Mashing Is Easy (Listening)

Rawkus Lee combines the gifted lyricism of the emcees on Rawkus Records with the gritty, instrumental psychedelia of Shawn Lee. It’s a marriage of late 90s East Coast indie hip hop with a modern interpretation of groove-heavy soundtrack music from the 60s and 70s. Recommended for fans of rare groove, cosmic funk, library music and weekend warriors sporting backpacks and skateboards.

Mash up music gets a pretty bad rap. There’s this sense that merging two songs by other artists has no creative value. For the most part I’d agree with that logic, a quick perusal of YouTube’s finest mash up tracks will certainly back that up. However, Canadian production duo Steely Chan is one I’ve been following for a few years now. What about them bucks the mediocrity trend? Their taste. Mash up production is much like being a solid DJ, first and foremost is the track selection. This project combines two highly unlikely genres, again taste, the product is more than worthy of a listen. Cop the project here.

Here’s my personal fave off the project.

Simon Says Windy Stallion (Steely Chan’s Blender Mash)

Follow more multifarious blending @st33lychan

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