Posts tagged Mega Mashup

FrankCarmine – The Night Alive (Hardwell vs. Usher vs…)

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FrankCarmine makes music that girls dance to, I don’t think it can get much simpler than that! The Night Alive is only a day old and already getting a lot of attention. It includes samples from Hardwell, Dirty South, Krewella, Usher, Martin Solveig, and Rita Ora. Do listen to the whole song, but I have to say, my favorite section comes in right around 3 minutes. That EDM beat is what I enjoy the most! The whole thing is great though, a skillful execution without a doubt!

I’m putting this article under the Brand New category because of his latest mashup, but just in case you are new to FrankCarmine, I wanted to include a couple other favorites of ours. It would appear that as long as you have Zedd’s Spectrum and just about anything from Adele, you have mashup gold! Set Fire to Starships is a great concept, if you take that literally – Nicki Minaj on “American Idol” is just awful. But as a cameo on this mashup, not so bad (which also has Katy Perry).

Viva La Language is the other mega mashup I feel obligated to share with you. I mean, come on, how can you not with a single mashup that includes all of these samples: Porter Robinson, Nicki Romero, Coldplay, Pink, Chris Brown, Katy Perry, and Deadmau5. What a great mix! Check out FrankCarmine’s SoundCloud account for more great mashups… there just isn’t enough time or space to provide them in this one article!

FrankCarmine – The Night Alive (Hardwell vs. Dirty South vs. Krewella vs. Usher vs. Martin Solveig vs. Rita Ora)

FrankCarmine – Set Fire To Starships (Zedd vs. Adele vs. Nicki Minaj vs. Katy Perry)

FrankCarmine – Viva La Language (Porter Robinson vs. Nicki Romero vs. Coldplay vs. P!nk vs. Chris Brown vs. Katy Perry vs. Deadmau5)

D.VELOPED – The Epic Rhythm

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Last night, I make it home after a fun night out and was in a great mood, then I turn on SoundCloud to explore some new music. First song I played matched my mood, what are the odds!? Way to go D.VELOPED. But then you issue a challenge in your mashup description, that you placed 11 samples plus your own original sounds. Now, initially I thought I wasn’t even going to try, 11 samples are a lot of songs to figure out. But the first one is Rusted Root’s Send Me On My Way. Okay, so that’s one, ten more! Alright, so here is my attempt at identifying all eleven samples on The Epic Rhythm by D.VELOPED. If I miss one, let me know in the comments.

1) Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way; 2) Cherub – Doses & Mimosas; 3) Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker; 4) Corona – Rhythm of the Night; 5) Flo Rida – Whistle; 6) Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby; *) Cherub - Doses & Mimosas (again). Alright, I’ve got the easy six down, now for the harder ones that will take a second listen and will likely be more of a guess. 7) Florence & The Machine – Dog Days Are Over; 8) The Cardigans – Lovefool; 9) Robin S – Show Me Love. Now I look at my list with D.VELOPED’s hint list, dammit, I have all the hints figured out… what are the other two samples?? A comment mentioned Dirk Diggler’s Feel The Heat – okay, that’s way cheating. I think I’m missing an instrumental somewhere, something Electronic. Oh well, I couldn’t do it, leave me a comment with what you think the last two samples are!

D.VELOPED – The Epic Rhythm (Rusted Root vs. Cherub vs. Dada Life vs. Corona vs. Flo Rida vs. Vanilla Ice vs. Florence & The Machine vs. The Cardigans vs. Robin S)

Good Feeling to be Young & Beautiful – Dyan Vasey

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As I cruise through some older mashups, I came across a guy named Cap’n Fleeb (of Tel Aviv, Israel) and his month old mashup entitled Ghost Machine, Where Have You Been? It has three distinct samples from Rihanna, Deadmau5, and Florence & The Machine. It starts off with Rihanna over Deadmau5′ classic Ghosts n’ Stuff, which is a simple ‘a vs. b’ mashup, then out of no where, Florence shoves Rihanna aside and picks up that momentum even more. It is a welcomed surprise, not unexpected (I knew she would be on it eventually based on the description), there is something about the mixture of Deadmau5 and Florence that sounds surprisingly natural.

Another guy that I recently discovered is a Mashup Producer by the name of Dyan Vasey (of London, England). He has an impressive resume already, with his work creating radio mashups for Kiss FM (London, UK), BBC Radio One (UK), and Chicago B96FM (US). That was just in 2010, since then he has been acknowledged by the likes of Kylie Minogue, The Black Eyed Peas, Colby O’Donnis, and even David Guetta; giving Dyan Vasey worldwide attention on his tracks.

The first Dyan Vasey mashup I have to talk about includes the Sue Teller sample that caught me off guard but I found myself instantly loving it for that reason (among many others). Another factor is that this is a fun mega mashup (and that tends to grab my attention even more). It has 12 different samples including: Ke$ha, One Direction, Lady Gaga, Flo Rida, Sak Noel, Taio Cruz, Madonna, Train, and Tim Berg. Ke$ha has never sounded so good (or maybe I just secretly enjoy Ke$ha…). Two other mashups of his that you should check out when you get a chance would be I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Doing Fine (Black Eyed Peas vs. Mary J. Blige) and Blind Faith [One Day Bootleg] (Matisyahu vs. Chase & Status). It’s the Mary J. Blige and Matisyahu (respectively) that does it for me on both mashups and if you know me even a little, you know that you will always win me over with Matisyahu.

Ghost Machine, Where Have You Been? (Rihanna vs. Deadmau5 vs. Florence & The Machine) – Cap’n Fleeb

 

Its a Good Feeling to be Young & Beautiful (Ke$ha vs. One Direction vs. Lady Gaga vs. Flo Rida vs. Sak Noel vs. Taio Cruz vs. Madonna vs. Train vs. Tim Berg) – Dyan Vasey

 

Mashup-Germany – Made In Germany

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He’s done it again, but even more so than usual. Mashup-Germany is out with his latest album! “Made in Germany” is two discs full of mashups. Granted, I’ve heard a few of them already. But, a lot of them are new to me. I would even say half of them include many foreign samples. I’d say German samples, but I don’t know my foreign languages well enough to say that for sure. Top of the Pops 2012 (Scream and Shout) has over 30 samples. Normally, that would be enough to excite me. But to my surprise, that wasn’t my favorite track. It’s a great stand-alone mashup; but, it’s not my favorite. With 26 tracks, I don’t have a favorite. I can dwindle it down to a select few (well, maybe not).

I’m going to skip CD 1 for the most part. As a lot of my favorite tracks involve samples that I can’t interpret (tracks 4, 5, and 12). CD 2 was a little bit better than CD 1. Such a strong start with California Finale, it included 10 samples from: Madeon, Cedric Gervais, Bob Marley, Will Smith, 2Pac, The Killers, P.O.D., Nickelback, Beverly Hills, and M.I.A. I was sad to write Nickelback and Will Smith when I was pointing out that this is a favorite. But I can overlook that to accept the glory of this mashup. Immediately following this is, I’m Coming Home, with another 10 samples: M83, P. Diddy, Bob Marley (again!), 3 Doors Down, Sting, Jamaram, Men at Work, Mighty Mike, Rihanna, and Cro.

For the rest of CD 2, I really enjoyed tracks 7, 8, 10, and 11. Berlin Banquet Bootleg was just a lot of fun to listen to – highlights being the Kraftklub, Blondie, Lilly Allen, and Paolo Nutini samples. I featured the Horst & Monika (City Lights Bootleg) a few months ago, and you can read more about it here. Tracks 10 & 11 have some old school samples, like Frank Sinatra (great, great idea!), and Elvis Presley (on both tracks). Plus samples of R.E.M. of Mumford & Sons fit well with the theme that Sinatra ads on I Did It My WayThe Day The Music Died, with Eric Clapton, Don McClean and MOZART was just a great way to (almost) end the album. Quite frankly, Mashup-Germany should have ended the album after this one and shifted the other two songs somewhere else.

It’s about that time that I stop writing, you stop reading and we both just start listening. For me, it’ll be a repeat listen, for you it may be your first listen. But regardless, you need to hear it!

I’m Coming Home (M83 vs. P. Diddy vs. Bob Marley vs. 3 Doors Down vs. Sting vs. Jamaram vs. Men at Work vs. Mighty Mike vs. Rihanna vs. Cro) – Mashup-Germany

An Tagen wie diesen (Don’t You Worry) [Matchbox Twenty vs. Die Toten Hosen vs. Swedish House Mafia vs. Nicki Minaj vs. PSY vs. Alex Clare] – Mashup-Germany

Out of my fucking Mind (Skeewiff vs. Scatman vs. Sergio Medes ft. Black Eyed Peas vs. Major Lazer vs. B.O.B. ft. Nicki Minaj) – Mashup-Germany

Beef Samples – DJ Burnout

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It’s been far too long since our last DJ Burnout feature. About a month ago, he dropped an eight track ‘party pack’ filled with mashups, called “#BOOBS“. I have a few easy favorites from the set list, starting off with Phat Girls which takes samples from Ludacris, Steve Aoki, and Dimitri Vegas. It flows great into another favorite of mine, Collapsing Crush, which showcases Eminem’s lyrics over a Knife Party remix of Nero’s Crush on You. But the track that really draws me in is the mega mashup that Burnout calls Beef Samples. It has eight samples over the span of three and a half minutes, including the likes of Afrojack and Steve Aoki, Pitbull, Ludacris, Dada Life, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, and Empire Of The Sun. It’s got that great intro from Teenage Crime by Adrian Lux too.

More recently, 2 days ago – to be exact. DJ Burnout dropped a few more mashups. Three different mashups, one with the Beastie Boys, another with some heavy Rihanna influences and then my new favorite (even though, I was initially annoyed by the song Put It In My Video) which places the spotlight onto Childish Gambino. If it was his acapella alone, it wouldn’t do anything for me; but it’s the Kill The Noise – Alvin Risk remix that takes it over the top. That is the beauty of the mashup, taking two or more samples to heighten each other to their true potential. Or using the strengths of one to boost another.

Beef Samples (Afrojack & Steve Aoki vs. Adrian Lux vs. Pitbull vs. Ludacris vs. Dada Life vs. Daft Punk vs. Calvin Harris vs. Empire Of The Sun) – DJ Burnout

Kill The Video (Kill The Noise vs. Childish Gambino vs. Alvin Risk) – DJ Burnout

PopLove 2012 – Robin Skouteris

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You start a new job and you lose track of everything that once was. My bad, I’ll be better! Once I move, but that’s neither here nor there. I have been finding tons of great music, but haven’t had an abundance of time to share it with you. So here are two great mashups to get back into the swing of things. We are embarking on my favorite time of year; yes, its holiday galore in a short span of weeks… but more importantly, it is the time of year where DJs and Producers create ‘end of the year’ mashups. Recapping the best and brightest from the year. Robin Skouteris dropped one yesterday and he may be the first noteworthy person to have done so. PopLove (2012) takes samples from 24 different artists (check out the list on your own time). Yup, the bar has been set high (oh, and the mashup video is an extra minute long!).

Next up, Frail Limb Purity has had this one out in circulation for about a week. It’s a simple A versus B mashup, which is more than enough for him. It’s Barenaked Ladies’ One Week versus Porter Robinson and it has transported me back to the 90′s! I love it. I think I’m going to become a longtime fan of what Frail Limb Purity produces, he knows what’s up!

PopLove 2012 (Carly Rae Jepsen vs. Flo Rida vs. Ellie Goulding vs. Calvin Harris vs. Maroon 5 vs…) – Robin Skouteris

Barenaked Ladies vs. Porter Robinson – Frail Limb Purity

“Encore” – The Airport District

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The wait is over, “Encore” is here! The Airport District originally planned to release his new mixtape on Sunday, September 16 but had to push it back. Just under a month later he was ready to release it in all its glory. I have no idea where this was a month ago (from a production standpoint), but what he has now is quite the compilation of mashups. I think I say it every time I talk about The Airport District and not because age matters, but I am impressed that he has already accomplished so much at such a young age. Two albums and he hasn’t even graduated High School yet. He is a force to be reckoned with for sure.

Using Jay-Z’s Encore as a sample in his fourth track, Make Some Noise was a subtle and yet very strategic move by The Airport District. It shows that he’s thinking about what he’s doing and not just mixing and matching beats. I absolutely love the wide variety of genres. Off the top of my head, I heard The Bee Gees, Akon, Eurythmics, Haddaway, Far East Movement, Black Eyed Peas, Foster The People, N.E.R.D, Soft Cell; and that doesn’t even begin the scratch the surface of the many samples used. Of course there are my favorites – tracks 3, 6, 8, and 9 – but this is just one of those productions that I enjoy from start to finish and I won’t be skipping out of order too frequently.

I don’t know what to say, I have to give props to The Airport District for the masterful mixtape of mega mashups; oh, and it’s an hour-long. That’s a mashtape done right! He gives credit to Bruneaux for his help with it, so we too want to thank him for his assistance and to anyone else that inspired The Airport District in the creation of “Encore.” I would have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 on this, I really can’t find any flaws. If there are any, it would just be nitpicking.

“Encore” by The Airport District

Spectrum of Love (Zedd vs. Akon vs. Afrojack…) – FourMore

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And now for something a little different, or a lot different depending on your perspective. There is a new quartet of DJs in the industry and they go by the name of FourMore. It’s your classic barbershop quartet, except no one is singing (I hope), they are just making sweet sweet nectar in the form of music bootlegs and mashups. Currently, they are DJing from four different cities and four different time zones. We can appreciate that concept, we try to share good music from all over the United States (and the world, because we seek world domination – no, not really, though it would be cool, just saying). But they are able to produce music from four different areas in this country. FourMore is made up of brothers Kyle & Jared, plus their college friends Eric and Alex; currently representing the Bay Area, Honolulu, Texas, and Boston. We’re already familiar with Kyle’s work, or should I go by his stage name, T.Ski, a guy that we’ve featured in the past.

I discovered this new Fantastic 4 (only with musical powers instead of the ability to ignite into fire or form a rock wall) through T.Ski’s SoundCloud account and liked what I heard! Spectrum of Love is not another Zedd knockoff, rather it is a mega mashup of major mixing proportions. I takes samples from Zedd, Justin Bieber (we can overlook this if you can), Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Akon, David Guetta, Afrojack, and Will.i.am. This mashup meets their goal of sharing  EDM music that makes you want to party and rage. I need a few more rage tracks though, it’s hard to rage to just one song, so FourMore, keep pumping them out and we’ll keep listening!

Spectrum of Love (Zedd vs. Bieber vs. Rihanna vs. Ne-Yo vs. Akon vs. David Guetta vs. Afrojack vs. Will.i.am) – FourMore

“After Shock” – Titus Jones

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The mashup album, “After Shock,” by Titus Jones is finally here! This new album covers a lot of genres, from classic rock to pop, from alternative punk rock to hip hop. I hear a lot of music that I enjoyed from about half a decade ago and when I was in high school. The question is, did he mash enough greatness into this 13 track album? Let’s break it down to find out. The intro, has a sample from Ira Flatow who talks about digital music sampling, “…We live in a world of remixes and mashups… but the problem is, remixing someone else’s work without their permission might be a good way to get sued.” When I heard this line used in the intro I was ready to hear what Titus Jones put together, he clearly understands mashups and proves it within the first minute and a half. The whole album is smooth and flows in and out of a variety of samples. But, is it enough to covet all 5 stars?

There are a few songs that I found myself going back to out of the normal rotation of the track list, I needed to hear Someone Makes Me Feel Dirty a few times; with only four samples, it wasn’t overly complicated and I loved the use of The All-American Rejects. Then you have, Close To Blowin’ In The Deep, which is another great mash, the only sample I would take out would be Madonna’s but that’s minor to me. I’m not sure what you’d replace it with and how it would change the dynamic of the song, but it just didn’t close the deal for me on, the 3oh!3 sample on the other hand did. The other song that fits within my top 3 is, The Best Get Broken HeartedI appreciate the use of Paramore with Foo Fighters, a pairing that is unexpected but welcomed.

For being an album that makes you want to get up and dance, I found myself wanting more. There are too many mashups that just come up short and miss the mark for me. It’s a good attempt at something great, but it doesn’t quite compare to a 3LAU production. I will still listen to this and I think there are plenty of people out there that will get a kick out of mashups like Guns N’ Roses versus D4L, that might have been my favorite moment! But I’m stuck at a 3.5 out of 5 with this album. I’m picky, I thought a few of the mashups dragged on a little, which is not something you want when an album is under an hour-long.

“After Shock” – Titus Jones

Get the full list of samples here. Follow Titus Jones on Facebook or Twitter (@TitusJones).

TMP First Anniversary! (plus Bootleggers Music)

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It was just over a year ago that I started conceptualizing the layout for this website; what to call it, what music we’d feature and how I’d find the music. Well, one year ago to this very day, we officially launched The Music Phoenix to the public and have been going strong ever since. We are in our 2nd version (TMP 2.0) of the original concept, the music we feature has remained the same but the layout looks a little different (and a little better if I do say so myself). We have added key players to the team and resident DJs to help with the process. We’re incredibly happy with the success we’ve had in such a short amount of time! So, thank you, each and every one of you that continue to check us out for music week after week; if you’re brand new to us, thank you for taking the time to check us out.

That being said, it is our favorite day of the week, it’s Mashup Monday! I figured it was only right to feature Bootleggers Music today, two days ago (September 1st), Teddy Vrountas and Wayne Fysh celebrated their one year anniversary of teaming up and creating bootlegs together. They released Pump It Up!  for their fans and supporters, which includes 14 samples from a variety of artists: 2 Unlimited, Salt ‘N’ Pepa, Tag Team, Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull, Technotronic, Ying Yang Twins featuring Greg Tecoz, Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo, LL Cool J, Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip, Public Enemy, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, House Of Pain, and Joe Budden. That is quite the lineup of early 90′s Hip Hop (and some current heavy hitters).

So, again, thank you for stopping by and we hope to continue to build the brand around what you like to listen to and discover! Happy (continued) listening!

Purchase from DMC: Pump It Up – Bootleggers Music

Asheville (The Oh Hello’s vs. Dead Prez vs…) – Mitch-Mash

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So I’m not sure how many people saw the twitter thread about Hardwell who was given grief for releasing mashups ‘for free’ for Facebook likes by Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Eric Prydz. But it reminded me about why I enjoy mashups so much. I mentioned to DJ Burnout on his post about it that mashups are a great way to expose people to multiple songs at one time. It gives a variety of artists exposure in a short amount of time. Could it be that some of these artists are as popular as they are due to some of the mashups and bootlegs they are in? They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Why can’t artists be happy that DJs enjoy their music so much that they want to give their own interpretation of it? Hardwell’s gimmick is his Facebook account, it’s a part of one of his songs; plus he’s not the first to lead people to his account for an exchange of Likes for a Free Download – I see DJs who do that all the time. I think it’s a creative way to market your account; let’s face it, people will go where the incentives are, they want something for their Likes nowadays.

The perfect example as of last night with discovery through mashups for me is Mitch-Mash’s new mashup Asheville. It starts with Hello My Old Heart by The Oh Hello’s; a single I have never heard before, but I looked it up and have probably listened to it 20 times since. That is a song that I might not have otherwise found and I would have missed out on a great song. Mitch-Mash has exposed me to it, so he gets the credit. Asheville gives the listener a chance to enjoy 7 different samples at one time, he made a mega mashup featuring The Oh Hello’s, The Ying Yang Twins, Dead Prez, Lil Jon featuring Three 6 Mafia, Snoop Dog featuring Pharrell, Currency featuring Lil Wayne & Remy Ma, and Miner.

As long as we’re talking about mega mashups, you also need to hear the bootleg by t.ski called Crank Dat House. This one also includes 7 different samples including: Afrojack, Soulja Boy, Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, JLo, C+C Music Factory, and Krewella. Granted this song has more of the familiar to me, but it is a new interpretation to all seven artists by t.ski that enables the listener to also have a new experience with the songs.

Ultimately, I don’t see what the big issue is; if you get more exposure, people will be more inclined to see you perform live. This just reminds me of the days when Napster came out and bands complained about how they can’t make money from album sales anymore. That issue is long gone and musicians discovered that they need to perform to make money. If you don’t perform you’re not going to make as much money. Now we have Producers complaining, it’s the same issue but now we have new players in the game.

Asheville (The Oh Hello’s vs. The Ying Yang Twins vs. Dead Prez vs. Lil Jon ft. Three 6 Mafia vs. Snoop Dog ft. Pharrell vs. Currency ft. Lil Wayne & Remy Ma vs. Miner) – Mitch-Mash

Crank Dat House (Afrojack vs. Soulja Boy vs. Black Eyed Peas vs. Pitbull vs. JLo vs. C+C Music Factory vs. Krewella) – t.ski

Dance Alarm (Nicki Minaj vs. Eminem vs…) – Titus Jones

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Dance Alarm (Nicki Minaj vs. Avicii vs. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen vs. Britney Spears vs. Eminem vs. Lady Gaga vs. Taio Cruz vs. Cascada vs. Etta James vs. Dev) – Titus Jones

This is the Titus Jones mashup I have been waiting for! I discovered this Nashville this Nashville resident a few months ago when I heard his mega mashup, Bad Things Will Roll With The Devil, which takes on elements from over 10 different samples to an impressive level of mastery. But, I wanted to wait to feature a mashup that was brand new. Now, I have that opportunity and even better is that there is a music video produced by PANOS T attached to this one! It is my opinion that Panos T is the best mashup video producer out there. Titus Jones samples from 10 songs on Dance Alarm: Nicki Minaj, Avicii, Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen, Britney Spears, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Taio Cruz, Cascada, Etta James, and Dev. Even more exciting than this mashup is that this is the lead single from his upcoming mash album “After Shock,” which will be coming out on Friday, September 21, 2012!

Bad Things Will Roll With The Devil (Marylin Manson vs. Christina Aguilera vs. Jace Everett vs. Rihanna vs. Lady GaGa vs. Katy Perry vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. Drowning Pool vs. 666 vs. Mike Oldfield) – Titus Jones

Workaholic (Mac Miller vs. Na Palm vs. Owl City vs…) – DJ Eli

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Fade Into Coming Back (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Taylor Swift vs. Avicii vs. Calvin Harris ft. Example) – Compson Sound

This is the first official Mashup Monday of the new TMP 2.0 and we have a few mashups that we need to feature today! The first is a mega mashup produced by DJ Eli of New York City; this one is entitled Workaholic, with 8 different samples utilized we can see how this would take a lot of effort to perfect. DJ Eli used the following artists: Nadia Ali, Mac Miller, Cobra Starship & Kay, Hyper Crush, Na Palm, Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen, Dannic, and Hardwell; it’s quite the eclectic bunch! Plus, it’s over 5 minutes long so you definitely get a listen’s worth of music in just one play.

Another mashup that was dropped in the past week was from Compson Sound, Fade Into Coming Back, includes samples from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Taylor Swift, Avicii, and Calvin Harris featuring Example. The music video is provided above, I am enjoying the fact that more and more DJs are providing professionally produced video mashups to include with their releases; it makes the mashup just that much more marketable!

Finally, I want to feature VitaminPacks’ latest release, Sick Cataracts, which is a classic A versus B mashup (The Cataracts’ Top of the World vs. Troll – Sick Individuals Remix). Which an EDM heavy remix that is just simply fun to listen to. You should also his other mashup entitled, Carly vs. The Aliens when you get a chance; not included on this post because I can only officially get myself to succumb to a Carly Rae feature every once in a while, and with DJ Eli’s mega mashup; I’m at my quota.

Workaholic (Nadia Ali vs. Mac Miller vs. Cobra Starship & Kay vs. Hyper Crush vs. Na Palm vs. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen vs. Dannic vs. Hardwell) – DJ Eli

Sick Cataracts – VitaminPacks

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