Thursday, January 8, 2009

Best of Bootie 2008

Since 2005, San Francisco-based mashup DJs and Bootie (the party) pioneers Adrian and the Mysterious D (aka A+D) have compiled their favorite mashups of the previous year into a must-have selection of that year's hits. If there is one bastard-pop album to be had (though since they're almost always free, you should really have them all) each annum, this would probably be it.

(click on the photo to go to the Bootie site)

Residents of any of the cities where Bootie events go down will likely be pretty familiar with the tunes, which are mainly composed of this year's pop sensations combined with yesteryear's funkiest or best-known tracks. These come off the dancefloors and onto wax in Best of Bootie 2008.

Some of the more obvious entries include the A+B mash of The Police's "Roxanne" and The Bee Gees' "You Should be Dancing", by DJ Zebra, and the tongue-literally-poking-through-the-cheek irony of Divide & Kreate's "Until It Talks", a combination of Coldplay and Metallica tracks.

But the award for creativity most definitely goes to SF's DJ Earworm, who mixes not two, not five, but sixteen different artists (Rihanna vs. Kardinal Offishall vs. Akon vs. Ne-Yo vs. Estelle vs. Pussycat Dolls vs. Leona Lewis vs. Danity Kane vs. Madonna vs. Timbaland vs. Justin Timberlake vs. Lupe Fiasco vs. Matthew Santos vs. Britney Spears vs. Flo-Rida vs. T-Pain) to create "No More Gas". Bordering dangerously on the Girltalk-dominated sub-genre (or is it a completely new one?) of extreme mashups, this is a whole bunch of song fragments, choruses and other bits that somehow got stuck in your head over the year. No need to go back to all those (mostly) bad originals, now you have them all in one track! It's like a "Best of" list all in itself.

Anyway, as always with the Bootie compilations, this one is pre-mixed for your continuous listening and dancing pleasure. Many thanks to A+D for keeping the Bootie series going and here's looking forward to a mash-terful 2009.

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