I’ve always enjoyed mash ups, but most often for their comic value. Being with friends and exciting them with the promise of something excellent like ‘Seven Nation Army’ or ‘Let It Be’ only for it to resolve itself into, let’s say, a mash up with Backstreet Boys or Shaggy respectively (yeah, I have those tracks) is exactly the kind of cruel musical trick that makes me giggle like a fool – particularly if it really annoys someone who thinks mash ups are terrible. The thing is, because of my lowered expectations, finding a really well-executed, creative mash up is therefore a particularly enjoyable experience. Max Tannone‘s Jaydiohead project was an example – not only was he utilising songs I deeply love as excellent backing tracks, but his actual musical talents were on show (his re-engineering of ’15 Step’s troublesome time signature the most obvious standout for this).
It seems strange then that longtime favourite DJ Lobsterdust, a man, woman or sonically-gifted A.I. platform who has mixed Boston with the Black Eyed Peas and Nirvana with Wild Cherry could have made something as interesting, well-thought-out and unequivocally good as ‘Shutterbugg Yrself’. It seems obvious once you’ve heard it, but the bombastic approach of Big Boi’s vocal tracks is matched unexpectedly perfectly by the sparse percussion and synths of LCD Soundsystem, making for a track that swaps the explosive braggadocio of the hip-hop original’s production for something that seems like it could have grown organically out of a freestyle. It’s a great example of the merit of mash ups, and the sheer scope for musical experimentation they offer. But keep the hilarious ones coming, too. What about Lou Reed and Metalli- Oh.