atmospheric sound that somehow manages to retain a cheerfulness to it. When the vocals begin singing in harmony the simplicity of the song stops being so evident. All I need to pay attention to are the vocals; the simplicity showcases them. This kiwi artist dropped an entire EP for free entitled “The Love Club” three months ago. If you like this track, it’s worth checking out the EP. Enjoy!