With the free release (or‘free-lease’ if you will) of Girl Talk’s All Day, Gregg Gillis has put together yet another mash-up masterpiece combining some 373 samples into a tight 71 minute record.
What’s makes a Girl Talk record, is those moments where the disparate samples cutting across the music spectrum come together to form a perfect, yet brief moment of music bliss.
Here are my totally subjective choices for the best of those magical mash-up moments on the new album:
“Rude Boy” by Rihanna + “Waiting Room” by Fugazi
(Starting at 5:37 on track “Let it Out”)
Sometimes rock and rap mash-ups on Girl Talk’s albums do not feel as tight and even sometimes feel a little forced, but in this case Girl Talk skillfully combines a D.C. alternative rock anthem with one of the biggest club bangers of the year. Needless to say, the combination Fugazi Reunion tour with special guest Rihanna is now inevitable.
“Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District + “Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction
(Starting at 2:14 on track “Oh No”)
He sampled “Teach Me How to Dougie” with anything, enough said.
“ I Wish” by Skee-Lo + “Heart and Soul” by T’pau
(Starting at 1:33 on track “Jump on Stage”)
Here Girl Talk is doing what he does best, taking relatively lesser known pop hits across two genres and making something entirely new and beautiful. It also didn’t hurt that Skee-Lo’s “I Wish” was one of the first tapes I ever bought.
“One Day” by UGK + “Imagine” by John Lennon
(Starting at 3:12 on track “Every Day”)
One of the best moments on Girl Talk’s previous album was the purposely epic piano ending with UGK leaving us with their wonderful words of wisdom. One upping himself, Girl Talk combines another profound UGK anthem combined with John Lennon’s dreamy piano classic.
What moments on the album really jumped out at you?
A few places around the internet are listing the samples (like this one we mentioned in Afternoon Showers earlier this week), but Gillis said on twitter that none of these lists are comprehensive (though accurate for the big bits). So, he put his own full list up on his label’s site.