Mouka – “5″ [Ableton mashup Mix]
Im extremely picky when it comes to the mashup style, shit lets be truthful, I’m picky with all the music I listen to, but its safe to say I’m slightly more critical when it comes to zee mash. I adore forward thinking music and find that a majority of mashup DJs tend to regurgitate the same old ideas over and over again: Drop well known track, play for a few bars, drop another, rinse and repeat. The mentality of “seen one mashup DJ, seen them all” in most cases rings true. The majority aren’t trying to push boundaries or do something different, they’re content in doing the same shit and trying to sound like everyone else, with the only real goal of getting a reaction from the crowd. I think it’s testament to the fact that a mash DJ strives to be as accessible as possible by playing music that the crowd will recognize as apposed to most other styles of EDM where staying ahead of current music trends and playing unheard releases is the norm.
Over the last few years the mashup style has gained immense fame with thanks to artists such as Too Many DJs, Z-Trip and Girl Talk (to name a few). They’ve helped pioneer the sound by bringing the accessible style to the masses, and as such, its now seen as a rather attractive genre to play. The hype and crowd reaction that a great mashup DJ can conjure up is immense; correctly-timed-bomb-dropping can devastate a floor.
Anyway, the point I’m trying to make here is that it takes a fair amount of talent and something really special to get me interested in a mash DJ. And it goes without saying that Mouka is one such mash DJ. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia the man is somewhat of an undiscovered gem. An underground following, with thanks to Soundcloud, has begun to spark and with the motivation of new listeners and a strong pull for more live performances he’s been hard at work over the last year piecing together new mixes and tracks.
Mouka’s mashup style is cheeky, playful and extremely technical. Staying true to the traditional mashup style he draws on influences from a plethora of genres yet the way in which he crafts and pieces together his sets and music is ultimately unique. There’s a constant flow and cohesion within his work that sits extremely well with the ears – something that I find is lacking with a majority of mashup DJs. More often then not I loose interest in mashup DJs that just blend in and out of a tune only giving you a sample of each – Mouka moves away from this tacky behavior to create musical journeys that are not only enjoyable for the commercial listener, but also appealing to the technical chin-stroker. His music is stuff you could hear at a wedding as much as you could hear it being belted out during prime time at a night-club.
His latest mix offering is testament to his technical wizardry in the art of the mashup and no exception to the quality he strives for in his craft. Originally put together and played to a live audience the man was nice enough to re-record the entire set after much demand from the fans. Touching on everything from head moshing rock, to pill-popping house, it’s everything a mashup set should be and more. The intro track of a mash of the Law and Order theme tune sets the stage well for an expansive roller-coaster ride that will keep you guessing, dancing, moshing, laughing (and if applicable, chin-stroking) until the very end. Get on the download, invite your mum round and turn up the volume!
All artists are listed in order of appearance in each mash.
Artists listed in brackets () have remixed the tune listed before their name.
Also managed to source out a brief video recorded during the performance:
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Tags: Girl Talk, Mash, Mash-Up, mashup, Mouka, Too Many DJs, Z-Trip