Record Review: Girl Talk – “All Day”

Gregg Gillis is pure madness. He put M.O.P.’s “Ante Up” over Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA.” Like, seriously. He did that, and it sounded good. Now, in the black-and-white world that the rest of us live in, such a combination is just plain ludicrous, but If you’re anything like me, you’ll love a bit of absurdity with your iTunes.

Under his moniker Girl Talk, the 29 year old Pittsburgh-based DJ has just released his fifth mash-up LP, All Day, an amalgamation of various soft rock tunes (basically all the songs you hear while waiting in your doctor’s office) and hip hop tracks. Since the release of Secret Diaries in 2002, Gillis has been recognized for his mash-ups (taking vocals or instrumentals from one or more songs, and laying them over another songs’ vocals or instrumentals). Working primarily from a laptop – and a pc at that – Gillis uses Adobe Audition to employ over 370 samples from various songs, and creating mixes that the average bear wouldn’t think of.

All Day offers several extremely bright moments of genius. For instance, Gillis combined ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” over Radiohead’s “Creep.” Are you kidding me? Who thinks of putting Thom Yorke and ODB together like that?! He put (Officer) Rick Ross’ verse from “Hello, Good Morning”over Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer.” Yes, I know… pure amazing. You’d think Diddy would have sampled that song himself years ago, considering his penchant for samples from the 80’s. Also, DJ Class’ “I’m the ish” over Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman” is just divine inspiration.

To say which song off of the 12-song offering is my favourite is literally impossible. With over 370 samples, there is so much going on that every 15 seconds feels like Scotty has beamed you somewhere new. This LP has pretty much every pop song I have ever liked enough to have hummed, danced to, or sang in the shower. It’s the post-thanksgiving sandwich of music. Yep, I just went there… that’s how awesome it is. Go check it out for yourself. I dare you not to like it.

Download All Day for free here as either a seamless mix or separated tracks.

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