Mashup artists similar to Girl Talk?
June 26, 2016 3:15 PM   Subscribe

Looking for skilled mashup artists with a talent level similar to or better than Girl Talk.

I've just about worn out the code on my Girl Talk MP3's from overplay, and I'm looking for other similar artists. My preference is music covering a range of styles and time periods. Any recommends?
posted by the bird at the bottom of the tree to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 77 users marked this as a favorite
Avalanches - Since I Left You
Spank Rock - Couche Tard
Dean Gray - American Edit
The Kleptones
posted by rhizome at 3:28 PM on June 26, 2016 [4 favorites]

r/Mashups on "that other site" has lots of mashups - though not just the "skilled" ones. I don't know who the best artists there are, but you can browse through the "seal of approval" sections on the right.
posted by Seeking Direction at 3:32 PM on June 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

A Plus D
posted by erst at 3:39 PM on June 26, 2016

I am a huge fan of Conrad Tao's mashup things-
He makes mixes and single tracks. Some of my absolute favorites.
posted by sweetjane at 3:46 PM on June 26, 2016

absolutely 100% the kleptones
posted by nadawi at 3:47 PM on June 26, 2016 [2 favorites]

The White Panda's mix albums remind me a lot of Girl Talk, just slightly less ADHD in their presentation. I've only heard the first three (VS, Rematch, and Pandamonium) but they've all been solid.

Kid606's The Action Packed Mentalist Brings You The Fucking Jams is a nice time capsule of the peak of the US glitch/mash-up crossover. It's not a full mash-up album, but I think it's worth a listen. Kid606's Tigerbeat6 label (or possibly their bootleg-centric sub-label, Violent Turd) also had a series of 7" single mashups around that time period, if you like his aesthetic.

DJ /rupture's mixes share an aesthetic with Tigerbeat6 (and some were put out on that label), but tend to be a bit more adventurous with their source material. Gold Teeth Thief and Minesweeper Suite are lovely; they do the hyper-active pop/IDM thing that was in vogue around the millennium and drag in all sorts of stuff from further afield (free jazz, spoken word, "world music", black metal, etc). He's been keeping busy since then, but I'm not very familiar with recent material.

Diplo's early mixes might fit the bill for you (they also might raise questions about cultural appropriation). Piracy Funds Terrorism, Favela on Blast, I Like Turtles, and Top Ranking all have something going for them.

If you're not familiar with 2 Many DJ's/Soulwax, their As Heard On Radio Soulwax series is worth a listen, if only because they were incredibly influential on artists like Girl Talk. I think there are a dozen albums, which are only available via piracy if I recall correctly (never mind, I just checked and it seems like they managed to get enough sample clearances to put out one official mashup album). Google should be able to find them for you.

Thirding the Kleptones.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 3:51 PM on June 26, 2016 [4 favorites]

Bruneaux is the closest currently-active artist I can think of off hand.

Americo Gazaway mostly specializes in two-artist combinations, and might therefore not be exactly what you're looking for. He's good at the thing, though.

DJ Z-Trip and DJ P, both together and separately (though they're DJs, so (pedantic) these are blends, not mashups), were some of the pioneers of the style, and their stuff holds up very well.
posted by box at 3:51 PM on June 26, 2016 [2 favorites]

My husband loves the Beastles (mashups if the Beastie Boys and the Beatles).
posted by kat518 at 5:04 PM on June 26, 2016

If you want a central clearinghouse to find new stuff on the regular, check out bootie mashups.
posted by cosmicbandito at 5:35 PM on June 26, 2016 [2 favorites]

Neil Cicierega
posted by mustardayonnaise at 6:23 PM on June 26, 2016

If you are going over to /r/mashups, look at the top where you'll see the tabs that says "Hot" (default), New, Rising, etc. Click on "Top" and you'll find the top-voted posts for that sub, which you can then filter using the "links from:" menu so you can get all-time top posts, or recent posts by month, week, day.

Or, just go directly to Top posts.
posted by Sunburnt at 6:31 PM on June 26, 2016

posted by pecanpies at 6:32 PM on June 26, 2016


I'm particularly fond of their Get Back mashup of the Beatles, LCD Soundsystem, and the Kinks.
posted by fuse theorem at 6:47 PM on June 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Hood Internet. Mash ups of less mainstream songs, but their song with (here) Grizzly Bear and Dead Prez is still one of my favorites.
posted by buttonedup at 9:05 PM on June 26, 2016

The KLF. The genre doesn't exist without their genius.
posted by prismatic7 at 9:19 PM on June 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Does Kid Koala count?
posted by Miss T.Horn at 10:39 PM on June 26, 2016

Seconding a box and a stick and a string and a bear above - the Kid606/Violent Turd releases linked there are great. Emphasis on Mochipet's LP 'Combat': lots of mashups predicated on overlapping song/artist names alone, like Barry White vs. The White Stripes vs. White Lion. The whole thing is up on his bandcamp, along with hours and hours more.
posted by Joeruckus at 1:36 AM on June 27, 2016

Max Tannone, particularly Mos Dub.

And of course, The Grey Album
posted by chrisulonic at 4:13 AM on June 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

The Hood Internet
DJ Earworm
Mashup Germany
Bootie Mashup has a variety
Pumpthebeat has a mashup category
and for your festive needs - Christmash
posted by episodic at 4:25 AM on June 27, 2016

My intro to this world was the Super Mash Bros-- maybe it's nostalgia "quality-wise"-- they're not Girl Talk-- but I still like them.

+1 to the Grey Album as something that also stands up to a few years of listening.

Also, this might be more niche, but do you know about In the G4 Over the Sea?
posted by athirstforsalt at 4:56 AM on June 27, 2016

Wax Audio
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:35 AM on June 27, 2016

E-603 and Flying White Dots
posted by knile at 8:21 AM on June 27, 2016

DJ Shadow was the original
posted by Noisy Pink Bubbles at 7:24 PM on June 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

I called Steinski, and he said, 'if this is anyone other than Dickie Goodman,' you're stealing my bit.'
posted by box at 4:01 AM on June 28, 2016 [2 favorites]

Can't believe I'm the first MeFite to recommend dj bc!

Also of note: wait what, Wugazi, Cut Chemist, and Amerigo Gazaway.
posted by evoque at 12:50 PM on June 28, 2016

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