This past Wednesday, SPEC offered a free pre-screening of Pitch Perfect, starring Penn alum Elizabeth Banks. The film centers around an all-female university a capella group and their feud with another singing group on campus. The most unique musical offerings from the film came from main character Beca (Anna Kendrick), an aspiring DJ who played samples of her mash-ups, a rather underrated genre. In honor of Pitch Perfect, we have compiled a playlist of mashups that are definitely worth a listen:
1) “Escape Day n Nite” – The White Panda | YouTube
The duo of childhood friends, Procrast (Tom Evans) and DJ Griffi (Dan Griffith), are one of the more well-known artists, mixing Top 40 hits with popular electro beats. They’ve visited the Philadelphia area several times, and all of their music is available for free download on their website.
2) “Here’s The Thing” – Girl Talk | YouTube
Often named one of the pioneers of their genre, Pittsburgh native Gregg Michael Gillis, who goes by the stage name Girl Talk, has been DJing for several years. His style is more fast paced than some of the artists on the rest of this playlist, and he combines shorter sections of many songs. His albums function as constant streams of music, but are divided into tracks for easier listening.
3) “Jupiter Unison” - 3LAU | YouTube
The official DJ of fratmusic.com, 3LAU is both a college student and a musician. Like The White Panda, he’s visited Penn before and played an unforgettable show.
4) “We Are Friends” - Easter Egg | YouTube
Portland, Oregon resident Nathan Pham goes by the name Easter Egg. Easter Egg is a mellow mashup artist who favors indie classics to electro.
5) “Ignition (Keep Remixing It Louder)” – The Hood Internet | YouTube
The Hood Internet is a Chicago-based group that combines contrasting sounds: hip hop with indie rock and pop music. They release their music on their website, and have been praised for their original sound.
6) “Like a Bau5″ – Super Mash Bros | YouTube
Notable mashup artists Super Mash Bros hail from Los Angeles, have a short sampling style, and are somewhat similar to Girl Talk.
7) “Levels That I Used to Know” – Avicii | YouTube
While Avicii himself isn’t a mashup artist, there’s no denying his talents, and when he remixed his song Levels with the summer smash “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye, it became one of the most played party songs of the year.
8 ) “I’m Shipping Up to Boston/Right Round” – Speaky | YouTube
The most unique-sounding mashup on the list is by Speaky, who combines a radio hit with a popular movie song featuring bagpipes. It seems like a strange combination, but one listen will have you hooked.
- Rama Hamarneh
Photos courtesy of IMDb