For a kid who admittedly loves the bigotry of crunk rap almost as much as the tender melodies of indie-pop, the mash-ups of The Hood Internet, for the most part, provide the perfect amount of genre-bending.
The three Hood tracks that I’m posting this week exemplify the crazy skillz that Chicago-duo Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell have for mashing musical polar opposite into pure awesomeness.
The first track that caught my attention was a wondrous mixing of Beirut’s The Concubine and Ghost Face’s Save Me Dear. At first glance this pairing may seem more than a little absurd: bad boy former Wu-Tang member Ghost Face on top of the accordion laced instrumental of a Beirut song—impossible. Do not be so quick to judge. These songs, for whatever reason, meld perfectly together under the graceful touch of The Hood Internet.
Number two on the list combines indie-stars Matt & Kim’s new(-ish) Good Ol’ Fashioned Nightmare with The Beastie Boys’ Shake Your Rump. Another unlikely combo that Brink and Reidell turn into a pop-anthem tribute through some form of ancient magic now known to only the Chicago DJ group.
The final mash hits us with Dead Prez and Grizzly Bear. Following the same course as all The Hood Internet’s mash-ups, this track blends together swimmingly to say the least. (By the end of the song I challenge you to not bump your head and sing along with Mr. Prez saying, “Hipppp hopppp hippp hopppp”).
You can check out all The Hood Internet mash-ups at their web-site. They are constantly updating it with new tid-bits, so copy that bad boy onto your Google-reader to ensure you don’t miss a beat. I’ll have some more get-up-and-dance party beatz next week, until then DL these tracks, and enjoy the waning days of summer!