Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Go Home Productions has hit another one out of the park, with some unlikely source material. His latest mashup to be posted on his site is “Freakride,” a back-alley meeting between Adina Howard’s “Freak Like Me” (used so notably by Richard X, a/k/a Girls On Top, for “We Don’t Give a Damn About R Friends,” which of course later became the Sugababes’ UK #1 “Freak Like Me”) and dreampop merchants Ride’s “Leave Them All Behind.” This is a recontextualization on scale with Freelance Hellraiser’s “A Stroke of Genius,” completely taking down and rebuilding both songs, making them in a way stronger than the sum of their parts. R&B bitch Howard is used to the bumping beats and suggestive lyrics of her native genre, not Ride’s wall of guitars – and similarly, Ride themselves are more accustomed to having a vaguely enigmatic, Thom Yorke-ian singer atop that wall, not a nasty girl in the tradition of Vanity (albeit with a better, more supple voice). And with a track record like no other mashup merchant, GHP makes it work so effortlessly, it’s amazing this wasn’t the original track (by either artist); it’s all so natural.

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