the jane doze
The concept for this playlist was built around the line in the opening track by Chance The Rapper that says “I woke up this morning / I woke up this morning / Gotta smile when I say that shit / I woke up this morning!”
I’ve been thinking a lot about that line since I first heard the song. I could go into a long monologue about ‘what a time it is to be alive,’ but honestly I don’t feel like sharing all of that today in my own words. I’ll share a few, but mostly I wanted to put together a playlist of songs old and new that sum up my feelings about the world.
It’s funny – I think I get a certain way at the end of every year as my team is putting together our Best Songs of the Year playlist; I think it makes me pause and think about what music really means to me. It’s weird to be able to connect so deeply to the words and art of people you don’t know at all. But when you do feel that sense of connection, it’s a really beautiful thing.
This is a collection of songs that I feel a connection to. It’s a mix of all-time favorites, recent favorites, and songs by some new artists I’m into. For one reason or another, each song gets me excited to wake up each morning. And I’m thankful to be reminded of what a gift that is.
Last week I posted a list of songs that help keep things in perspective when you feel life is moving too fast. Today, I’m on a completely different path (fueled mostly by these songs that put me into this mood) and want to share with all of you the most upbeat songs the Internet has offered me over the past couple days. Play this music through good headphones or a good speaker system. The music is 99% guaranteed to bring you to life. And no, this doesn’t mean it’s all heartless dance music – this music has soul, but the nature of the instrumentals is uplifting. Full tracklist after the jump.
Holy shit, yall. This Monday has been the pits. Theeeeee PITS! And okay, so it’s going to seem super cliché that I’m about to say “oh but then this song came along and just fixed everything,” but that’s kind of what happened. I haven’t listened to any music by The Jane Doze in a while, but I always respected them because they’re GIRLS. Heyyy, female empowerment! Okay but I heard their latest remix and I just about melted. I’m not even going to try to describe it. Listen for yourself and let me know if you feel that same magic.
[Original] Leon Else – “Protocol:
Time for some new mashups. Sorry I’m a day late! I’ve got a half marathon coming up in 2 weeks, and all this time I’ve been motivated, getting excited, blah blah blah…and now I’m kind of hitting that “what the fuck was I thinking?” mode. Alas, the one thing that’s getting me through it is creating a fun playlist each week before my long run and not letting myself listen to it until I go on the run so I have something to look forward to for a long period of time. Needless to say, mashups will be included in the final playlist. Here’s to yall being sane and not doing something like this, but listening to the music anyway.
1. Timeflies with Taylor (Timeflies x Taylor Swift) – The Jane Doze
2. The Starship Mafia (Swedish House Mafia x Nicki Minaj x Rihanna x Usher) – Inspektor Dex
3. What You Know About The Follower (T.I. x Sun City) – Chip Ivory
4. My & My Bitch Are Never Getting Back Together (Notorious B.I.G. x Taylor Swift) – Scott Melker
5. Walls (Sultan x Ned Shepard x David Guetta x Sia x Flo Rida x User x Martin Solveig x The Jets) – 3Lau
Even the soul master himself gets down and dirty with the womps.
Download “What’s Going On”
What’s Going on is one of my favorite songs of all time, so Nit Grit remixing it was not something I felt OK with at first–I thought the classic would be disparaged by the womp. Not the case. Saw it live this Sunday in Lewiston, ME when Nit Grit opened up for Pretty Lights; filthy would be an understatement.
Download “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
This one’s a little less wompy and a little more housey, but filthy none the less. Keep’s just enough of the original so you can still sense it’s presence, but definitely a take on this song I’ve never heard or imagined. Awesome.
Cheers to the late great Marvin, and of course Tammy Tarrell.
Download “Bullshittin On My Coffee Break”
Also, as a toast to them, here’s a little Zed’s Dead/Big Sean mashup. UNGH.
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Mashups have become a part of my life through running this site, so it pleases me to say that mashups have variety. There are some that are just a blend of two songs, others are a handful of songs, and a unique few are a total blend of so many songs you don’t even know where to begin counting. These last type are few and far between, and the names that immediately come to mind are DJ EARWORM and Norwegian Recycling. The thing is, there are so many people who try to make this type of mashup and it comes out looking like a blueberry pancake that was made with rotten blueberries. That’s never a good thing. I tend to think that Norwegian Recycling does the job the best, and part of the reason is because he always releases a video to go along with the mastered tracks.
Let’s start this Mashup Monday off with a brand new track from Norwegian Recycling called “Lights.” Click on the link to see the video in the Flash player.
1. Kanye West feat. Rihanna – All Of The Lights
2. Baby Bash feat. T-Pain – Cyclone
3. Blink 182 – All The Small Things
4. Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me
5. Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
6. Chris Brown – Yeah 3x
7. Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
8. Modjo – Lady
9. Muse – Starlight
10. Pendulum – The Island
11. Rihanna feat. Slash – Rockstar
12. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
Next up, a classic mashup from female mashup artists, The Jane Doze. They’ve blended Marvin Gaye and Ratatat in this jam.
Voodoo Farm has been making a big name for themselves lately. Here’s a mashup that uses some dub-ish features and blends Wiz Khalifa and 2Pac. Something tells me a lot of yall are going to salivate over this one.