Ray here! Classes have been going fine, and all seems to be quiet on the Western Front here, so I don’t really have much to blog about! Let’s just get right into the mashup(s) of the week!

Peter Nelson shows off his creative side with his Ludacris × Chvrches mashup. I may be biased because Chvrches is one of my favorite synth pop bands. That being said, Peter Nelson puts an aggressive and unexpected spin on Chvrches’ The Mother We Share with using the gritty, high caliber Get Back vocals. Overall it’s pretty nice!

One upcoming artist that I feel deserves attention is Ryn Weaver, the pop powerhouse behind the sleeper hit OctaHate (read  about it here in my guilty pleasures blog post!) Mashup mastermind Logan Mashups draws this uptempo ballad against Troye Sivan’s quite ethereal song Touch, forming a hauntingly beautiful juxtaposition.

[NSFW title. But still listen to it!]

Similar to how every other mashup artist dabbled with Taylor Swift’s 1989, the same could be said for Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk—and I don’t blame them. It’s percussive and a potent earworm. My favorite Uptown Funk mashup so far samples Big Sean’s I Don’t **** With You and Move ***** by Ludacris. It’s got a sick beat, a whole lot of energy, and makes me want to break things. It’s excellent.

While I’m not a music festival aficionado (read: still a broke college student), I do enjoy the little mashups that The White Panda compiles each year as a sampler plate of talent at the Firefly Music Festival. This year, their third doing it, is less percussive as than earlier years, probably due to the enormous spread of genres performing in June. I really dig the Walk The MoonAnna Sun × The Kooks—Naive × Charli XCX—SuperLove intro. Gosh, all the songs make me feel some kind of warm nostalgia inside, taking me back to summer vacation from past years (Float On by Modest Mouse!? Good Ol’ Fashioned Nightmare by Matt & Kim!?!?) Makes me wish I had money.

Planning on going to Firefly or any other music festivals in the summer? Comment below!


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