A relatively new addition into the world of music is the mash-up, which has become a phenonenom, albeit a controversial one, recently. Some listeners see them as a lame excuse for kids with garageband to feel like they have talent as producers. Others (such as myself) see these songs as new and unique creations that, for the most part, are enjoyable. It is also important to note that there are different times of mash-ups. Some just take the vocals from one track and place them over the instrumentals of another. Those mash-ups tend to be weak, boring, and thoughtless. No, real mash-ups demonstrate the producer’s ability to chop up songs, blend melodies, and, occasionally create all new melodies and rhythms (see: The Hood Internet). Alfredo Lapuz Jr., A.K.A. Immuzikation, does just that, blending multiple songs together, creating polyrhythmic sounds and putting his own spin on some of the most intriguing songs in recent memory. Take his best remix, “One More Time to Pretend”, which pits Daft Punk’s “One More Time” against MGMT’s “Time to Pretend”. The sum of the two parts is not necessarily better than the parts themselves, but it doesn’t need to be. It is unique; Lapuz’s own take on two great songs. So before you write him off as just another arrogant kid in his basement indulging himself through garageband, just take an open-minded listen. You will not be disappointed.
Check out “One More Time to Pretend” as well as “All My Children” (no, not the soap opera), which features MGMT again, this time using the melody, as well as the vocals later on in the song, of “Kids” overlayed with LCD Soundsystem’s eight minute masterpiece, “All My Friends”.
I hope you enjoy mash-ups now, because expect a new one every week from here on out.