[BATTLE] M83’s “Midnight City” mashed up with both Kanye West & Gotye?!

TBE Battle is a new series on The Burning Ear where I will occasionally put up two tracks that make for interesting comparison, debate, or whatever. Let the battle begin in the comments below! There is also a contest running to design the TBE Battle logo that will be used in each post. See below!

♫ The White Panda – Midnight Life (M83 & Kanye West)

♫ M83 & Gotye – Somebody At Midnight (Nimrodbz mashup)

So besides being two of the best songs of the year, M83’s “Midnight City” and Gotye’s amazing “Somebody That I Used To Know” are also two of the most remixed. Kaye West is also very popular, I hear. I am personally digging all the attention these jams are getting so now it’s time to see how they hold up as mashups? But these tracks raise some questions: Does adding Kanye West to any track just seem desperate or does add undeniable swagger? Is mashing up two of the years best songs sacrilegious or genius? Dou have a favorite? Or have the originals just been bent over a dirty kitchen table and ruined?

CONTEST: TBE Battle is going to be a semi-regular feature so it is going to need a logo or artwork or whatever so all you graphic designers get to work on something that can represent these Battles every time. Send it to me by next Monday (Oct 17) at midnight (EST) and let the battles begin!

Band links: The White Panda / Nimrodbz

10 replies
  1. Stunami
    Stunami says:

    Not a fan of the gotye mashup at all, it’s just way too slow so “Somebody I used to Know” sounds awkward. Besides the synths from Midnight City sound like they could be straight out of a Kayne song anyway.

    My vote goes to the White Panda

  2. Stunami
    Stunami says:

    Not a fan of the gotye mashup at all, it’s just way too slow so “Somebody I used to Know” sounds awkward. Besides the synths from Midnight City sound like they could be straight out of a Kayne song anyway.

    My vote goes to the White Panda

  3. Stunami
    Stunami says:

    Not a fan of the gotye mashup at all, it’s just way too slow so “Somebody I used to Know” sounds awkward. Besides the synths from Midnight City sound like they could be straight out of a Kayne song anyway.

    My vote goes to the White Panda

  4. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Ahh, but it’s the slowed tempo that I like about it! At first it seems so weird and then it’s kinda grooves together. But true, Kanye flows nicely over the “Midnight City” beat.

  5. Kobb
    Kobb says:

    Definitely gotta go with the White Panda mashup on this one.  The two songs just seem to complement one another perfectly. The Nimrodbz track is good and i dig the emotion but the mix engineer in me screams for compression on the vocals and some major eq and level adjusting blah blah blah. as for the mashup subject, I’m all for it. I love the notion that a musical idea can keep growing and expanding into new channels via different artist’s points of view. viva la remix.

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