Yes, you read that correctly, although what you’re expecting isn’t how this turns out. Shitmat, who has been releasing music via Planet Mu and his own Wrong Music imprint for the last decade. The “mashcore” specialist has gotten acclaim from musical luminaries like the late DJ John Peel from BBC Radio 1, and his unique blend of, well, EVERYTHING, coupled with his sense of humor, has turned out some truly intriguing tracks during his run. This current project seems like his most epic, for a number of reasons.
Think of how many songs make it to Number One on the charts per year. Then factor in 60 years worth of those songs, spread out in over four tracks (so far). The man hours alone cataloging the various styles, snippets and clips could do anyone’s head in. Then again, listening to some portions of this series of tracks could have you reaching for the Excedrin in a hurry. Shitmat, however, got a fresh idea that’s both madcap and super brilliant:
The idea for ‘MASH HITS’ came one drunken evening, I wondered what it would be like to re-imagine the entire history of chart music through remixing, bastardizing and reconstructing it. An extreme clusterfuck of music i hate and love fighting for prominence whilst Cliff Richard, Coldplay, Gary Glitter and Prince have a freakout jam perhaps?
After i sobered up the idea got formulated into a more cohesive and achievable plan. I would use every UK no 1 single from 1952 until the present day to make a shed load of music.
The UK singles chat is 60 years old on November 12th 2012. Until then I will regularly be uploading new tracks. The rule is to use every UK No 1 single solely; No other samples, synths or sound sources allowed at all.
Spanning everything from Michael Jackson to Eminem, with all kinds of ear-splitting frequencies in between, Shitmat (as “MASH HITS”) finds a way to mash up the biggest tracks on the UK charts from the last 60 years into a pretty unique stew, using nothing but samples or parts of these #1 singles. We cannot say you’ll enjoy a lot of this – the David Guetta tune in particular is a wall of distortion that we doubt you’ll even be able to decipher – or make it through. That happens a lot in “The good, the bad and the ugly” chops up Eminem‘s “Stan” perfectly at the end. With an apology.
This is like driving a time-traveling DeLorean with Doc. On acid… and maybe some peyote. You ready for a pretty fucked up trek through music?
You can grab more of these via MASH HITS’ Soundcloud page.