Except it’s not technically a playlist, it’s a whole, excellent album.
Have you ever heard of Girl Talk? Well, Girl Talk is a DJ from NY that has been around for a few years, and up until last year, he was mostly a well-kept secret. But alas, all good things come to an end once an album is put out, but this album is different.
Why? Well, for lots of reasons.
First of all, it’s free. (click to go to the totally legal download page)
Why is it free? Because GT specializes in Mash-ups, which I’m sure you’ve heard of. If you have managed to NOT hear of things called Mash-ups, then let me explain: you take two songs which have a similar beat, timing, tone, subject, or whatever, and you literally play them both at the same time. Mash-ups have been around for quite some time, and some radio stations even host mash-up shows and take requests late at night or on the weekends. A lot of mash-ups are not that great. But some of them are.
Because the album is made of a bunch of other, copyrighted songs, GT would need to obtain a license to use every song on the album if he wanted to sell it. Since that might not be possible, it’s easier for GT to get famous just giving this album away. Thanks, copyright laws!!!
So the second reason it’s different is because GT doesn’t just employ ONE style of music in the mash-ups. Although most mash-ups work best with hip hop or rap tracks, GT manages to throw in everything, including the kitchen sink: this album has rap, hip hop, rock, hits from the 90’s and 80’s. It has, honestly, everything. The dude managed to get Spacehog into this mix. That takes WORK. Spacehog? Remember them?? And it all works so GD well together, you can’t help but love it.
The reason I say that this on its own is a great high-energy playlist is because each mash-up or part of a track lasts for around a minute, if it’s even that long. It’s great for NOT judging how long it’s been based on the length of a song (which is something I do quite often). The variety is great enough, and it all sounds so effing excellent that you can’t help but just pay attention and keep going.
This is a favorite album of mine for running. It just NEVER stops.
And in case all of this isn’t excellent enough, GT has made a FEATURE-LENGTH video (available in parts or tracks) called Girl Walk of three dancers (plus many more) dancing through NYC to the entire album. I’ve supplied you with part 1 below so you can sample the awesome. Just one more reason to love NYC: you can film stuff like this on the street with no warning, and it’s no big deal.