Mixing it up (free download)

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Covers mashing up two hot songs are all the rage these days.

We’ve seen:

  • Louisa Wendorff & Devin Dawson’s mashup of Taylor Swift’s Style and Blank Space
  • Sam Tsui & Casey Breves’s mashup of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and Sam Smith’s I’m Not The Only One

…and dozens others. This is another great one: Phoebe Ryan mashing up R. Kelly and Miguel.

Tropical house is all the rage too. So Win and Woo went in, slowed down the vocals a bit, and added in some beats and some “Under the Sea” sounding steel drums.

It starts with a short low key guitar intro and Ryan singing Ignition. Tune is the same, pace is slowed, her voice is mellow, and there’s the sweet bongo-like percussion in the background (listen for it – it’s not obvious). Then she transitions smoothly into the chorus, with lyrics from Do You and instrumentals straight out of The Little Mermaid.

You’ll notice that the original for Miguel’s Do You has a completely different tone and sound. The mashup has a new beat and melody that is just so catchy; I love what Win and Woo did with it.

For this chorus, Win and Woo created a tropical melody composed of upbeat steel drums, a tune that is unbelievably catchy and certainly pulls the mashup together even more – and Ryan’s version was already seamlessly done.

One of my favorite parts of the song is at 2:40, when Ryan switches up the song melody and takes it up a pitch before returning to the chorus. This part is a great and unexpected change of pace that just works.

Oh, who am I kidding? The whole song works. Check it out.

Some random things / observations:

  • you’ve got Phoebe Ryan’s incredibly sweet voice, and she’s asking if you like drugs and love. This amused me.  And then she exhales, “Me too, me too.” And all I want now is to be her friend… I want to love drugs and love too
  • characteristic of tropical house remixes: maybe some ocean and definitely some birds tweeting. I used to think it was just Thomas Jack’s signature, but maybe not! In this case, it’s at the beginning. It’s a nice precursor to the rest of the sunshine coming up.

Here are the mashups by Louisa Wendorff & Devin Dawson and Sam Tsui & Casey Breves. These are also fantastic.

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