When somebody (more talented than me) combines one or more song instrumentals with one or more song acapellas. The result can be funny, inspiring, impressive or just amazing to dance to.
The first mashups I ever heard were back in ‘filesharing’ days of the late 90s. Networks like Napster and Limewire had a few of them, although 90% seemed to be Eminem vs X or Britney vs Y. They were simple, but entertaining for a bit.
Then in 2005 I heard the Dean Grey album. It was full of incredible combinations that just worked. Soon I was downloading mashups whenever I could find a good fresh batch. And now, 15 years later – I’ve got about 200 in my ‘favourites’ collection.
Time to share them with you. And I’ve sorted them into genres.
- Dancefloor delerium (obvious dancefloor tracks)
- Pop/Rock perfection (more singing/listening than dancing)
- Crazy combos (sometimes genius, sometimes idiocy – always interesting)
- Zhane* memorial tracks (end-of-night/go home)
*In the mid 90s, Zhane’s song Hey Mr DJ
was THE ‘end of night’ song for many DJs.
OK, how’s this going to work?
The first 2 categories (dancefloor delerium & Pop/rock perfection) I’ll share right here on the blog. If you want to also hear the Crazy Combos and Zhane memorial tracks, they’ll be in my newsletter.
So let’s hear one!
OK, enough talk. Hit play on the player below. It’s a mix from my favourite mashup artist by a longshot… Titus Jones.
This track is one of his best. A certifiable dancefloor weapon.
Play it loud.
So, got any fave mashups?
Hit me up in the comments…