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Mix Fix: “$hwagger Jagger” — Ludacris v. Kesha (Pres Mash) by tjwell01
April 11, 2010, 1:39 pm
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Kesha's "Tik Tok" finally gets put to use in this awesome mashup.

LISTEN: “$hwagger Jagger” Ludacris v. Kesha (Pres Mash)

Ludacris strikes again! Rarely does a mashup flow so smoothly with another track like “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. The DJ really stepped it up, and I can say this is the best “Tik Tok” mix I’ve ever heard. Twerkshop remixed this same Ludacris track, and it bounces just as hard. The man’s still got it! You know Kesha is gonna be featured in DJ Earworm’s “United State of Pop 2010.” I like how his end-of-the-year remixes have become a spectacle to look forward to.

–Jett Wells

Mix Fix: Bizarre Dream Roll Out by tjwell01
April 2, 2010, 4:02 pm
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Skybox mashes with OMC and Ludacris in light, fun mashup by Mr. F.


LISTEN: “Bizarre Dream Roll Out” by DJ Mr. F

It’s hot out in Syracuse today, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine than some fun summer-style mashups?? Sip on this spicy, warm mashup by DJ Mr. F, featuring Skybox, Ludacris and OMC. It’s such a nice blend of zippy guitar, brass and hip-hop. Seriously, I just want to sit in a lawn chair and hold a margarita while listening to this jam. What I love about it is that it doesn’t force itself into a club thing–it just sticks to a chill vibe the entire time. Anyone else having hot flashbacks of Sugar Ray on MTV?

–Jett Wells

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Mix Fix: Brand-X’s “Chillin on a Plane” by tjwell01
March 28, 2010, 1:00 pm
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M.I.A. mashes with Wale's "Chillin."

LISTEN: “Chillin on a Plane” by Brand -X (Wale/Lady Gaga/M.I.A.)

Brand-X is a London based DJ, who from what I’ve heard is pretty new, and for some reason I can’t find his webpage/Facebook fan page/MySpace. Aside from his relative obscurity, I really love how he uses M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” beat in mashing with Wale’s “Chillin.” It’s one of those mash-ups that’s just fun to listen to rather than admire. It’s not a legendary mix, but it’s nice for what it is. It’s like watching a fun chick flick compared to sitting down for a serious Roman Polanski film–if you follow the analogy. If nothing else, it just gets me more excited for M.I.A.’s new album coming out this year.

–Jett Wells

Mix Fix: “We Share Our Mother’s Health” by The Knife (Ratatat Mix) by tjwell01
March 4, 2010, 12:47 pm
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I really respect Ratatat's gritty touch in this Knife remix

PREVIEW THE DJ: Ratatat’s MySpace

LISTEN: “We Share Our Mother’s Health” By The Knife (Ratatat Mix)

This one is a bit stale, I must be honest, but I couldn’t ignore it any longer. It’s not a heavy club jam nor is it an over-produced mash-up, it’s just The Knife with some smooth bass rhythm and some classic Ratatat electronic guitar loops, and it’s more than enough. It’s more of a stomp-your-boot-kind-of-jam than a bump-your-hips-kind-of-jam, granted. Remixes can be subtle and not overly synthed-out crashers like what Steve Aoki is amazing at. It’s not like you can’t dance to it, because it’s still Ratatat for crying out loud. Show some respect, people. It’s just really well-produced and I tip my hat.

–Jett Wells

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Mix Fix: “I Can Go Thug” by Rusko Vs. Ludacris (Twerkshop Remix) by tjwell01
February 23, 2010, 2:22 pm
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Twerkshop is my favorite DJ group right now.

PREVIEW THE DJ: Twerkshop’s MySpace and Facebook Page

LISTEN: “I Can Go Thug” by Rusko Vs. Ludacris (Twerkshop Remix)

It’s official, Twerkshop is my flavor of the week, and maybe next week. All I needed to hear was this remix of Rusko Vs. Ludacris‘ “I Can Go Thug.” The style is highly industrial but with so much more finesse than computer beeps and bops. I want to say these Orlando, FL guys sound like Big Mouth five years down the road. Once I stepped into the Twerkshop world, I found their masterful collection of mixes featuring Britney Spears, Amanda Blank and Jay-Z. Good DJs have mixing talent and flex original content, but it takes a great DJ to mix great content and still make it wholesome and original. These guys have that greatness in them. Like what you hear? Download their greatest tracks from their Box.net account here. Focus on the Pon De Floor Mix and the Jay-Z Vs. Glitch mix as well.

–Jett Wells