Bootie Top 10 - April 2009
After doing Bootie parties in China and Australia last month, we fell a little behind in updating our Bootie Top 10. But here's a fresh batch of bootlegs for your downloading pleasure...
DJ BC - Shorty Shutup (The Ting Tings vs. Busta Rhymes vs. The Zombies vs. Marvin Gaye) - Boston
Sick of this Ting Tings song yet? Not us! In the mashup world, "Shut Up And Let Me Go" has become somewhat of an overused cliché, yet many bootleggers are still mining gold from this nugget, as Bootie Boston's DJ BC does here -- still guaranteed to kick-start a dance floor!
Dan Mei & Marc Johnce - My Life On The Crazy Train Sucks (So What?) (Kelly Clarkson vs. Ozzy Osbourne vs. Pink vs. Daft Punk) - Denmark / Germany
g4gorilla - I Will Always Suck To Me (Kelly Clarkson vs. Charlene vs. Whitney Houston) - Newcastle, Australia
Here are two different takes on mashing up the newest Kelly Clarkson single -- the first is a guilty pleasure, the second is an even GUILTIER (and gloriously gayer) pleasure. While it's not much of a stretch to pair two pop princesses together on the choruses, the appearance of Ozzy on the verses really make this first version shine. And the second one is a gay diva trifecta; it's easily the campiest mashup we've heard in a long time. In other words, it's a Bootie Midnight Mashup Show just waiting to happen!
Hi-Brid - Human Dream (Human League vs. Empire of the Sun) - London
Empire of the Sun is an Australian duo obviously heavily influenced by the '80s -- so why not show where their influences come from by mashing them up with one of the most quintessential '80s bands, The Human League. "Human" is somewhat of a forgotten gem, so it's nice to hear it again in this new context.
Loo & Placido - Betty Got Jacked (Ram Jam vs. Herve vs. Kanye West vs. Boys Noize. vs HitHouse. vs. C&C Music Factory) - France
French bootleggers Loo & Placido take the basic concept of Torero's mashup classic "Gonna Make Betty Sweat," and jack it up considerably, adding a bunch of other elements, and giving it a much-welcome electro-house makeover with a little Kanye thrown in for good measure, among other things. Consider this our token "Electro-Bootie" track for this month's Top 10. This track is super-hot, and we've noticed it making its way to dancefloors, iPods and radio stations all over the world.
Mad Mix Mustang - Like A Life On A Prayer (Bon Jovi vs. Nina Simone vs. Madonna) - The Netherlands
Mad Mix Mustang is one of our new favorite bootleggers, and his clever work continues to surprise us. Here's another strikingly genre-clashed track from him that somehow, inexplicably, just WORKS. Soul vs. pop metal? Who would have thought? Brings a smile to our faces every time.
Mighty Mike - Use The Same Old Song (The Four Tops vs. Kings of Leon) - France
Mighty Mike is another relatively new bootlegger whose recent work just keeps delivering the mashup surprises. Kings of Leon's anthemic rock gets a soulful twist courtesy of the Four Tops, proving quite literally that with mashups, nearly everything is "the same old song."
DJ Moule - Hey, C La Vie (The Pixies vs. M. Solveig vs. The Hives vs. Peter, Bjorn & John) - Bordeaux, France
Yay! Any excuse for us to play some Pixies for the dance floor! Besides, the world needs more Pixies mashups! The electro groove throbs nicely, and the little "Young Folks" bit near the end is simply the cherry on top of this fantastic bootleg. And the best part: the ever-flowing "Woo!' courtesy of The Hives.
DJ Schmolli - In-A-Gadda-Blue-Monday (Iron Butterfly vs. New Order) - Vienna, Austria BOOTIE EXCLUSIVE!
The world wasn't exactly in need of another "Blue Monday" mashup -- but it's practically a rite of passage for every bootlegger to make their own version of this dance floor staple, and here, Bootie Munich's DJ Schmolli goes above and beyond with an unexpected pairing that somehow turns the psychedelic classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" into a dance song.
team9 - Good After Time (Lykke Li vs. Cyndi Lauper) - Perth, Australia
Stereogum's go-to bootleg producer, team9, is threatening to quit making mashup -- and that makes Bootie sad, especially after hearing excellent tracks such as this, which helped introduce us to the angelic vocal stylings of Lykke Li. Come on, team9! Never say never! Still, if this is his swan song, it's a lovely way to leave us.
10000 Spoons - Precious Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis vs. Depeche Mode) - Kent, UK
Seeing as that this came out nearly nine months ago, this is what we would call a "sleeper hit," a track that has been slowly growing on us over time, and now we can't believe we never included it in our Top 10. Leona Lewis' pleading vocal is a perfect fit with the melancholy electro-somber of Depeche Mode. Better late than never, right?