2012 has been a busy year for New York DJ Scott Melker and his performance alias, The Melker Project. You’ve probably seen a few of his releases on P&P including The Melker Project 2, a mash-up album he created using nearly 200 samples, and the political insta-classic “Binders Full Of Women” Mitt Romney remix song.
Melker has built a name for himself largely on these types of remix/mash-up projects that in the past he’d typically released for free. While we as music fans appreciated that, the original curators of the songs sampled in many cases did not. That led to multiple copyright infringements and cease and desist letters targeted at the DJ. Rather than give up on his passion, Melker discovered a creative way to avoid additional legal issues by collaborating with a platform called Legitmix.com. Founded in 2010, the site allows artists like The Melker Project to create, upload, and sell their mash-up mixes for a profit, all without the fear of legal recourse. This works because in order for someone to purchase one of the created tracks, they must already own a version of the original songs sampled on their computer or buy them if they do not.
It’s through this new partnership that The Melker Project is now able to release its latest album, Popped And Screwed – Best of 2012, a celebration of some of this year’s most popular songs mashed up with previous tracks from artists like T.I., Bone Crusher, Jay-Z, Eminem, Biggie and many more. You can sample a few choice mixes and view the tracklist below. Stream the entire album at Melker’s Soundcloud page, and if you enjoy what you hear, be sure to hit Legitmix to purchase individual cuts or the full release. With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, now would be an ideal time to stock your party playlist with a few of these fun, creative tracks.
Locked Out Of Swimming Pools ft. Kendrick Lamar & Bruno Mars
Never Scared To Die Young ft. Ke$ha & Bone Crusher
Call Me Jay-Z ft. Carly Rae Jepsen & Jay-Z
Don’t Like Bands A Make Her Love Me ft. Justin Bieber, Chief Keef & Juicy J
1. Locked Out Of Swimming Pools ft. Kendrick Lamar & Bruno Mars
2. Never Scared To Die Young ft. Ke$ha & Bone Crusher
3. We Are Young & Stuntin’ Like My Daddy ft. Fun., Lil’ Wayne & Birdman
4. Somebody That I Used To Know Was Dead Wrong ft. Gotye &. Notorious B.I.G.
5. What You Know About Titanium ft. David Guetta &. T.I.
6. Feel So Close To Some D’s ft. Calvin Harris & Rich Boy
7. Levels Of Wasted ft. Avicii & Gucci Mane
8. Call Me Jay-Z ft. Carly Rae Jepsen & Jay-Z
9. Cashin’ Lights ft. Ellie Goulding & Cash Out
10. Don’t Like Bands A Make Her Love Me ft. Justin Bieber, Chief Keef & Juicy J
11. Superman Climax ft. Usher & Eminem
12. Where Have You Been Hustlin ft. Rihanna, Rick Ross & Ke$ha
13. Me & My Bitch Are Never Getting Back Together ft. Taylor Swift & Notorious B.I.G.