Last year we picked a theme for our Best Mashups of 2011, which we dubbed, “Mashups Not Inspired by Glee,” but this year we decided to go with a more positive approach. For 2012, our tribute goes out to Ms. Anna Kendrick. She first caught our eye in Rocket Science and now most recently in Pitch Perfect. And although Pitch Perfect wasn’t really all that good, kinda funny, Anna playing an aspiring DJ & mashup artist was probably the hottest thing, and “DJ”, of 2012.
Another change to this year’s list from last was expanding into remixes & covers. The point of this top 2012 list is to feature the best reinterpretations of memorable hits this year, whether it be mixed, mashed, covered and everything in-between. Whatever it may be, as long as it’s not inspired by Glee, it’s all good by us.
When I first caught Milwaukkee on Amtrac’s remix, I thought they were some act associate with Bon Iver & that Midwest folk scene. Not only are they not from around there (or even this country), but they’re on a blog’s label I frequent, LessThan3.
Both Amtrac’s remix & the original ‘Alone’ take what sounds like Ellie Goulding’s voice and mixes her in two separate ways. The original went for a more uptempo, disco vibe, where Amtrac went with some hybrid of hypnotic soul. Either way you like it, both succeed separately (though Amtrac is still slightly ahead).
The EDM scene seems to have missed our radar this year, but we did manage to bundle up a bunch of electro remixes anyway. And there are a few gems in there that you’ll definitely need to listen to – contrary to my lack of effort in electronic, it will be a big part in the future of music.
I’m starting to think, like disco, I post too much Luminaire. I’ve pretty much posted everything he’s released this year, something I rarely do. But Luminaire seems to get it right every time and I just can’t help but associate myself to it any chance I get.
‘No More’ is well over a year old, but I wasn’t familiar with it back then. Luminaire, however, recently updated the track as a redux and it feels a bit more complete, smoothing out the rough edges. Although, the original does get to the good stuff quicker. Let me know if you spot anything you different you like in the two.
2012 is wrappin up quick and there’s still so much music I need to get out before the end, most notably right now Mean Lady’s ‘Bop Bop.’ The tracks a blend of pop, soul & psychedelic sounds that I can’t quite clearly define. Its steadily uplifting pace helps these somber vocals shine at the right times. I’m obsessing over Katie Dill’s voice right now and I hope to hear a whole lot more of it in 2013.
I was first introduced to Eat More Cake with their remix of The Other Tribe’s ‘Skirts’ and now they’re up to nogood on APDW’s ‘The Love Inside of You.’ The song features Candi Staton who’s got one hell of a voice and is further proven with EMC’s eerily funkster beat. Make sure to take a close listen in, there’s a few electro treats in there.
Solidisco continues to push out nothing but the best in this nu era of disco. ‘Gotta Have It’ offers up the usual catchy, soulful vocals with funky-ass beats to get groovy to. However, the one thing I’m not feelin is the electro-house-like edits made to the track, but what’s nu disco if not house goin back to its disco roots. Plus, I have nothing “real” to complain about so I’m just searching for something.
Seamonster needs to cover ‘Fu-gee-la,’ because this song (for some reason) keeps reminding me of it — and I think they could really pull off the cover. Actually, every time I put this on, at some parts (I’m not gonna get to which) I starting “singing” the lyrics to ‘Fu-gee-La.’
But beyond my foolish ideas for Seasmonster, their ‘Crystal Tear’ song is one delight for this (not too) cold-ass winter in The Bay. Definitely rockin’ this around Christmas time into the New Year.
The Dubstep Queen gets another healthy dose of dub smeared all over one of her latest, ‘Hanging On.’ Thankfully, Wonk went with the more melodic side of this bass driven style, because I’m getting sick as shit of the mindless mess dubstep’s drops are going through right now. Still not feelin Tinie Tempah’s feature towards the end, but Wonk put enough bass in to keep me occupied.
Few producers can do the trick without vocals, but AnagramNorton’s ‘Bombshell’ is of the few that pulled it off this year. Alotta electro run dry & boring without the needed vocal input, but ‘Bombshell’ keeps up the momentum with a few interesting flavors along the way. The sound reminds me of Daft Punk, but that’s like saying any pop rocker reminds me of The Beatles.