Jay Z


Do you remember January? It was that time a while ago where everyone got excited about every single song they heard that was even mildly good, and wild predictions were made immediately about who was going to be the artist of the year. But whilst all of this went on, Max Tannone quietly released an album called Jaydiohead, which I absolutely bloody loved. 10 tracks of Jay Z and Radiohead that constantly impress me with their inventiveness, it was just a perfect example of why mash-ups are a viable musical form these days.

Well now comes, quite literally, “The Encore”, a further five tracks from Mr. Tannone that achieves quite the same feat. It’s not quite as perfectly formed as its predecessor, but every song does, again, exactly what I liked about the first release – the way the songs go beyond simply putting two tracks together and in fact interweave them and use the layers to work in tandem and create a new sound. Again, it’s a very generous free release and you can get it direct from here, thanks Max!

Jaydiohead – December Backdrifts (YSI)

I bloody love mash ups. I think there’s a certain amount of artistry in finding that perfect combination of two songs that shouldn’t work together. From Shaggy and the Beatles to Motorhead and Gorillaz, I’ll always appreciate a good combination. Now, if you don’t know, I adore Radiohead. They’re my favourite band, and I love everything they’ve ever done. Hell, the sound of Jonny Greenwood licking his guitar whilst Thom wails in a corner would be received well by me.

So today I found out there’s an ENTIRE ALBUM of Radiohead mash ups with Jay Z. I think the group behind this are called Minty Fresh Beats (who I immediately love), and frankly it’s incredible. It’s all so perfect, and a whole album is just the greatest late Christmas gift I could’ve got. I’ll put up a couple of tracks here, but you can get the whole album from jaydiohead.com (and I’d suggest doing it quickly before legal proceedings ensue, a la The Grey Album). Go!

Jaydiohead – 99 Anthems
Jaydiohead – Dirt Off Your Android