HEAR IT | Mash-Up: BFFA3AE’s Ultimate Mix

Don’t let the low-fi aesthetic turn you off this brilliant mash-up by internet art collective BFFA3AE—trust us, it’s purely intentional. At almost nine-and-a-half minutes long, “uh duh yeah” celebrates the catchy bars, made up words, sounds, and beats of some of the most recognizable songs in pop culture.
(Enya’s “Sail Away,” Cat Stevens’ “Wild World,” Hanson’s “MMMBop,” Usher’s “Yeah,” “Eiffel 65’s “I’m Blue,” and Eve’s “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” just to name a few.)  

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Not Your Typical Food Pic, Graphic Designer Matija Erceg’s Mergs Raw Meats & Veggie x Everyday Objects

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If only every food pic on Instagram looked like Vancouver-based graphic designer Matija Erceg’s food-inspired mash-ups. Using Photoshop, Erceg combines imagines of food, usually some sort of raw meat or vegetable, with images of everyday objects (sort of, there’s a mash-up of virtual reality tool Oculus Rift with a cut of Beef Wellington). The graphic designer was inspired by an image of flip-flops made of meat, Erceg started his own project, creating brightly colored hybrids of objects and food. We’re a little grossed out, but we’re also really into it. So go check out his mash-ups of bacon telephones, steak skateboards and mushroom screws to get inspired, cringe a little, then smile. Erceg’s food art can be found on his website, cheekily titled Serious Design. You can also see the rest of his work on Instagram—it’s a lot better than seeing what your friend’s friend ate for lunch today.

July 28, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: You Won’t Be Able to Stop Watching Drake’s Bizarre But Mesmerizing Music Video For “Energy”

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About a week ago, because the internet reveals all, Drake had a glorious casting call for a Rob Ford body, chubby siblings for an “awkward Drake family portrait,” and models. We knew we would be in for a treat, but the “Energy,” video, inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Black Or White,” is even better than we could have imagined. Okay, to be fair, we imagined that Drake was maybe going to play Rob Ford and a fashion model in the same video. The actual video involves some striking footage of Drake’s face transforming into and impersonating little kids, Oprah, Rob Ford, Benjamin Franklin, Obama, Justin Bieber, and more. It’s a fun and tongue-in-cheek way of poking fun at the way media handles celebrity disasters.

July 13, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Erykah Badu & the Roots Cover Kanye, Wu-Tang, Nas & More in a 17-Minute Medley

In May, Erykah Badu performed with the Roots at the 8th annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia—and made the whole occasion even more exciting with a 17-minute mash-up medley ode to hip-hop. Badu and The Roots put together to pay tribute to the last 35+ years of hip-hop and performed the mash-up with guest appearances from YG, the LOX, Freeway, and more. As for the mash-up itself, the epic includes Badu’s “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)”, the Roots’ “Act Too (Love of My Life)”, Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”, Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.”, Kanye West’s “Gold Digger”, Nas’ “Made You Look” Beanie Sigel and Freeway’s “Roc the Mic”, the Lox’s “Money, Power, Respect” and even some Afrika Bambaataa.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Giorgio Moroder Releases a Megamix Teaser Video For Upcoming Déjà Vu Album

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Disco legend Giorgio Moroder decided to give us all a teaser for his forthcoming Déjà Vu album via a mash-up, megamix video, which also happens to feature some impressive partner dancing from Ade Obayomi, Caitlin Kinney, and Megan Kinney. The five-minute video gives us short clips of every track on the album, beginning with Sia’s “Déjà Vu” and ending with Britney Spears’ cover of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner.” Other tracks, like “Right Here, Right Now” with Kylie Minogue and “Diamonds” with Charli XCX, have been steadily trickling out onto the internet, but if the gloriously cheesy dance-pop teasers are anything to go by, it’s going to be a really fun album.

May 29, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Non-Gender Conforming Prancing Elites is the Cheerleading x Voguing Dance Team That’s J-Stepping to End Adversity

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If you can’t get behind The Prancing Elites, a black gay dance team from Mobile, Alabama, it’s quite possible you had a brain tumor for breakfast. The dance troupe’s signature dance style is called J-Setting, or as Elite member Adrian explains, “It’s like a cheerleading and voguing combined in one with a lot of pelvic thrusting.” And if you still don’t quite know what that means, Beyoncé introduced J-setting to the mainstream via her legendary “Single Ladies” music video. Of course, The Prancing Elites have routines that also include other styles like twerking, classical ballet and the classic death drop. Their new reality show The Prancing Elites Project just debuted on the US Oxygen network, and the first episode demonstrates just how important it is that this quintet is J-Setting their way towards equality and right into our hearts (obviously).

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Listen to the Carly Rae Jepsen x Nine Inch Nails Mash-up “I Really Like a Hole”

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Did you listen to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” and think to yourself, “Damn, that’s catchy, but it can really use some edge.” Well, producer YITT, aka the genius/hero we didn’t know we needed, went and made a seamless mash-up of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” and Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Hole.” The mash-up is appropriately titled, “I Really Like a Hole” and is gloriously catchy. To be fair, Trent Reznor’s “Heard Like a Hole” has always had a pretty heavy pop melody going for it, so the mash-up works better than one would expect.

April 06, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Best Of: FKA Twigs x Notorious B.I.G. Mash-up, Joe Webb’s Narrative Collages, Gil Scott-Heron “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” Reinterpreted, ‪Eric Timothy Carlson’s Exhibition, James Murphy “We Used To Dance”

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Start your week out right with BAMIN’s (Build And Make It Now) run down of this week’s best moments in user-generated content, remixes, mash-ups, collaborations, and trends.

1. Twiggy Smalls. Listen to Terry Urban’s FKA Twigs & Notorious B.I.G. mash-up album.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Listen to Terry Urban’s FKA Twigs x Notorious B.I.G. Mash-up Album

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In honor of the recent anniversary of the death of Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G, DJ and artist Terry Urban put together a glorious album of Notorious B.I.G. and FKA Twigs mash-ups. The tracks successfully merge the legend’s East coast rap styling with the English singer-songwriter-dancer’s whispery pop vocals. Though the tracks lean a little more heavily of B.I.G.’s tracks, you’ll still hear the subtle impact of Tahliah Debrett Barnett’s work.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Will Butler’s “Clean Monday” is Music x News Headlines

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Arcade Fire’s Will Butler announced, via The Guardian, that starting on February 23rd, he would be writing a new song based on a news story in The Guardian every day for a week. “It was partly inspired by Bob Dylan, who used to announce that certain songs were based on headlines,” Butler describes. “It would be a song he wrote in two weeks or something, such as The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, which is one of the greatest songs ever. So I’ve set myself an impossible bar.” For his first piece, Butler released “Clean Monday,” a song inspired by this article on the current Greek debt crisis. We can expect more headlines-inspired songs in the lead up to his the release of his debut solo album, Policy, on March 10.