Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mixed Up

It’s hard to define your terms anymore. For instance, one of the best, most electrifying albums I’ve heard this year isn’t really an album. It isn’t available for sale. And it’s certainly not in compliance with federal copyright law.

It’s the Santogold vs. Diplo Top Ranking mixtape, on which the artist and producer conspire to mix, remix, remake and re-imagine songs by Aretha Franklin, Three 6 Mafia, Devo, The Clash, and Desmond Dekker, among many others, resulting a free-flowing, logical and altogether mind-blowing stew of hip hop, punk rock, reggae, electronica, funk, new wave and world music.

I’ll hesitate to post such an illicit product here, but if you wanted to do a Google search, perhaps this one, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it for yourself.

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