So far it seems like the first few months of 2011 have been dominated either by atrociously hilarious pop (you know who I’m talking about), unbelievably awesome comebacks (Beastie Boys), or soul-crushing mixtapes.
A recurring theme on the those mixtapes is the mixtaper’s ability to make trite and once-enjoyable-but-now-just-a-parody-of-themselves music, listenable again. OFWGKTA‘s Frank Ocean released his mixtape and did this with Coldplay and their song “Strawberry Swing”, The Weeknd‘s “House Of Balloons” mixtape was fan-fucking-tastic and did an amazing job at sampling good music, and now Joywave have done it in their mixtape with Limp motherfuckin’ Bizkit!
I remember back in the late 90′s when I used to love the music they were making. I was a wee young and impressionable kid, slightly angry that I’d never be as cool as Fred Durst, and reeling from the direction Oasis were taking, so their yell-induced music made me work out my frustration. I mention that because Joywave have completely stripped their cover of “Re-Arranged” to it’s bare minimum, removed the unnecessary scratching and Nu-Rap-Metal basslines and instead given a kind of Imogen Heap-like vibe with triple-layered vocals and smooth synths.
These kinds of reworking are littered throughout the mixtape as they do straight up covers of artists like Robyn and Limp, reworkings of artists where they mashup a couple and change the lyrics, such as Drake and Foals on opener “Winnipeg”, Flaming Lips and MGMT on “The Launch”, and LCD Soundsystem and Miike Snow on “Betelgeuse”, as well as a couple of original tracks in “PM” and “Traveling At The Speed Of Light”.
It’s a really great listen and you can tell they put a lot of time and effort into it, so check it out below and then download it yourself from their site in a ZIP file and grab a couple below.