The Mondays which follow Thanksgiving always seem especially brutal. Having had the majority of the week free from work, combined with copious amounts of rich food and wine equates to a particularly slow day that no amount of caffeine can remedy. So on days such as these, the only antidote that seems to help the hours pass by are uptempo beats like the refined mashups proffered by Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk.
Released last week on the Illegal Art record label, All Day, is Girl Talk's follow up to his 2008 album, Feed the Animals. It seems that mashups have shed their original brand as once being, "novel," and are are now an accepted form of popular music. Accordingly, there seems hundreds, if not thousands, of artists/DJ's crafting their very own mashups. But in an over-saturated, social media-obsessed genre that dates itself faster than cell phones, I find myself constantly drawn back to the clever juxtapositions and smooth progressions of Girl Talk. The first video is fan video of the track, "Let it Out." Below is another track off All Day entitled, "Jump on Stage."
A finished product of over 2.5 years of work, All Day contains 372 different samples, many of which are nostalgic to fans of 1990's alternative music. Meant to be listened to as a continuous album rather than individual tracks, I highly suggest giving the album a spin even if mashups aren't your cup of tea, you can even download the entire free on his site here. So if imitation is indeed the highest form of flattery, then Girl Talk should feel quite proud. Happy Cyber Moday!